Depending on a variety of factors such as season, cruise line, length of cruise, and accommodations, a Greece cruise can cost around $1,000 a week up to several thousand dollars or more. If youâ€™re interested in a Greece cruise, but you donâ€™t want to clean out your savings to pay for it, there are many ways to enjoy Greece cruise deals without sacrificing service, quality, and fun. Before we discuss the many ways to score Greece cruise deals, first, here is a bit of information about Greece and the wonderful world of Greek cruises.
The Greek Islands consist of some 1400 islands with more than 160 inhabited cays to explore. The Greek Islands are divided into seven main groups including: Argosaronic Gulf, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Sporades, Aegean, Ionian, and Crete â€“ the largest of the Greek Islands. The Argosaronic Gulf includes: Aegina, Agistri, Hydra, and Spetses; Cyclades include: Andros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Santorini; Dodecanese includes: Halki, Karpathos, Rhodes and Symi; Sporades includes: Alonissos, Skiathos and Skopelos; Aegean includes Thassos; Ionian features Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas, and Zakynthos, and not far from the coast of North Africa is Crete which features one of the most picturesque cities in Europe â€“ Rethymnon.
The most popular Greek Islands are Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Mykonos, Paros, Skiathos, Los, Naxos, and Sifnos. One of the most popular ways to explore the most visited islands of Greece is by taking a Greek cruise. Besides spectacular scenery, culture, history, and ancient ruins to explore, the Greek Islands also feature amazing beaches, world-class restaurants, and numerous opportunities to shop.
While most Greek island cruises will highlight Greek history through various guided shore excursions, the cruise lines that offer Greek Island cruises are also pretty exciting in themselves. Keep in mind that it is up to you if you would like to take a guided tour, but itâ€™s perfectly ok to leave the cruise ship at each port of call and go off on your own to explore the many unique sights, beaches, or local attractions. Most veteran Greek cruisers will agree that solo is the best way to go!
Many of the worldâ€™s largest and most popular cruise lines offer sailings to Greece, including: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean. Mid-sized cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises, Holland America, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas, also offer Greek sailings as well as luxury small-ship cruise lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Hebridean International, and Wind Star. There are several popular cruise lines that specialize in Greek cruises. These include: Louis Hellenic Greek Cruises and MSC Cruises. A typical seven day Louis cruise will cover the Greek Isles and Turkey covering ports such as Piraeus (Athens), Istanbul, Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, and Heraklion (Crete). Greek cruises can last anywhere from three days up to 15 days or more.
No matter how many days you plan to spend on your Greek cruise, as stated earlier, there are many ways to enjoy Greece cruise deals. Cruise lines offer big rewards for advances booking. You may enjoy special incentives, credits, and cash back just for booking far in advance. If youâ€™re one to procrastinate, you to may be rewarded. If a Greek cruise isnâ€™t completely booked several weeks or so before the cruise is set to sail, prices are slashed. If you book at the very last minute, you may enjoy savings up to 75 percent. Cruise lines will do anything to fill up those last few cabins.
Other ways to enjoy Greece cruise deals include: booking with a group/family, taking advantage of package deals, booking online, and booking with popular cruise lines that sail to Greece.
You can also cruise off-season. The Greek cruise season runs from around the end of April through November. Some cruise lines operate Greek cruises in December, and even year-round. April, early May, and November/December are considered shoulder seasons, and lower fares are usually offered during these months. High season runs through the summer months.
Besides special rates for groups and families, just about every cruise line has special rates for seniors. A senior is typically defined as a person who is 55 or older. The only drawback is, to lock in the special rates you canâ€™t book online. You must call a cruise travel specialist or book directly with the cruise line. Keep in mind that proof of age is required.
For more discounts and Greece cruise deals, visit any of the following websites listed below or contact your local cruise travel specialist.