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Help me choose a "lounge" of Blue Star Ferry airline style seats

I am trying to make a reservation for seats in the Naxos-Athens(Piraeus) ferry on

At the seat selection step, I was given choices of:

  • Airplane Type Seat (Lounge 2)
  • Airplane Type Seat (Lounge 3)
  • Airplane Type Seat (Lounge 4)
  • Airplane Type Seat (Lounge 5)

But they don't explain how these Lounges are different. They are at the same price. I could not find a vessel map or seat map at the ferry site. shows pictures of various lounges but they don't say which one is lounge 2, 3, 4 or 5 (or something else).

Does anyone know how they are different?

Posted by
10523 posts

I agree, if there is a seat map, it is well hidden.

Looking at the seating ( "airline") I would much prefer to take a 40 minute flight that a 5+ hr boat ride in that kind of seat.

I know it wasn't your question, but why not fly?

Posted by
2151 posts

Maybe look on YouTube for a "trip report" on the particular ship scheduled to sail the itinerary you're looking at?

Posted by
24 posts

I know it wasn't your question, but why not fly?

Good question! I checked the airfare and the difference is about 30 EUR per passenger + the extra train cost from the Athens airport to the downtown. I would pay the extra if I can get back to Athens earlier. But earlier flights have been sold out already and considering the time at the airport and the extra train time, we would be at the downtown Athens pretty much the same time by the ferry.

Posted by
3259 posts

Unless you are buying on a high-season Sunday ferry returning to Athens, there is no need to buy online ahead of time. Just go into a ticket agency in Naxos Town a few days ahead of your departure and buy your ticket in person, at the counter. That way you can specify what you want. And yes, Blue Star does not make it easy to get the better seats... It took me a number of trips & asking Greeks, to figure it out. In Fact I even created a "Ferry TipSheet" for the many Greece newcomers who've PMd me for help over the years. I'm going to paste the Blue Star section here, to save keyboarding.

if you face a 5-6hour+ Blue Star Ferry trip to Piraeus from Naxos or Paros, spend 4-5€ extra for “Economy Reserved” (Aircraft Seat) in the “Airline Seat Sections”(about €50? vs €45? for Plain Economy). Definitely worth it in High season. Otherwise, when you tire of sitting on the deck, and wander inside & find an empty seat and start snoozing, someone may well show up with a ticket and say you're in my seat ! …. Then you have to hustle around, to even find a plastic chair on deck, or a seat in a corridor or coffee bar.

NOTE #1 - best reserved-seat sections - Savvy travelers tipped me off that on Blue Star PAROS the sections to request are AK1 and AK 2 – smaller side sections by the windows (2 seats each side of an aisle) with no through traffic, very quiet. Next best = AK3 & AK5. On Blue Star NAXOS, request AK 3 or AK5. If these areas have been re-named, just ask for "A Side section by windows”. Once upon a time, these side-sections used to be the nonsmoking sections --- now the whole ferry indoors is nonsmoking. What you DON'T want are seat in The central reserved section. This is like a theatre… at least-300+seats, with several aisles, overhead TV sets are on continuously, and bright overhead lights.
NOTE #2 --- because you reserve a seat doesn’t mean you MUST sit there all the time! Many people prefer to sit out on the deck in the sun, or in a café area to snack and only go in to their “ticketed seats” when it gets dark or if/when they want to nap. Bring a sweater: Blue Star really cranks up the air-conditioning!
NOTE #3 – If you find an Old Greek Mama in your seat, don’t confront: find a steward to oust the “squatter.”
NOTE #4 – IF buying Blue Star Economy-Reserve tickets online, In the past you could not choose a section, you would just be assigned – so I always advise to buy these tix in person at a ticket agency, except if u must order ahead for High Season to Top Isles. I think if you MUST purchase ahead, perhaps if you use a travel agency they may be able to get a specific section.

Posted by
24 posts

Thank you everyone who responded. I've bought lounge 3 seats!

Posted by
3861 posts

@janet What wonderful help you’ve shared with the group! Oh if only I were going to Greece this year but I’ll file this away. Thank you.