Explore West Africa Beyond the Exotic with Variety Cruises

posted on Tuesday 10 October 2017
Explore West Africa Beyond the Exotic with Variety Cruises
 Dive in A Multi-dimensional Gambia
Athens, Oct 25th, 2017 – Variety Cruises, a Greece-based boutique cruise company just launched its new program, the Rivers of West Africa, with two sailing locations in Dakar and Banjul. It features an 8-day cruise in the waterways of Senegal and Gambia which will start in the early April of 2018. The company’s third generation as well as brand ambassador Constantine Venetopoulos will join this exciting journey and depart from Banjul, with his special mission.  
During the in-depth discovery in West Africa Continent, Variety Cruises will offer passengers specifically selected tours including visiting exotic natural reserves and experiencing cultural customs. Speaking of the main destination - Gambia, it is a less-known West African country with hidden gems and indigenous cultures. Among those themed tours, what is worthy highlighting is the second-term Kuntaur Film Festival which invites passengers to get involved and feel an authentic Gambia in the village of Lamin Koto. This is exactly what Mr. Venetopoulos expects passengers to spend a meaningful and unforgettable journey with Variety Cruises.
Kuntaur Film Festival was initiated by Variety Cruises in 2014. It was born with a focus of bringing global education to Gambian communities through film. Typical activities include sharing classic films from all over the globe with children and their families. This time, the festival will be celebrated in Lamin Koto School – a primary school founded by the company in 2010. In an open-air cinema using generators and mobile projectors to play movies, all passengers and children will receive one white t-shirt with a logo embodied as Africa projecting into the world like a cinema. A wide range of traditional home-cooked dishes, light snacks and beverages will also be provided.
Mr. Venetopoulos looks forward to welcoming passengers with luxury experience on yacht and exciting explorations in West Africa. “With what Variety Cruises offers, Gambia turns to be a top exotic destination to relax, a place to learn, a place to reflect, and a place to enjoy,” said Mr. Venetopoulos. “The sense of luxury not just lies in luxury goods purchase, but also means rare experience in exploring diversified cultures.” 
Voyages to West Africa can now be booked on the website at http://www.varietycruises.com/english/variety/index/summer-cruises/3/the-rivers-of-gambia-and-senegal-dakar-dakar-senegal/82. The one sailing from Dakar, the capital Senegal will start from April 14th, 2018. Another one sailing from Banjul, the capital Gambia will start from April 08th, 2018. Both will be operated by M/Y Harmony G, one of the company’s most representative vessel.
VARIETY CRUISES owns and operates 8 premium Mega Yachts and Motor Sailers, accommodating 34 to 72 guests. Since 1968, Variety Cruises has been delivering cruise experiences that focus on the destination, while guests enjoy unique benefits of what our small ships offers. Our ships serve handpicked destinations worldwide including Greece, the Adriatic Sea, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands, the Seychelles, Costa Rica & the Panama, Cuba, Madagascar, Spain & Portugal, and Iceland. Family owned and operated, Variety Cruises is proud to have been recognized with top honors. In 2016, Variety Cruises is voted Best Boutique Cruise Line Worldwide by USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2015, Variety Cruises is recognized by CruiseCritic.Com, as one of The 15 Best Cruise Ship Lines - Best for Yacht Cruises category, by CruiseCritic.Com. To learn more, please visit http://www.varietycruises.com/.

Variety Cruises is rated 4.86 stars by Reviews.co.uk based on 144 merchant reviews

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144 Reviews
We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasos sailing on 17th November. The ship was not full so there was plenty of space although there was a bit of scrapping over sunbeds by some of the Germans on board! There was a group of Germans whose leader was a bit over bearing but other than that the rest of the passengers consisting of Brits, French, French Canadians and Belgians and one lone German couple not part of the group got on well. We had a class C cabin which was comfortable, a little on the small size but we spent very little time there other than sleeping and changing so it was not an issue - it did give us very easy access to the sundeck so that was a bonus although it meant we had to keep our curtains shut at all times!! As this is not the most modern ship the bathroom was also quite small and the fittings are a little dated and there was a knack to making sure the shower doors did not roll back and forth when there was a slight swell! The food however was very good throughout with a decent choice and the fish and especially the beef tenderloin were all excellent and presented beautifully. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and George who was in charge of Hotel operations. Our Entertainment host was a little distracted and perhaps not quite up to the same standard as the other staff, which was a shame. We enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin (beware of the mosquitos here though) and Aride islands particularly, which are basically nature reserves with not many other tourists or facilities which we liked. For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. There were several excellent snorkelling trips and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last as we enjoyed our small ship cruise - we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations.
We cruised the Galileo August 17, 2018 and it was fantastic! I absolutely loved the ship! The entire crew went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. The rooms are nice and the food is very good. The views from the ship are beautiful and each island is different. I loved the intimacy of the smaller ship. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this cruise!
It is one thing to be able to cruise and enjoy the wonders of the Greek Islands. However so much more impor ant is know that your Captain has the experience to know how to ensure the safety of passengers. This past week we have been fortunate enough to undertake the Classical Greek Cruise and we were very pleased to find Captain Andreas when we boarded. With his experience he watched the weather patterns and made an early call to change the route. Yes there was some initial disappointment that we would not get to Crete. But we had a fantastic voyage and saw such interesting places that we never expected. Furthermore we enjoyed a thoroughly comfortable trip and look forward to our next visit. Thank you to captain Andreas and all the crew of Harmony V