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Catamaran Charter Joy sailing in Greece

Crewed Catamaran Charter Greece

We are continuing to see an increase in sailing catamaran charters in Greece. Crewed catamarans offer a sweet balance between luxury and affordability and are a very convenient way for a large number of guests (up to 12) to share a comfortable sailing holiday in the Greek Islands.

But keep in mind that the distances between the Greek islands can be quite long, with over 100 nautical miles between Athens and Santorini, and the weather can be strong. -Not an ideal route to plan for a 1-week sailing catamaran charter.

So, what is the ideal catamaran charter itinerary? It will include the Saronic Islands, located closer to Athens, providing easier island hopping less affected by the weather, with the chance of hopping across to the Cyclades if wind permits.

If your heart is set on a Catamaran charter in the Cyclades, especially if you are planning to visit Santorini, we recommend chartering out of Mykonos.

Our brokers will find you a Mykonos-based yacht or arrange delivery of your desired yacht to the starting location of your sailing adventure.

Spetses, Saronic Islands

Why Charter a Crewed Catamaran?

Charter catamarans are rapidly growing in size, keeping up with an ever increasing demand for the most luxurious vessel on the market. – In 2020, the average length of a crewed catamaran was 45 feet. Where, at the end of 2023, the average size of a new catamaran charter was 67 feet.

Given a crazy expansion of the sailing catamaran fleet (demanding a whole new boat show to accommodate this segment starting in 2023), the catamarans are getting closer in onboard capacity to motor yachts, yet they are still significantly more affordable.  If you’re looking to get a recent Lagoon 52 catamaran sailing charter with crew, inquire early.

Catamarans vs Motor Yachts

Catamarans will generally have a much lower fuel consumption, with comparable deck space at the expense of speed. A Catamaran will also be able to get closer to the beach and will get to marinas easier than a huge motor yacht that had a change of itinerary and is looking for a last-minute spot on the dock (and will probably anchor out, hailing the guests from shore with a dinghy).

With the deck space being comparable in Catamaran Charter, the choice has more to do with your vision for your charter style. Are you looking for a wider deck that’s arguably more casual for a group to sit down, or are you looking to have a bottle of something really nice served to you on the aft deck of a Ferretti motor yacht?

Pros

  • Lower fuel consumption (especially for catamaran SAILING) compared to motor yachts. This can significantly impact the overall charter price, especially for longer catamaran charters.
  • Shallow draft – you can get quite close to secluded beaches and white sands with a catamaran charter.
  • Access to the dock—especially in high season, bigger yachts might need to stay out of the harbor and access it with a dinghy.
  • Captain + stewardess is still the most common crew combination (it keeps the costs down), and bigger, motor yacht-like luxury catamarans are on the rise (with more crew).
  • In Greece, a 10% gratuity is paid after the Catamaran charter is considered completely satisfactory. Compare that to the (up to) 25% mandatory gratuity that is increasingly being demanded in escrow pre-charter in the Caribbean or the Bahamas.
  • Use of water toys and water sports – rules are more relaxed and definitely less enforced compared to France or Italy – it’s not the same if you get on a jet ski in a secluded bay on Iraklia or in the overcrowded Gulf of St Tropez.

Cons

  • Low speed mandating a limited itinerary or a lot of sailing hours – It is not unusual for a catamaran charter to move before sunrise to break it up. Can be mitigated by starting in the destination – Mykonos, Santorini, Lefkada (Ionian Islands), Patmos or Ikaria (Dodecanese), Skiathos (Sporades – Mamma Mia Islands).
  • Smaller crew – used to be 2 crew members, now growing (it’s both a positive and a negative) as per your price sensitivity. Compared to the Caribbean – there are more options.
  • Vertical layout– 2 or 3 decks on a horizontally constrained area.

Sailing Catamarans vs Power Catamarans

Both sailing catamarans and power catamarans have the advantages of being multihull yachts: They have more deck space and better stability than monohulls. The only difference between the two is that one is able to sail, BUT this is not a small detail.

