Ferry Types & Accommodation options
Ferries are categories of ships that operate in the sea and island areas and are usually the main means of transport. In areas such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Scandinavia, etc., ferries are used not only to transport passengers from one country or island to another but to carry vehicles as well.
Ferry design depends on the length of the route, the required capacity of passengers and vehicles, τηε speed requirements and the weather conditions that the ship has to face.
Some of the main types of ferries can be listed as follows:
- Conventional and Regular Ferries
- High-Speed & Catamaran Ferries
- Flying Dolphins & Flying Cats
Conventional Ferries are a form of transport, carrying passengers and their vehicles. Most ferries operate on regular, frequent, return services.
Normal Ferries form a part of the public transport systems all around the world, allowing direct transit between the mainland and the islands at a much lower cost than airplanes.
Ferries for longer trips are becoming more like the cruiser in order to entertain its passengers during the crossover.
Generally speaking, newer ships have better facilities like restaurants, bars, T.V. lounges, cinemas and shops.
The cabins on most ferry vessels are really lovely but a little small. They have double, three and four-bed cabins and most of them have private baths with a shower.
Restaurants, cafes, bars, WCs, decks are available for any class of accommodation. The public inside areas and the cabins are fully air-conditioned.
Economy deck seats on normal ferries are spread all over the ship and you can seat wherever you want – the ones inside the ship, near the bar or cafeteria, are better since they are more comfortable to sit, like armchairs. The ones outside are like swimming pool plastic chairs and tables – not comfortable for long trips, but fun to stay during the day, watching the beautiful blue sea and having a drink. The economy class stores the luggage in racks spread all over the ship, and sometimes not close to the place where you are sitting.
Air seats on ferries are numbered seats so each passenger is assigned a specific seat. They are large and comfortable and if you intend to take a nap, that's good enough. The seats are in separate private rooms on the ship. The numbers refer to the location of these “rooms” and that doesn't make any difference. They are all the same. You enter through a private door to the lounge and at the back, you have racks to store your luggage. It's like a first-class wagon on a train.
Business-class or/and VIP is a separate section with larger seats with the most comfortable seating. Both Business and VIP seats on ferries have their own bars and are restricted to passengers holding tickets for those sections.
If you want to sail in more comfort to the island, for a little higher fee you can purchase a cabin.
First-class and standard class cabins are very similar between ferry companies and offer clean sheets and towels, private bathrooms and ample space to stretch out. They can fit from 2 to 4 passengers in bunk beds.
De-Luxe cabins are the most spacious and luxurious cabins on board. All Deluxe cabins include fabulous extra facilities such as access to a private lounge (if provided), room service, En-suite bathroom with shower & WC, Toiletries, vanity kit and a flat-screen TV with DVD player (not in all vessels), Wardrobe, continental plug point and hairdryer, big windows with sea view.
An outside cabin is one that will have a window facing out towards the sea. Basically, the cabins ring the inside of the exterior casing of the ship.
An inside cabin will have no window, as it's in the middle of the ship (from a lateral, not vertical, point of view). Generally, if you suffer from seasickness, an inside cabin is better as there's slightly less sway.
We recommend you to book a cabin in case of a night crossing!
HIGH-SPEED CATAMARAN FERRIES
High-Speed and Catamaran Ferries are a famous kind of high-speed ferry used to short destinations around the world. They are used for transporting both, passengers and vehicles. The most ships provide bar(s), T.V. and small shop(s).
They are generally of large capacity and they offer air-type seats in Economy and Business Class. They are generally larger than Flying dolphins.
Economy or/and Air seats are all that most people need. They are reserved numbered seats and roomier than the economy on a jet airliner.
Business-class or/and VIP seats on ferries to the islands is a separate section with larger seats on the upper deck with the most comfortable seating. Both Business and VIP areas have their own bars and are restricted to passengers holding tickets for those sections.
Flying dolphins/Hydrofoil Ferries provide an added advantage of sailing at higher speeds, thus facilitating commuting faster and easier. Their shape is oblong and they have only air seats. These small vessels carry foot passengers and operate short routes from one port to the other, such as the routes from Athens to Aegina, Hydra, Poros and other Saronic islands, from Volos to Skiathos and Skopelos, from Naples to Capri and Ischia, from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura and generally the short distances.
Economy or/and Air-seats are reserved numbered seats.