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23/12/15

Holiday business hours

Holiday business hours

We are operating limited business hours over the holiday period. If you have an urgent email then you can contact us at info@poseidoncharters.com
24 Dec 2015-28 Dec 2015: CLOSED
28 Dec 2015-30 Dec 2015: 9am-5pm
31 Dec 2015-04 Jan 2016: CLOSED
Happy Holidays to all our customers, friends and partners all over the world.

 


17/12/15

Thinking of a new website?

Thinking of a new website?

We'd like to express a very big thank you to the team at Webfuel for our new mobile friendly website. Thanks so much James and Lucy for your hard work, our endless requests and your never ending patience. We love the new site, thank you and cheers! If you've started thinking about a refresh or a whole new site then we can highly recommend www.webfuel.com.


10/12/15

WIN a GoPro HERO+ LCD camera

WIN a GoPro HERO+ LCD camera

We'd love you to take a look round our refreshed website. As Christmas is approaching, we’re offering one lucky website reader the chance to WIN a GoPro HERO+ LCD for their next adventure holiday. All you have to do is look at the 3 website pages below, on one of the pages, there is a very obvious link - when clicked you'll be taken to our facebook competition entry page. 

Don't waste any time, entry opens on 11th December at 12 noon EST and closes on 24th December 12 noon EST. The winner will be notified to their entry email address on 24th December, just in time for Christmas! 

Sorry entry is now closed for this competition.

 


09/12/15

Welcome to our mobile friendly site

Welcome to our mobile friendly site

It's taken months of work but our responsive website is now live. You can now view our website on any of your devices and we've also refreshed a lot of the content at the same time. Each charter now has a summary quick view page and a detailed page for those who like the small print. Our destination pages have also expanded and will continue to do so over time. Happy reading!

 


25/10/15

2016 pricing and early booking discounts

2016 pricing and early booking discounts

The 2015 season has only just finished but we're already into the booking season for 2016. All our trips and yachts have been updated with 2016 pricing so now is the time to take advantage of those early boooking discounts...next stop the Zoomer show in Toronto on 31 October, see you there!


11/10/15

News from Annapolis boat show

News from Annapolis boat show

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at Annapolis Sailboat show. The weather was glorious which in turn got everyone outdoors to see the latest yachts and boat gadgets at the show. Our very own Steven Parry was captured on camera at the show by the ASA (American Sailing Association). You can view the short video here


04/10/15

Sailing in Greece end of the season

Sailing in Greece end of the season

It's been a while since we posted on our News page and we're sorry about that! September was a very windy month and this meant typing at the same time as sailing was not possible for our crew! Our 29th August departure left Athens with two cabin charter yachts and midway through the first week, we were lucky enough to have our first overnight anchorage of the year at Kleftico on the southwest tip of Milos. Kleftico is a spectacular stop and the dinghy tours through the caves to the old pirate haunts is an unforgettable experience for everyone. The 12th September departure, will go down in history as the trip with lots of yachts, strong wind, much fun but definitely a few problems thrown in - par for the course when nine yachts are involved, this is adventure sailing after all! Clients joined us from Australia, Canada, United States and the UK aboard the three cabin charter yachts and we saw birthday celebrations, yacht breakdowns and fouled anchors on many occasions! The stories from this departure will go on for many years we are sure! Finally the last departure of the year was a just a quick week but ended the season on an amazing high. When friends and family travel together it always generates a unique type of vacation for everyone - this trip was no exception and we can honestly say that we have never heard so much laughter coming from two yachts in the history of Poseidon! We really hope that we get to sail with the 'Sanders' group again!

If you want to get a feel for who takes our trips and what happens, then all the photos from this year's sailing season are now on our facebook page - click here to view


10/08/15

Latest Poseidon Charters newsletter

Latest Poseidon Charters newsletter

Every few months we publsh a short newsletter. It always gives an update on where we are, what's coming up and our sailing question for a bit of a refresher or learning if you're new to sailing. If you want to receive this, then click here to receive. View the latest Poseidon Charters newsletter.

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20/07/15

Reasons to visit Greece

Reasons to visit Greece

We've been busy keeping you posted on what is happening in Greece over the Euro crisis...now it's time to remind ourselves of what is great about Greece. Here's a few snippets you may not know!

  • Greece has nearly 3,000 sunny hours a year, 250 days of sunshine.
  • Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world
  • Greece has one of the richest varieties of wildlife in Europe including 116 species of mammals, 18 amphibians, 59 reptiles, 240 bird and 107 fish!
  • Greece has about 9,000 miles of coastline, the 10th longest in the world and no point of Greece is more than 85 miles from water.
  • Greece had approximatley 18 million tourists 2014.

