Variety Cruises Ship Review-M/S Galileo

Professional Review for Galileo

Outside CabinThe Galileo is an attractive 4-deck, dark-blue-hulled, three-masted motor-sailer that cruises from a port near Athens to the Greek Islands. She takes up to 49 passengers and a crew of 16-18 at an average speed of 11 knots on weekly cruises to the Cyclades.

Variety Cruises, founded in 2005, is based in Athens with a principal office in New York. It offers scheduled cruises on small sailing ships and mega yachts in the Greek Islands, to the Turkish Coast and in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

The passenger list is often an international one that includes North Americans, Europeans and Russians. The age range is wide.

Weekly cruises, April to October, operate from Marina Zea to Poros, Ios, Kea, Mykonos and Paros. A cruise manager is aboard to arrange optional tours ashore to archaeological sites and towns. There is snorkeling gear, kayaks and a windsurfer available at no extra charge.

ExteriorThis motor sailer has four decks, with the cabins spread over two decks and the paneled bar, lounge and dining room in between. Breakfast is an American buffet, and lunch and dinner feature Greek/Mediterranean dishes. Local wines, beer and soft drinks are complimentary at meals. The lounge has a TV with AV equipment for showing photos and films. A sheltered deck is aft of the public spaces. The open Sun Deck is furnished with loungers (deck chairs) and canvas-type wooden armchairs and tables.

The 24 cabins, all with private facilities, music channels, safes and hair dryers, have windows on Upper Deck and portholes on Lower Deck. Beds are arranged as twins or a double, and there is one dedicated single cabin.

The Galileo is a stylish motor sailer that offers a most attractive way to visit the Greek islands. While Star Clippers also operates sailing vessels in these waters, they are much larger.

Review from star service online

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