SHIP STRIKE IN GREECE ANNOUNCED FOR THURSDAY 26/11

Starting from 00:01 on Thursday, November 26th there will be a ship strike across Greece. Most ports will be canceling their itineraries because five (out of thirteen) unions of the Panhellenic Maritime Federation have decided to hold a nationwide 24-hour strike.

The Panhellenic Merchant Mariners Association released a statement explaining that there have problems related to shipbuilding during the pandemic and that the government, as well as shipowners, are violating their labor and trade union rights. To demonstrate, there will be a gathering at the port of Piraeus in front of the BLUE STAR CHIOS vessel.

Dockworkers and lifeguard crews have also decided to participate in the Piraeus strike, meaning unforeseen complications may occur.

The strike will end at 00:00 on Friday, November 27. So, if you have booked tickets for this weekend, your ferry won’t be affected.

For any specific questions you might have about your trip, we suggest that you reach out to the ferry company that you are travelling with, to hear their policies directly. Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Ferryscanner team via the chat feature of our website.

GREEK FERRY ROUTES AND SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED FOR 2021

Ferry companies in Greece have begun to announce the destinations and schedules they plan to operate for next year. This is so travellers, specifically those that will be visiting from abroad – can begin planning their trips.

Here you can find the articles for each ferry company.

Keep checking back, as we will continuously update this space whenever more Greek ferry companies decide on their 2021 ferry schedules.

Book a trip with one of these companies by heading to Ferryscanner, where you can easily compare prices, routes and find the ferry tickets that work best for you.

5 INCREDIBLE MOROCCAN BEACHES

We know you’re bound to come across some show-stopping beaches while out on your travels. The moment your ferry docks, it’s always nice to have some guidance before dropping your bags and running off in your flip-flops. Especially in a country like Morocco, with a coastline of 1,2000 miles, stunning beaches are easy to come by. Whether Seajets drops you off at Al Hoceima, Nador, or the Tanger port, this list will showcase way more than Morocco’s souks and desert dunes. Find your ferry tickets here easily using the Ferryscanner website.

Essaouira Beach

Essaouira Province

If you came to Morocco in search of authentic hippies and camels, visiting the Essaouiran Coast just shot to the top of your itinerary. The town of Essaouira itself is known for its calm atmosphere, delicious food, and colorful accents – all of which spill right onto their beach. But don’t head inside as soon as you’re done swimming and sunbathing, just wait until you see the unbelievable sunset!

Dragon Beach Peninsula

Dakhla Province

As the Sahara Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean right before your eyes, I guarantee you’ve never experienced a beach day like this. This white sand peninsula is like a little signature, marking the middle of a pristine, blue lagoon. It’s a perfect spot for water sports aficionados to show off while onlookers gaze from the dunes, like a natural arena.

Legzira Beach

Tiztin Province

If Mars had oceans and you just washed up on shore, this is what it would look like. The red arches – formed by eroding natural rock over the years – makes this not only a beach but a step through history. Sadly, one of the arches collapsed in 2016, but what’s left will definitely not disappoint. A hotspot for surfers because of its low traffic, this beach is a great little desert escape.

Oualidia Beach

El Jadida Province

Say you crave a day at the beach, but don’t feel like dealing with unruly umbrellas or getting pummeled by waves. This lagoon was made for days just like that. The city of Oualidia shelters the lagoon from the ocean, making the water much calmer for your full day of relaxation. This area is a popular vacation spot for Moroccan families, so there is no shortage of water activities as well. With paddle-boarding, surfing, kayaking, and beyond, this lagoon can become your own little watering hole.

Quemado Beach

Al Hoceima Province

While this area may have a few more beachgoers than the rest on this list, it’s for good reason. The only thing better than a beach day, is a beach day set against mountains and cliffs – offering the best of both worlds! Being so close to the city center, there are amazing restaurants and bars just steps away for whenever you’re ready for a lunch break. Don’t forget to make your way to the top of the cliff at some point too, for some breathtaking panoramic views.

