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Title: Greek flotilla June 2016
It was a great vacation. We enjoyed the sailing, although the return to Athens was a lot more challenging with the Meltemei. We got along very well with the other crew. With the flotilla and guidance from Steve, it made the entrance to the ports and med mooring easier. Many thanks.
From: Tommy Villeneuve
Location: Ontario, Canada
Title: Greek flotilla July 2015
This was our second trip in a row in Greece with Poseidon Charters and the vacation was truly like a dream. I found the next two weeks the hardest, back to reality in Montreal! Me and the kids enjoyed every single minute of the trip, had a really good time, felt super safe with our captain Harris as part of the flotilla. Booking our apartment in Santorini, car pick up, car rental and of course the catamaran thru Poseidon was super easy and went exactly as planned.
Thanks again for everything!
From: Daniel Demers
Location: Quebec, Canada
Title: Flotilla in Greece June 2015
From: Philippe Belanger
Location: Quebec, Canada
Title: Flotilla with Poseidon Charters July 2014
We found the Poseidon flotilla tucked away on Google submerged by the bigger players in the market. We were not disappointed. Correspondence with the office prior to the trip was excellent and any queries were easily dispelled. Poseidon offer a flotilla where the more experienced sailor can enjoy the benefits of company without feeling smothered by the Mother Hen approach. Distances covered are more challenging and the number of islands visited are greater than any other flotilla I know of. Combining in the evenings with the other boats was great with fanatastic restaurants sourced by the Lead Skipper, Steve. The flotilla has been travelling in this area for years which resulted in exciting excursions to see historic sites, lunch stops and most importantly good food in off the beaten track locations. Briefings were held on an informal basis and help was there for mooring if you needed it. The whole two weeks flew by. Not to be missed.
From: Adrian Clubbe
Title: Greek flotilla July 2014
We have been back in Montreal for a week now… wishing our trip to Greece could have lasted longer. On behalf of myself and the rest of the Margeo VII crew, we want to thank you and your team for a wonderful sailing week. Although we parted courses early in the week, we really appreciated your professionalism, your knowledge of the area as well as of its history. It was great to have a sailing coach and a tour guide, and a good one at both! I particularly appreciated your watchful eye and coaching while I was undertaking (with great apprehension!!!) my first Med moorings as well as the invaluable assistance received from Harris while docking in Poros, Hydra, Merichas and Loutra. Sharing a beer with Yanis and Harris while discussing the day’s challenges and tomorrow’s itinerary was priceless as well. Please thank them both for us. All in all, a great sailing trip that we will remember forever. Beatrice posted on YouTube a photo/video clip that you should appreciate, especially the end… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78zUgG7Ma80 We look forward to our next trip with you and your team.
From: Brian Cosgrove
Location: Montreal, Canada
Title: Greek flotilla in June 2014
My appreciations to all of the Poseidon crew for their hospitality, advice and directions to what I believe is the best selection of restaurants, churches, ruins on each of the islands which we visited. The extent of the archeological history on Delos was outstanding!
From: Mike Worthington
Title: Flotilla in Greece June 2014
Would love to give you the following feedback: The booking process was easy. We got all the documents on arrival. No problems with the info, was sufficient and easily understood. I think you are doing a wonderful job and I wouldn’t know what you could improve! The trip was better then what we expected to be. Very helpful staff and all around a happy experience. The best part of the trip was Hydra, good company from the other 2 yachts and crew, quite good sailing condition, the 2 day break in Santorini and we enjoyed the excursions! One day we will sail with you again. It won’t be next year but we consider to participate in another flotilla in early summer 2016. Probably Croatia!
From: Lisa and Bob Von Felton
Title: Flotilla in Greece June 2013
Thanks Poseidon for the fabulous sailing experience, we could not have done this without the expertise direction from Steven! He had patience with us while doing Med mooring and showed us fabulous restaurants. It was superb all round, loved the Greek islands, food, and people. Hope to return on another adventure with Poseidon. Top speed 9.88knots on Ealis!
