Greece abolished PLF requirement for 2022 summer season

Starting from 15th of March 2022 tourists arriving in Greece with green vaccination passports will be no longer required to fill the Passenger's Locator Form (PLF) as counter COVID-19 measure stated the greek tourist minister Vassilis Kikikias.  link to the news here

 


Covid-19 vaccination certificate not prerequisite to travel to Greece this summer, says tourism minister

 

If a coronavirus vaccination certificate is introduced at an EU-wide level, as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis suggested in a letter to the European Commission recently, it will not be a prerequisite for tourists to be allowed into Greece, Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis clarified on Thursday.

 

“Under no circumstance will it become a condition for someone to travel to our country,” he told private broadcaster Skai, during a discussion on the government’s preparation ahead of this year’s summer season.

 

 The initial idea, he continued, is to test those who have not been vaccinated upon entry to Greece and let those with the certificate pass freely, to avoid “wasting resources.”

 

Mitsotakis asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to urge the introduction of a coronavirus vaccination certificate that would ease travel between member-states in the bloc, according to a report in Politico on Tuesday.

 

“It is urgent to adopt a common understanding on how a vaccination certificate should be structured so as to be accepted in all member-states,”he said, adding that he hopes to bring up the issue at an EU summit on January 21.

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Early reservations for 2021 sailing season are opening now with 8 weeks gratis option period

Flexible booking and responsible tourism 

With the sailing season starting in Greece just a couple of months from now and the end of the pandemic madness approaching, Aurora Yachting is once again inviting you on a voyage to the best beaches and hidden coves of the Greek islands. Once you get a taste of the freedom while sailing towards the horizon you will never return to the packed hotels and the crowded beaches of pre-covid times. With mass vaccination beginning or already ongoing in most of countries we introduce flexible booking options of 8 no-deposit weeks until the current restrictions are lifted and new border crossing protocols are established. More than any other community, the yachting people promote healthy, sustainable and responsible tourism, by raising awareness about the plastic pollution of the seas and the preservation of nature.

 

 

 

You choose the itinerary

Anchor where you like. Enjoy wild nature, empty beaches and coves with crystal clear water in some of Greece's best holiday spots: the Cycladic and the Saronic Islands.

 

 

 

 

 Immerse in the pleasures of Greece

You will hardly find a more international place than the Greek islands where young people from all over the world flock to have fun. In the old island ports and beach bars the parties start after sunset and last till the sunrise.

 

 

 

Savour the Mediterranean cuisine

Every port has dozens of sea front tavernas serving fresh sea food caught by the fishermen on the very same day. The waiters will usually help you with the yacht mooring and will invite you to a dinner.  

 

 

 

Aurora Yachting is a licensed charter operator with its own vessels equipped for optimal comfort. The company is based at Alimos Marina, in Athens, which is popular for charter sailing. Latest model sailing yacht by the French producer Lagoon, 42 feet model is equipped with the teak wood luxury specification, with capacity of up to 10 guests. The yacht can be rented with a captain.

 

 

 

Sailing season and prices

The sailing season for the Greek islands is from early April to late November. The high season is from June to September. The rental rates depend on the week of the trip. More information about availability and prices can be found on booking page

 

 


Lagoon 42 will be presented for a fourth consecutive year at the Dusseldorf boat show

The sailing catamaran Lagoon 42 will be presented for a fourth consecutive year at the Dusseldorf boat show. The fact that there are already over 800 yachts sold speaks for itself for the success of the model.

The thing is that Lagoon catamarans were never famous with any dramatic achievements for speed under sails or decent climbing angle against the wind. This is even more valid for fully equipped heavy charter modifications. The weight for multihulls is a total speed killer. That said, with the good choice of additional sails even with 6-8 knots of close reach wind and gennaker or code 0. The construction is sturdy and stable, even with waves on broad side the bow does not dig under the waves. The connection between the hulls solid and elastic in a sense it absorbs the twists. For a few seasons only few cracks on the gelcoat can be noticed in spots that take a lot of force. The gelcoat lacks the balsa sandwich ability beneath to absorb forces but this is not a problem at all. The boat is very easy to navigate. It has excellent visibility and maneurablility in narrow areas. Slightly rounded transom help a lot to sneak in easily between two boats in any packed Greek marina during the summer. Instead of staying at anchor and move with the dinghy all the time you could stay in the middle of nightlife in picturesque greek old town harbours on the islands. The big mainsail and the bimini cause slight disbalance during sailing. The catamaran always tend to turn leeward so the autopilot always have to turn to compensate that move. However if sailing and using the leeward engine  with minimum consumption the catamaran can reach 9 knots on halfwind. The new davits used in Lagoon 42 and Lagoon 46 provoke mixed feeling. Definitely it is very comfortable but causes lots of troubles in bad weather and hides a number of risk if the crew does not pay enough attention when working with it. If you could choose, I would prefer the classic type of davits.

The common impreassion is that Lagoon 42 is vet well-made boat, stable and not too expensive t maintain. The important parts are made seaworthy and experienced skipper can feel the decades of experience in multihulls of the French producer. It is not a coincidence that Lagoons are preferred brand catamarans for crossing Atlantic in the ARC race for amateurs. Bad impression cause small inexpensive things that the producer choose to mount cheapest version on order to save few coppers. At the same time almost all defects for elements under warranty are ignored by the producer. Often the buyer is asked to pay the difference in the price between the ordering list price and the list price at the time of the delivery. I would definitely give very low points to Lagoon for sale and post sale maintenance if it was not for the Bulgarian Lagoon dealer who was able to help me to sort half of the issues with the factory. Overall it is a decent service. Probably Lagoon 42 is the perfect catamaran to cruise the Greek islands with amateur crew. Eleven weeks for the coming summer are already sold out from last December. All charter bookings made during the Dusseldorf show from 18.01 to 26.01 will have 10% further discount.


Aurora got a new panoramic winter windshield

 

Just right in midwinter Aurora got a new panoramic winter windshield. Apart from the additional comfort provided when sitting at the cockpit table it will help protect the teak deck from dust, rain and salt. 

 

 

  The custom work was done at a workshop based in Alimos marina using the original Sunbrella fabric.

 

 

 


Aurora Yachting chose MMK booking manager as a primary booking platform and received a Silver Partner certification.

 

Aurora Yachting chose MMK booking manager as a primary booking platform and received a Silver Partner certification.

 

 

 

Yachts are listed in the MMK database. The are accessible to charter agencies for booking via the online portal and are distributed via the search engines. All administration tasks carried out during the processes of booking, invoicing, interacting with clients, and port authorities documentation will be processed online via a local booking manager application. Booking Manager certifies that Aurora Yachting is a professional legal entity with its own fleet of yachts, duly registered for yacht charter activity in Greece.

 

 


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