Senior Master Andreas Sifniotis reveals his love for Greece

posted on Thursday 01 December 2016
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Senior Master, Andreas Sifniotis took the helm of Variety Cruises' flaship, the M/Y Variety Voyager, back in 2012.

In this blogpost, Captain Sifniotis describes the beauties of his homeland, Greece.  

 "Once you get to know Greece,  you  want to visit it again . You never forget it!"

"I’m  a Greek  active  Captain  , still  on service  and travelling . I have  been a  Captain in full power and command on ship’s , since 1980. Over the years, I have travelled all the world’s oceans and seas, commanding every type of vessel. This was my childhood dream and I am happy to have fulfilled it.
I have recently taken the helm of the new, luxurious Variety Voyager; spending the summers in the Mediterranean and in winters in Central America, in rare and beautiful places.  With all this beauty, coupled with the care and friendly service provided by the crew, I am proud to say that our passengers are never anything other than entirely satisfied after every trip.
Since I AM Greek, everyone always asks me about my homeland. To which I reply that it is, quite simply, unique. It is the country with the best climate, clear blue sky, crystalline seas and all those golden sandy beaches of the Peloponnese, Halkidiki and the islands. It is the country with the most significant and luminous history, reflected in all its wonderful monuments. It is the originator of education, literature, art, civilization and democracy.  It is the country that gave birth to everything that is taught in schools and universities all over the world today. Greek mythology captures the imagination of readers of every age.
Those who adore marine life have many treasures to behold.  The marine park on Zakynthos is graced by Caretta-Caretta turtles; in the Sporades Monacus-Monacus seals bask in the sunshine; whales gather in the gulf of AgionOros every September and playful dolphins keep you company wherever you chose to cast off.  Nightlife coexists with the traditional lifestyle of the residents all over Greece. Authentic Greek cuisine and the friendly locals in every part of the country offer unforgettable memories to every visitor. The gorgeous Greek islands of the Aegean and the Ionian, some well-known, others less so, each have their own grace and none lose out in comparison to the other. Swimming in their limpid waters, sunbathing on the glistening sand and eating octopus with ouzo by the sea in one of the countless taverns; simple, uncomplicated pleasures of life.
I have been the master of many a mighty craft. I have traversed millions of nautical miles across the globe. I have discovered and marveled at beauty everywhere…so many memorable places. Some stand out for their stunning landscapes, others for their history, culture, geology, flora or fauna, cosmopolitan reputation or untarnished tranquility. Some even inspire you with that special air of self-confidence or make you feel instantly at home.
Without underestimating any of the remarkable places in the world I have been to, all deserving of our attention, I believe Greece stands out because it encompasses all the above.
Only by a small cruise boat or a yacht can you enjoy the uniqueness of Greece, visit its every corner and its myriad islands. Enjoy its sun, its sea, swim in its transparent waters and when you leave you will want to come back and deepen your acquaintance with the country where it all began.
Once you get to know Greece,  you  want to visit it again . You never forget it!
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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