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Where to sit in a Greek ferry: seat, cabin or deck?

Greek Islands ● 08 March 2018
 

During your Greek Island Hopping, you will spend much time in a Greek ferry. Deciding where to spend the time on the ferry is as important as booking your accommodation. You have three options about where to sit, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. However, not all boats offer all of these three options. In a small fast ferry that makes even the biggest route in the Cyclades from Athens to Santorini in less than 5 hours, there are only air seats, but in larger boats, you can also sit on the deck or spend the hours in a cabin. It is up to you what to decide, but it is wise to be informed about your possibilities in order to know what to expect and start your journey conveniently.


Deck

If you travel by boat, you can sit on the deck. You will feel the warm sun on your face, see the blue sea, the ports of the passing islands and the sea gulls around you and won't feel nausea. Especially if the journey does not last long, the deck is the ideal situation to understand what travelling by a Greek boat means. If you don't want to sit outside, there is at the same price of the ferry ticket another area inside, which looks like a salon with coffee tables and couches. However, the seats on this salon or the open-air deck are not numbered, so you have to be early (at least one hour before departure) on the boat to find a seat.


Air seats

The airline seats are being offered in boats as well as in ferries, they are numbered, booked on your name and convenient for routes up to 5 hours. Most boats offer a large TV in this area, and you can stand up and walk. Air seats are slightly more expensive than the deck. Remember that you have to leave your luggage in a place next to the entrance and the garage if you have booked a ferry ticket for deck or air seats. The crew is not responsible for loss or damage of your luggage, so be sure to lock your bag and put your name on it. However, there is the possibility to book a business air seat. In this area, you can take with you your luggage, enjoy a luxury snack bar and relax in more spacious leather vessels. Business air seats are 50% more expensive than economy seats.


Cabin

For more hours or if you have to spend the night on the boat, for example if you travel to Crete, you can book a cabin, which has private showers and offers the option to accommodate 2-4 persons depending on the price you want to pay. Cabin look like the rooms of a hotel and are perfect if you want to get rest and wake up refreshed in your destination. However, they are much more expensive than the seats, as expected.

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