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21/12/16

Happy Holiday's

Happy Holiday

Happy Holidays to all our customers, friends and partners all over the world. 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
23 Dec 2016 to 27 Dec 2016: CLOSED
28 Dec 2016 to 30 Dec 2016: 9am-5pm
31 Dec 2016 to 03 Jan 2017: CLOSED

Have a few minutes to spare over the holiday's...then click here to read our latest newsletter


12/12/16

Which charter is for you?

Which charter is for you?

Bareboat, flotilla, cabin charter, mini-cruise or crewed yacht????? We know it can be confusing if all you know is you want to be on the water and explore a new destinatin. Unless  you've been around boats for a long time then you may not know what you want! Read our quick guide to each one. Read more. 


05/12/16

Toronto boat show seminar dates

Toronto boat show seminar dates

Come and meet us at the Toronto Boat show to find out what sailing in Greece and Croatia is all about. We have 45 minute seminar sessions on both weekends of the show: Saturday 21st January 2017 and Saturday 28th January 2017 in Salon 107 at 12:30pm. Read more.


28/10/16

NEW Polynesian flotilla announced

NEW Polynesian flotilla announced

We're heading to French Polynesia for our very first Polynesian Adventure flotilla! Over the years we've shown 1000's of people the wonders of Greece and Croatia on our Adventure flotillas and we know every little hidden treat on those islands. In continuing Poseidon's 25th year celebrations this is a NEW Polynesian Adventure and we'd love to share our findings with you.  We'll be exploring new waters, remote beaches, and meet the friendly Polynesian people living in the Society Islands.   Join the adventure by booking a cabin on the lead flotilla yacht or sail yourself by joining the guided flotilla on a yacht of your choice with your own group of friends.

If you can turn off the wifi, remove your watch and explore without a fixed agenda then this new flotilla trip is definitely one for you!

Boards: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Ends: Friday 31st March 2017

Find out more


05/10/16

Toronto Boat show 2017

Toronto Boat show 2017

We're pleased to announce that once again we will be attending the Toronto Boat Show.  We'll be exhibiting at booth 1453 which is just behind the yachts for sale and the Sailors Paradise zone. As in previous years, our Charter Director, Steven Parry will be speaking at the seminars over both weekends and times will be announced in later News.

Tickets are now on sale for Toronto Boat Show. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance

Toronto Boat Show
Booth 1453
20 Jan - 29 Jan 2017
Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place
123 Queen St. W.
Toronto
Ontario
Canada
M5H 2M9 


27/09/16

Flotilla or cabin charter?

Flotilla or cabin charter?

If you've never sailed, it's easy to be confused by the term flotilla. A flotilla of yachts is a group of yachts sailing together taking guidance from a lead flotilla yacht. The lead flotilla yacht has crew aboard who guide the group. To sail your own flotilla yacht, you need to be able to sail, have a sailing certificate and fill the yacht with your own group. What is different about our flotilla is that If you can't sail, or want to have a more relaxing vacation then we offer you the chance to book a cabin on the lead flotilla yacht. When you book a cabin aboard the lead flotilla yacht, some meals are also included and you will be onboard with others who are also just booking a cabin.

We've not quite finished the 2016 sailing season yet, but it's time to start thinking of next year! The 2017 dates for our unique Greek Cyclades flotilla and Croatian flotillas are now published.

Greece flotilla

14-night flotilla Athens to Athens with two nights allocated to Santorini
03 Jun to 17 Jun 2017
17 Jun to 01 Jul 2017
01 Jul to 15 Jul 2017
02 Sep to 16 Sep 2017
16 Sep to 30 Sep 2017
Click to read more about this flotilla

7-night flotilla Athens to Athens
7-night Saronic and Cyclades Athens to Athens
7-night Athens to Paros

03 Jun to 10 Jun 2017
17 Jun to 24 Jun 2017
01 Jul to 08 Jul 2017
02 Sep to 09 Sep 2017
16 Sep to 30 Sep 2017
Click to read more about this flotilla