Let's help Greece on it's road to recovery by making it 20 million visitors in 2016!


16/07/15

Update on Greece 16 Jul 2015

Update on Greece 16 Jul 2015

GREECE UPDATE: THURSDAY 16 JUL 2015 12:30 EST

  • Eurogroup to begin talks on a three-year bailout of Greece.
  • Greek banks to reopen on Monday 20 Jul, reports Reuter.
  • European Central Bank expands, slightly, its emergency support for the Greek banking system.
  • Greece has been offered seven billion Euros in the form of a "bridging loan".
  • Cabins booked with Poseidon Charters are guaranteed and confirmed departures.
  • Yacht charters booked with Poseidon Charters are confirmed departures.
  • Flotillas booked with Poseidon Charters are confirmed departures.
  • There is no travel advisory in place for tourists not to travel to Greece.
  • All demonstrations in Athens have been non-violent.
  • In the unlikely instance that Poseidon Charters is unable to deliver your trip as outlined. Read our resonsibility as an operator.
  • Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply for clients wishing to cancel their trip. Please click here.

07/07/15

Meanwhile in Greece!

Meanwhile in Greece!

With everything that is happening in Greece at the minute, it is easy to forget that we have trips that are taking place. It's easy to forget not because it's unimportant, but more because everything is still the same and people are saiilng, shopping, and eating wonderful food in the restaurants. This trip has to be called the ‘2015 family flotilla week’ with Poseidon Charters! It was a large departure from Athens and included families from Calgary, Canada with a 12 and 8 year old; a family from Montreal with 3 kids; 8,12 and 14. A family from California with 2 teenage boys and a double family on a large catamaran from Long Island New York with relatives coming from Rome! There was also a family coming from Australia meeting relatives from Bahrain! Great fun was had by all as the boats set sail from Athens and kids hiked up to see the Classical temple of Aphaia before cooling off in Aegean sea!. Hydra offered more swimming, donkey rides and kids had fun paddling the dinghies! We were sad to lose a couple of people from our lead cabin charter yacht who decided to leave for personal and medical issues but we hope that they sail with us again in the future on a different trip. As with the democratic vote in Greece this week, the group took a vote on the choice of islands, and decided to skip Mykonos this trip and headed for the beauty of Syros on their way back to Athens. 


02/07/15

Greece our guarantee to you

Greece our guarantee to you

We would like to reassure our customers that the economic crisis and bank closure in Greece will not affect our customer’s valuable vacation time in any way aside from needing to carry additional funds. Poseidon Charters are still fully operational in Greece and our crew and clients aboard our flotilla and cabin deparutre this week have not experienced anything other than a 'normal operational Greece'. Funds paid to Poseidon Charters are placed in Intrust bank accounts in Canadian bank accounts which are regulated by Canadian banking laws and your charter is therefore guaranteed to be delivered.


19/06/15

Sailing in Greece beach BBQ

Sailing in Greece beach BBQ

The adventure started this week with 5 yachts and guests coming from California, Australia, Canada and UK. There was lead yacht Christianna with her crew from Windsor Ontario, the second lead yacht Poseidon with folks from UK, Chicago and California. Joining the flotilla we had 3 yachts,  with crews from Queensland Australia, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The flotilla motor sailed through Aegina, Poros and Hydra with very hot and still weather, finally finding some relief from the heat swimming at Kythnos. Arriving at the sand bar we enjoyed a huge BBQ for 24 people. On the menu was grilled lamb, chicken, juicy Hydra sausage and kalamari stuffed with tomatoes and feta cheese. A wonderful time was had by all ashore while the food was expertly grilled by Capt. Satefanos and Capt. Steve. Once the meal was eaten ‘buffet style’ aboard the rafted yachts, 2 bonfires and 20 tea lights lit up the beach from one end to the other. A few late night guests made it to the hot tub for some milky-way gazing and an after dinner nite-cap! Another unforgettable night experienced under the Aegean stars!!


