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It's that time of year when new yachts are announced and fleets are finalized for the following year. Here's just a sample of a few new beauties available and with early booking discounts...make this Black Friday the day to book next year's sailing holiday.
As one season ends, another one begins! It's only been a few weeks since we ended our tours in Greece, but we're already excited about next year! September 2018 is already pretty much sold out for us next year, but June, one of the best months of the year to sail in Greece is still available. We'll be at the Toronto Boat Show in January where you can meet us and watch our seminar on sailiing Greece and other fantastic destinations such as French Polynesia - our new hot spot! We'll be at booth 1453 and the show is held at:
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes' Blvd
12-21 January 2018
We can't believe it, but the 2017 Greek sailing season and our flotilla tours of the Aegean sea are over. Capt Steven Parry took a well-earned rest from guiding the flotilla and for the first time in 25 years, he didn't lead the flotilla in September. We would like to sincerley thank Capt. Akis Papasarandis for guiding the tours. Akis has been a Captain with Poseidon for 3 years now but this was his first month as flotilla leader and we couldn't be more pleased. Those who have sailed with Akis will know all about his calm, capable demeanor, his kindness and with his wonderful sense of humour and he is a great addition to our Greek team. Working with Akis this September as the crew/cook aboard Christianna has been Denise Roukas. We would also like to thank Denise who treated the cabin charter guests like they were being brought into her home. She welcomed everyone warmly and created excellent healthy Greek cuisine aboard along with iced cappuccinos as the month had spells of hot windless weather!
As September comes to an end, we would finally like to thank all our 2017 clients for booking with us. There is a lot of competition out there and we appreciate you trusting us with your valuable vacation time. In your feedback, you've told us you loved the longer, odyssey-like, passages between the islands in dead calm waters, as well as sailing in hard to wind tacking. You've delighted at afternoons spent at wonderful swim stops with evenings in fascinating harbours as well as secluded coves. You've dined on the finest Greek gastronomy and looked up at the stars on unforgettable beach BBQs. The warm gracious Greek hospitality we're told repeatedly was unforgettable as was sailing beautiful Christianna Vlll – at 60ft, the largest and most luxurious yacht in her class in Greek waters. Of course, you've also given us feedback where we can improve and we appreciate that too!
We look foward to 2018 where our cabin charter and flotilla program in Greece resumes on 2nd June 2018. Prior to this, we look forward to organising your next charter in a relaxing tropical destination...French Polynesia is our hot tip for you!
Kαλό χειμώνα (Kaló cheimóna) - a phrase used a lot at the end of the season in Greece and it means, good winter.
As the world has seen in recent days, the beautiful islands of the Caribbean have been ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts go out to the people of these beautiful islands as they try to take their next steps in assessing the damage and rebuilding their homes and lives. The British Virgin Islands and St Martin have sustained extensive damage but we were very fortunate to not have any customers in these locations at the time of the hurricane. Cabin charters and yacht charters in BVI and St Martin are not available until further notice.
If you have been touched by the plight of the people of the Caribbean and now Florida in this natural disaster, then you can offer your support by a donation. Global Medic, is a Canadian operated registered Canadian charity, and their mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crisis, both at home and abroad. GlobalMedic was founded by paramedics and is often the first team, and many times the only one, to get critical interventions to people in life-threatening situations following a disaster.
You can donate to Globalmedic at https://globalmedic.ca/
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Week 3 in Croatia was an international departure with two crews from Liverpool, Essex and London UK, a third crew from Melbourne, Australia and the lead flotilla yacht guests from Ontario, Canada and Washington DC, USA. Leaving Split, the huge high pressure heatwave stalled any winds and it was hot and muggy all the way from Split to Brac, Stari Grad and Hvar town. The elusive wind finally arrived en-route to Vis with great sailing in 16 knots of winds. At Vis we enjoyed Rockies Organic wine farm where guests toured the vineyard and ate delicious lamb, fish & local vegetable 'pecas' -giant casseroles cooked in charcoal ovens! We managed the heat with plenty of swim stops in emerald waters and eating at southern European time - after 8pm. Leaving Vis, the flotilla headed for Krka falls - another great way to cool down! It was a fun packed week with great banter between the flotilla boats - we always appreciate the British humour and them booking with us when they have so many other UK companies to choose from. We hope to see the Rawlings, Frenzels and Aussie Herriots again in Greece at some point in the future. Arriving back in Split last Saturday, it was with a slight twinge of sadness as we will not be returning to Croatia for our flotilla next year - rest assured we will be back at some point in the future, as we know can't keep away from this wonderful saiiling destination!