As a rule of thumb, sailing catamarans are more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly, and ideal for sailing enthusiasts, as they can move by the power of the wind. However, they are also generally slower and rely more on wind conditions being right.

Power catamarans, on the other hand, offer faster speeds and more space. They are less dependent on wind and are generally designed to work like a motor yacht—however, with more space.

The question is, are you looking for a catamaran sailing adventure or a cheaper and more spacious alternative to a smaller motor yacht?

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Best Crewed Catamarans in 2024

With a minimum of a captain and at least 1 stewardess, a crewed catamaran charter is a big step up from a simple catamaran rental.

VERINA STAR

From €22,000/week
5 cabins
55 ft
Lagoon
10 guests
Built: 2023
30 Litres/Hr

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Utopia

From €16,200/week
4 cabins
54 ft
Lagoon
8 guests
Built: 2024

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IPHARRA

From €68,000/week
5 cabins
102 ft
Sunreef Yachts
10 guests
Refit: 2017
50 Litres/Hr

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Jetski

GRAYONE

From €55,000/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2020
100 Litres/Hr

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6 reviews
Jacuzzi

ABOVE & BEYOND

From €50,000/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Refit: 2023
90 Litres/Hr

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24 reviews
Jetski

GENNY

From €55,000/week
5 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
10 guests
Built: 2021
100 Litres/Hr

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Jetski

ALTEYA

From €49,000/week
4 cabins
70 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2022
200 Litres/Hr

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HYDRUS

From €22,000/week
5 cabins
55 ft
Lagoon
10 guests
Built: 2023
40 Litres/Hr

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Jacuzzi

OCEANUS

From €55,500/week
4 cabins
70 ft
Fountaine Pajot
8 guests
Built: 2022
22 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

ALOIA 80

From €70,000/week
5 cabins
80 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Built: 2024

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APHAEA

From €32,500/week
5 cabins
67 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Built: 2023
30 Litres/Hr

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Where to Go on a Catamaran Charter in Greece?

The best areas to charter catamarans will have small distances between destinations and calm waters.

Although catamarans are more than capable of crossing oceans, they are slower than motor yachts, which is why they aren’t good for long-distance itineraries unless you have a lot of time or do not mind spending many hours at sea every day.

Are the Cyclades Islands a Great Area for a Catamaran Charter?

Yes and no – if planned well and with the expectation that things might change at the last minute, dictated by the weather, a catamaran charter in the Cyclades can be a relaxing and pleasurable experience. However, if you’re an exact planner and not willing to be flexible, it is wise to avoid it.

A yacht charter in the Aegean Sea is subject to the elements—if the weather is bad, the port authority bans charter yachts from departing (usually just the motor yachts, but do you really want to be out there?). This happens more frequently in the Cyclades Islands than in other areas in the Aegean Sea.

We’ve had experiences where a stubborn travel agent (yes, we cooperate with travel agents on the condition we’re taken seriously) has booked activities on a rigid itinerary with total disregard for the weather conditions and its unpredictability.

-Horse riding on Siros, a dinner reservation in Skorpios on Mykonos, and wine tasting on Santorini starting at 9 a.m. sharp on a Saturday morning—you need Poseidon’s blessing to commit to that.

We want to be transparent with you so that you know what to expect, can make realistic plans, and avoid disappointment or wasted money on missed bookings.

If you’re afraid there is nothing to see apart from Santorini and Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands, let Louis Lamprell show you what the Captains say about charter locations in the Saronic Gulf in the video below.

Best Catamaran Charter Destinations in Greece – These are the Captains’ Favorite Greek Islands!

We recently attended the EMMYS (East Mediterranean Multihull and Yacht Charter Show) in Poros and MEDYS (Mediterranean Yacht Show) 2024 in Poros and Nafplion, Greece. During these events, we explored over a hundred catamarans and motor yachts and met their captains and crews. One question we repeatedly asked was, ‘Where is your favorite place to take a charter?’

