This page is dedicated to cruises to Santorini and Greek Island cruises that visit Santorini. Santorini is of course the most visited of all the Greek islands and is a very popular destination with visitors flocking to its shores every year. If you’re thinking of a Santorini Cruise and want to visit Santorini then read on.
The Greek Island of Santorini is also known as Thira.
The crescent shaped island of Santorini was formed by earthquakes and volcanic activity almost 4,000 years ago.
The resulting Caldera has left a spectacular giant lagoon which contains the tiny uninhabited black lava islands of Palea and Nea Kameni (old and new ‘burnt’ islands).
So if you are arriving on a Santorini cruise you will sail by these islands and witness the huge impressive cliff side of Santorini with the whitewashed buildings of the capital Fira appearing to cling to the rock face.
Arriving at the old port of Santorini is an experience in itself and may turn out to be the highlight of any Greek Island cruises.
From the old port up to Fira town is very steep. The dramatic volcanic cliff can only be ascended in three ways – walking up the 600 stone steps, sitting astride a donkey and being carried up the donkey trail or by cable car.
Some cruises to Santorini also organise a transfer to a small ferry to take passengers to the more easily accessible and vehicle friendly new port at Athinos.
Many cruise ships visit Santorini each year from the end of March to the end of November with the summer months of June, July and August being the busiest season for cruises to Santorini. But the pleasant Spring months of April and May and the less crowded months of September and October are probably the best times for Greek Island Cruises that visit Santorini.
The German cruise liner AIDA have two ships AIDAaura and AIDAdiva that visit Santorini as part of their cruises.
The four Princess Cruises cruise liners of Dawn Princess, Pacific Princess, Ruby Princess and Ocean Princess regularly operate Cruises to Santorini as part of their Greek Island cruises packages.
The luxury cruise liner of Celebrity Cruises have four luxury cruise ships that feature Cruises to Santorini as part of their Mediterranean cruises package. The cruise ships are Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette.
The Zenith cruise ship operated by Pullmantur and the Norwegian liner Norwegian Cruise Line with the cruise ship Norwegian Jade also visit Santorini as part of their Greek Island cruises.
The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth operated by Cunard Line cruise the Mediterranean and include the Greek Isles and Santorini as part of their cruise schedule.
The popular luxury cruise line of the Royal Caribbean also sail to Santorini aboard their luxury cruise liners of Legend of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas.
The Yachts of Seabourn liner have 3 cruise ships that make stops at Santorini, They are the cruise ships Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Spirit.
The luxury cruise ship Thomson Majesty by Thomson Holidays cruise the Aegean and stop at Santorini too.
Other cruise lines that that visit Santorini in their cruise schedules include Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Louis Cruises, TUI Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
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