1. How do I get to the boat?
Starting from Athens: Cinderella will be based in Alimos Marina on pier number 2. From Athens airport you have 2 options:
1. By taxi: The price is approximately 40 euros and with an estimated travel time of 35 minutes. You will easily find a taxi by the airport.
2. Bus X96: The bus leaves every 40 minutes just outside of the airport’s arrival terminal and runs 24/7 every day. The estimated time of travel is 50 minutes and the price is 6 euros per person. To get off just outside the marina you will stop at the bus stop called Edem.
Starting from the Island of Poros:
Step 1: Coming from the airport you would have to catch a taxi or the bus X96 going to the Ferry port of Piraeus. The travel time is approximately 20 minutes longer than going to Alimos Marina.
Step 2: From Piraeus you will catch a ferry to Poros. There are several daily departures with an estimated travel time of 1,5h. Make sure to book the ferry in advance to guarantee a spot on board. After arriving in Poros your skipper will come and greet you!
See following link to find a ferry to Poros: www.openseas.gr
2. Who decides of the itinerary?
We have no fixed itinerary! We will together, day by day, plan the best route tailored to your prefered tempo as well as the weather conditions. The best game plans are usually those freshly discusses around a cup of coffee in the morning!
3.Is it possible to be picked up and dropped off from different starting point than Athens or Poros.
We can organise all sorts of one way trips, but of course it depends on the booking plan of the boat. The best is that you call or email us about it.
4. How much time will we be sailing each day?
Crossings between the islands takes between 2 and 4 hours in the Saronic islands and 4 to 8 hours in the Cyclades. However, we will of course split those distances with swim / lunch stops in bays.
5. What are our expected departure and return times to the base?
The official boarding time is 17.00 on Saturday afternoon. In case the yacht is ready earlier you are most welcome to hop on earlier. In order to save time, we can give you the heads up approx 2 hours before the boat is ready so that you can organise the grocery shopping in the meantime. Our time of departure will depend mainly on the speed of the port police to stamp our paperwork and authorisation to leave, which might take time on busy Saturday afternoons.
Return to the base is at 17.00 on Friday afternoon.
Check out time is 09.00 on Saturday morning.
6. Who cooks on board and who does the groceries?
In case there is no hostess or chef booked for the charter period, the guests are responsible for the grocery shopping, cooking and for washing the dishes. But of course everyone participates, including the skipper! It’s the spirit of sailing!
7. My husband gets seasick when the boat is rocking too much, which area would be the safest option for some smoother sailing conditions?
The Saronic islands is one of the smoothest sailing area one can experience! There are almost no waves and the distances between the islands are short, which doesn’t give time for one to develop seasickness. In 12 years sailing around here I’ve almost never had people being seasick on board.
8. I have a skipper's license but I don't feel confident enough to charter a yacht on my own yet. Is it possible for me to be in charge of the sailing and to have the skipper as extra help if complications would occure?
A sailing holiday and a skipper’s training are two completely different things. During a sailing holiday the guests are welcome to have a go at steering the boat in open waters, but the skipper will always take control of the helm when approaching ports, bays and during mooring manoeuvers. However, the skipper will not take part as stand by help but will have the primary responsibility of the boat and decision making regarding the sailing.
9. How much will we be involved with the sailing of the boat?
If needed, your skipper is completely capable of sailing the boat by himself. However, a little help is never turned down and will always be most welcome. Your skipper will be excited to show you the ropes and teach you the basics so that you can participate in the sailing and docking of the boat.
10. Are pets allowed on board?
Although we love animals, pets are not allowed on board.
11. Can we smoke on board?
Smoking is prohibited inside the boat but tolerated on deck (as long as you smoke on the leeward side of the boat).
12. What is the dress code on board?
Greece is a warm country, but some evenings can get a little chilly (especially in the Cyclades or during the period of the off season). In addition to your summer outfit we recommend you bring some kind of fleece and a light waterproof / windbreaker jacket.
Don’t forget to bring a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen!
13. Is it easy to find ATM's or do we need to have cash on the islands?
Most islands have at least one ATM. However, many shops and restaurants will not accept payments by card. Therefor, we recommend you to always carry at least two days of cash with you.
14.How is the mobile network connection on the water?
Greece has one of the best mobile network in Europe! Apart for some rare exceptions, you will permanently have connection.
15. Is there Wi-Fi on the boat?
Since roaming is free within Europe, and most of our guests are Europeans, we do not have Wi-Fi on board. Although, Wi-Fi routers can be rented separately. In case you would need one, we recommend you to inform us a few weeks in advance as they are easily sold out.
16.How much storage space do we have for personal belongings?
In case you would fill the boat to its full capacity (8 persons in 4 cabins) the remaining storage space left for luggage and personal belongings will be limited. For the sake of your own comfort, we highly recommend you to bring one soft bag per person (the size of a hand luggage) that you can bring with you on a plane.
17. How strict is greece in regards to drugs?
Greece is very serious when it comes to this matter. Carrying or consuming any kind drug is considered an sever illegal act, which may result in heavy fines and even prison time for the persons involved. Police and coast guard are doing checks regularly.
18.What happens if I decide to cancel my trip?
– From the date of the reservation up to 30 days before the charter you will only loose your pre-payment (which amounts to 50% of the rental price of the boat).
– Within 30 days of the beginning of the charter you will loose the full amount of the rental price of the boat.
– If you were to leave the boat during the period of the charter, you will loose the full amount of the price for chartering the boat, the skipper’s fee and also the cleaning fee. You will also be expected to top up the fuel you used during your stay.