From: Vandergrift group
Location: Toronto, Canada
Title: Aegean Adventure flotilla June 2013
We returned over one week ago from our very amazing Greek Sailing Adventure to the Cyclades on a flotilla with Poseidon. It was the most enjoyable holiday and it was the team at Poseidon that made it run so smoothly. When we booked the flotilla my husband Gerry was very resistant as he has years and hours of sailing experience and thought he really did not need anyone telling him how to sail! He was the one to say after our first day Med mooring how fortunate we were having Steven assist us! Med mooring is a very different experience for North American sailors and we felt very fortunate to have Steven guide us into a narrow space and with such patience. You cannot put a price on the knowledge and experience he has sailing these islands for so many years. He is a hidden gem in the cruising world! We thoroughly enjoyed every restaurant recommended. We found the literature you sent to be very detailed with even the taxi instructions to the dock! There were no surprises along the way. We received everything and more! I have recommended this trip to many people since returning over a week ago...infact I gave the itinerary to the flight attendant on route home with Air Canada!
From: Gerry and Patty Vandergrift
Location: Toronto, Canada
Title: 15-27 September 2012 Aegean flotilla
We wanted a cultural Greek sailing experience, and we really got it! Compared to previous sailing experiences, including the Ionian, this was fantastic. Temples, museums, hikes, gastronomy, PLUS sailing great distances we loved it and feel a sense of personal achievement as well.
From: James and Walda Oestreicher
Location: Toronto, Canada
Title: Saronic and Cyclades flotilla August 2012
I'm glad I trusted the feedback on Poseidon's hosting of a flotilla because after doing many with large operators we really appreciated the personal touch they brought to it. Steve's huge knowledge of Greece and the Greeks enriched the experience, and his endless patience guiding us into difficult moorings saved our bacon several times. Thanks!
From: Chris Thompson
Location: London, UK
Title: Aegean Adventure flotilla June 2012
We would like to thank you so much for all that you did to make this an amazing holiday for us. You gave us so much information about each island and we think your choices of islands were wonderful. We will be sure to write good things on trip advisor! We will always remember our Greek Island holiday and the two people who made it so special. All the best and hope to see you sometime in Toronto.
From: Bob and Margaret Jenkins
Location: Toronot, Canada
Title: Lagoon 440 on flotilla June 2011
We had a great time and the support we received from the flotilla's lead ship made our holiday a delight. Steve the captain of the flotilla lead ship was a very professional sailor and gave us great advice about weather and local conditions. He was also a super help in making sure we had good spots to dock at each port. Our stress level was very low as the result of having such an experienced expert available to us for advice and assistance. Sharron our lead ship co-ordinator was outstanding, she made sure any shore activities were a fantastic success and helped us to find anything in the towns or villages that we might need - a lovely lady with a 'can do' attitude outstanding overall. I would recommend the flotilla service highly and all my crew would echo my sentiments.
From: Douglas Brown and friends
Location: Ontario Canada
Title: 2 Week Cyclades Flotilla July/August 2011
My family of 8 have just returned from the most fabulous sailing experience that we could have hoped for. We sailed with a competitor last year around the Aegean Sea, but from now on whenever possible will always choose Poseidon. Steve, 'a legend', as my 2 teenage kids would say and Sharron were the perfect hosts, always putting our needs and safety first. They were great with the kids on the flotilla and were always entertaining us with stories and being available at all times for ideas on places to go to, best restaurants to eat in and literally putting all our needs first. The journeys were carefully planned and we all felt as if we were in very safe hands which is a relief when children are onboard. It's the little personal touches that I think make a holiday and we were definitely spoilt. Sailing was also great, calmer in the first week but the competiveness definitely began to develop between the men in the second!! Living in the UK we had not come across Poseidon Charters as they are based in Canada but they definitely are a well kept secret and I would encourage the British to seriously consider booking as you will not be disappointed!
From: Zara Lavery and family
Location: Northern Ireland and England
Title: Wonderful Flotilla Trip in the Greek Isles June 2011
A group of friends and I were lucky enough to charter a boat and participate in a flotilla trip through the Greek Isles. We had 6 members of our crew with various amounts of sailing experience, but none in Greece. Having Sharron and Harris there to answer our questions and guide us through the various harbors was a huge help. Sharron was extremely helpful and knwledgable about all the islands we visited. I would defnitely consider another flotilla trip with Poseidon.
