When you are on vacation, you often don’t have much time to see everything that you want to. Olympic Cruises has a way to help alleviate that issue, as their cruise brings you to three of the Greek Islands in one day. The ship leaves from Athens and takes you on a tour of Poros, Hydra and Aegina.
The tour starts early, so as soon as I got on the ship, I found a seat next to the window and bought some breakfast. The ship is huge, so there is plenty of room to move around and sit outside. During the first part of the trip, they performed live Greek music, which kept playing until we arrived at our first island, Poros known as the “island of romance and carelessness”.
We stayed for 50 minutes, which was enough time to walk to the top of the islands historic clock for panoramic views of the town and port. The clock is visible from everywhere on the island since it is on top of the highest hill on the island.
At the beginning of the trip people were given red and yellow cards for dining. If you had the yellow card, which I did, then you ate lunch after the first island. If you had the red, you ate after the second island. This was to ensure that service was quick and that everyone had ample time to eat their meal without rushing. I was glad I had the yellow card, because I was already hungry after the visit to Poros. Lunch was a buffet serving chicken, fish, various salads, potatoes, rice and pasta. A drink was not included, but you could purchase a soft drink, wine, beer, water, etc. After you finished eating, they brought out dessert.
By the time I was finished eating, we were at our next island, Hydra. The first thing I noticed was that there were donkeys literally everywhere, which is because the island has no automotive vehicles. In order to get around, people either walk, ride donkeys or take a boat. Other than that, the island just has one garbage truck and one ambulance, that’s it!
During your time on this island, you can walk around and explore or purchase a ticket for a walking tour of the city. I did the walking tour which was very informative, as it taught me about the city’s rich history and culture.
Once back on the ship, the second group ate their lunch, as I sat on the dock deck, taking in the views. You can purchase alcohol and other beverages, so I of course decided to get a pina colada. It just went together so well with my island themed day!
The final island was Aegina, known for its pistachios and beautiful beaches. In the summer, you can take a speedboat to one of these beaches, but since I went at the end of September, they did not offer it anymore. Instead, you can purchase a bus tour around the island. Since the majority of the people on my ship were French (due to a big tour), they did not have an English speaking one, so I didn’t think it made sense for me to go on the bus tour. Thinking back, I should have gone just for the sights! Instead, I went to a small beach nearby the port, but since it was a little chilly, I ended up walking around the town.
The final duration of the cruise was very cheerful (it could have been the Pina Colada), as everyone sat around watching performers dance to traditional Greek music, while the sun set over the water. They sang and danced until the cruise came to an end.
**Thank you Olympic Cruises for hosting me. As always, my opinions army own.