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Galileo Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Editor Rating
Very Good
Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor

Galileo is not a cruise ship in the traditional sense. It's really more of a yacht, with three masts and three decks, so don't expect shows, entertainment or swimming pools. However, what you can expect is outstanding personal service, traditional Greek food and discovering some of the most stunningly beautiful islands in Greece.


Its small size allows Galileo to moor quayside and off tiny beaches that big ships cannot reach


Its size can make for rough crossings, especially when the wind is up

Bottom Line

The yacht-like size and atmosphere makes Galileo the perfect ship in which to explore the islands of Greece


Passengers : 49
Crew : 16-18
Passenger to Crew : 3.06:1
Launched : 1992
Shore Excursions : 0

You'll also need to be quite social; this is a small ship and you'll get to know your fellow passengers in no time at all. There's just one dining room, one bar and the sun deck. All cabins have a sea view, but there are no balcony cabins, though the top deck ones do have a shared promenade.

Galileo is getting on a bit now at almost 30 years old. Although it went through a significant refurb in 2007 when it was sliced in half and a section was added, adding cabins, there's no getting away from the fact it could do with a refresh in the cabins and shower rooms which look and feel rather dated. Public areas however are lovely, particularly the sun deck and dining, with bright modern carpets, cushions, fixtures and fittings.

Bear in mind too, that Galileo does not have modern tech such as stabilizers, so you can really feel the motion of the ocean, especially when the wind picks up in the Cyclades (which is often). If the wind is too strong in the Cyclades, the Captain chooses a different itinerary in more sheltered waters, for example, circling the Peloponnese, or combining a section of the Peloponnese with some different islands in the Cyclades. There will always be swimming stops, though, conditions permitting, and in summer, the half board dining arrangement is extremely popular, as you have dinner ashore most nights and stay in port until the early hours.

The ship is not luxurious, but nor does it pretend to be; the emphasis here is very much on destination. The beauty of a cruise on Galileo is finding a Greece you might never have known existed if you travel on a large ship: tiny islands, empty coves and tidal beaches and often just stopping somewhere for a sea swim. It's a magical, memorable and authentic experience.

Fellow Passengers

The passenger make up is primarily made up of English-speakers-- three-quarters US, also Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brits. In July and August you'll find more Europeans, primarily French, German, Spanish and Italians. The average age is around 60, made up of groups of couples, groups of friends and full- or part-charter groups. Children are allowed to sail, but recommended minimum age is 13+ (there are no facilities for kids). All announcements are in English.

Variety Cruises Galileo Dress Code

Two meals per day (except on a sea day, when it's three).

Two receptions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the cruise, with cocktails and canapes

A weekly theme night, typically ‘octopus and ouzo’, with live entertainment

Snorkels, fins, masks for the swim stops

Use of kayaks and paddleboard

Tea, coffee, water, select drinks in buffet

Gratuities (Suggested 13.50 euros-15 euro/person/day)

All drinks beyond water, tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet

Shore excursions



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Loved it!

We absolutely loved our cruise. It was our very first cruise experience and it was perfect. The staff was amazing. They went above an beyond. They remembered every preference and were so helpful and... Read More
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Age 40s

Take this Cruise!

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2-5 Cruises

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Cruise around the Peleponnese with shore excursions to many sites

The Galileo was comfortable, clean, and well managed. The crew was wonderful. Food on board was excellent and plentiful.... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful small ship cruise around the Cyclades

This is a beautiful small ship (about 25 cabins) with an amazing crew. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The food was wonderful..authentic Greek food, perfect for our trip around these beautiful islands.... Read More
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