12/06/15

Sailing in Greece the return to Athens

Sailing in Greece the return to Athens

From our halfway point at Ios we skipped through the waves past Homer's point to the little islet of Skinoussa. Here we indulged ourselves at Sweet Deli taverna, on Kalamari stuffed with sundries tomatoes and feta cheese along with a delicious local goat with fettuccine. Heading North after Skinoussa,  we arrived for a swip stop at Tigania and a fantastic lunch prepared by the crew. Everyone swam and loved the azure waters of this little cove just around the corner from Paros island. A group decision to skip Mykonos was made so next we sailed to the very beautiful and less visited island of Syros where everyone hiked up to see both the Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals on their respective hills! We're always on the look out for new restaurants to add to our repotoire and in Syros wondering the streets the crew found a new restaurant named Mazi. The beautiful lush vegitated dining courtyard is surrounded by 19th century arches meeting 40ft in the air! Said to be an old ceramics factory, but more likely to have also been a church at some point, Mazi was put down as one to try on future trips! Sailable winds took us all the way back to Athens via stops at Paros and Kea. A perfect cruise was the consensus arriving back in Athens on Friday evening. 

 


09/06/15

Making Poseidon Charters mobile friendly

For the next few weeks we will be making a few vital changes to our site to ensure that it is mobile friendly. Please bear with us if you find a few pages that look a little strange, or have links that may not work correctly. We aim to have the site back to normal and better for all devices in the few weeks. Thank you...and don't forget you can always call us to discuss your charter on 1 888 372 7245.


05/06/15

Sailing cruise Greece a windy week

Sailing cruise Greece a windy week

Setting sail on our first full two-week Cycladic adventure this season we saw guests from Georgia, Colorado and Ontario aboard our beautiful Ocean Star vessels Christiana VIII and Possidon. Everyone really enjoyed visiting Hydra and the energetic crews onboard hiked the 3-hour round trip up to the monastery. Leaving Hydra, the first true Meltemi of the season arrived, with three solid days of beautiful sailing that all crews were up for! Arriving at Kamares sand bar on the island of Kythnos, we enjoyed a wonderful barbecue meal cooked ashore by Captain Stefanos. The next passage to Sifnos was the highlight of the week as Christiana VIII sailed on a perfect wing on wing and both yachts were neck and neck after a bit of a race – Christiana VIII just beating Possidon on the home straight! Arriving at Platy Yalos, Sifnos, crews took a break from Greek gastronomy for a night and loved pizza at Mama Mia Italian restaurant on the beach!  The last sail of the week was another windy day. A great broad reach took us to Ios island and the first visit of 2015 to Liostasi Boutique hotel for massages, pedicures and poolside cocktails. We sadly said goodbye to four guests from Ontario, but eight others returned from a two-day excursion to Santorini for the second half of the Aegean adventure!


25/05/15

Sailing in Greece...the first sailing cruise of 2015

Sailing in Greece...the first sailing cruise of 2015

Beautiful spring poppies and other colourful flowers welcomed the first crews to Greece for the start of our sailing season of 2015. As the summer kicks in, it gets so hot in Greece that these flowers wither away so it was a nice treat to see beautiful colours aside from the Aegean sea blue and Cyclades blue of course!  Leaving Athens, our sailing cruise and flotilla headed into cool sparkling seas with two boats. Onboard, our Ocean Star 56.1 Posseidon, were Chiropractors coming from an international conference in Athens. Onboard Melia an Oceanis 43, was a family from San Francisco with our resident skipper Stephanos at the helm. Glorious weather and light sailing was enjoyed each day, and although the water was cool as it's May, everyone swam! Food is such an important part of our trip and we quite literally eat our way through the islands at places such as Kristina's in Hydra where we ate a selection of yummy mezze style foods of saganaki cheese, dolmades, and of course a classically great Greek salad! Once we left the Saronic Gulf we headed to Kythnos, a Cycladic island where everyone enjoyed chill-out time and relaxation in the natural thermal beach hot tubs.  The week ended too soon back in Athens, but unlike the flowers, the memories will of course last a lifetime!

 


19/05/15

Greece charter cancellation...discounts available

Greece charter cancellation...discounts available

As with anything in life...sometimes things happen and plans change. We've had a few cancellations and would like to get these yachts booked again! Drop us an email if you would like more information. 

