We got off to a late start on our way to Paros the next day because the port was closed due to high winds and rough seas. Eventually we were under way, and the beauty of Helios' twin MTUs became immediately apparent. Cruising at 23 knots, we barely had to alter our agenda. Aboard a sailboat, we would have been forced to skip ahead. (And trust me, you do not want to miss Paros!) Though I had always imagined myself cruising the Greek Islands aboard a sailboat, as thousands of lucky Europeans do each year, I would plan on that only if I had a couple of months to enjoy carefree, leisurely exploration, the fantastic line-of-sight navigation and the seasonal winds. On a typically pitiful vacation of "normal" length, the frustration of being able to see so little when there are more than 6,000 islands in Greece would drive me to tears.