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See the Greek Islands - The Smart Way


Seeing the pictures of the blue domed roofs and white washed houses by the sea on the Greek island of Santorini, the comment “looks boring lets not go there” said no one ever.

These images inspire people to want to visit Greece and it’s beautiful and varied island world.


The Island of Santorini

Most that dream of this trip don’t understand one essential problem in planning their trip: these islands are challenging to physically get to and once there very expensive to stay upon. Some hotels are even movie star expensive.

This is why a cruise ship is an ideal way to visit these islands, especially the well known islands of Mykonos and Santorini - the one with the blue domed houses. Hotel prices here can exceed $1000 a night for an “okay” hotel. Stunning Instagram worthy places go for even more.

To get the most out of a trip of this nature there are two keys: How many people are on your ship and how long is your ship docked on the island.

Milos, Greece one of the under visited destination in the Greek Islands

First, a massive cruise ship with more than two thousand passengers all trying to get off or get back on can mean clogged streets, jam packed sights, and lot of people jostling for the same things. This is why a smaller ship is always better on this itinerary.

Second and very important is how long is your ship actually in port? Larger cruise lines want to get you back on the ship so that you can spend more of your money with them. Smaller lines do not rely on as much on board spending.

So smaller is better all the way around and that includes medium sizes ships as well. And that is why I am thrilled to share with you that my top recommendation for a Greek Islands cruise line is one that that specializes in the Greek Islands and the eastern Mediterranean. Celestyal cruises is in fact a Greek owned company which means that they have deeper relationships with the places they visit than another company could ever hope to achieve.


If you are interested in learning more or booking your Greek Islands cruise remember that I can often get you a better experience than you can book on your own. Shoot me a message at carol.mckee@mckeetravel.com


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