SEAJETS FERRY SCHEDULE 2021

The Greek ferry company Seajets has released their new ferry schedule for 2021. They will use their vessels to offer routes not only from Athens but between other islands as well. You can use the Ferryscanner website to book a one-way Seajets ferry trip or use the island hopping feature of our search engine to book a multi-leg trip!

Seajets offers ferry passengers electronic tickets, rather than just physical, paper tickets. You will be able to complete their web check-in starting from 48 hours before your trip up until two hours before the ferry departs. Check out the step-by-step guide we created to help you do so.

Please keep checking back here for updates, as more 2021 routes and ferry schedules will be added in the future. From now until the end of April, ferry companies will be continuously updating their itineraries.

For your convenience, we have broken down the Seajets ferry schedule for 2021 by each individual Seajets vessel.

TERA JET

The TERA JET vessel from Seajets will operate from June 1, 2021, until September 30, 2021. It will offer routes every day of the week, departing from the port of Piraeus at 7:00. The first stop will be the island of Paros at 9:50, then Ios at 10:55, arriving at the port of Santorini at 11:50. About forty minutes later the TERA JET will leave Thira in Santorini and head back to Paros, arriving by 14:30. Then, the ferry will stop in Ios at 13:15, Paros at 14:30, and finally, arrive back in Piraeus at 17:25.

WORLDCHAMPION JETS

From April 16 – May 27, 2021, as well as September 27 – October 31, the WORLDCHAMPION JET from Seajets will operate the same ferry schedule. During these time periods, the ship will depart from Piraeus every day of the week at 7:00. Then it will stop at the port of Syros at 9:05, Mykonos at 9:35, Naxos at 10:25, and then Santorini at 11:30. About half an hour later the vessel will depart from Santorini and head to Naxos, arriving there at 13:10. Then, Mykonos at 13:40, Syros and 14:45, and then back to Piraeus by 17:00.

From May 28 – June 17, 2021, as well as September 7 – 26 the ferry schedule will be the same, differing slightly from the previous dates. There will still be trips departing from Piraeus every day at 7:00, however with a few changes. The first island on the trip will be Syros, with the ferry arriving there at 9:00. Then Mykonos at 9:35, Ios at 10:55, and Santorini at 11:30. The ship will depart from there at 12:10, arriving in Ios at 12:45. Then it will get to Mykonos by 14:00, Syros at 14:45, and finally, be back in Piraeus at 17:00.

From June 18 – September 6, 2021, the WORLDCHAMPION JET will start from Piraeus every day of the week at 7:00, then stop in Syros at 9:00, Mykonos at 9:35, Ios at 10:55, and Santorini at 11:30. Back to Ios at 12:45, Mykonos at 14:00, Syros at 14:45, then on to Piraeus at 17:00. On Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays however, this isn’t the end of the trip. What differs from the ferry schedule for these days of the week is that an hour after arriving in Piraeus, the vessel will head back out, getting to Paros at 20:15, then Naxos at 20:45, back to Paros at 21:20, and then docking for the night in Piraeus at 23:45.

SEAJET2

From April 1 – 30, 2021 the SEAJET 2 vessel from Seajets will depart from the port of Piraeus every day of the week at 7:00 before heading to numerous Cycladic islands. The first stop will be Tinos, at 9:15, then Mykonos at 9:45. From there the ferry will sail to Naxos, arriving at 10:35 before stopping in Santorini’s port at 11:50. The SEAJET 2 will depart from Thira in Santorini at 12:25, head to Naxos by 13:45, stop in Mykonos at 14:35, Tinos at 15:10, and arrive back to Piraeus at 17:30.

From May 6 – October 10, 2021, the ferry schedule completely changes, with more islands being accessed. Seajets has divided this time period into two separate, alternating weeks (A and B). Each with their own separate itinerary.

