During your cruise you’ll be well taken of. Your Cruise Director will provide briefings about upcoming ports, coordinate social and cultural activities on board ship, and generally make sure that your experience is the best it can be. If your program includes a land stay (or if you have chosen an optional extension), you will also enjoy the services of the Cruise Director at your hotel, which can help you plan your exploration.
Your Vantage small ship Greek Islands journey will be led by a seasoned Cruise Director who’s job it is to see to your comfort and satisfaction. Think of him or her as your onboard “host,” the person to turn to with questions about your itinerary, updates on the day’s activities, reservations for optional tours, and so much more.
Vicky Papantoniou was born in Athens, Greece, where she earned her bachelor's degree in academic theology and a master's degree in history and archaeology from the National University of Athens. A talented iconographer, archaeologist, theologian, and artist, Vicky has worked for more than 34 years as a licensed lecturer-guide. She began working with Vantage in 2005, and is excited to lead our Greek Islands adventure as a Cruise Director. She'll be there to guide you throughout your journey, offering a wealth of knowledge about the region's history and culture along the way.
If you have a special desire or personal interest that you'd like to pursue while abroad, you have an inside track: your Vantage Concierge. This new service is available to all travelers, no matter what cabin category or flight class you’ve reserved (making us the best among other deluxe travel companies!). Whether you want to plan an anniversary party, want to track down a bit of your family’s heritage in Greece, or organize an intimate pub crawl for your multigenerational group of family and friends in Athens, your Vantage Concierge is just the person to make your travel dreams come true. Simply log in to My Portfolio and submit a request or send a pre-trip request to Concierge@vantagetravel.com up until two weeks prior to departure and you'll have your answer from our overseas Concierge within five business days.
No one knows a destination better than an insider, so in addition to your Cruise Director, you’ll enjoy the services of experienced, English-speaking Regional Experts in select locations during your included tours. Their deep command of regional history will certainly enrich your viewing of important attractions. But our “insiders” go a step beyond, sharing insights on behind-the-scenes aspects of local culture that ordinary tours usually overlook. How do families in this area get by? What are some of the local legends? What do the decorations on a particular house mean? Your Regional Expert is eager to bring it all alive for you.