First Live-Aboard Dive Boats Call During Interisland Sailings

Reed Travel Features

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Greece will have its first organized live-aboard dive fleet this summer when the yachts Viking Star and Arvi dedicate part of their annual interisland sailings to scuba divers.

The six-night cruises will sail in the Cyclades Islands, visiting Mykonos, Tinos, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Delos and Santorini.

Reef dives, wreck dives, night dives and an aircraft wreck dive off Paros will be featured; all technical operations on board are in the hands of the Scuba Diving Club in Piraeus.

The club manager, Panagiotis Vournas, is one of 17 licensed trainers in the Greek Federation and holds qualifications such as YMCA Gold Instructor and PADI Dive Master.

For certified divers, the per-person cost is $1,175 in a four-berth cabin, $300 additional in a two-berth cabin; the price includes 10 dives as well as wet suit, weight, belt, tank and air fill.

For nondivers the cost is $875 in a four-berth cabin, with a $300 per-person supplement for two berths.

Rates are commissionable at 12% to 15%.

The Viking Star has 14 cabins, all with private facilities and air conditioning; the vessel carries a crew of eight.

The Arvi has 10 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities.

Departure dates for diving cruises start June 6 and 20, with weekly departures in July and August and several other scheduled for September through November.

April and May dive sailings are available for groups only.

Group charters aboard the Arvi are available for those who want to dive in the Ionian Islands during July and August; these islands offer reef, cave and wall diving.

For additional information or reservations, contact Greek Islands Cruise Center at (910) 350-0100 or (800) 341-3030.

The cruise center is a division of Viking's Yacht Cruises.

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