Greece cabin charter

14-night cabin charter with two nights allocated to Santorini
03 Jun to 17 Jun 2017
17 Jun to 01 Jul 2017
01 Jul to 15 Jul 2017
02 Sep to 16 Sep 2017
16 Sep to 30 Sep 2017
Click to read more about this cabin charter

7-night cabin charter Athens to Ios
03 Jun to 10 Jun 2017
17 Jun to 24 Jun 2017
01 Jul to 15 Jul 2017
02 Sep to 09 Sep 2017
16 Sep to 30 Sep 2017
Click to read more about this cabin charter

 7-night cabin charter Ios to Athens
10 to 17 Jun 2017
24 Jun to 01 Jul 2017
08 Jul to 15 Jul 2017
09 Sep to 16 Sep 2017
23 Sep to 30 Sep 2017
Click to read more about this cabin charter

Croatia flotilla

14-night flotilla Split to Split
15 Jul to 29 Jul 2017
29 Jul to 12 Aug 2017
Click to read more about this flotilla 

7-night flotilla Split to Split Croatia 
15 Jul to 22 Jul 2017
29 Jul to 05 Aug 2017
Click to read more about this flotilla

Croatia cabin charter

14-night cabin charter 
15 Jul to 29 Jul 2017
29 Jul to 12 Aug 2017
Click to read more about this cabin charter

7-night cabin charter
15 Jul to 22 Jul 2017
29 Jul to 05 Aug 2017
Click to read more about this cabin charter


22/09/16

10% discount on last two available cabins in Bahamas

10% discount on last two available cabins in Bahamas

The Bahamas awaits you with miles of reefs and turquoise waters for you to explore. Receive 10% discount off the last two available dates of 22 Oct & 05 Nov 2016 departures in a double cabin. Applies to a limited number of cabins depending on availability upon request. Find out more.


17/09/16

Small ship cruises Croatia 2017

Small ship cruises Croatia 2017

Small ship cruises or mini-cruises are the latest way to explore a new destination. Much smaller than the traditional cruise ships, mini-cruise ships enjoy the intimacy of under 100 passengers, great crew and inclusive meals. Croatia is a top destination for a small ship cruise and we've just released the 2017 dates of our top two mini-cruises in Croatia.  You can board in either Split or Dubrovnik and cruise the Adriatic coast in style.  

Find out more mini-cruise Split to Dubrovnik

Find out more Mini-cruise Dubrovnik to Split


06/09/16

US citizens travel to Cuba

US citizens travel to Cuba

Since President Obama's visit to Cuba earlier this year, we have seen a large increase in the numbers of US citizens wishing to visit the wonderful country of Cuba. Although the doors to Cuba have opened a little in recent months, it is still not currently possible for US citizens to visit Cuba in a tourist only capacity. Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. There are, however, 12 categories of authorized travel.  The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses in all 12 categories of authorized travel categories, subject to appropriate conditions.  This means that individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the respective general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for a specific license from OFAC to travel to Cuba. The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are:

  • family visits;
  • official business of the U.S. government,
  • foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations;
  • journalistic activity;
  • professional research and professional meetings;
  • educational activities;
  • religious activities;
  • public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions;
  • support for the Cuban people;
  • humanitarian projects;
  • activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes;
  • exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.

12/08/16

Last minute cruise specials too good to miss

Last minute cruise specials too good to miss

As the Med season is approaching the halfway point there are some great deals to be had on mini-cruises this Fall. Mini-cruises are a great way to enjoy the comfort of the cruise, but a more cultural experience as there are only 50 passengers onboard. 

Last minute booking discount. 50% discount off regular cruise fares for 23, 30 Sep, 14 & 21 Oct fares in category A double occupancy cabin OR no single supplement for single occupancy. Subject to availability upon request.  

Last minute booking discount. 25% discount off regular cruise fares for 02 Sep 2016 fares in category B double occupancy cabin. Subject to availability upon request.  

View the cruise.   