Throughout the events, the captains shared their personal favorite destinations, drawing from their many years of experience sailing around Greece and exploring also the less-talked-about Greek islands. Their firsthand knowledge presents a treasure trove of enchanting alternatives, free from the congestion of the more tourist-heavy islands.

Here is what they recommended:

Saronic Islands: The No. 1 Area to Charter a Catamaran in Greece

The Saronic Gulf is perfect for first-time charterers – with 2 to 4 hours cruise between islands outside of the Meltemi winds, fantastic locations, stunning coastline, secluded bays, stunning beaches, and amazing things to do such as the Pistachios of Aegina, walking the old town of Poros or snorkeling the Sunken City of Ancient Epidaurus.

Cyclades Islands: One of the Most Popular Area to Charter a Catamaran in Greece

Second up are the Cyclades Islands – still perfectly doable on a 7-day catamaran sailing vacation, especially if you plan on starting in the actual Cyclades instead of “taxiing” there from Athens.

Starting in the Cyclades, captains are in a great position to account for the weather (instead of having to cross large distances from Athens) and provide a pleasurable yacht charter, either hitting the hot spots—the windmills of Mykonos (or its vibrant night clubs), the sights of the city of Thira on Santorini, the ancient Delos—or the hidden gems, such as the forgotten island of Anafi.

Some catamarans have moved it's base from Athens to Cape Sounion (Laurio)- the southernmost cape of Attica and the Gateway to the Cyclades - an interesting option to land in Athens and still start
Some catamarans have moved it's base from Athens to Cape Sounion (Laurio)- the southernmost cape of Attica and the Gateway to the Cyclades - an interesting option to land in Athens and still start "in the Cyclades," avoiding the taxiing to Athens.
Porto Katsiki, Lefkada
Monastery of St. Sava above Kalimnos town in Dodecanese, Greece.

A good broker and a good captain will list your preferred activities and pre-arrange them on a confirmation basis.

Due to our long time in the industry, we have build relationships with many businesses, attractions, restaurants, and activity providers. We can get you to stuff you did not know existed

-Would you, for example, like to have a private dinner in an iconic ancient ruin? Would you like to have a famous singer show up at your birthday party at Mykonos? Say the word, and we will make it happen!

Santorini - the holy grail of a catamaran charter in the Greek islands. A blessing if all goes well, a curse if expectations are not met. To be 100% sure weather and island closures for overtourism don't interfere with your once in a lifetime opportunity, fly in and start the charter there!
The Papafragkas caves on Milos - a secret catamaran jump from Monemvasia to Milos on the way to Santorini
The Papafragkas caves on Milos. Milos is full of intricate cave systems some of which you can dive into and explore underwater.
Entering from the Old Port to town, you'll have to choose how to beat the tall volcanic rocks - Cable Car, donkeys or walk.

Yacht Charter Itineraries

Get inspired with our recommended Greek Catamaran Charter Itineraries 

Not Sure Where to Begin?

Make sure to check out our ULTIMATE ITINERARY GUIDE. Greece is a treasure trove of experiences, and truly, you could spend a lifetime exploring all Greek Islands. Each region is unique, not only in its attractions but also in its weather conditions, which can affect which yacht is suitable for your journey. If you’re wondering where to begin or which yacht fits your specific needs, our expert brokers are ready to assist.

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How to Book a Catamaran Charter in Greece

Ideally, you will inquire about a catamaran charter 12 months in advance. WHY? The best catamarans are often fully booked long in advance and it is not unusual to see popular dates booked 2 summers ahead for a Greek Island yacht charter.

Inquiring less than 6 months ahead often means that your first choice is unavailable for charter. Additionally you might find that the yacht you want can’t make it to the port where you wish to commence your yacht charter.

This is especially important if you are planning to charter in the popular destination -the Cyclades (and we recommend you fly into Mykonos international airport to start there). Many things have to fall into place to make a succesfull charter vaccation happen, so inquire early!

