After the usual scrumptious breakfast on board, we walked one last time around the harbor. We visited Harmony G (a motor yacht and sister ship of Variety Cruises) and decided we definitely preferred the motor sailer Galileo.
After yet another fab lunch buffet, we packed and prepared for our 1630 ferry departure. On boarding the ferry, we stowed our luggage with our 3,000 closest friends, having been assured that it would be safe by our Austrian tour director … who was correct as always. Then we found our way to the first class seats for which we were ticketed. It was a pleasant 4.5 hour run to Pireas, complete with gorgeous sunset.
(The ferry is a behemoth vessel with three deck levels and the capacity to hold many cars and loaded trucks as well as passengers.)
Although some folks were worried about seasickness due to high wave activity of the Beaufort 8+ wind force, it turned to be a fairly smooth crossing, with the spray occasionally reaching the third deck windows! It certainly did not hurt that our group was together, enjoying cocktails and comraderie.
Upon arrival in Pireaus, we were bussed to the Hotel Mistral (interesting play on words since mistrals are unpredictable strong winds that occur in Provence and that we experienced during our first visit to France).
The hotel was a huge step down from our accommodations on Galelio, but we did enjoy cocktails on their rooftop bar- restaurant. Then we enjoyed a very nice dinner, including grilled octopus, overlooking harbor, until 2345.