 

 


15/07/16

Flotilla in Croatia week 1

Flotilla in Croatia week 1

As the summer moves on so does our flotilla schedule and we are now in Croatia at the end of our first Croatian adventure flotilla of 2016.  We've had 4 yachts on flotilla with a mix of monohulls and catamarans. The race was certainly on between the new Hanse and the Jeanneau yachts. We were delighted to also welcome back a few repeat clients from Annapolis, Maryland. Sharon, Rick and Carol thanks for coming back for more adventures with us! Some of the highlights of the week have been seeing the Krka falls, Hvar town and the organic wine farm at Vis and catching up with the little jack russell terrier there!! The weather has been a very mixed bag over the last two days and we have seen very strong night time bora winds, meaning we had to actually remain in port in Kastela an extra night. Tomorrow is a new day and we hope that for the start of the second week the wind slows down a little and normal sailing will resume!
You can see our week in pictures here.


06/07/16

Latest specials

Latest specials

Not booked your yacht charter or sailing vacation yet for this summer? Then you are in luck! There are some great last minute yacht charter specials to be had as well as early booking discounts for winter 2016 and even early bird booking discounts for cruises in 2017! Don't miss out on your chance to grab a great bargain. 

View all special offers.


04/07/16

USD 600 discount sailing in Croatia

USD 600 discount sailing in Croatia

USD 600 discount...there has never been a better time to sail Croatia. We have two empty cabins on our 23 Jul 2016 and 30 Jul 2016 departure dates and we'd love to show you the very best of Croatia.  

  • Krka Falls mini Niagara and nature trails
  • Dubrovnik's fanscinating walled city
  • Korcula home of Marco Polo
  • Hvar stunning citadel and great nightlife
  • Sipan's quaint town and fantastic restaurant
  • Vis and it's organic wine farm
  • Mljet and Lastovo off the beaten track beauty

Find out more.


26/06/16

Sailing in Greece...lots of wind and smiles!

Sailing in Greece...lots of wind and smiles!

We’re now well into our season and we’ve sailed with a fantastic fun bunch of people. It’s been a joy to be back on our flagship, Christianna VIII, her wonderful newly painted dark blue hull, really is a beauty in the harbors at 60ft on deck. Christianna must have brought us good luck too as we caught a huge yellow fin tuna on the way to Kithnos…enough to feed everyone on the flotilla! Last week, we had a lot of wind in the central Cyclades meaning we had to tweak the itinerary a little bit, but that is always part of the joy of sailing, and in our opinion replacing Mykonos with Syros is a win win anyway. The architecture and cobbled streets of Syros are charming and meandering through the streets smelling the bougainvillea creates an unforgettable memory. We’ve now just left Athens again and are heading to Poros at the start of another two week trip with a group of friends from the United States. Who knows what the weather has in store for us this trip? One thing is for sure, the sun will shine, the people will smile and we are pleased as always to be helping Greece; we thank those who book with us for not always believing what they read in the media and still travel to Greece to see how beautiful and safe it really is.


10/06/16

Yacht charter Greece last minute discounts

Yacht charter Greece last minute discounts

The sailing season in Greece is well underway now. If you've yet to plan your trip, there are some great deals to be had right now on yacht charters, boarding as soon as next Saturday!  You can sail yourself or have a professional skipper onboard if you don't have any certification to sail. Click to view the latest specials


04/06/16

First flotilla of the season

First flotilla of the season

After much talk in the media about refugees and the ongoing crisis in Greece, as we expected everything was as it should be in Greece! Sunny, friendly people, great food and the wine dark sea. The weather has been ultra calm for our first flotilla of 2016 and the flotilla have been able to take advantage of great sunbathing time...not so great for the avid sailors unfortunately! We started in Athens with a mixed group of monohulls with crews from the UK, the States and Canada. It was great as the first flotilla of the year always is to see our dear friends in our favourite island restaurants. Garden Taverna in Poros, Christina's Taverna in Hydra and believe it or not the best pizza this side of Italy at Mamma Mia's in Sifnos. After a fantastic beach BBQ at Kithnos and a very we are now halfway through our two week itinerary and enjoying the fun of Ios while a few of our flotilla gang visit Santorini for the weekend. 


13/05/16

Huge discount in Thailand...NOW just 819 USD per person!

