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"A rough crossing"
I have sea sickness and this crossing was very difficult for me. Because I'm unconfortable aboard a boat, I choose Seajets, so the crossing would be shorter. However, because of its size, the boat is more sensitive to wave. A better confort could be provided to passengers when the sea is bad. You could for example ask them if they are victim of sea sickness and place them in the area of the boat which is the most stable or the closest to the toilets. A member of staff should also be nearby. By the way, luggages were blocking the corridors leading to the toilets.
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"Can do better"
Comparing to the santorini palace from another company i took on arrival this boat is less clean (specialy the lady’s room on vip section), 2 of my first snack order was unavailable. The staff is great but the boat needs a refresh.Read More Read Less
"Schedules change and weather can be bad in summer"
Make sure you leave plenty of time between a ferry in the summer and onward travel, especially before a flight. Ferry schedules tend to change up to a couple of weeks before departure. We didn’t get any notification of the fact we had been moved to a ferry an hour later from either Direct Ferries or Golden Star Ferries so check your booking with the ferry company directly. Also, not the ferry company’s fault but even in summer it can be really windy delaying all ferries so make sure you leave lots of time. The ferry and the journey were all fine, once we found out what time they were!Read More Read Less
The Paros Rafina ferry route connects Cyclades Islands with Athens and is currently operated by 3 ferry companies. SeaJets operate their crossing up to 14 times per week, Golden Star Ferries 7 times per week & the Cyclades Fast Ferries service is available up to 7 times per week.
There are a combined 28 sailings available per week on the Paros Rafina crossing between Cyclades Islands and Athens and with 3 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.
Located in the Cyclades group of islands, the Greek island of Paros lies in the Aegean Sea, to the west of the island of Naxos from which it is separated by a channel that is around 8 km wide. The island is 160 km to the south east of the Port of Piraeus. Historically known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term 'Parian' to describe marble or china of similar qualities, the marble mines and quarries have now been abandoned and can be found around the island. Today, the island's principal source of income is derived from tourism. The capital of Paros, Parikia, is a typically beautiful Cycladic village with whitewashed houses and lovely grand neoclassical mansions. Standing atop a hill in the centre of the village is a 13th century Venetian castle which provides glorious views of the town and surrounding area. There is also an important ecclesiastical attraction in the town in the form of the 6th century Church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani, also known as Katapoliani.
The island's port is also in Parikia and hosts both conventional ferries and high speed ferries. Ferries generally depart to Piraeus and to the other islands of the Cyclades.
The Greek town of Rafina lies on the east coast of the Attica region of mainland Greece, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The town is close to the town's of Artemida and Nea Makri and also to the Greek capital, Athens, which is around 25 km to the west. because of its proximity to Athens Rafina is popular with many Athenians who visit to enjoy the town's many fish restaurants that can be found lining the harbour. It is not uncommon to see the day's catch lying on beds of ice outside each restaurant.
In ancient times Rafina was named Arafinidon Alon but its history dates back to prehistoric times, but more specifically to pre-Hellenic times. In Askitario, to the south of Rafina, archaeologists have found a unique vase with a dog painted on it which has been dated back to 2,800 BC. Another significant find was near the town's port where a bronze foundry was discovered and is thought to be one of the oldest in Europe, and dates back to 1800 BC.
After the Port of Piraeus, Rafina's port is the second largest in Attica. Ferry services operating from the port depart to the southern part of Euboea and to the Cyclades islands.