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Variety Cruises’s CEO Weighs in on the Benefits of Small Ship Cruising

How being on a small boat allows passengers to GO DEEPER into the destination yet it also comes with it challenges, often having to “go with the wind”

Filippos Venetopoulos


Variety Cruises’ uber-progressive CEO, 37-year-old Filippos Venetopoulos is the third-generation to helm this Greek family-owned, leading small-ship cruise line, a company his grandfather founded over half a century ago. 


Filippos is young and has a passionate vision for the company, remaining committed to sustainability and gender diversity through various programs. He is proudly carrying on his grandfather’s vision to offer seven-day life-enriching experiences that Go Deeper (as is the company’s slogan) into the destination and positively impact the communities and natural environments which they visit, following their aspiration to create a Better World at Sea, one cruise at a time. 


“Our itineraries are thoughtfully designed to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations and engage in authentic exploration while maintaining a focus on sustainability. However, small ship cruising comes with its own set of challenges. Being weather dependent means that our itineraries may need to be adjusted based on local conditions, which requires a more flexible and go-with-the-wind attitude,” he says. “We always strive to provide the best experience possible, yet oftentimes, circumstances outside of our control may impact our plans, and thus, sometimes passengers can find themselves off itinerary.”

“From Greece to West Africa, the Seychelles, Tahiti and beyond, guests can discover authentic local and indigenous cultures, regional cuisine, ancient sites, remote villages and natural wonders only small ships can reach, offering something for first time cruisers and our loyal repeat clientele, as we continue to expand to new destinations all over the world,” he adds. 

Variety’s seven-day itineraries are intended for all types of cruisers, non-cruisers, solo travelers, families and couples. The company’s vessels host an average of 32 passengers, with their largest and flagship vessel Variety Voyager carrying a maximum of 72 passengers.  

“They are personalized, intimate and flexible adventures at sea, as we like to call them, and everyone is welcome to join,” he says.