Was concerned after reading both good and bad reviews what it would be like to sail with this company but I have to say we had no problems. We sailed from Pireaus to Ios, Ios to Santorini and Santorini back to Pireaus all on the Highspeed 6 with the longest of the trips being about four hours. The boats are incredibly punctual, this does involve being a bit manic when the boats pull in to a stop but its nothing to be concerned about, all part of the fun!
We booked our first boat trip separately (3 girls travelling together) and even though we didn't pick up the printed tickets until we got to the port we were still all seated separately. Seats our obviously assigned when you book online and not when you pick up the actually printed tickets, an error on our behalf. We booked economy tables for our shorter trip which would be very handy if you are travelling with children, however for our longer trips we picked economy seats as these seats recline and the table ones do not.
Had the same staff for all three of our sailings and they were pleasant while trying to keep to a strict timetable.The boat itself is fine, easy to walk around and there was a small souvenir shop and somewhere to buy food which was quite nice. All the days we sailed were quite windy and the boat was slightly rocky, however nothing too drastic and didn't see many people who were sea sick but to keep in mind that the boat does pitch and roll if you are prone to sea sickness.
The luggage is kept downstairs where the cars are, having read reviews about someones luggage getting stolen we lugged our suitcases up two flights of stairs on our first journey and stored them on luggage racks near our seats. However we didn't bother for our other two sailing and had no issues but it is easy to see how suitcases could be taken with little bother.
All in all would recommend Hellenic seaways for fast sailings between islands, while the tickets are more expensive than other slower sailings it was worth it for us as we had a relatively short trip. There were no problems booking online and picking up the tickets upon your arrival at the port, just ensure you leave plenty of time to que and get your tickets before the boat arrives, and if you want to sit together, book all in one booking!
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