Cruising breaks into Termini Imerese
First (and only, so far) call of the Greek mini passenger ship Variety Voyager at the Sicilian port
The Sicilian port of Termini Imerese – mainly used by cargo and passengers ferries – recently hosted the mini-cruise ship Variety Voyager, belonging to the Greek shipping company Variety Cruises.
The call of said small vessel (almost a mega yacht) had been announced in the past months, after the negotiations between municipal administration and Port Authority, followed by the visit of the Greek company's top management to Termini Imerese's port last July.
With this first call, the new Port Authority President Pasqualino Monti can prove that Termini Imerese's port can be used in manifold ways.
As a matter of fact, according to local sources, the mini-cruise ship will call at the Sicilian port once a week, before reaching the Aeolian Islands and other Western Mediterranean ports.
However, said sources were denied by Venice-based Bassani Adriatico Srl's general agents for Italy, who informed Ship2Shore that the vessel's call at Termini Imerese was only occasional while, as in previous seasons, it will call at various Sicilian and Italian ports.
More precisely she will call at Porto Empedocle, Licata, Lipari, Trapani, Palermo, Taormina and Siracusa before going towards Amalfi Coast and Liguria to end its Italian season on 18th October.
In the Termini Imerese's port, the vessel – belonging to Balanda Maritime Company and operated by Pleasure Yachts' Naftiliaki Touristiki Maritime Company – was provided with Palermo-based Naviservice Srl's services, within Pietro Barbaro Group.
Flying the Maltese flag and classed with RINA, Variety Voyager was built in 2012 in the Greek Psarros shipyard, it is 68 meters long, with 36 cabins hosting up to 72 passengers, 30 crew members, 4 decks, with a 11 meters width and 16 knots speed.
Variety Voyager already called at Cagliari's (2016), Mazara del Vallo's (2016), Anzio's (2014) and Castellamare di Stabia's (2014) ports.
Headquartered in Athens, Variety Cruises was founded in 2006 by its current Chairman and Managing Director Triantafyllos "Lakis" Venetopoulos – heir to a tradition (since 1978) of tourism with mega-yachts and mini-cruises dating back to his father Diogenis Venetopoulos – following the merger between the companies Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises (active since 1949 and working in the cruise market since 1968) and Hellas Yachts (operating since 1993).
Its current fleet consists of 8 mini-cruise ships (Variety Voyager, Harmony V, Harmony G, Callisto, Panorama, Galileo, Pegasus and Panorama II) and 4 super-yachts (Obsession, Monte Carlo, Absolute King and Christiana VIII), amounting to an overall exclusive guest capacity of 400, sailing on peculiar routes and calling at niche ports in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Canary Islands, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Cape Verde, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and, since 2017, Madagascar and Iceland.