Poseidon's second week in Croatia on flotilla was a mix of perfect sailing conditions and fun - renewing old friendships with repeat sailors. Two repeat racers from Ottawa joined aboard the lead flotilla boat while the Smith-Lavery families who sailed with us in Greece in 2011 reunited here in the Adriatic aboard flotilla yacht Tina, a Jeanneau 53. The boats have performed incredibly in the daily favourable winds of 5-18 knots and we've stopped in at Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Vrobaska and Omis - to see where the famous pirates of Omish came from. On the second week the highlights have been Stari Grad for a magical evening meal at La Gitana restaurant, followed by Bol beach, Hvar town, Vis, Solta and Skradin to see the Krka waterfalls! The best thing about Croatian sailing is that the daily sails are a perfect duration between island stops - much less than the distances between Greek Cycladic islands!
Six weeks can fly by so quickly and as the first half of our sailing season came to an end in Greece, we went through the travel vortex to arrive in Croatia with yet more wind! The Croatian summer Bura wind, meant the first day was a longer stay in Kastela. The winds at the marina topped out at 42mph but were consistently over 30, so we opted to spend a day exploring and resting and some guests visited the Roman ruins at Salona. Monday we were off on our brand spanking new Hanse 415 covering 45 miles to beautiful Lastovo. The Hanse is a precise, sure footed boat with a good engine that zips along at 7.5 knots. The oversize main and smaller self tacking jib have allowed us to broad reach and run all day at the same speed as under engine. 'Elena' as she is called, is a joy to sail and offers ample room in a huge sweeping cockpit. The Adriatic is a endless deep blue and the islands are green emeralds, it is so nice to be back in the Dalmatians!
The start of the 3rd two-week flotilla trip continued with the heatwave on Day 1, meaning the new crew got the chance to enjoy 'surface star fish', 'shark bait', Tarzan swing and synchonized jump'! In stark contrast to the first day, the wind then arrived. On the more challenging Cycladic flotilla route we sail, you can always expect the Greek God Poseidon to arrive at some point, but this week he came with a strong blast that has lasted 30-40 knots for 4 days. This of course changed our itinerary, and in two cases meant that the smaller yachts decided not to continue into the Cyclades with us. We were sad to see the Jeanneau 37 with crew from Qatar and the Oceanis 38 with two crew from the UK leave the flotilla and remain in the Saronic Gulf. Their decision was based on knowing their own sailing capabilities, the number of crew they had onboard and we fully respected that was the safe decision to make. The lead 60ft flotilla yacht, Christianna with 8 guests from Quebec, Canada and one from California, USA, breezed through the wind. Christianna stretched her wings has she flew, followed closely by the Jeanneau 50 with the crew from Toronto. We are currently in Sifnos, running a day behind and waiting fto make a dash across to Ios in time for the next cabin charter crews to arrive.
Our second 2-week flotilla came to an end under a European heat wave last Saturday. France, Germany and Italy have passed on their 42 degree temperatures to the central Aegean area. There was a light breeze as we came back into Athens which offered some reprieve but an air-conditioned restaurant was definitely where we headed as soon as soon as we docked! The weather has been so calm that there hasn't been much sailing this week but our trip award will be go to David Smith for successfully skippering his huge Lagoon 450F flotilla boat through 400 miles and dozens of tiny Greek harbours - this requires Med Mooring stern to tie up. It's not easy and David managed admirably! The other award will go to our new Poseidon Charters crew mate Lana, who arrived last minute to help us out when our hired summer crew had sudden family matters to attend to. Onwards and upwards, our next flotilla group is a 6 yacht flotilla starts on Saturday July 1st - Canada Day and Canada's 150th birthday. We'll celebrate by flying a huge Canadian flag from the mast!
The first week of our two-week round trip always ends down in the Cyclades and the island of Ios. Yesterday, we arrived quite early so many guests chose to explore the island in a fun way by quad bike. The bikes are only 50hp so for sure you get the see the beauty of the island when slowly climbing the many hills of Ios where the goats are walking faster than you are going in some cases! Our new crew, Lana from Glasgow, set off with a few of the guests as this was her first time to Ios, we know Ios will become one of her favorites! We're pleased to have Lana onboard with us, newly qualified with her STCW95 certificate, she is not only trained in all aspects of safety and first-aid onboard, but she is also proving to be wonderful with the clients too - she has a great future in the yachting industry and we look forward to following her career.
