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