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Jkh
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Confused about ferry connections

We are going to in Athens in May 18 and plan on leaving Athens to go to Paros on May 22 (Friday). We want to take a "fast" ferry. However, we do not understand all the different options (economy, seating, pricing, fast vs slow, etc.) Would someone please explain how the system works. Do we book through an agency (we have "Greek Travel" as a possibility)? We have the web site www.greekferries.gr to kind of help us. We also want to leave Paros for Naxos on May25 (slower or fast ferry) and later leave Naxos for Santorini (slower or fast ferry)on May27. We will fly back to Athens from Santorini later, and will not need a ferry. We would appreciate any an all suggestions/ideas/explanations on the How to, etc. of booking, selecting, etc. Please, please help us.

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1. Re: Confused about ferry connections

take a look at www.bluestarferries.gr for normal ships and www.hsw.gr for the fast ones

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2. Re: Confused about ferry connections

Hi Jkh,

There will be several options for the routes you specify, and no need to prebook, as all ferries on those dates will have many empty seats. Buy your tickets from Amphitrion Holidays or Pacific Travel when you get to Athens Airport.

Blue Star ferries has daily departures from Piraeus to Paros, Naxos, and Santorini, all in the same route. One ferry departs around 0730, and another at 1730: bluestarferries.com/ENGLISH/defaultmain.htm

Hellenic Seaways will most likely have a highspeed departing for Paros and Naxos around 0715.

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3. Re: Confused about ferry connections

Heimdale,

Thank you for the information. It helped a lot. I will take your advice and wait until we get to the airport. Could you describe to us the difference between economy and the A1,A3 seating? Are some seats more comfortable than others or are they all the same on the slow ferry or on the fast boat? Is there a difference? Thank you.

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4. Re: Confused about ferry connections

Hi Jkh, hopefully great minds think alike - I am doing the very same trip - even flying back to Athens from Santorini, just 1 week earlier than you. Hope we both have a great vacation!

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5. Re: Confused about ferry connections

Not sure why you are fussing so much, you will be fine on a slow ferry, cheapest ticket. None of your connections will you gain much time using a fast ferry at 2x the cost, just an emptier pocket.

You will automatically be sold the cheapest deck/economy ticket by the Island ticket agencies. Just buy tickets the day before at that time of year, quite easy, no fussing required.

When you get on the ferry you will soon see my reasoning, you can wander at will to see any seating arrangements, and indeed use empty seating, the various lounges, cafes etc.

Ferries are pretty empty in May so the cheapest ticket is fine.

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