Cruise FAQS

Valuable Informations


We offer valuable information FAQS for renting a boat in Crete and for motor yacht private cruises. Also we provide info for Cruise ships. Read this page to be prepared and have a care free holidays.

Do cruise ships go to Crete?

Heraklion (aka Iraklion) is the largest port city and capital of Crete Island, Greece. One of Greece’s biggest cities, it has population around 175,000.
Heraklion is an important seaport and a ferry dock. Regularly scheduled ferries and cruise ships serve the routes to the Greek islands.
So the answer is definitely yes. Cruise ships come to crete all year long.

Where do the cruise ships dock in Crete?

Cruise ships dock in the port. The city of Heraklion provides shuttles to the passenger terminal (a 5 minute trip) from there on it is a pleasant 15-minute walk along the seafront to the old town, where all the main sights are concentrated. Taxis are readily available in front of the port.

In the Iraklion (Heraklion) cruise terminal there is a tourist office with free city maps.

What is there to do in Heraklion on a cruise?

You can do what you normally do on a cruise ship while docked. Also some cruise ships while are docked in the city of Heraklion offer traditional cretan meals the well known Mediterranean diet. Often a local folklore band will come aboard and entertain the cruise guests whits Cretan traditional music and dances.

Corona Virus Impact Crete

The corona virus has very low impact in Crete. At this time, there is zero deaths in the whole island of crete attributed to the corona virus.

What are the qualifications required for bareboat sailing yacht charters in Greece?

The qualifications required (by the Greek port authorities) to charter a bareboat sailing yacht in Greece are at least for one crewmember (skipper) to have a sailing certificate proving his/ her competence (necessary) and a crewmember (co-skipper) with adequate sailing experience (optional). This certificate can be issued by sailing clubs and sailing schools.
The license of the skipper can be exceptionally replaced by a self-declaration form since in several countries no certificates are compulsory. In this case, the skipper declares that he/ she has sailing experience as well as he/ she will be liable of the yacht and crew. The sailor’s sailing resume will facilitate our company to assess his/ her ability to sail in safety. Indeed, Sea and sun reserves the right not to allow the embarkation in case your sailing experience is not adequate and thereupon to suggest a professional skipper.

Do i need license to charter a yacht for private cruise?

At sea sun we offer experienced professional skippers and hostesses. We recommend the easy and affordable way for safe and pleasant tours. We have the knowledge and experience to travel safely and securely. We therefore directly interested in the good outcome of the trip and the right composition of the crew. For our organized trip, we recommend specific boats, tested on weather conditions with additional equipment and permanent skipper escort.

When do I need to hire a professional skipper/ hostess?

A local skipper is necessary if you do not fulfil the above bareboat criteria. Still, it is common for people to hire a local skipper just because they want to avoid all “captain’s duties” and enjoy carefree vacations or because they need a skipper/ guide to disclose hidden places and local customs. Cretan Yachts is in the position to select, recommend and hire, on your behalf, a professional skipper for as many days as you wish to. There is a daily fee for the skipper (contact us) regardless of the number of people on board or the yacht type selected. The skipper is usually sleeping in his own cabin, as his main job is to navigate, moor and look after the yacht and the crew giving priority to safety.

What is included into the charter fee ? Are there any additional charges?

Charter fees include the rental cost of the yacht, inventory equipment, insurance of yacht, VAT (all taxes), dock fees of the first and last day of charter, check-in/ check-out, towels and linen. Dinner, snorkel equipment. On the contrary, charter fees do not include any optional extras that you might have ordered upon request such. Sea and Sun guarantees you will have no unpleasant surprises (additional charges) since all costs accounted for in advance.

What if I wish to cancel my private cruise?

You can cancel you private cruise 48 before the arranged departure. After that there will be no refund.

Skin protection in Crete while on Cruise

Sun in Crete is very strong. So while you are onboard our boat we strongly recommend to use a sunscreen with high SPF.

Are kids allowed on private cruise?

All kids of all ages are allowed abroad our boat.