Responsible tourism: Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean
Sail power has very obvious benefits, vastly reducing the carbon used in any form of travel. Although we cannot use the sails all the time and in all conditions, we do use them wherever possible in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
Our vessel has an on board waste treatment system to avoid polluting the sea with waste. Furthermore, the smaller size of these cruise vessels and the smaller passenger numbers, ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that donít usually benefit from this form of tourism.
Most tourists to Greece and the Greek Islands stay (and often donít leave) some large resorts in a few restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas of Greece without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.
By using small ships, we can access many smaller harbours than larger ships, thus reducing mileage traveled and keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum.
We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. This can be a small thing such as buying a local cake from a small bakery, trying some fresh seafood at a street stall or having a haircut and shave in a local barbers - excellent value .
The shipís managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local fruit juice instead of a well known American brand of soft drink, you will support the economy, it will be better for you and who knows, you might find you enjoy it more too. All the food on board is bought from local communities; fruit vegetables, plenty of fish, meat and other staples are all locally grown and produced, and much of it is bought from small retailers or even directly from the grower or fisherman.
We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.
We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Greece.
Reviews of Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by Rosanne Sene
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The warmth, kindness and hospitality of the Greek people
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
It's a relaxing trip, most on board are of a more mature age. Shame there are not more round the mid 40's - mid 50's yr looking for this type of fulfilment. Its a lovely trip.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we were encouraged to walk the back streets and mingle in order to distribute our possible expenditures and support around each island
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I'd rate it a 6 for these reasons: 1. If you drink alcohol it can be rather costly. The wines (at least local wines) and beers should be included at dinner table. Soft drinks especially mineral water shoud be included in price. 2. We expected more sailing.....the sails were set up but only 3 of the 6 and not fully for a short while. 3. Not enough swim stops 4. Last night ship spends it back at Athens, I think this could still be on an en-route island. 5. Wifi (though we go to disconnect) should be free especially as it does not work everywhere on the ship and its speed is debatable! 5. Departure from ship could be later. Breakfast is normally up to 0900 we had to be out by 9am!