Date:  18-25 Jul 2015
Yacht: Oceanis 48 - click to view yacht
Year built: 2014
Listed rate:
Euro 4700
Discounted rate: Euro 4000

Base: Lefkas to Lefkas

Date:  18 Jul-01 Aug 2015
Yacht: Lagoon 440 - click to view yacht
Year built: 2008
Listed rate: 
Euro 13,000
Discounted rate: Euro 11300

Base: Corfu to Corfu

Date:  04 Sep-11 Sep 2015 - click to view yacht
Yacht: Bavaria 51 Cruiser
Year built: 2009
Listed rate: 
Euro 5350
Discounted rate: Euro 4300

Base: Skiathos to Skiathos

 

 


06/05/15

LA Travel and Adventure show

LA Travel and Adventure show

Calling all LA sailing adventurers we're coming to see you in February 2016! 50% of our clients have never sailed before but love adventure and have always had the Greek islands on their bucket list! Of course, there is no better way to see the Greek islands than by yacht and we're looking forward to coming to the LA Travel and Adventure show to share our experience of it.  Keep checking our News pages for more updates on the LA travel show over the next few months.

LA Travel and Adventure Show Booth 843
27 Feb - 28 Feb 2016             
Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
Long Beach Convention Centre
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach
California
90802
United States
View details of the LA Travel and Adventure Show


05/05/15

Last minute sailing cruise specials

Last minute sailing cruise specials

Summer is well on it's way for Europeans and North Americans, but if you want to get away in the summer months then there are some great deals to be had. There is up to 20% discount on cabins in Bahamas, Cuba and Thailand for some May and June departures. 

Sailing cruise in the Bahamas
Last minute booking discount - 20% discount when you book a double occupancy cabin on 13 and 27 Jun 2015 departures. See discounted rates applied. Book by 30 May 2015. Applies to new bookings only. View dates and rates

Sailing cruise in Cuba
Last minute booking discount - 10% discount 
when you book a double occupancy cabin on 23 May, 06, 13 and 20 Jun 2015 departures. See discounted rates applied. Book by 15 May 2015. Applies to new bookings only. View dates and rates

Sailing cruise in Thailand
Last minute booking discount - 15% discount 
when you book a superior double occupancy cabin on 30 May, 06, 13 Jun 2015 departures. See discounted rates applied. Book by 16 May 2015. Applies to new bookings only. View dates and rates


01/05/15

HUGE discounts on bareboat charters in Greece

HUGE discounts on bareboat charters in Greece

Yes it's that time of year again and many yachts are booked but there are still some great deals to be had on booking last minute. If you're interested in a last minute booking from Athens or a one-way charter from Rhodes to Kos then there is something here for you. Click to view the lastest specials.


27/04/15

Zoomer Show Toronto

Zoomer Show Toronto

We've always attracted the more mature adventure travellers so this year we've decided to come to Toronto to exhibit at the Zoomer Show on October 24th. Now entering its sixth successful year, the ZoomerShow is Canada’s largest consumer show and lifestyle expo for men and women 45+. The show offers the latest trends, advice and information and of course we'll now be there making sure you remember to add Greece to your next bucket list trip!

Zoomer Show Lifestyle Expo for the 45+ 
24 October - 25 October 2015      
Booth 700
Direct Energy Centre
Hall A
100 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto
Ontario
M6K 3C3
Canada
Buy your tickets

 


19/04/15

Thinking of your 2016 break...check out this video!

French Polynesia and the Society islands of Bora Bora and Raitea are certainly paradise found. Spend a week with the crew aboard one of the stunning 60 foot catamarans and we can guarantee it will be a place you want to visit again and again. 


15/04/15

BIG discounts on May/Jun/Jul departures in Greece

BIG discounts on May/Jun/Jul departures in Greece

Last minute booking discount - NEW rates from USD 1399 per person when you book a double occupancy cabin on our Greek island sailing cruise May-Jul 2015 departures. Book by 16 May 2015.
Click here to view dates and rates.

Applies to new bookings only and can not be used in conjunction with any other discount, special price or promotion.


15/04/15

We'd love to hear from you

We

Each year we sail with 100's of people, take 1000's of photos and hours of video footage. Lots of this footage is used to populate our facebook site, and for our promotional videos. However, the best form of marketing for us is our past happy sailors. Trip Advisor doesn't allow sailing companies to have their own pages or your reviews so we try to post as much as possible on our site for future clients to read - and hope they believe what is genuinly true! This week we received not only feedback but a story from Sherrie and Paul, lovely clients from Texas who sailed with us in 2014. It was so nice we felt we should share it! Read Sailing in Greece with Poseidon Charters here. Thanks Sherrie and Paul we also appreciate you putting it on the Greece Forum on Trip Advisor.

 


06/04/15

There's no place like Greece...but where is this?

There

We are lucky enough here at Poseidon Charters to sail in Greece from May through to the end of September. We know the islands we love to visit time and time again but we always ask our sailors after their trip what is their favourite island. We are never surprised that the island of Hydra always seems to come out on top year after year! Read more about Hydra from our sailing cruise itinerary.