  • Most luxury catamarans are based in Athens (marinas from Piraeus in the west to Saunio in the east).
  • Of the catamarans permanently based in the Cyclades, most have temporary availability.
Above view of yachts anchored in bay at Aegina Island, Greece
Anchorage at Aegina Island, Greece
Zakynthos, Navagio Beach
Lefkada, White Sand Beach

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View over the town on Poros, over the bay with sailing yachts, and a backdrop of the mountainous shores of the Peloponnese Peninsula in the background.

To find out more about the catamarans featured in this article or other available options, talk to one of our Expert Charter Brokers!

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Who are We?

At DMA Yachting, we are proud to have a team of individuals who have real on-water experience. Many of our brokers have worked or lived on yachts themselves and crossed oceans.

This firsthand experience allows us to truly understand life at sea in both the shoes of crew and guests and the details that make a luxury yacht charter an exceptional experience.

We closely inspect yachts and meet in person with captains and crew to ensure every element of the charter meets our high standards.

Our yearly participation in yacht shows like the EMMYS, and MEDYS helps us stay on top of industry trends and client needs.

We are here to guide you through every step of your charter, from the moment you reach out to the moment your yacht charter ends.

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Chuck

Jun 16, 2024

Alex was outstanding

Alex was outstanding. He was always very responsive to emails and texts with my many questions.

The boat he recommended for my group was perfect.

I would use DMA again.

MT

Malloy Tulsa

Jun 11, 2024

An incredible experience

Very professional, communicated clearly and planned an amazing trip for us. Louis Lamprell did an amazing job connecting us with the unbridled yacht and crew. It was a trip of a lifetime. Our family highly recommends both DMA yachting and the unbridled charter. Everything was perfection!

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Dana Terrell

Jun 4, 2024

This was a trip of a lifetime

This was a trip of a lifetime! We booked with Nadja at DMA yachting and she made sure the entire process was easy and no problems. Our charter was with Zuri3 and our Captain Andre and First Mate Jana made our trip amazing! They made sure everything was taken care and treated us like royalty. This is not just a vacation this is an experience of a lifetime.

RS

Ryan Shirley

Feb 9, 2024

Louis was great from beginning to end and walked me through the whole process. He helped me find a great boat that fit within our time and cost preferences. He explained the differences between the different builds and the pros and cons. Once we selected the boat, he explained and walked me through the whole booking process and answered all my questions. Finally, he checked in with me before, during, and after the charter to make sure everything met our expectations. I can’t recommend Louis enough if you are planning a charter, and I will definitely be in touch for our next trip!

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Booking a Greek yacht charter is easy with us—just contact one of our Expert Charter Brokers and tell us what you want!

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Chris de Kock

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Alex Hailwax

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Louis Lamprell

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Yanna Pristas

Senior Charter Broker, Associate CYBA Member

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Marcelle Hailwax

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Daniel Asmus

Owner, Charter Broker, Active CYBA Member, IYBA, ECPY

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DOUCE FRANCE

From €99,500/week
6 cabins
138 ft
ALU MARINE
12 guests
Refit: 2009 & 2016
60 Litres/Hr

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APOLLO 99

From €85,000/week
4 cabins
78 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2023
TBA Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

GREY B

From €80,000/week
3 cabins
79 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2022

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MANTA

From €75,000/week
4 cabins
78 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2022
250 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

ALOIA 80

From €70,000/week
5 cabins
80 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Built: 2024

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

AD ASTRA 80

From €70,000/week
5 cabins
80 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Built: 2024
TBA Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

SERENISSIMA III

From €70,000/week
5 cabins
80 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Built: 2024

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SEAHOME II

From €69,000/week
5 cabins
65 ft
Lagoon
10 guests
Built: 2024
34 US Gall/Hr

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IPHARRA

From €68,000/week
5 cabins
102 ft
Sunreef Yachts
10 guests
Refit: 2017
50 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

SAMARA

From €65,000/week
4 cabins
76 ft
Pachoud
8 guests
Refit: 2019

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JACK

From €65,000/week
4 cabins
76 ft
McCohangy Boats
8 guests
Built: 2023

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

CARTOUCHE

From €65,000/week
4 cabins
98 ft
Blue Coast Yachts
8 guests
Refit: 2022

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