This Year’s Summer Itineraries to the Cyclades

As the restrictions that had been set for traveling ease, many of us are dreaming of booking our ferry tickets through NISEA to visit again our favorite island or finally get to explore new places again, because treasures in Greece are endless!

Shipping companies, therefore, have begun to increase and enrich their routes in order to transport us again, always safely, to our favorite destinations. You can always see the most up-to-date itineraries of the companies for your best convenience at NISEA.

Sifnos is one of the few islands that will be served by four highspeed ferries daily!

In the Cyclades, traditionally the most popular island complex in the Aegean, the routes are by no means similar to those of previous years, but they keep increasing. In the Western Cyclades, Dionysios Solomos with 4 weekly departures from Piraeus during this period, will run daily to the islands as of Monday July 13. At the same time, Speedrunner III, which was the first highspeed vessel to begin its itineraries in the Aegean this year, has already started daily departures to Serifos-Sifnos-Milos and back. Due to the conditions, however, we will hardly see her running double itineraries for this year.

The Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos route for this year is already served daily by Blue Star Paros in the morning, while there are also the itineraries of Blue Star Patmos and Blue Star 2 in the afternoon to Syros. Blue Star Myconos (formerly Nissos Mykonos) will have modified itineraries this summer, so there won’t be any morning departures to Syros-Mykonos like the previous years. This year, calls to Mykonos will be three times a week from Piraeus (afternoon departures), which increase to 4 if we take into account Blue Star Chios’ (formerly Nissos Chios) itinerary to Mykonos on Saturdays, while Blue Star Myconos will call Syros at the return itinerary once every week, on Fridays.

Santorini will have much less itineraries than the previous years.

As far as the central Cyclades are concerned, Blue Star Delos already runs its traditional daily morning itineraries to Paros-Naxos-Santorini (and Ios), while Blue Star Naxos has also started last year’s morning itineraries to Paros-Naxos-Small Cyclades-Amorgos (6:45 from Piraeus and night return from the islands), with Blue Star Patmos having taken over the afternoon itineraries to Paros-Naxos since last Thursday. It is worth noting, of course, that this year the ship will head to Ios and Santorini only 4 times a week (two of which to Anafi as well), as the remaining 3 she will continue to Ikaria and Samos after Naxos, thus covering the lack of daily itineraries from Blue Star Myconos.

In Rafina, the 4 traditional ferries (Superferry, Superferry II, Fast Ferries Andros and Theologos P) already operate daily routes to Andros-Tinos-Mykonos, while this year Superferry II, which runs an afternoon route to the islands, ends its itinerary at Paros. In this route, apart from the extra itineraries to Andros and some additional to Andros-Tinos-Mykonos (for which you can be informed through the application of NISEA), no increase in the number of ships or the frequency of itineraries is foreseen for the time being, which means that most likely there will be no highspeed ferries from Rafina this summer, but also that Aikaterini P won’t be operating for the season.

However, passenger traffic has begun increasing in the last few days, and some of SeaJets’ ferries have recently started itineraries. More specifically, last Friday, July 3, SeaJet and SuperJet started their circular itineraries alternately from Piraeus and Milos respectively, while on the same day World Champion Jet and Champion Jet 2 also started operations. WCJ has added Paros and Ios to its itinerary this year, which were served by Tera Jet last year, while Champion Jet 2 runs daily afternoon departures to Serifos-Sifnos-Milos with a morning return. Also, Sifnos Jet is expected to begin its itineraries from about July 20, depending on the passenger traffic, on her last year’s route to the Western Cyclades, replacing Champion Jet 2 and extending the route to Folegandros-Santorini-Ios.

Highspeed ferries will be limited this summer in the Cyclades due to the conditions.

Intra-Cycladic routes are still operated by Artemis and Andros Jet, while Macedon, Marmari Express and Ionis are operating on the Lavrio-Kea-Kythnos route with up to 7 daily departures to Kea and up to 4 to Kythnos. Prevelis and Olympus are also on their routes to Milos / Santorini, although Olympus’ itineraries will be slightly modified from July 13 in order to increase departures from Piraeus. Express Skopelitis is also running in the Small Cyclades, while it has already started its summer weekly itineraries from Amorgos to Ios-Koufonisi. It looks, though, that besides the highspeed ferries mentioned above, no others will operate for the time being, although in case of demand we might see some additions or modifications to the companies’ itineraries.

In conclusion, it is important to note that ships are still traveling with limited capacity, so it is best not to book tickets at the last minute. Already, on the most commercial routes on weekends the demand is big and the tickets are sold out fast, so you can always check the availability and book your tickets at any time on NISEA!

Book your tickets and track your ferry LIVE, with NISEA!

NISEA was recently released – a new application that will change the norm for those of us who will travel by ferry this year.

What is NISEA? How do you pronounce it?

A team of graduates built a new and smarter way to travel by ferry that primarily addressed all the issues they personally experienced when travelling (lack of information and support, unexpected delays with no updates, printing and collecting tickets, and more…)

NISEA is the first mobile app for iPhone and Android that was built to be portable and easy to use during your travel when you are on the go, but also when you are planning your trip.

The word NISEA is made up from the word Nisi (the Greek word Νησί meaning Island), and Sea. This represents the teams love for travelling the islands by sea – which started this adventure.

How is NISEA going to make ferry travel easier?

Using the application, we can book our own tickets as well as our friend’s tickets, reserve multiple trips with different ferry companies, all at once. We can also make use of all the offered company discounts.

During this pandemic period, NISEA provides all the information we need in order to travel safely: The pre-boarding health questionnaires required by the ferry operators, easy searching for ferries with outdoor seating, and all the safety instructions issued by the authorities.

