M/S Galileo in Greece
M/S Galileo in Greece / Variety Cruises
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Upper deck
Upper deck / Variety Cruises
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Category C Cabin
Category C Cabin / Variety Cruises
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Lounge and dining room
Lounge and dining room / Variety Cruises
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Private beach barbecue
Private beach barbecue / Variety Cruises
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Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Owned by Greek company Variety Cruises, this 49-guest sailing ship — launched in 1992, rebuilt in 2007, and last refurbished in 2020 — is an attractive older vessel with three towering masts. The crew hoists the sails now and then, but it’s only for show — Galileo actually propelled by a motor. Two refurbishments over the past decade have refreshed public spaces and cabins, which are clad in dark wood and traditional décor.

The ship cruises exclusively to the Greek islands and Peloponnese, taking you to big hits like Mykonos and Santorini, as well as lesser-visited islands megaships can't reach, such as Folegandros and Syros. You'll learn about ancient civilizations from local guides, take morning swims from the ship's diving platform, and soak up the Mediterranean sun while island-hopping around the Cyclades.

What We Love

The Friendliness: Galileo's compact design (with only one lounge and dining room, plus a small outdoor bar and a sundeck) means everyone gets to know each other quickly.

Casual Atmosphere: Dining is not a formal affair. Sit where and with whom you want and come as you are. Even in the evening, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable.

Swimming Platform: Depending on the weather, you can dive right off the back of the ship's swimming platform and use snorkeling gear on request.

Best Known For

Going Greek: Galileo sails around the Greek islands in summer and circumnavigates the Peloponnese, with a transit of the Corinth Canal, in spring and autumn. The ship stays late in port — and sometimes overnights — so passengers can go ashore after dark.

Local expertise: Variety Cruises uses Greek guides with sound knowledge of local history and attractions — and the best times to visit to avoid the crowds. There is usually one guided tour offered per port, though it's not included in your fare.

Who It's Best For

Laid-back Cruisers: If you want to avoid traditions such as formal night and set dining, this intimate ship is a good choice, and appeals to a wide range of ages (but note: the line doesn't advise bringing children under 11).

Europhiles: The onboard currency is Euros, and the passenger list is usually a mix of Europeans and Americans.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Restless Nights: The engine is really noisy — so sleeping may not be easy. Luckily, most itineraries avoid much night navigation.

Cabins are Tght: The ship's 25 ensuite cabins are compact and have minimal storage. The lowest-grade rooms are accessed via stairs from the lounge, and the higher-grade ones open up to the promenade deck.

ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger