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The Union Boatmen of Santorini supports again “Santorini Experience”

The Union Boatmen of Santorini also for the second edition of Santorini Experience, supported the swimming competition from the Volcano to the old port of Fira, offerring part of its Fleet to ensure the safety of the athletes.



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The Boatmen Union Santorini honored the group Royal Caribbean and the cruise ship Celebrity Equinox.


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Boatmen Union of Santorini announced as Gold Member of CLIA

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Δελτίο Τύπου
Θέμα: Χρυσό  Μέλος του προγράμματος συνεργατών της CLIA  η Ένωση Λεμβουχων Σαντορίνης

Με ανακοίνωσή της η CLIA (Διεθνής Ένωση Εταιρειών Κρουαζιέρας), αναγνωρίζοντας το σημαντικό έργο για την ανάπτυξη της κρουαζιέρας και την ιστορία της, καλωσορίζει  την Ένωση Λεμβουχων Σαντορίνης σαν Χρυσό Μέλος  στην επαγγελματική οικογένεια των συνεργατών και υποστηρικτών της διεθνούς βιομηχανίας της κρουαζιέρας.

Με την ιδιότητα του Χρυσού Μέλους της CLIA θα συμμετέχει επίσημα η Ένωση Λεμβουχων Σαντορίνης σε όλες τις θεματικές συναντήσεις εργασίας με τα κορυφαία στελέχη των εταιρειών κρουαζιέρας στην Ευρώπη και τις ΗΠΑ.

Η Ένωση Λεμβούχων Σαντορίνης διαθέτει μεγάλη εμπειρία και σημαντικό έργο από την συμμετοχή της στον Παγκόσμιο  και Ευρωπαϊκό Οργανισμό Λεμβουχων και με την συμμετοχή της αυτή στοχεύει στην ακόμη καλύτερη συνεργασία με τις εταιρίες κρουαζιέρας, στον εμπλουτισμό και την ποιοτική αναβάθμιση  των  παρεχόμενων υπηρεσιών, στην πλήρη εφαρμογή όλων των προβλεπόμενων διαδικασιών, κλπ.

Με αφορμή το ανωτέρω γεγονός, ο Πρόεδρος της Ένωσης Λεμβούχων Σαντορίνης κύριος Γεράσιμος Κανακάρης προέβη στην ακόλουθη δήλωση: ‘Θεωρείται τιμή για την Ένωση Λεμβούχων Σαντορίνης η συμμετοχή στο προγράμματα συνεργατών της CLIA και αναγνώριση, τόσο του μεγάλου επενδυτικού προγράμματος για την ανανέωση του στόλου των σκαφών μας, όσο και για την ποιότητα των παρεχόμενων υπηρεσιών μας για την ανάπτυξη της κρουαζιέρας στην περιοχή μας. Είναι όμως αδιαμφισβήτητα τιμή και για τον προορισμό κρουαζιέρας της Σαντορίνης, την κορωνίδα της κρουαζιέρας στην Ελλάδα που χωρίς τις απαραίτητες λιμενικές υποδομές υποδέχεται επισκεπτες από όλο τον κόσμο για να γευθούν τις μοναδικότητες του τόπου μας. Είμαι βέβαιος ότι από την συμμετοχή μας στα κέντρα λήψης αποφάσεων των εταιρειών κρουαζιέρας θα βοηθήσουμε πιο ολοκληρωμένα στην ισόρροπη κοινωνική και οικονομική ανάπτυξη της Σαντορίνης και της ευρύτερης περιοχής’.

(CLIA: Cruise Lines International Association)

Press Release

Subject: Boatmen Union of Santorini announced as Gold Member of CLIA’s Executive Partners Program

Boatmen Union of Santorini is a proud Gold Executive Partner of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). On the occasion to of this announcement, Mr. Gerasimos Kanakaris stated the following: “The Boatmen Union of Santorini join together in unity with the CLIA Port & Destination Community and look forward to a strong and beneficial relationship with CLIA and the Cruise Industry.”

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The Season 2016 began!!

The season 2016 just started on Sunday 13th when we welcomed the arrival of the Celestyal Cruise. We wish to all our partners and cooperators a good season!!


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Welcome to our family, Santorini!

11745798_855432674506651_9026911718102625604_nThe History of the Union Boatnen is a part of the wider Τhera Marine History. We, with horizon to the future, are pleased to welcome our “Santorini”. The second luxurious vessel entirely constructed in Santorini, in our Shipyard “Santomarine”. It can accommodate 220 passengers divided into two decks and an air-conditioned indoor lounge!

It will be used especially for the vessel chartering and the organized daily tours to the islands around Santorini.

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Santorini Experience 2015

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            Athens, May 5 2015


The 1st “Santorini Experience” shared magical moments

Although in its first year, the organization of “Santorini Experience” attracted the attention and interest of the sporting world, as professional and amateur athletes swam and ran together, without competition, the weekend of May Day, in the world-famous tourist destination in the Cyclades! Because quite simply, sport above all is fun.

The launch took place on Friday 01 May 2015, in Perissa, where about 300 children from municipal schools and high schools on the island ran along the beach, a distance of one kilometer, offering moments of joy to parents and spectators in the first day of the event.

On the same day the athletes were led by Ford vehicles in Alafouzos Sport shop in Fira and signed autographs to children and adults.

The second day of “Santorini Experience” hid a truly unique experience! For the first time amateur swimmers, even the youngest participant, the 11 year old swimmer, had the opportunity to swim the swimming route of 1.5 mile (2.4 km), next to the top names in the sport of open water swimming. The event was honored by the participation of the Gold Medalist and twice World Champion, Spyros Gianniotis, the World Champions, Antonis Fokaidis and Kelly Araouzou, and the Pan-European Champion George Arniakos.

The start was given by the Mayor of Thira, Anastasios – Nikolaos Zorzos, from within a boat in the water at the harbor of the volcano, while the people of the island were watching and supporting their effort from above but also from close by, in boats who were following the participants’ attempt until the finish at the pier of the old port of Fira.  The athletes were transferred to the Volcano with the traditional yacht “Aphrodite” of Caldera’s Boats. The route was designed with the personal supervision of the federal coach of swimming Nikos Gemelos, who with the help of the Boatmen Union of Santorini and the President of the Union Mr. Makis Kanakaris, created an innovative and safe environment, based on international standards for the first time in a swimming route in Greece!

Later that day, “Santorini Experience” hosted the distinguished guests at the Gala organized in SantoWines in the area of Pyrgos, with the support of the Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Board of SantoWines Mr. Markos Kafouros, where the President of the Swimming Federation of Greece and member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Mr. Dimitris Diathesopoulos, the Federal Coach of Swimming and our Greek champions were honored in a special ceremony.

The event ended on Sunday 3rd of May 2015, where hundreds of runners were gathered in the desalination plant in Oia, and ran with direction towards Fira in a path overlooking the unique pictures of the volcano, the Caldera and the sites Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia. Special note must be made that all participants, their companions and spectators were transported to the island with the safety and comfort of Blue Star Ferries and enjoyed the excellent hospitality of the Hoteliers Association of Santorini.

Among the participants of the running routes ran very important athletes, such as Paralympic athlete and triathlon champion Giannis Chatzibeis (who took part also in swimming the day before), the Kick Boxing Champion Alexandros Nikolaidis, the veteran footballer Kostas Antoniou and many other personalities.

At the end of the event, the Mayor of Thira Anastasios – Nikolaos Zorzos said:

“The sports weekend of Santorini Experience was completed in a dynamic way and was extremely successful, with large numbers of participants and great impact in the people who attended. Athletes, runners and swimmers had the opportunity to discover and experience Santorini to … land and sea. We want and we seek such events that can promote alternative forms of tourism and prove that Santorini is a destination that is available to host the world throughout the year with different but equally unique occasions each time. Our goal for anyone coming to Santorini is not to see the island through the eyes of the visitor but to get to know it and experience it as if living in it. For these life experiences, for the substantial contact with the island, for the images that will be engraved in memory, for all that the participants and the spectators lived and felt, Santorini is ready to welcome and accommodate other similar events all year round, as it is beautiful and worthy to explore not only in the summer. We invite you to discover it. Santorini Experience was just the beginning. We will see you all again at the next Santorini Experience!”.

The Deputy Mayor of Thira, Roula Bellonia – Mendrinou said: “After the successful completion of Santorini Experience our joy is great, because this beautiful and integrated sports event has given us the opportunity to highlight a different image for the island, an image that has managed to combine exercise and gymnastics with nature and the beauty of the landscape. I want to thank all media that covered this unique event in our island, all the volunteers, the sponsors and generally to all those who contributed to the success of this event. We experienced that Santorini can lengthen its touristic season through sports tourism, and the revenue from the participations will be allocate for constructing a track. I think after that, we can talk about a constructive weekend from which everyone came out as a winner, we experienced Santorini from the inside, and already looking forward to other similar events and naturally for the next Santorini Experience”.

Finally, from the Athletic Organization of Thira, the President of DAPPOS Mr. Eleftherios Tzouros said: “Santorini Experience has just started its journey, because this is the feeling that left to us all, Thira Municipality, DAPPOS & Active Media, who all worked together with love and passion to make it happen, but also to all the lucky participants. Our original idea, to create an event like no other has ever happened on the island, leading the participants to their limits, trying to tame the Caldera of Santorini, swimming in it one day and the other by running on it, I think it was very successful. We treated the unique landscape of the Caldera with absolute respect, and this has rewarded us with a smile on the athletes’ faces. Fair play, this was the main message of Santorini Experience and succeeded perfectly. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who contributed (sponsors – volunteers) to start our journey”.

The event was held by the Municipality of Thira, the Municipal Sports Cultural and Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) and the Group of Active Media, under the Auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization GNTO) and The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA).

Very important and essential was the support of Lifeguard Hellas Training Center, of the Voluntary Rescuers House of Thira, and of all regional and local authorities of the island that “embraced” “Santorini Experience” from the first to the last minute, offering their precious help in every way.

The organizers, recognizing the massive participation and interest of the people, renew their appointment for the 2nd “Santorini Experience” which will be announced very soon and will have even more surprises!

Sponsors: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Santorini Boatmen Union, Blue Star Ferries, Reef, The North Face, Alafouzos Sport

Supporters: Ford Motor Hellas, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Caldera’s Boats, Athina Luxury Suites, Caronline, Promopark, Lifeguard Hellas Training Center, Memories Beach Hotel, Chiquita, natural mineral water “Vikos”, “Atlantida” Association of small local hotel owners, Hotel IRA, Loizos Stylish Residences, Nautilus Dome, Solid, GoPro, Digitribe Mediahouse, Drakos Digital, Aeromotion Photography, Thanasis Rivios, SantoWines, Wet Stories Beach Bar & Restaurant

Official Broadcaster: Novasports

Communication Sponsors: National Geographic Channel, Volcano TV, Parapolitika FM, Nitro Radio, Sport24 Radio, Santorini FM, Top Melody FM, People, Instyle,,,,,,

Strategic Media Partner: Greek Travel Pages

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Welcome to the official page of the Boatmen Union of Santorini.

Surfing the pages of our official website, you will get in touch with our reality and our mission. We are proud of our history that runs since 1945 and it is still running, based on the idea of a continue development of the vessels and of our knowledge in order to reach our goal: Offer the highest quality services possible in the boatmen sector ever parallel to the highest security level, so it means, passenger transportation from/to the cruise ships, moorings, chartering, daily tours & the very important social/public support that we offer. You will also find all the details of the vessels, the history, the training we do, the offices, our certificates and the services offered. Follow us to stay tuned with the last news and the monthly update of the cruise ships in program in Santorini Port. 






For any further information do not hesitate to contact us .

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Good journey to heaven beloved Chrysostomos!!

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April 18, 2015

With great sadness and emotion, we regret to announce the unexpected death of a colleague, a friend, a father. Member of the Union Boatmen’s Family, the Captain Chrysostomos Mytilineos from Imerovigli, died at the age of 39 today Saturday, April 18, 2015. The funeral sequence of our beloved Chrysostomos, will be Monday, April 20, at 4 pm at the Church St. Anne Vothonas, last place of residence.

Press Thira Boatmen Union

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The season begins: Celestyal Cruises!


On 14th of March of this year we are really happy to announce the beginning of the touristic local season with the arrival of the first cruise ship for the season 2015, the first vessel coming is the new “Celestyal Olympia” of Celestyal Cruises – it will be anchored at center of the Caldera around 15.30 and the departure is settled at 21.00

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Launch of the first vessels!

After applying the necessary winter maintenance procedures at Union’s Shipyard ,located in the area of Vlychada, four vessels are ready to splashdown, in order to leading them to their base, the bay of Fira. The passenger vessels that are launched are: Taxiarhis, Elsa, Nomikos, Melina & Agios. Efraim. Soon will be launched also the others.

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