Huge discount in Thailand...NOW just 819 USD per person!

Fancy a last minute getaway on a catamaran? You'll walk along white sandy beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters and enjoy fine local culture. 

Pricing includes

  • 7-nights private air-conditioned cabin with en-suite washroom
  • full board (breakfast, lunch and dinne)
  • service of the crew (captain and hostess/cook)
  • onboard sporting equipment: masks snorkels, fins, sea kayak
  • 2 sets of linens, towels and beach towels per person/week
  • tender
  • fuel and water for the yacht
  • insurance for the yacht

Find out more.


11/04/16

Ottawa Travel & Vacation show 9-10 Apr 2016

Ottawa Travel & Vacation show 9-10 Apr 2016

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth over the weekend. The Travel and Vacation show in Ottawa was busy for both days and we enjoyed chatting to people about their plans for trips to Greece and Croatia. 


29/03/16

20% discount in BVI...NOW 1466 USD per person

20% discount in BVI...NOW 1466 USD per person

Sailing vacation BVI. All inclusive by the cabin sailing vacation in BVI aboard Lagoon 620 catamaran. Available 16 April 2016 departure. Applies to a limited number of cabins depending on availability upon request.

Pricing includes

  • 7-nights private air-conditioned cabin with en-suite washroom
  • full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • service of the crew (captain and hostess/cook)
  • drinks at meals (table wine and water) local aperitifs (punch, rum, fruit juice)
  • onboard sporting equipment: masks snorkels, fins, sea kayak
  • 2 sets of linens, towels and beach towels per person/week
  • tender
  • fuel and water for the yacht
  • insurance for the yacht

Find out more about this trip.


24/03/16

Latest Greece news

Latest Greece news

Poseidon Charters has 25 years’ experience sailing the Greek islands. Since the financial problems in Europe and the refugee crisis in the Middle East began, we have spent a lot of time reassuring people that Greece is still a viable and safe place to visit on holiday.  Instead of talking about the wonders of this fascinating cultural sailing destination, we find ourselves advising on safety and vacation quality on a daily basis. So we thought we would share our thoughts on what is happening in Greece.

We’re hearing a great deal in the media about the refugee crisis and the heart wrenching plight of those escaping conflict in war torn homelands. It is hard to not be affected by the images we see in the media. The facts, according to the UN Refugee Agency are that just over 1.1million refugees arrived by sea in 2015 with over 800,000 passing through Greece. The harrowing journey is a relatively short, but dangerous passage from Turkey to the Dodecanese islands of Kos, Chios, Lesbos and Samos. The vessels used to make the crossing are often flimsy, rubber dinghies or small wooden boats and many migrants have drowned in the rough winter waters of the Aegean Sea. The refugees do not intend on staying in Greece as their goal is to reach northern European countries like Germany, France and the UK, but due to the large numbers of migrants, the movement across borders is now painfully slow. In recent weeks, we have also seen the closing of some borders meaning migrants have set up camp at the crossings.

To put the distances into perspective, the Aegean Sea is vast and made up of four cruising areas, each separately much bigger than all the British Virgin Islands combined. Our base in Athens is in the Saronic Gulf, some 460km away from Lesbos and over 15 sailing hours away from the Dodecanese chain. This equates to more than the distance between St Martin in the Leeward islands and Martinique in the Windward islands of the Caribbean. If St Martin was in crisis, we know this would definitely not stop people sailing the Leeward islands from Martinique past Dominica, up to Guadaloupe, then on to Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda etc.

Moving onto the economic crisis, last summer while in Greece we were shocked to see reports on world news indicating that tourists could not access money from ATM bank machines and claims that people were having problems getting food in stores. We shopped throughout the season in those apparently ‘empty' stores without issue ensuring our flotilla yachts and cabin charter clients received breakfast, lunch and other snacks every day. The banking crisis which restricted the movement of local money in Greece, allowing Greeks to only withdraw up to €60 per day, did not affect tourist debit cards which allowed €600 per day. Most of our Greek friends joked about this, saying they would rarely withdraw €60 per day anyway!