Later in the day, everyone met up at Liostasi's 5 star boutique hotel for a swim and sunset cocktails. After our swim, a gorgeous soft yellow light fell over everything like a slow moving honey and we sat amongst the bougainvillea flower arrangements and ate a wonderful meal created by the Michelin Star rated chef at Yaya's (grandmas's) restaurant. The restaurants we select on our itinerary have taken years of exploration and research and our guests are received like royalty and treated like friends by the professional service industry staff.
It was goodbye for the Gallagher family from Virginia, Laurie and Eric from San Francisco and our South African flotilla friends. 4 news guest join good ship Christianna VIII tomorrow.
Week 3 already and a big Greek welcome to our new crew aboard the lead flotilla yacht our 60ft stunner, Christianna. This departure we welcome a family from Virginia including two young sailors aged 8 & 12 (we like to start them young!) and two other North American couples. The flotilla has an international vibe and our flotilla crews hail from South Africa, Manchester, UK and a group of Canadians aboard a brand new Lagoon 450 called SAO.
Leaving Athens on Sunday morning, the weather was unusually wet for Greece with rain off and on all day. It didn't dampen spirits though as the squalls made for some good sailing and excited sailing banter last night at the Garden taverna on our first island, Poros. The thing we enjoy most on our flotillas is the diverse groups of people we get sailing with us. As the itinerary is a bit more challenging, we have the more adventurous folks wanting to do the unique Cycladic flotilla and adventure always brings stories! At dinner it's wonderful to see people sit and eat with new friends and exchange stories and experiences from their part of the world - be it sailing related or not! Tonight, we are off to one of our favorite restaurants in Hydra...saganaki cheese is a must or is stuffed bell peppers, or could it be the dolmades...it's a tough choice so may have to have them all!
As the two-week flotilla circuit makes its way back to Athens, the 3-yacht flotilla group took a democratic Greek vote on Syros vs Mykonos and after visiting ancient Delos to see the sites they decided on a calm sea to Syros. Guests were greeted by port master Thanasis with his matching red port shirt and shoes, big smile and sky blue eyes! Syros offers yachtsmen electricity, water and wonderful showers. The island has a rejuvenated waterfront and now has a fabulous modern boardwalk and port facilities. Back on lead flotilla yacht Christianna, our two Lion King guests celebrated an anniversary over a delicious stir fry lunch served by the crew on a beautiful ceramic platter. The surprise for them at the end of the meal was to turn the empty platter over. They were very touched to see that guests and crew had signed the back for the couple to take home as a memento of cherished memories of their Greek Island sailing tour and their new-found friends.
It's always sad when a charter comes to an end and people go their separate ways. Week 1 ended on a high on the island of Ios, and as guests said their fond farewells, we busied ourselves getting lead flotilla yacht, Christianna ready for new arrivals. At 5pm, guests arrived to a glass of local kókkino (red) wine before heading up for sunset and dinner in the Chora (town) of Ios. This week, we welcomed repeat and new guests from Canada, the States and Cuba along with a newly married couple from the hit Broadway show the Lion King - we're looking forward to hearing Robbie sing like a Hyena! Sunday was a touring day on Ios, with a top picnic stop at Manganari beach and a homage to Homer. Homer was among the greatest poets in ancient Greek history who wrote epics like the Odyssey and Iliad. Legend has it that it was on the island of Ios where Homer took his last breath and now he lies buried in his grave at the northernmost part of island on a hill.
Leaving Ios, we headed north east for a night under the milky-way at Schinoussa and tonight we dined like kings at Apollon Garden restaurant on the island of Paros. Next stop, Delos and Syros. See the pics so far this season. Remember you can now follow us on instagram and share your best sailing pics at #poseidoncharters.
