We travelled with Hellenic Seaways from Spetses to Piraeus on Sunday 19th August on the 1050 ferry. The journey was an absolute disaster, lasting 5 hours rather than the scheduled 2.5 hours! There was clearly a fault with the ferry itself as it was travelling very slowly and took an alternative route to the one it should have. Yet we had only one announcement as we left Poros, the last pick up before heading back to Piraeus, saying that the boat was going to slow down to aid passenger comfort as the sea was choppy. The sea actually wasn't particularly rough, but it was clear that the ferry was not operating properly, with black smoke billowing from the chimney and very odd, straining sounds coming from below. At no point did anyone communicate with the passengers to explain that there was a problem and to give them a new estimated time of arrival. No water was brought round despite the heat and when we asked any of the crew how long it would take were just told 'about an hour'. When we asked an hour later, we were told the same thing!!! We eventually arrived in Piraeus at 1600, rather than the scheduled time of 1330.. There was no apologies and no explanations from the crew, in fact no communication at all!. We completely understand that, if there was a fault with the boat, then it was beyond their control but to just not tell anyone what was happening was completely unacceptable!
Reviewed by Darren who travelled with Hellenic Seaways on Flyingcat