 How many times did you have to wait for a ferry that was delayed?

And how many times where you not able to get any information about your trip? NISEA’s flagship feature is its tracking system. It provides us with the LIVE position of our ferry as well as the real estimated time of arrival. We can also get general information about our ferry, the route, and weather forecasts affecting our trip. You can now enjoy a coffee (or two) at the port without the stress of waiting.

More importantly, after buying our ticket, any change or important information about our trip is automatically sent to our device via push notifications!

Alas, the real electronic Ticket!

The NISEA team is working with the large ferry companies to provide an integrated electronic ticket. Something that is currently missing from the market!

This will be available this year to ease our travel experience further and avoid long ques at the printing booths!

Would you like to change your departure date? Do you have a general question?

From within the application, in the support page, we are able to get in touch directly with the NISEA Team. Whether we have bought a ticket or not, the team answers to all our queries avoiding long waiting times on the phone waiting to speak with a representative.

Finally, NISEA provides lots of useful information such as ship images in order to help with locating your ferry when you arrive to the port, directions to ports, contact information for ferry operators, locations of ferry agencies and a lot more!

So if you are planning on travelling this summer by ferry you can start planning your trip on NISEA

Latest updates on Ferry travel during the Covid-19 pandemic

Travelling by ferry in Greece 2020

On the 15th of May the Ministry of Shipping published new regulations starting Monday 18th of May until Monday, 15th of June 2020 regarding ferry travel.

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When will you be able to travel?

As per the latest information, travel restrictions by road will be lifted as of Monday 18th of May. Travelling to the Greek islands is currently limited to owners and employees of businesses that have reopened, but is expected to begin domestically as of Monday 25th of May.

Check the latest ferry schedules and stay up-to-date by downloading NISEA

Will the ferries operating in Greece be at full capacity?

Ferries will be allowed to carry up to 50% of its total passenger capacity (defined by the ship’s size and preset safety limit) or up to 55% if the ship has cabins additionally. All ship specifications can be found in the app when choosing your journey in NISEA

What should passengers travelling by ferry know?

  • Before embarking the ship, passengers will have their temperature checked by trained crew of the ship
  • Passengers will also need to fill a specific questionnaire that will be kept for the record from the ship company (this questionnaire can be found online – example).
  • All passengers must maintain at least 1,5 metres distance between each other while embarking, disembarking and onboard/during the trip of the ship.
  • Cabins can only be used by 1 person unless used by a family (up to 4 people) or people with disabilities and their escort.
  • All passengers and crew of the ship will have to wear masks (cloth face mask is suggested).
  • NPHO (National Public Health Organisation) documents, video instructions and recorded messages with information about the measures will also be available during the trip

How will the ferries be prepared?

  • Ship crew will be specifically trained regarding the new measures.
  • Personal hygiene measures and protection will be followed and dedicated spaces within the ferry will be equipped with antiseptic products.
  • Ships will always be cleaned and sanitised before and after the trip. 
  • Ships will always use proper ventilation and climate control measures.
  • In the case of a suspected case, specific rules will have to be followed (person(s) will be isolated in a dedicated room, and will be disembarked on the next available port which will have the required treatment conditions and force)

What are ferry policies between Greece and Italy?

Regarding Greece and Italy ship trips, passengers will have their temperature checked and will need to fill a specific health statement before embarking on your ship journey.

What are the bars and restaurants policies in Greece?

Bars and restaurants will have specific rules to be followed (Pending further announcements from the Greek authority).

Hotel Procedures

When will hotels open in Greece?

As per the latest information, hotels operating all year-long are opening and welcoming visitors according to government measures as of the 1st of June. On June 15th the official Touristic (high) season begins, therefore seasonal hotels will be able to open then as well and welcome visitors according to government measures.

What protocols will hotels need to follow?

  1. Strict protocols for clearing and sanitising all the areas and rooms of hotels are being conducted. Specific plans and “routes” for entering or exiting the hotel are also being considered for guests to not come in close contact. Room allocations are also adapting to help keep guests at safe distances. 
  2. The Ministry of Tourism will be leasing accommodation in every tourist area of ​​the country, which will function as a “quarantine hotel”. In the case that someone is found to be a carrier, they will be able to be quarantined there.
  3. All Greek accommodation units and hotels will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely (telemedicine), whether someone should be tested for the coronavirus. All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.
  4. Hotel staff will receive special training regarding special hygiene rules and self-protection.
  5. Hotels will not be allowed to provide buffets.

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Organised Beaches

The organised beaches will operate under the following protocols:

  1. It will be mandatory to record the number of attendees in organised beaches controlled at the entrance.
  2. The maximum number of bathers is 40 people per 1,000 sq.m.
  3. The minimum distance between the axles of the umbrellas is set at 4 metres, while the minimum distance of 1 metre is defined between the perimeter of the shadow of two umbrellas.
  4. Up to 2 sunbeds can be per umbrella, with the exception of families with minor children.
  5. The minimum distance between two sunbeds on different umbrellas is set at 1.5 meters.
  6. Canteens, refreshments, coffee bars may operate exclusively with take away. Their products are sold only packaged and their preparation in the area is prohibited. It is also forbidden to sell and sell alcoholic beverages.
  7. Delivery is prohibited and it is not allowed to develop table seats.
  8. The minimum distance between customers waiting to be served is set at 1.5 meters.
  9. There is a strong recommendation for mask use by employees. The staff of the organised beaches are obliged to disinfect the sunbeds – chairs after each customer.
  10. A relevant programme for the regular disinfection of the sanitary facilities which will be displayed for inspection, must be posted.  
  11. It is also the responsibility of the bather and mandatory to always place a towel on the sun lounger. 
  12. Team sports with physical contact are prohibited.

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