How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Thanos was professional and friendly. Everything you would expect from an Explore tour leader. Some people in the group were eager for more information than he provided, but I think the nature of the weather meant that we couldn't stick to a specific plan and had to play it by ear a bit. Peter was lovely and provided us with absolutely delicious food on board. Better than some of the restaurants, which is saying something because they were lovely too. Vangelis was a brilliant captain who made us feel safe, even when we were travelling in the strong winds on the first 2 days.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Forget about diets
ear plugs (snores and noise/music through the night).
sea-sickness tablets. I considered myself to be a good sailor and have never felt or been sea sick until this holiday! It was apparently unusually windy!
something for swimming, a beach towel (2 towels for the cabin are provided), 1 set of day wear (vest top and shorts), small PJs some walking sandals and things to wear at night. That's all.
a lightweight sleeping bag for sleeping on the deck - I was too cold in a sheet sleeping bag.
paper books rather than Kindle, there's no escape from splashes.
Unless you're really fussy about snorkels, masks and fins, don't bother taking them. There are plenty on the boat."
Do you have anything else to add?
If you are a bit claustrophobic or taller/larger than average, I wouldn't recommend this holiday due to the cosiness of the cabin space! I am 5'6" and couldn't stand up in the main section of our cabin. We had to shower and get dressed in shifts.Dive off the boat before breakfast - a great way to wake up.