Week A

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (during A weeks) the SEAJET 2 will depart from Milos at 8:00, heading to Sifnos by 8:40, Paros at 9:40, Mykonos at 10:40, Naxos at 11:40, Koufonisia at 12:30, Amorgos at 13:10, Santorini at 14:35, Folegandros at 15:50 and back to Milos at 17:05. Then, Sifnos at 18:00, Serifos at 18:30, and finally the port of Piraeus at 20:40.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the SEAJET 2 will depart from the port of Piraeus in Athens at 7:00, heading to Sifnos by 9:10, Milos at 9:55, Folegandros at 10:50, Santorini at 11:50, Amorgos at 13:30, Koufonisia at 14:40, Naxos at 15:30, Mykonos at 16:05, back to Naxos at 17:10, Paros at 17:50, Sifnos at 18:55 and then ending the day’s trip at the port of Milos at 19:35.

Week B

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (during B weeks) the SEAJET 2 will depart from the port of Piraeus in Athens at 7:00, stopping in Sifnos at 9:10, Milos at 9:55, Folegandros at 10:50, Santorini at 11:50, Amorgos at 13:30, Koufonisia at 14:40, Naxos at 15:30 and then Mykonos at 16:05. Then, the ship will return to Naxos by 17:10, then head to Paros at 17:50, Sifnos at 18:55, and finally, arrive in the port of Milos at 19:35.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the SEAJET 2 will begin its route from Milos at 8:00, then get to Sifnos by 8:40, Paros by 9:40, Mykonos at 10:40, Naxos at 11:40, Koufonisia at 12:30, Amorgos at 13:10, Santorini at 14:35, then Folegandros at 15:50. The ferry will then return to Milos, arriving at 17:05 before stopping at Sifnos around 18:00, Serifos at 18:30. The last stop of this ferry schedule is the port of Piraeus which will be reached at 20:40.

SUPER JET

The SUPER JET vessel will operate from May 6 – October 10, 2021. Again the ferry schedule was divided into Week A and B, in order to provide passengers with as many options as possible. Each alternative week has its own separate itinerary.

Week A

On Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays, and Sundays (during A weeks), the SUPER JET vessel from Seajets will depart from Piraeus at 7:00, then arrive at Sifnos at 9:10, Folegandros at 10:50, Santorini at 11:50, Amorgos at 13:30, Koufonisia at 14:40, Naxos at 15:20, and Mykonos at 16:05. Then, back to Naxos by 17:10, Paros at 17:50, Sifnos at 18:55, and finally Milos by 19:35.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the SUPER JET will depart from the port of Milos at 8:00. Then it will stop in Sifnos at 8:40, Mykonos at 10:40, Naxos at 11:40, Koufonisia at 12:30, Amorgos at 13:10, Santorini at 14:35, Folegandros at 15:50. Back in Milos by 17:05, then Sifnos at 18:00, Serifos at 18:30, and then finally Piraeus by 20:40.

Week B

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (during B weeks), the SUPER JET will depart from the port of Milos at 8:00, then stop in Sifnos at 8:40, Paros at 9:40, Mykonos at 10:40, Naxos at 11:40, Koufonisia at 12:30, Amorgos at 13:10, Santorini at 14:35, and Folegandros at 15:50. Then, back to Milos at 17:05, Sifnos at 18:00, Serifos at 18:30 and finally it will dock in Piraeus at 20:40.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the SUPER JET will start from the port of Piraeus in Athens at 7:00, stop in Sifnos at 9:10, Milos at 9:55, Folegandros at 10:50, Santorini at 11:50, Amorgos at 13:30, Koufonisia at 14:40, Naxos at 15:20 and Mykonos at 16:05. Then, back to Naos at 17:10, Paros at 17:50, Sifnos at 18:55, and finally arrive back to Milos at 19:35.

MEGA JET

From May 30 – October 3, 2021, the MEGA JET vessel from Seajets will offer routes every day, starting from the port of Ios at 7:30. The next step will be Thira in Santorini at 8:20, Folegandros at 9:20, Milos at 10:35, Sifnos at 11:30, Serifos at 12:00, and then the port of Piraeus in Athens at 14:15. At 15:55 the MEGA JET will depart from Piraeus, arrive back in Serifos by 18:00, Sifnos at 18:30, Milos at 18:50, Folegandros at 20:10, Thira at 21:10, and then finally the last stop of the day is Ios at 22:05.

