New Crete holiday ferry service.
After years of delay, holiday visitors travelling in Crete can now catch a Greek Island ferry from the resort of Rethymnon to the Athens' port of Piraeus. The ferry service to the Greek mainland will operate four days a week and is run by a community-based company Cretan Lines.
Holiday visitors who wanted to sail to Athens have been forced to travel to the west Crete capital of Chania to catch a ferry.
Now Cretan Lines are hoping the new service catches on with those enjoying a holiday in Crete. This is not the best time to be launching a new Greek Island ferry service and the company is urging local people and holiday visitors to use the service.
In a bid to attract ferry passengers the company is offering special deals, cut price tickets and generous discounts. The Association of Rethymno Hotels is offering generous discounts on accommodation for ferry passengers.
Rethymnon's ferry 'Elli T' is scheduled to leave Rethymnon marina on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and sail from Piraeus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Sundays.
As the ferry service is a community enterprise, local people can buy shares in the company at €100 a share. You can find details on www.cretanlines.gr which at the moment is only in Greek but should be in other languages soon.