Everyone always asks us why can't we find recent feedback about Poseidon Charters on Trip Advisor? Well, the simple answer is we are not allowed to have Trip Advisor feedback - we have tried! Trip Advisor's regualtions stipulate that only accomodations, restaurants and day trips are offically allowed to be reviewed. If you find a 7-night sailing tours or bareboat charter reviews on TA, it's because they are listed as a one-day tour initially and get around it that way. As we don't offer anything for just a day, we can't be on there! You will however, find a few snippets about us on Adventure Travel forums on TA but our main source of feedback is really our Youtube channel where you can see genuine reviews from people who have been on our trips speaking directly to you - via the camera of course! In recent weeks we've also been asking our sailors to review on Google and you should be able to read just from a google search. We've just finished the first week of our 2017 sailing season and love this photo from Poseidon's facebook. Safe travels home guys.
The wonderful thing about sailing the Greek islands at the beginning of June, is that we catch the end of strawberry season. Our new Greek/American crewmate Johnathan helped out with the provisioning at Hydra island market and decided strawberries were in - can one ever have too many strawberries? Tuesday morning we left the cobbled laneways and roman architecture of Hydra behind, to catch up to flotilla yacht Ealis and her crew relaxing on deck and Capt Kostis holding a steady course for Kithnos. Upon arrival at Kolona bay, the girls from Ealis were among the first to ever hike up to the ridge overlooking the bay and they snapped some stunning images - thanks for sharing Ealis crew. Just a short hop around the corner is Loutra harbour where a thermal spring just off the beach is perfect to hop from hot water to cold sea - we're told the hot and cold contrast therapy can help relieve pain, heal the body, and rejuvenate the mind which gave us the spirit to enjoy our first pirate night of the season - we even found a little four-legged pirate begging to join in! Tonight, well, we're enjoying fantastic food at Mamma Mia's restaurant in Sifnos a mix of Greek and Italian, what a combination!
See the pics so far this season. Remember you can now follow us on instagram and share your best sailing pics at #poseidoncharters.
Finally, the 2017 season is underway, as we left Athens yesterday on a windless passage to Poros. Our first day included a lunch stop for a hike to the temple of Aphaia in Aegina. Later in the day we arrived for an overnight in the Poros channel where we enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh fish and lamb kleftiko at Garden Taverna. Looking stunning as always, Christianna VIII has welcomed aboard cabin charter guests from Canada and the States. Following on flotilla with us are two monohulls and a 44ft catamaran, again with guests from the States and Canada. As the sun sets behind the hills, we're now camped out in Hydra for the night after a few guests took a hike up to the spectacular monastery. Our Floridian crew aboard the catamaran Georgina, are proving they can take good care of themselves after docking the yacht perfectly in Hydra...not the easiest port on our itinerary!
With the Greek sailing season just around the corner, we have just a few cabins left available. For departures on 10 and 24 June and 01 July leaving Ios island snap up these last minute discounts.
LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT UP TO USD400 per person
USD 400 discount per person
10 Jun-17 June: Ios-Athens
Standard double WAS USD1899. NOW USD1499 per person.
Small double WAS USD1699. NOW USD1299 per person.
USD200 discount per person
24 Jun-01 Jul: Ios-Athens
08 Jul-15 Jul: Ios-Athens
Standard double WAS USD1899. NOW USD1699 per person.
Discounts offered for new bookings only. Discount offered for standard and small cabins double occupancy only.
The booking season for Med cruises 2017 is now well underway but there are still some great deals to be had. From as little as USD1763 you can cruise the islands of Greece on a small ship cruise. Gaining in popularity for those who prefer a more cultural way to cruise, the cruises offer the same creature comforts as larger cruise ships, but with no more than 70 passengers onboard offer a more intimate way to cruise.
Greece cruise: Jewels of the Cyclades mini-cruise
Booking discount. 25% discount off standard cabin rates for 05 & 12 May, 23 & 30 Jun, 07 Jul & 11 Aug 2017 departure dates.
Category C cabin WAS USD2390. NOW USD1793 per person.
Category B cabin WAS USD2655. NOW USD1992 per person.
Category A cabin WAS USD3650. NOW USD2738 per person.
Croatia and Greece cruise: Adriatic Odyssey mini-cruise
Booking discount. 25% discount off standard cabin rates for 11, 18 & 25 Jun, 09 & 23 Jul & 13 Aug 2017 departure dates.
Category C cabin WAS USD2350. NOW USD1763 per person.
Category B cabin WAS USD2650. NOW USD1988 per person.
Category A cabin WAS USD3390. NOW USD2543 per person.
Greece cruise: Classical Greece mini-cruise
Booking discount. 25% discount off standard cabin rates for 19 May, 09 & 23 Jun, 07, 21 & 28 Jul, 04 & 25 Aug 2017 departure dates.