CHAMPION JET 1

From June 1 – September 30, 2020, the CHAMPION JET 1 from Seajets will depart from the port of Piraeus every day of the week at 7:00, first stop in Serifos at 9:10, then Sifnos at 9:45, and Milos at 10:40. Turning back towards Athens, the ferry will depart from Milos at 14:40, stopping in Sifnos at 15:25, Serifos at 16:00, and finally arriving at Piraeus at 18:30.

Now that you know what all of the routes will be for the Seajets ferry schedule for 2021, you can start planning your trip! On Ferryscanner.com you can find all direct and indirect ferry routes, organize your island hopping trip and easily book your ferry tickets online.

ATTICA GROUP WINS TWICE AT 2020 GREEK HOSPITALITY AWARDS

Attica Group, which is the parent company of Superfast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, and Hellenic Seaways, won awards in two separate categories at this year’s Greek Hospitality Awards.

The Greek Hospitality Awards acknowledges companies within the country’s hotel and tourism industry whose innovative practices go above and beyond.

Attica Group won the Gold Award in the ‘Best Digital Advertising and Performance Campaign’ category as well as the Silver Award in the ‘Best Greek Coastal Shipping Company’ category.

The event took place on Tuesday, October 6th, although due to COVID-19 safety measures it was completely online.

Using the Ferryscanner website you can easily find and book your ferry ticket on an Attica Group ferry.

SARONIC FERRIES WILL LAUNCH A NEW VESSEL

Saronic Ferries has completed a successful test drive of a brand-new vessel, called ANTIGONE. The initial launch took place last week, following all of the necessary safety precautions. There is still a lot of work to be done, although so far so good!

Want to see a video of the vessel? Click here.

To take a trip on one of Saronic Ferries’ vessels, simply go to Ferryscanner.com and book your ferry tickets today!

9 AUTHENTIC MUST-TRY FOODS IN TUNISIA

An African country with a great many influences, Tunisia’s exoticness is visible in its bazaars and handcrafted products, but most prominently in its food.

Colorful, robust, fresh, and carrying a distinguished Berber and Mediterranean vibe, Tunisian dishes showcase ancient cooking techniques, resulting in culinary delights that challenge and excite the palate at the same time.

Gourmands wanting to discover Tunisian delicacies often arrive at the country’s capital, Tunis, via ferries from Genoa, Palermo, and Salerno. Your tickets can easily be booked via Ferryscanner. No wonder then that the food here has strong Italian connections. However, you’ll soon realize that it is French cuisine that forms the basis of many traditional dishes.

Among the most used ingredients in Tunisian cooking are fish, chickpeas, aubergine, tomatoes, oranges, lemons, lamb, chicken, occasionally beef, oodles of olive oil, herbs, flavourful spices, and eggs. Moreover, locals tend to focus on aromas, and while the dishes are typically spicier than their African counterparts, the must-try foods in Tunisia undoubtedly have the magic to satiate every possible culinary craving.

Couscous

The national dish of Tunisia, couscous, is famous globally for promising a refreshing and healthy bite enjoyed by both vegetarians and meat lovers. While this semolina preparation is commonly used in salads, an authentic couscous in Tunisia involves pairing it with meats, fish, and vegetables. The traditional dish has a meat stew at its base, which is then topped with the couscous. In the end, bigger pieces of meat or vegetables are placed to make the presentation more appealing.

Brik

Brik is the quintessential food to try in Tunisia. Made using layers of malsouqa dough, it is texturally diverse and features an array of savory flavors that are a gastronomic delight you do not want to miss. Typically deep-fried but also baked, brik is flaky with a crunchy exterior. The filling of this filo pastry consists primarily of tuna along with spices and herbs. However, alternates include potatoes, shrimps, chicken, and cheese. The most exciting part, though, is the raw egg added inside, which oozes out as you bite into the warm, freshly prepared brik. Popular during weddings and available in most restaurants, eating brik is all about achieving comfort food nirvana.

