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 Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .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. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.