Greek Aegean Island hopping holiday
Description of Greek Aegean Island hopping holiday
2022: 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 16 Sep
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetACTIONS ALREADY TAKEN - MONITORING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Our small ships run on Marine Diesel Oil, unlike larger ships that use non refined Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) which is non-refined, polluting and highly toxic. We will be campaigning for a full international ban of the use of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), which once it leaks into the water, it is almost impossible to clean up, seeping into the ecosystem for long-term contamination. A report from 2017 shows 34 cruise ship operators still use HFO.
Additionally, Regular maintenance for each ship of our fleet takes place twice a year, a practice that is extremely important in reducing fuel consumption.
REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE & INVITING OUR STAFF AND OUR GUESTS TO EXPLORE THE PLANET ON A SAFER, GREENER FLEET, WHEREVER WE EXPLORE:
a) Single-Use Plastic Reduction: One of our guiding principles is to positively impact the areas in which we explore. That is why we are proud to have successfully completed a single-use plastic reduction program across our entire fleet, minimizing single-use plastic items. Such items include straws, stirrers, cups, lids, bottled water, among other items, as well as items wrapped in plastic; single-portion items such as butter cups, jams or yogurts. The first ships to have become completely single-use plastic free has been the M/S Panorama II operating in Southeast Asia as of December 2018. Our goal is to completely eliminate single-use plastics on board all our vessels in phases within 2019. Our hope is that our actions will prompt other cruise operators to do the same.
b) Reusable water bottles in each cabin for guest use on board and on shore: We have removed plastic bottles on board for guest and staff use, and replacing them with reusable eco-friendly solutions, namely the “ECO-Life” 750 ml bottles, for transfer of water and beverages. With a cap made from bamboo and the bottle itself made of stainless steel and 100% non-toxic. Without color and without plastic, this is an eco-friendly solution to reduce waste on board our ships and on shore at the destinations our guests and our crew visit.
c) Our policy on Garbage Management is fully aligned with IMO Regulations and MARPOL (Maritime Pollution Legislation), for the reduction of waste generation, both operational waste from ships (through the MARPOL Convention) and dumping of wastes under the London Convention and Protocol (LC/LP). For garbage and several other types of waste generated on board ships, MARPOL requires port States to provide adequate reception facilities for the safe and sound management of wastes.
d) Offering Eco-friendly bath amenities on board in non-plastic packaging or in refillable containers.
e) Beach clean ups: we organize voluntary beach clean-ups for guests and staff.
PeopleThis cruise is a perfect combination of diving into culture and meeting the traditional greek island life. Unexplored is the name of the cruise and indeed the ports of call we reach, will give you the chance to explore the less known parts of Greece, mingle with its people and discover a more peaceful pace of living. Some of the islands have never been visited by a cruise ship and this is one of the actual causes of this trip; bring people together and give to some "forgotten" communities the chance to show their beauties, share their local products and get in contact with the outside world! Our Greek crew is always close to share the secrets of each place that you will visit. Don't hesitate to ask them. They are always available and ready to assist you to explore what's best of each place.
Did you ever think that you would have the chance to buy bread from a local bakery and never meet the owner? This is the way in Ikaria locals show their trust. Kalymnos is one of the last places in the world that you will meet sponge divers. It has been one of the oldest professions of the island which is nowadays extinct; yet there are few old people to talk to, while their stories will take you back to the old days when living was hard but less hectic. In Amorgos, don't forget to taste and buy the local Psimeni Raki; a local sweet liqueur to taste with your friends back home, that will remind you of the breathless views from the Monastery of the island. In Koufonissia, the small part of our Greek heaven, you can walk around the island and taste the local fava beans with a glass of a Cycladic wine. People on the island meet the outside world from May till October. The rest of the months there is only a small boat that connects them with the biggest close by islands when weather permits. Reaching their small fishing port is a great opportunity for locals to meet outside life, welcome you to their home and make you feel at home! In Serifos, there is a beautiful lady who produces her own goat cheese that due to the small and seasonal production, you can only taste locally. She will treat you well and her spoon sweets made of fresh fruit can easily be combined with a piece of fresh goat cheese; and this is one of the paths that can make you dream of heaven!