Tajine

An excellent example of Tunisian food taking a European character over its African neighbors is tajine. Unlike the Moroccan stew, a Tunisian tajine looks like a frittata or quiche and is usually served cold as a snack. Cooked by mixing and baking eggs, vegetables, meats, and cheese, tajine is a convenient and delicious meal you can have at any time of the day.

Harissa

There are very few dips or chutneys around that world with iconic status, and harissa is one of them, making it a must-eat food in Tunisia. The main ingredients of this spicy red thick paste are roasted red peppers, olive oil, and garlic. However, locals add cumin, caraway seeds, coriander, paprika, lemon juice, and sundried tomatoes to give it a punchier taste. Harissa goes rather well with fish, but you’ll love having it with bread too.

Lablabi

Warm, hearty, and brimming with North African culinary characteristics, lablabi is a Tunisian chickpea soup that is inexpensive and incredibly uplifting during the winters. Simple in its construction, lablabi involves cooking chickpeas in a thin broth. However, its presentation is unique as the soup is poured over stale bread, which gives it a different taste. A raw egg on top provides the dish with further originality. Harissa, coriander, olive oil, and tuna are common garnishes that add complexity to this must-try Tunisian delicacy.

Kafteji

One for the vegetarians, kafteji is finely chopped vegetables mixed with fried eggs. Aubergines, pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions are the vegetables generally used. Restaurants serve kafteji as a side dish to seafood and meaty mains. However, it also works wonderfully as street food in the form of a baguette filling.

Ojja

Eggs make a reappearance in what is Tunisia’s favorite breakfast dish, ojja. Also known as shakshuka, the recipe comprises a delicious tomato sauce cooked in a skillet or tajine with eggs poached on top. The simplicity of the ingredients has made ojja a staple among the locals. Merguez, a lamb sausage, is frequently included, but you can make a vegetarian version using potatoes or aubergine.

Mechouia

Stimulating, cooling, and aromatic, mechouia is a “summer salad” that showcases Tunisian cooking at its simplistic best. Prepared using chopped grilled vegetables, onions, garlic, olive oil, and tomatoes with herbs and seasoning, the salad also epitomizes the liveliness of Mediterranean cuisine. Although delicious on its own, mechouia is regularly garnished with boiled eggs, tuna, or olives.

Bambaloni

The traditional Tunisian donut is the perfect sweet accompaniment to have with coffee. Available in cafes and street food shops, bambaloni is flour dough that is deep-fried and dipped in either honey or sprinkled over with sugar. Unlike the American donut, bambaloni has an uneven and rustic look. It is a must-eat Tunisian snack that you can enjoy while walking and exploring the streets of Tunis.

NEW 3 WEEK LOCKDOWN IN GREECE STARTING TODAY

Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced that due to the increase in daily COVID-19 cases, the country would begin a three-week lockdown. Starting from today, the 7th of November at 6am, there will be very strict restrictions – similar to what was enforced a few months ago.

The use of masks outdoors is mandatory, as well as indoors (aside from at home). The non-essential businesses will close, while shops and restaurants that offer delivery services will continue working, as well as courier services and remote workers.

Kindergartens, primary schools, and special education schools will all remain open, while high schools will begin conducting all classes online. Hotels are allowed to continue operating normally, however they have the right to suspend operations at any time. Working remotely remains mandatory for at least 50% of private companies.

To be allowed outside, you need to either send an SMS or fill out a form. Carrying this proof of permission is necessary when travelling anywhere from your residence.

