A day cruise from Athens is a great way to experience the Greek islands if you have limited time in Greece is a one-day boat trip to the Saronic islands near Athens. It is a very popular excursion with both locals and visitors to Greece. A day cruise in the Saronic is a nice one-day activity from Athens. And a comfortable way to explore for families with young children. Traveling by cruise boat is easier with kids than using the regular ferry boats.
Recently, the members of Travel Bloggers Greece and their families were invited by Evermore Cruises to experience the first one-day yacht cruise to the Saronic islands. We were traveling in the unique VIP lounge.
A day cruise: The yacht
COSMOS is Evermore Cruises’ new 70m long ship sailing the Saronic Gulf. She is the first luxurious yacht, operating as a day cruise boat sailing the Saronic Gulf. Cosmos is also one fastest day-cruisers of its category. It has six bars, five luxurious lounges, and a new specially designed 5-star VIP area for 120 people as well as a VIP cabin. I found traveling in the VIP lounge the best part of this trip. It was comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable. The top of the notch VIP lounge could only be entered with a VIP card. My children did not have such card and could not leave the lounge without it. I sat back in the elegant sitting corners of the lounge and relaxed with my friends knowing that my children were safe (and cold not ‘escape’ to dangerous parts of the ship) at all times. Besides beautifully decorated sitting corners and a nice bar, the lounge has cozy corners with comfortable sofas. The children quickly started to play games at the large tables and enjoyed the view over the sea from the panorama windows. A live orchestra playing Greek music and a multilingual guide completed our experience on Cosmos. The yacht leaves from Marina Kalitheas near Piraeus and the VIP package includes a transfer service from and to your hotel.
A day cruise: The food
There was a trendy bar in our VIP lounge with a large selection of champagnes, other wines and spirits. Coffee and soft drinks welcomed us on board. My children loved the large choice in juices. These welcome drinks are included in the VIP package. On a large table in our lounge, we were served elegant finger food such as spring rolls, smoked salmon, and other snacks. A 5* lunch buffet was served after the first island visit. This was a choice of meat, fish or pasta accompanied by two salads. Fresh fruits and desserts were served after the second island visit. The food was suitable for the children and there was something for every taste.
A day cruise: The islands
The first stop is on Hydra, a picturesque Greek island with a history in sponge diving and shipping. Here your family has about an hour to explore. Hydra is a car-free island and very good for children. You can make a walk in the port and the little streets around the port area. Kids will love the donkeys in the port and the cats of Hydra on every corner of the street. You can also join a guided walking tour with Evermore Cruises. In my article Family Friendly Hydra, you can find more things to see and do with your family on this Saronic gem. The second island is Poros. In Poros, I recommend walking around the port to admire the view over the mainland Peloponnese. Older children can climb up the steps to the famous bell tower of Poros. The last island on this tour is Aegina. Evermore Cruises offers several tours on Aegina. If your children like mythology and (ancient) Greek history, I recommend that you take the bus tour to visit the ancient Temple of Aphaia and the monastery of Saint Nektarios.
The second island is Poros. Poros is very different from Hydra. It is very green and it is close to mainland Greece. Here I recommend you to take a stroll around the port to admire the magnificent view over the Peloponnese mainland. Older children can climb up the steps to the famous clock tower of Poros.
The last island on this tour is Aegina. Evermore Cruises offers several tours on Aegina. If your children like mythology and (ancient) Greek history, I recommend that you take the bus tour to visit the ancient Temple of Aphaia and the monastery of Saint Nektarios. Don’t forget to buy some pistachios, the nut that Aegina is famous for!
**I was a guest of a day cruise with Evermore Cruises. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own**