'early publication boost for travellers'.
Greek ferry companies have given island hoppers in Greece an early Christmas present this year. They have announced their ferry scheduled for 2014 and given details of sailings between most of the popular Greek islands. The move will be welcomed by island hopping holidaymakers who can plan trips well ahead for the first time ever.
Holiday visitors have usually had to wait for May before summer ferry schedules are announced.
For years tourism professionals and travellers have complained over the late announcement of 'official' arrival and departure times of the inter island ferries which were usually never released until the start of the holiday season.
This caused real problems for those who wished to plan their island hopping holidays ahead of time.
Although schedules could often be 'guessed' at by referring to the sailing in previous seasons it was always a hot and miss affair.
Now the big ferry operators such as Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, SeaJets and ANEK Lines have announced their routes right through to September 2014.
Aegean Speed Lines is expected to officially announce its schedules in early November and most of the remaining ferry operators are expected to follow suit over the next few weeks.
The early schedules will allows travellers to plan their trip early and so cash in on the significant lower price deals and special early booking offers that are often available for flights, hotels, ferries and other holiday packages.
For many years Greek Travel Pages (GTP) has been the main source when searching for ferry schedules across all the Greek ferry operators.
But schedules were often missing or only tentatively suggested until now. This development means that officially published schedules are uploaded onto the central reservation system and travellers can book early with much greater confidence.
The main Greek island ferry routes to be announced so far are Blue Star Ferries routes from Athens to the Dodecanese and the Cyclades islands; Hellenic Seaways high speed ferries to Chios, Nissos Mykonos and Skiathos as well as routes to the Cyclades, Crete and the North Aegean islands; SeaJets and Aegean Speed Lines routes to the Cyclades and ANEK Lines ferries to Crete.