Sending the SMS

If you have a Greek phone number, send a text to 13033 (it’s free!) using the correct format and the relevant number. Leaving the house will be allowed for only one of six specific reasons. So, pick the number and reason that applies to your needs:

  1. Travel for health reasons (this includes the pharmacy, visiting the doctor, and hospital)
  2. Visiting essential supply stores (such as supermarkets or hardware stores)
  3. Visiting public services (by appointment only) and the bank, when online transactions aren’t possible
  4. Helping someone in need such as transferring a spouse, child, or other first-degree relevant to work/school (those going to school or work will need to have the relevant forms)
  5. Going to a funeral or visiting a parent/child (in the case of divorced parents)
  6. Physical exercise outdoors, walking a pet (maximum two people, with a distance of 1.5m), and feeding stray animals (within the municipality that you live in)

The format of the SMS is also very important, and every message needs to follow suit:

(# of reason) (Name) (Address)

For example: 6 John Brown Kifisias Avenue 1, 12678 Athens

Writing the Form

If you have a printer at home, you can find the travel form here. Print it, fill it out, and be on your way! If not, you can always write out the information yourself on a piece of paper. The following information must be included:

  • First name, Last name
  • Home Address
  • Reason for travel (choose one of the above reasons and include the relevant number here)
  • Destination Address
  • Date, Time, and Signature

Although outdoor physical exercise is one of the approved options (#6), there are still some specific restrictions. Individual sports are only allowed in open public spaces. In the case of large sports facilitates, up to three people and the coach are allowed to play together.

Please keep in mind that between the hours of 9am and 5pm, only people going for work, health reasons or exercise will be allowed out. So, make sure to choose the right code because no other reason will be accepted during this timeframe.

Public Transportation

Naturally, as masks are required everywhere this very much includes buses and the metro. Occupancy remains at 65% for public transportation, as there are many seats blocked off. This is done to increase and enforce social distancing. For taxis and cars only 1 additional passenger is allowed (masks required inside the car). The exception to the number of passengers applies when a parent is escorting multiple children.

International Travel

Starting on Monday, November 9th, anyone who wants to enter Greece will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test, which was taken within 48-72 hours (depending on the case). Also, the completed Passenger Locator Form will be mandatory for those entering or leaving the country. There are various forms depending on the mode of transport, so check here for the right one.

Air travel within the country is allowed. However, it is only acceptable if for the return to a permanent residence, family reunification, businesses, or health reasons. Other than these reasons travel between regions is not allowed. To return to your place of residence (or perhaps secondary residence), a copy of the E1 tax return and/or a Certification of Residence or Special Use is required.

If you are a foreigner currently here in Greece, we strongly recommend contacting your embassy in order to find more information about returning home or moving about, as the rules and changes are often country-specific.

SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR BLUE STAR 2

Due to bad weather conditions, today (Friday, November 6th), the scheduled itinerary for the Blue Star Ferries vessel, Blue Star 2 has changed.

It will instead operate tomorrow (Saturday, November 7th), departing from Piraeus at 8:00, stopping by Syros between 11:50 – 12:10, Patmos 16:15 – 16:35, Leros 17:35 – 17:55, Kalymnos 18:55 – 19:15, Kos 20:00 – 20:30, and finally arriving at the port of Rhodes at 23:20.

Passengers will be able to board Saturday’s ferry using the same ferry tickets they would use on Friday. If your ferry booking includes a mobile phone number, you will receive an SMS update about this matter.

Don’t forget to bring a facemask and a completed pre-boarding health declaration form.

SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR F/B DIAGORAS FROM BLUE STAR FERRIES

Due to bad weather conditions, today (Friday, November 6th) the scheduled itinerary for the Blue Star Ferries vessel, F/B DIAGORAS has changed.

It will instead operate tomorrow (Saturday, November 7th), departing from Mytilene at 8:00, stopping by Chios between 10:50 and 11:20, and then finally arriving at the port of Piraeus in Athens at 20:20.

Passengers will be able to board Saturday’s ferry using the same ferry tickets they would use on Friday. If your ferry booking includes a mobile phone number, you will receive an SMS update about this matter.

Don’t forget to bring a facemask and a completed pre-boarding health declaration form.