Category C cabin WAS USD2950. NOW USD2213 per person.
Category B cabin WAS USD3550. NOW USD2663 per person.
Category A cabin WAS USD4090. NOW USD3068 per person.
Ia Orana everyone! The countdown to our first flotilla in French Polynesian was a long one...years in the making in fact! We decided about 3 years ago that we would add to our Greece and Croatia summer destinations and set out to find a fantastic winter flotilla destination. We considered the BVI's again but decided to stretch our wings a lot further and for the past week, 3 catamarans plus the lead flotilla catamaran with cabin charter guests have been enjoying the turquoise waters of the Society Island chain in French Polynesia. Led by our very own Steven Parry, the flotilla has included cultural excursions such as pearl farms, vanilla plantations and ancient ceremonial sites. Remote motus have been visited for lunch, and coral gardens teaming with fish have circled the amazed snorkelers every day. The wifi signal has been almost none existent so it's been a real escape for the group but a few images have started slowing getting out from the Poseidon crew and I'm sure there will be more to follow at the end of the trip on 31st March. Enjoy the last 4 days everyone!
Calling all Ottawa ladies. We've just signed onto the Ottawa National Women's Show. We'll be at booth 203 in the travel and adventure section of the show.
Dates: 8-9th April 2017
Where: Shaw Centre, formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre
Time: Saturday 08 April 2017: 10am - 6pm
Time: Sunday 09 April 2017: 10am - 5pm
Due to popular demand additional dates have been added for cabin charters in the Grenadines. Take a sailing vacation in the Grenadines and explore the unique beauty of this island chain. 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. Why not spoil yourself this December and spend Christmas in paradise with the high society! View the trip.
16-23 Dec 2017
USD1373 per person standard cabin double occupancy
USD1716 per person superior cabin double occupancy
23-30 Dec 2017
USD2200 per person standard cabin double occupancy
USD2751 per person superior cabin double occupancy
30 Dec-06 Jan 2018
USD2305 per person standard cabin double occupancy
USD2882 per person superior cabin double occupancy
Fancy a last minute get away sailing in the British Virgin Islands? With 20% off departures in March and April it would be rude not too! Just a few discounted cabins remain on selected departure dates of 18 & 25 March and 08 April 2017. Relax aboard a premium 58ft catamaran, with double cabins, private bathroom and all inclusive meals. The British Virgin Islands are the sailing Capital of the Caribbean and its protected waters are a dream to sail! Spectacular scenery, easy line of site passages and a fun-filled island atmosphere make them the perfect paradise. Spend your days snorkeling over famous wrecks; hike through the huge granite boulder caves and formations at The Baths; stroll along the deserted beaches of Anegada island, and sip cockails at happy hour at world famous Foxy's on Jost van Dyke. The British Virgin Islands has it all! View the trip.
Poseidon Charters has been in business for over 25 years and for much of that time was based in the province of Quebec, Canada. As of 1st December 2016 Poseidon Charters moved it's offices and staff to Ontario and we are proud to have just become a TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) registered travel agency. The travel industry in the province of Ontario, Canada is strictly regulated by TICO and our TICO registration number is: 50023285. In times of economic difficulties, we look forward to reassuring our customers that their sailing charter vacation bookings and payments are protected by TICO standards. You can find out more about TICO at this link.
After 25 years in Greece, we can tell you that Greece is a fantastic destination, but when it’s reported on by a professional journalist, it's a much more insightful read. We were lucky to have Shannon Acton (@sactonphoto), a photographer and journalist from the LA Travel magazine sail with us in September last year. Shannon's description of Greece paints a colourful picture of the islands, food and sailing. Read the full article.
Now's the time to bag the best deals on yacht charters in Greece as many yachts have great early booking discounts. Choose from a new monohull or a luxury catamaran there is something for everyone and all the yachts can be booked with our without a professional skipper. View the latest specials.
We're at the Toronto International Boat Show and we look forward to meeting you at booth 1453. The show runs from Friday 20th January to Sunday 29th January 2017.
Mini-cruises are the latest way to travel for a more cultural cruise experience. With meals included and no more than 50 passengers onboard, the smaller vessels can visit the tiny bays and ports the larger cruise ships can't. See what the latest mini-cruises in Croatia are all about in this new cruise video.