Santorini Cruises provider overview
In the following we present some shipping companies on whose routes the island of Santorini is located.
AIDA cruises to Santorini there are some in 2023. The layover time of the AIDA ships varies, but often from 08:00 to 19:30. You can find an overview of the cruises at AIDA under Santorini Cruises.
Those who want to get to know the Greek islands can do so with the cruise ships Celestyal Cristal, Celestyal Olympia or Celestyal Nefeli. On board, an extensive Greek menu and entertainment program is offered. You can choose between a three-, four- or seven-day tour. The one-week tour takes you to Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos, among other places. With the cruise short trips with 3 and 4 days you have to watch out a bit, because you can only spend a little time at the respective destination. So you have partly only 3 hours stay on Santorini, in this short time it makes almost no sense to leave the cruise ship. In the 7 day tours you can also find unusual, but quite positive times. For example, on some routes you are on Santorini from 08:00 to 23:00 and could enjoy the sunset in Oia in the evening.
All Santorini cruises of the shipping company Costa start in Italy. The maximum layover time off the island is 8 hours from 12:30 to 20:30, which is quite tight, but enough for any destination on the island.
Holland America Line
HHAL calls at Santorini with the Koningsdam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. The shortest route is 11 days long, most are much longer. The layover time before Thira is 10 hours for most routes, which is enough for exploring the island. We know the Koningsdam from another cruise and can highly recommend the ship.
MSC Santorini cruises depart from Venice or Brindisi. On the routes you have a maximum of one sea day and the stay on Santorini is between 5 and 9 hours.
Santorini is a volcanic island with a very special geology and flora. Princess Cruises also takes you to the Greek dream island, where you can climb the mountain of Old Thira or visit one of the region's vineyards. The cruises usually start in the Mediterranean Sea, for example, in Barcelona, Venice, Athens or in Civitavecchia, Italy. The stay in Santorini is often from 7:00am to 7:00pm, but sometimes only until 5:00.pm
The "Mein Schiff" fleet calls at Santorini 2023 / 2024 a few times. The ships are off Santorini from 07:00 to 19:00, which should be enough to explore the whole island. For Greece fans is positive that many ports on the routes are in Greece.
The cruise ships Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas also call at Santorini on their routes. You have 7 to 10 nights, depending on the route, on the ship, which takes you to the most beautiful Greek islands and cities such as Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Katakolon.
The ships have their own poker room where guests can play to their heart's content. The staff also teaches beginners how to play the game. The poker room is open almost all the time. Only if a ship lies in the port, it is closed temporarily. You can also play poker on the other cruises. In addition, most ships have a very good Internet connection, so you can also play online alone to relax or just pass the time against boredom.
One should note here the laytime of the ship before Santorini, which is, for example, on the route "Mediterranean Impressions" from 1:00pm to 10:00pm.
With Swan Hellenic you can travel from Athens to Nafplio. You can start your adventure by exploring the Acropolis and end it, after a 15-day trip, with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mycenae. On the way, lectures are given by Greek history experts, so you can fully immerse yourself in the country's history.
Seven nights includes a trip on the Harmony G or the small Galileo. The starting and ending point is the Greek city of Piraeus. During this cruise you will mainly visit the smaller islands like Antiparos, Folegandros or Kythnos. But of course, a stop in Santorini must not be missed.
In addition to the already described providers for Santorini cruises, there are, among others, the following:
Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, FTI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix, PONANT, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaTravel, Silversea, Star Clippers.