Variety Cruises awarded Best in Eastern Mediterranean by Cruise Critic Cruisers

posted on Tuesday 24 July 2018
Variety Cruises Named
“Best Small Ship Line in the Eastern Mediterranean”
in Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards
Athens, Greece – 23 July 2018 - Variety Cruises is proud to announce that it has been recognized as Best Small Ship Line in the Eastern Mediterranean - in Cruise Critic’s 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.
Variety Cruises stood out among all of the lines that sail in the Eastern Mediterranean, receiving the highest ratings from cruisers who sailed in the area over the past year and shared their experiences on Cruise Critic.  Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic.
“It is with great pride that we are the recipients of yet another Cruiser’s Choice accreditation by Cruise Critic; namely the 2018 Best Small Ship Line in the Easter Mediterranean Award. It is a well-deserved tribute to our hard working team of hospitality and sea-going experts that share and understand the ethics and wishes of our precious guests” shares Variety Cruises’ President and CEO Lakis Venetopoulos.
Variety Cruises’ journey since its inception in 1949 in Greece, has been a rich and enduring one, having grown into one of the world’s leading Small Ship Cruise pioneers with eleven ships currently traversing the far reaches of the world - from Cuba to Indonesia and from West Africa to Iceland - offering intimate, destination-driven, off-the-beaten track boutique yacht cruise experiences. “Yet, the core of who we are remains the same...” ads Venetopoulos. “...we listen to the desires of our world-curious travelers and provide the ultimate, in-depth, life-enriching home away from home experiences at Sea, always putting the comfort and safety of our guests first”.
A leader in defining the small ship cruise experience, Greece-based Variety Cruises celebrates in 2018 its 50th Anniversary year in the small cruise ship industry. Embracing the philosophy of elegance, intimacy and adventure, Variety Cruises operates 11 state-of-the-art SOLAS certified yachts hosting less than 72 passengers around the world. Variety Cruises won USA Today Reader’s Choice World’s Best Boutique Cruise Line 2016, Cruise Critic Editor’s Choice - Best for Yacht Cruises, Tourism Awards 2015 & 2016 - Best for Small Ship Cruising in Greece, and Conde Nast Traveler - Best Small Ship Cruise Line in Greece; Variety Cruises is the largest Mega Yachts operator in the Mediterranean and one of the top 3 worldwide in the Small Ship market. Guests on board get to explore secluded coves, renowned ports and legendary landmarks not accessible by larger ships. Scheduling leisure time and overnights in port highlight Variety Cruises’ commitment to providing a memorable and private yacht experience. Variety guests can select from a diverse range of handpicked cruise destinations including Greece, Spain and Portugal, the Adriatic Sea, Cape Verde, the Seychelles, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama, Cuba, Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Iceland. To learn more, please visit
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Variety Cruises is rated 4.86 stars by based on 144 merchant reviews

4.86 / 5 Rating
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