Me and my girlfriend will be in Greece in August traveling from Athens to Santorini. I looked at booking ferries online, and I have a few questions:
1. I booked a cabin on on overnight ferry from Piraeus to Santorini. The confirmation email mentioned I will be notified when and where I can pick up the tickets. What does this mean?
2. What do the classes mean? For economy, if you book a berth/seat, it says you will stay in a cabin with people of the same gender. Is this an archaic term, or id this actually true? If I go with my girlfriend in economy, we stay in different sections of the ship?
3. For economy seats - do I have to book in advance, or can I get the tickets once I am in Greece and can buy them locally? I will arrive in athens a week before go back from Santorini to Athens (the first leg is the overnight one).
Any other tips are most welcome. I am so excited about this...
I was in greece as a kid and did a couple of ferries. At that time everyone was seperated by gender. My mom and sisters had to stay on one side and us men on the other. Kinda wierd, i thought.
I took the same route several years ago, with my dad. We booked a sleeper cabin together, but I remember passing the economy seats. It did not look seperated to me. Many people were out of their seats and about though, so if it was seperated they may have wondered back and forth throughout the rooms?
But anyway, that's what I saw.
Good luck and have fun!!
depending on which ferry operator you chose economy can mean:
a) you have no specific seat - you have to find one in the general free areas of the ship once on board
b) an airplane-type seat with a given number (some operators charge a little extra for this - you will have to buy it beforehand when you make the booking)
If you book for 2 people in 4-bed cabins, then yes you will be in different cabins than your girlfriend (presumably she wouldn't want to spend the night with some stranger truck-drivers that may be in the same cabin as you )
If you book a whole cabin (ie 2-bed) then of course you have your own cabin for the two of you.
finally, as long as you don't plan to travel between say the 20th of July and the 20th of August OR on a weekend, finding a ticket shouldn't be a problem. You can check availability at: www.greekferries.gr
Remeber also that (provided there is availability) you can always upgrade your ticket once on board the ship.