If you are planning to visit Santorini, it would not be a good idea to do a cruise. You’re not going to get much time to explore the island and when you do, it is full of tourists. Since you only have limited time, you won’t be able to do the most popular activities there. Besides, the best cruises are those that happen during the day which means they aren’t overnight.

It would be better to stay at least one night if you want to see what makes Santorini so popular. One of the best things to do there is stay at one of Santorini;s hotels. They may be expensive but they’re worth every penny as the rooms are simply wonderful. In fact, you’re going to get your own view of the Caldera in your room. It is highly recommended to stay in Santorini for five days or even a week but definitely not a day trip. 

Staying at Santorini hotels will make you wonder why you didn’t think of that sooner. Almost all the hotels give you a soothing experience like no other. Most give you your own hot tub or private pool. The peak season for touring Santorini is April, May, June, September and October. If you visit in other months, you may be bothered by terrible weather. 

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Top 3 Reasons to not take a cruise to Santorini

You’re not going to stay in one of Santorini’s renowned hotels.

You won’t have much time to wander around the island.

You won’t see the island at its best because you’ll see it when it is overpopulated.

After all the ships have left the island, you can finally experience the peaceful environment of Santorini. It is certainly better to stay there longer and check out what Santorini has to offer. You’ll come across places you did not put in your itinerary but you’re glad to come across anyway. It is great to explore places that only Santorini can give you and you won’t be able to do that if you take a cruise ship. It is hard enough to make an itinerary because it is never followed. It is better to go with the flow. 

List of Santorini Cruises

Cruise ships overlooking the caldera – There are many ways to enjoy the caldera views at Santorini but this is not one of them. It would be better to look at the other options as you may enjoy them more than taking a cruise.

Day tour on Santorini cruise ship

This is terrible from start to end. Nobody should recommend this.

Tour group in Greece with winery visit

Maybe you’re in another group?

Tour group with caldera view

You’re going to be with a large tourist group. Unfortunately, you’re going to be given just a few minutes to explore certain parts of the island. If you do other options, you can have all the time you want. Hence, doing a cruise is not a good idea at all.

Tour group from cruise ship to Santorini

Take a look at one of the huge groups in a cruise. Maybe you are in group 14?

Small tour of Oia

Oia is a nice town to explore. Take note it would be best to either arrive in the morning or late afternoon because it is usually packed with tourists during mid-day.

Cable car tour from ship in Fira

When you take a cable car to the island from Fira, it would be hard to book a ride back home. You will always have to be cautious about the time you booked the entire time you are there. In fact, there are times when you need to book two rides going back home even though that doesn’t happen. You just need to pray it won’t happen to you. 

Group coming back to ship in Greek islands

This group looks sad because they know they need to head back to the cruise port via cable car.

Cruise trips to Santorini

Perhaps, the only thing that you will benefit from joining the cruises to Santorini is getting your own sticker.

Lunch with views in Santorini

When all the cruise ships have left the island, you’re going to experience a peaceful lunch in their most popular restaurants. Additionally, you’re going to have nice views of the caldera since there won’t be anybody blocking it.

Breakfast restaurant with Caldera views

A peaceful meal early in the morning coupled with nice views of Caldera in Imerovigli.

Best tour of Santorini with cruise day tour

You’ll get to experience Santorini at its finest when you go there and decide your own itinerary.

Morning tour riding donkeys in Santorini

If you manage to wake up early, you’ll observe there to be many donkeys walking on the street.