Enroute to Mykonos

At 7.30 am on Day 2 of our honeymoon, we boarded the Blue Star ferry that would go from Piraeus to Syros, Tinos, and finally, Mykonos. (Read about our Day 1 here.) The ferry ride was 5 hours long to Mykonos, and it was completely worth it!

 

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The coast of Syros

 

I know a lot of people are confused between flying and taking the ferry to the islands (we were too). But there are persuasive reasons for taking the ferry:

  1. The view. Blue waters. Cool winds. Clear skies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen bluer waters anywhere else! The sea spray, if you’re on the deck, was another bonus for me personally!
  2. Cheaper than flying. Unless you get a really sweet deal on Ryan Air MUCH prior to your trip. Plus you can travel with as much luggage as you like without having to buy an extra-luggage ticket! The ferries have very convenient luggage holding areas where you can stow away your bags and roam freely around the vessel for the rest of your journey.
  3. Hassle-free and less tiring than flying. I hate flying. I hate airports. I hate long queues and the sound of the airplane engine revving and the tiny, tiny seats. On a ferry, you can move around, sit wherever you want. Try the deck if you love a good view and the winds. Find a cozier spot in the lounges if you prefer the quiet and warmth. You can even get a good nap in between.

Also, I mean, we fly everywhere! We’re always in a hurry to get places. Given the option, I’d love me some quality time gently swaying on a big boat in the middle of the ocean. 🙂

 

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5 hours of serenity. Yay!

 

If you’re still skeptical about the 5 (short) hours, here’s what we did with our time:

  • Slept
  • Ate (there are cafes on the ferry)
  • Read a book
  • Jotted down our thoughts for this blog
  • Listened to music (the cafes on the decks sometimes play music)
  • Observed people (a bunch of people danced to the music)
  • Made friends with fellow travelers
  • Patted a dog (a fellow traveler was traveling with her dog)
  • Window shopped (there’s usually a souvenir shop onboard)
  • Watched TV (lounges have TVs but the shows are mostly in Greek)
  • Calculated our expenses so far (gotta uphold the name!)
  • Walked around
  • Took photos
  • Shared photos on social media (there’s wifi on the ferries)
  • Caught up with friends and family
  • Learned more about our destination (an information counter in the ferry provides free maps of your destination)
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