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Variety Cruises Cruises

136 Reviews
Harmony V

About Variety Cruises Cruises

Variety Cruises is the perfect name for this Athens-based cruise line, which historically specializes in small-ship Mediterranean cruising using a mix of motor and motor/sailing ships. Cruises are laid-back with lots of time for independent exploration.

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Variety Cruises Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Variety Cruises cruise ships?

Variety attracts a broad range of international cruisers, although all shore excursions and public announcements are provided in English. Passengers tend to be well-educated, well-traveled couples and singles, mostly more than 55 years old, looking for soft adventure and historical perspective. Honeymooners are not uncommon on weeklong Greek cruises.

Although there are no age restrictions, bringing kids under the age of 11 is not advised.

Do I have to dress up on a Variety Cruises cruise?

No. In keeping with the yacht-like atmosphere, the daily norm is casual clothing. Variety recommends plenty of swimwear for water sports and comfortable shoes for walking on shore.

Is everything free on Variety Cruises cruises?

No. Unless you buy a specific package, you'll pay extra for shore excursions, transfers to and from the yacht, alcoholic beverages, massage and beauty treatments, gratuities, Wi-Fi and laundry service.

Which meals are included also varies by the fare purchased; you can book a fare with breakfast plus lunch or dinner, or a fare that includes all three meals.

The use of water sports equipment is always included in the cruise fare.

What are Variety Cruises’s most popular activities?

Variety cruises tend to be social in nature, and cruisers enjoy congregating together on deck or in the lounge, chatting or playing cards. Most of the line's yachts have water sports platforms that are used when at anchor, and there are fins, masks and snorkels available onboard; in some regions the ships also carry kayaks.

The generous time in port, including overnights, encourages cruisers to interact with locals, and it's not uncommon to see groups of cruisers eating together at a restaurant ashore.

Why go with Variety Cruises?

  • Small-ship ambiance on well-appointed yachts
  • Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
  • Upscale amenities for soft-adventure cruising

Best for: Experienced travelers looking for a private yacht-style experience

Not for: Cruisers who want an extensive program of structured activities and entertainment

Variety Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Unforgettable First-time Small Ship Sailing from Costa Rica to Panama

I felt like I had a private ship and crew even though there were 20+ other people on board.I was unsure about taking a cruise as I had been on two large ship cruises before, and they seemed crowded on board and with booked excursions.Read More
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JRG5879

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

What a disappointment

We were not allowed to change to a decent cabin.Our cabin, number 21, was horrendous!Read More
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onthegoagain2

10+ Cruises

Age 20s

Good itinerary, second class service.

The problem with the ship and the crew was evident after a few days - the ship is starting to show its age and the captain said on the first day that the crew was there for our comfort.If you want to sail the Greek islands, find a newer ship with better crew.Read More
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greek island fan

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Fabulous experience on the Galileo around the Cyclades

We were the only Australian/ New Zealanders on the cruise, there was a huge variety of nationalities, couples and singles from America, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Argentina, England, Scotland, we met a few really fabulous people from the States who we hope to keep in touch with, a gorgeous Mother / Daughter couple from Germany who we also hope to stay in touch with.The cruise as relaxing, not a thing to think about other than having fun and enjoying every minute, we had a lovely crew who looked after us well, we felt spoilt.Read More
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MissdaisyMrHugo

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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