Contrary to what has been stated in the press, Greece fared well economically in 2015 with its biggest tourism season ever! Last year alone, Greece had over 25 million tourists - a 15% increase since 2014. The Greek yachting industry also benefitted in 2015, as fewer people chartered in Turkey. Yacht prices continue to increase with new and larger models entering the market. The Greek people are now finding more creative ways of keeping their money in Greece and within new government taxation laws, by purchasing a new model yacht that protects their money and guarantees a minimum of 5 years of charter income. It is true that VAT tax has gone up from 6.5% to 11.5%, but within the realm of costs in Europe, this is finally at par with other European nations.

In closing, we would say that island hopping down the Saronic Gulf and Cycladic island chains from Athens, one gets the sense that there is no economic or immigrant issues at all. Islanders are happy and friendly, shops and restaurants are open and tourists abundant. We would urge everyone to not be dissuaded by the bad press that Greece has been receiving. The Greek islands are definitely open for business and for the sake of the Greeks, for Europe and even for the sake of the migrants, Greece needs tourism dollars spent in 2016!

Poseidon Charters’ chosen charity for 2016 is Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF). MSF offers refugee new arrival first assistance, as well as sea rescue activities and mobile clinics in a number of locations in Greece.


03/03/16

LA Travel and Adventure show 26-27 Feb 2016

LA Travel and Adventure show 26-27 Feb 2016

Thanks to everyone who came to the LA Travel and Adventure show in Los Angeles this past weekend. We had a great time meeting everyone in the wondeful state of California. The show was really well attended and captured on camera - our very own Capt Steven Parry was interviewed about his favorite topic of Greece! We'll definitely see you next year California.


05/02/16

Yacht charter discounts Greece

Yacht charter discounts Greece

Thank goodness it's Friday! We're ending the week on a high with a whole list of newly discounted yachts. There are some great deals to be had on one-way charters too. Snap them up before it's too late! View discounted yachts.


28/01/16

See us live via periscope at the LA Travel and Adventure show

See us live via periscope at the LA Travel and Adventure show

We'd love you to see the LA Travel and Adventure Show but we know it's a long way to travel if you're not from California. So you can see a bit of the show, we'll be broadcasting a few snippets of the show via periscope on twitter. Make sure to check in with us on twitter @poseidoncharter


24/01/16

FREE tickets to LA travel and adventure show

FREE tickets to LA travel and adventure show

Come see us at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

WHEN: February 27-28, 2016
WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center

We have a free ticket just for you! Simply follow the instructions below and redeem the following promo code for a FREE ticket to the show.

How to Redeem:

1. Click here to go to the Travel & Adventure Show website
2. Click the 'Buy Tickets' button
3. Enter promo code EFPSDN and click Apply to reveal FREE ticket

NOTE: Offer available to the first 200 registrants and expires on February 25, 2016


20/01/16

Sailing in Croatia - see what the buzz is about

Sailing in Croatia - see what the buzz is about

In recent years Croatia has become the hotspot sailing destination of Europe. We've enjoyed 10 years of flotillas and cabin charters and we'd love to share it with you. To give you a quick taster, we've created this short video, so sit back and watch and you'll see what all the hype is about!


03/01/16

Sail Greece or Croatia from as little as USD1499

Sail Greece or Croatia from as little as USD1499

We've extended our early bird booking special and the USD100 discount will now remain until 29 February 2016 on all our cabin charters in Greece and Croatia. Cabin charters include breakfast and lunch, expert crew and unique cultural itineraries with discount you can sail for 7-nights starts from just USD1499!

14-nights in Greece round trip Athens to Athens: Click to view
7-nights in Greece Athens to Ios: Click to view
7-nights in Greece Ios to Athens: Click to view
14 or 7-nights in Croatia: Click to view


02/01/16

Cruises in Greece - early booking discounts extended

Cruises in Greece - early booking discounts extended

Take advantage of early booking discounts that are now available until 29 Feb 2016 on mini-cruises in Greece. Mini-cruises or small ship cruises offer the same creature comforts as larger cruise ships, but with no more than 70 passengers onboard.  Click to view all mini-cruises.

 


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