5+1 Ways to Make Your Ferry Trip Easier and Safer

This summer is definitely different from all the previous ones. Transportation for most is limited and, due to the mandatory use of masks on ships, there were many who preferred closer islands for their holidays in order to limit their stay on board. In addition, itineraries this summer were significantly less than in previous years, which in combination with the limited availability, made it difficult for many to find a ticket. However, we at NISEA are here to help make your trip more comfortable and easy, and because proper planning is important for a successful trip, we present 5 + 1 ways to help you avoid unnecessary hassle, especially this year that are all more mindful due to the circumstances.

1. The e-ticket is the revolution in passenger shipping!

How many times have you wasted your time waiting in line at the agency to pick up printed tickets? How many times have you been obliged to make special arrangements and plans in order to give the printed tickets to your fellow travelers for whom you bought them? How many times have you lost or forgotten your printed (and irreplaceable!) tickets so you have to buy new ones, and many times without getting back the money from your original tickets? With the e-ticket all this is in the past and your life becomes much easier! Apart from the time you save and the unnecessary hassle you avoid, this year with the e-ticket you no longer have to wait in line at the agency with your mask, nor exchange papers and tickets with others. Most companies now support e-ticket and the process is very simple: before your trip, you find your reservation on the application, and by selecting check-in, the shipping company issues you the electronic ticket which is sent to you by e-mail or SMS. It is not necessary to print it, while you can also send it to those who travel with you, very easily.

Sample of an e-Ticket with which you can now board the ferry.

2. Track your ferry and save time

Ship delays are a common occurrence, either due to weather conditions, due to increased traffic in ports, or due to technical problems that may arise. In any case, you can now avoid the unnecessary waiting in the ports waiting for the ship that is often late. Through tracking at NISEA you are in control, since you can now see live the location of your ferry and at what time it will arrive. Of course, you can also use tracking during your trip, since you no longer need to calculate or ask the crew for the estimated time of arrival at your destination – you can simply see it at any time on the application (Track section)!

Track your ferry through NISEA app.

3. Find out which ships have open decks

It is reasonable in such conditions when it is requested to avoid crowded and closed spaces, that many people will prefer ferries with open-air decks for their voyage. We at NISEA make buying your ticket an even easier process, and provide you with information on which ships have open-air decks, in case you want to prioritize them while booking your tickets. Thus, in the search results in the application, in the lower right part of each result there is a special indication that implies that the ship has open-air decks.

If you want to book a ticket with an open-deck ferry, you can look at the special indication.

4. Do not forget, wearing a mask is mandatory!

The mask has now become an integral part of our daily lives, and ferry trips could not be an exception. It is therefore important that all passengers wear a mask before boarding the ship and throughout the voyage. For more information on the new ship regulations due to the pandemic, you can refer to our blog post.

The use of a mask and the pre-boarding form are now necessary for the safety of all passengers.

5. Print the pre-boarding form at your home

In addition to the mask, it is now necessary for passengers boarding ferries to complete the pre-boarding form. This form is intended to inform passengers in the event that a coronavirus case is found after the journey. As part of limiting our exposure to hazards, it is useful to print the form before the trip so that we do not have to go to the port agency to pick it up. You can, in fact, find the form through the application, in your reservations (Travel section).

And do not forget, when you make a reservation through NISEA, it is saved in the Travel section, so you can find all the details of your trip at any time without having to look for the reservation in the endless emails you receive every day! This way, you can rest assured that you will not lose your reservation code again and you can make your trip even more carefree.

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!