From: Celeste Hunt
Destination: Greece June 2010
Title: If you want to see the best sights, go with the experts at Poseidon Charters
If you want to see the best attractions the Cyclades has to offer, go with the experienced crew at Poseidon Charters. My experienced sailing crew and I usually like to make our own sail plan, but when we chartered a Lagoon 38' catamaran with Poseidon we decided to go with the flotilla they had scheduled at that time. I was skeptical at first, but we definitely had a much better trip than we would have had on our own. Steve and first mate Sharron were fun, knowledgeable, easy going, and always on top of everything. The flotilla plan was to sail from Athens for one week out to Ios/Santorini, and then one week back to Athens. We only had time to sail for one week to Ios and then take ferries to the other islands and back to Athens. First Steve arranged with the local charter company to upgrade us from a 38' catamaran with sleeping space for 8 to a 40' catamaran with sleeping space for 10, which made the trip very luxurious for us indeed. He made all the sail plans so we didn't have to worry about whether one of our sailing legs was too long, or the place we were going to wouldn't be that great. I can't express how invaluable this was, as it saved us lots of time planning and the possibility of wasting precious vacation time. The stops we made were magnificent and the recommendations they gave us for activities and restaurants were always excellent, and the treatment we got from the proprietors at these places was very hospitable and sincere. We made lasting friends with the other boats on the charter, and even after we returned our boat we stayed with them for a few more islands. I could tell you all the places we went and what we did, but you're better off just going with Steve and trusting that you're in good hands
From: Doug Jorgesen
Location: San Jose, USA
Title: Rented a Beneteau 361 on flotilla
We sailed IRINI V, a newer ('99 I think) Beneteau 361. For the 2 of us it was a terrific boat, and could have easily accommodated another couple. The amenities were great as well - GPS, Autohelm, CD Player, Extra water tanks (400lt. total I think) extra fuel in 10 lt. cans, bimini, excellent dinghy (Zodiac) and more - really very nicely outfitted. The boat handled he Saronic gulf very well, and could have taken care of us on passage to the Cyclades, but we opted to do that via ferry. I'd recommend adding a stern rail mounted BBQ grill for more cooking options. I would charter IRINI V again in a heartbeat. Jan and I simply loved the boat. Jan and I split our 7 day charter by joining a flotilla led by Poseidon Charters for the first 4 days, then bareboating on our own the last 3 days. I can't say enough about the service and feeling of being part of the group that the flotilla experience provided. Having never sailed in the Med with it's unique challenges (and beauty!) the sense of security we had by being part of the flotilla was immensely valuable and gave us the confidence we needed to venture on our own for that last 3 days in the Aegean. I don't recall how many times we asked for Steve's help, from mooring on a wall, to freeing an anchor at Hydra, but it would have been much more difficult without his expert help. For anyone thinking about chartering in Greece, or any other waters with which they are not familiar, we strongly encourage joining a flotilla for at least part of the charter. By the way, the flexibility that Poseidon offers far exceeds any other charter company's ability to customize services to the degree we experienced. We looked at a number of competitors including The Moorings and Sunsail. Not one could match the total service program that Poseidon Charters did. We would definitely do the flotilla again - even if only for part of the charter. The camaraderie is wonderful and we made friends - something which is hard to place a money value upon. The Poseidon Team: Steve, Gary and Sharon were terrific. We really appreciated the hospitality that was extended to join the Aegean Dream crew for dinner on the boat at St. Nicholas bay after a fun evening barbecue. At all times, we felt the comfort of the flotilla support, making our charter nearly effortless (except Med mooring!) and worry free. Great job!! I wish we could do this every year, and we definitely plan on coming back.
From: George and Jan Stecyk
Location: Chicago, USA
Title: Flotilla 2 weeks, Beneteau 473
We had an absolutely wonderful trip. As a flotilla boat we were on our own boat & schedule with our own crew yet had the fun and support of your team as well as getting to socialize with other like minded flotilla sailors. Great Job Poseidon! I have a CD with pictures from our sailing adventure that I would like to send you. Flottille 2 semaines en Grece Quel beau voyage mes amis et moi avons fait. La temperature etait a son meilleur. Nous avons passe 2 semaines de reve dans les Iles grecques.Nous avions loue un Beneteau 473, tres confortable et en parfait etat, et nous nous suivions en flottille de 4 bateaux. Le temps etait reparti de bonne facon, entre la voile,les visites et les bons repas. Nous avons beaucoup apprecie l' aide et les conseils des capitaines Steven Parry et George Konistis surtout pour les atterrissages. Nous avions meme l'avantage d'avoir toutes les instructions dans notre langue maternelle de la part du capitaine Parry qui s'exprime dans un francais impeccable. En un mot un des plus beaux voyages de ma vie! Un gros merci de ma part et de celle de mes amis.
From: Yvan Girard MD
Location: Quebec, Canada / Florida, USA