18/03/15

New dates added for sailing cruises in the Caribbean

New dates added for sailing cruises in the Caribbean

Additional dates released for sailing cruises in the Caribbean. Explore Bequia, the first island in the Grenadines archipelago, with its un-spoilt charm, enjoy wonderful island hikes to the volcano Soufriere of St Vincent and discover Mustique, the island of the rich and famous. This is a great adventure sailing holiday destination for new and experienced sailors to practice and non-sailors to relax and experience island life on a luxury shared yacht. Click to find out the dates and more information.


16/03/15

Heading to Texas

Heading to Texas

There's only 9 days to go until the start of the largest in water boat show in Texas. From 26th March, we'll be at booth 18 in the Sailing Village and we'd love to chat to both past and future customers from Texas. You can visit the show website to find out opening times be clicking this link

The show is being held at South Shore Harbour Marina, 2501 South Shore Blvd, League City, TX 77573

See you in Texas!


04/03/15

Congratulations to John from Ontario, Canada

Congratulations to John from Ontario, Canada

CONGRATULATIONS! We are really pleased to announce that the winner of our FREE trip to GREECE competition is John from Ontario, Canada. John has been reading Poseidon News for the past few years and has always wanted to go to Greece so we couldn't be more pleased that the trip goes to a deserving winner. John and his wife will be sailing with us in 2016. We look forward to showing you Greece John.


19/02/15

Week in Greece winner

Week in Greece winner

There is a WINNER out there. We've emailed the WINNER of our week in Greece competition. We've not heard back from you yet, so check your email. If the winner does not get in touch we'll be making another draw in 14 days.

If you didn't win then take advantage of our early booking discount. Book any departure on our Greek island sailing tour in May-Jul 2015 and receive USD 100 discount per person on listed USD rates for double occupancy cabin. New bookings only and book by 31 Mar 2015. 

Click here to view the Greek island trip.


13/02/15

3 days left to enter!

3 days left to enter!

Only 3 days left to enter...don't miss out on your chance to win your place on our yacht in Greece worth USD1899! Entry closes at 23:59 on 16 February 2015. Winner will be notified by email on 17 February 2015.

Click for your chance to WIN

Find out more about what you could win

Entrants must be 18 or over. No cash alternatve offered and prize not applicable against current bookings.


07/02/15

Welcome to Linda

Welcome to Linda

It's recruitment time here at the office and we're pleased to announce that Linda Gallant will be joining us later in the month as part of our office support team. Linda has an extensive administration background and we know she will be an invaluable team member to the company and our customers.


06/02/15

WIN a WEEK on a sailing yacht in GREECE

WIN a WEEK on a sailing yacht in GREECE

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so there’s no better time to treat a loved one to a holiday…especially if it's a free holiday! We'd appreciate a 'like' on Facebook and for one lucky person there will be a free week on our cabin charter yacht in Greece worth USD1899!

Click for your chance to WIN a week on a yacht in Greece. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW OVER.

Entrants must be 18 or over. No cash alternatve offered and prize not applicable against current bookings.


18/01/15

Welcome to Poseidon's new crew Marie

Welcome to Poseidon

The crew play such an important role in creating a magical sailing trip and for this summer we are pleased to welcome Marie-Pierre to our Greek crew. Marie is from Quebec, Canada and she will be working aboard Christianna VIII and Possidon with Captain Steven, Captain Stephanos and Sharron. This weekend Marie has already been a tremendous help at the Toronto boat show where she has been getting to grips with the logistics of cabin charters, flotillas and bareboats in Greece. Today is the last day for the boat shows in Toronto and Chicago, thank you to everyone who has stopped by to say hi and for those who attended the seminars on Cruising the Med, we hope it proved useful for you.


05/01/15

A busy start to the New Year

A busy start to the New Year

The holiday season is over and as the decorations come down, our thoughts turn to the boat shows. Our first shows are in January in Toronto and Chicago - we look forward to seeing you there.

   

09 January - 18 January 2015 - Booth 1453
The Toronto International Boat Show
Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place
100 Princes' Blvd
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C3 
Canada

Seminar: Saturday 10 January at 12.00
                 in the Presenation theatre

14 January - 18 January 2015 - Booth S1108
The Chicago RV and Strictly Sail show
McCormick Place
South Building
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States

Seminar: Friday 16 January at 11.45    

Seminar: Sunday 18 January at 14.15


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