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Food on Blue Star Ferries?

Our family of four is traveling this May to Greece. We plan to take BS ferry from Athens to Paros which leaves at 7:15am. and takes over 4 hours. Are there restaurants on board or food to buy? Beverages? We are traveling economy class. Wondering if we should buy something the night before to take on the ferry with us but not sure what we could get that would keep overnight. If the boat has food, what is the quality. Not looking for anything special but decent.

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One pleasant surprise I discovered on Greek ferries -- the price of a coffee! Most places in Greece, a cup of coffee (and NO refills) is NOT cheap... at least €2.50 in cheapest kiosk, and €3-4 in larger cafes. however, last time I was on a ferry a coffee of 2 varieties -- Greek or "filtre" -- was €1.5. It seems this is due to pressure from the GREEK ferry-riding public ... any rise in price was met by public outcry.

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I usually get snacks from home and I get my coffee before boarding the ferry. You can make a purchase while on the ferry but it is expensive. You could pick up something from the super market before getting on or take a coffee from a coffee shop just outside the port. On Blue Star there is a self service restaurant with descent food as well. If you are having a long journey you might wanna eat a meal there. I'd rather pay to eat dinner than give my 4 euros for a coffee.

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When I said €3-4 for a coffee, I was referring to places OTHER THAN the ferry.... and the good news is that ferry coffee was €1.50.

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We tended to buy food to take on ferry, and purchase drinks on the ferry . as the offerings did thrill us.. however food and drink is available .

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Janet, is it true? Only 1.5 euro for the coffee on board? That's not the price I remember. Both the coffee and the cheese-pie were expensive. What kind of coffee was it? Mine was a Freddo Espresso .

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1178 posts

Most accommodations will have a small refrigerator.

You can always buy something to eat in Athens at one of the many shops, either baked goods, bread, cheese, olives, cheese, etc. and take it with you.

It will be far superior to anything available on the ferry and at much lower cost.

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I think just 2 kinds -- Filter, and plain Greek -- were at that price. Anything else not regulated.

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Food is surprisingly good on the ferries and the prices are fair. (Greeks don't tolerate bad food or coffee!) The only problem is the long lines that can form and the charming/infuriating level of service, e.g., only one person behind the counter. So, if you decide to get food on board, try to get in line at the very beginning. We used to economize and bring food/water on board, but now find it's hardly worth the hassle and brain-energy. Enjoy the boat ride!