Holland America Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

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55 Holland America Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

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Apsara4
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
My husband and I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. Although we had visited some ports on other voyages, there were a few we wished to see. The ship is imposing and grand looking from its dock and I cannot fault the food; it ... Read more
Canadian EHP
Member Since 2013
1 review
We have cruised about ten times with various cruise lines before and have always considered HAL, along with Princess, among the better cruise lines for us (we are not exactly the younger generation). We last cruised with Princess in 2011 ... Read more
John Cruise
Member Since 2006
1 review
157 forum posts
Sailed October 2010
Sailing out of Athens is not my favorite port, and true to form the baggage handlers broke the strap on my new suitcase. HAL was really good about it and tried to fix it but could not. Embark was smooth, but with no Mariner´s lunch ... Read more
Naomi2
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
511 forum posts
We had a wonderful month on the Prinsendam during October-November 2010. Our experience was luxurious from superb dining to excellent shows and port lectures. To top it all off we had two excellent bridge instructors and we were able to ... Read more
Hitcher13
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
41 forum posts
Sailed October 2010
This was our first cruise and we found the Westerdam to be a beautiful ship. Our cabin was very comfortable and we found all of the staff to be very friendly and very helpful. Dining - We went "Dine as You Wish" and never had to ... Read more

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crolfmilton
Member Since 2010
1 review
overall, enjoyable, but of the more than half dozen cruises we have been on, this is at the bottom of the list. The cabin and the cabin staff were excellent; more storage than we have ever had in any stateroom. The food was passable, in ... Read more
Bushy H.
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
100 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2010
My husband of thirty-six years and I, both in our fifties, in medium good health, nonsmokers, and light drinkers, we stayed in the Deluxe Suite which we try to do every time since once you have tried them you can't go back. This is our ... Read more
Marconeon
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
2 forum posts
Background This cruise caught our eye as it was a one-off exotic cruise visiting Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Russia and Ukraine on a Vista-Class Ship, we quickly jumped on the opportunity of this once in a lifetime cruise. ... Read more
jasthorn
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
Sailed September 2010
This was our 22nd cruise and our eighth Holland American Line (HAL) cruise since 1995, with each cruise on a different ship, except that this is our second cruise on the Westerdam. Our cabin was a super verandah suite (Category SY) on the ... Read more
denial
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
60 forum posts
Sailed September 2010
We are a couple in our early 60's who travel frequently. We have also cruised previously the last being a transatlantic in a Penthouse Suite on the Oceania Regatta. This cruise had as its main purpose the visiting of ports rather than the ... Read more

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dumbaxel
Member Since 2010
1 review
34 forum posts
We arrived in Athens two days prior to embarkation, so we could see the sights, and had a marvelous time, not a HAL excursion, but taken about by Constantine with AthensTaxi.org. This is a family run taxi/tour company that will go out of ... Read more
jmk171
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
45 forum posts
The Prinsendam is twenty years old and you can see it in her elegant furnishings, teak decks and walk in closets. It is also somewhat apparent in the occasional overly worn cushions or rusted spots. This didn't in any compromise my amazing ... Read more
joiedevivre
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
105 forum posts
I called my husband on day 21 and requested that he pick me up at Port Everglades with an empty car. My mom and I live in Ft. Lauderale so we left with 2 suitcases and returned with 8. The trip over to Athens was tremendously stressful ... Read more
Jay&em
1 review
We were on the same cruise as Tyforu and Barcart who have also written reviews. I have never before posted anything on the internet ever but after the huge rip off and the enormous amount of money that we spent on this cruise I felt ... Read more
melvin00
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed October 2008
I was in this ship in October, It was the beginning of a great adventure (Kusadasi, Messina, Rome, Barcelona, Monaco, Gibralter, Cadiz), we got inside to the ship at Athens (port Piraeus). We got to the terminal on bus,the process was ... Read more

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peterc6
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
463 forum posts
The October 25th cruise was my 37th and my second cruise on the Rotterdam. Ports of call were: Kusadasi, Turkey; Messina, Sicily, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome); Monte Carlo, Monaco; Barcelona, Spain; Gibraltar, British Territory; ... Read more
Bill
Member Since 2000
14 reviews
Embarkation: HAL could have done a better job. A mass of people crowding into the terminal. Plenty of HAL reps, but in the wrong places. we marched along with a group only to find they were going somewhere else! Result: we had ... Read more
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Loreto
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
1,458 forum post
Sailed May 2008
My husband and I took this cruise for the unique itinerary, The Black Sea, Egypt & The Holy Lands. We are both 60, and this is our 10th HAL Cruise. We looked forward to revisiting some places we had been before, and experiencing the ... Read more
Tom Barnes
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
For our 24th cruise we went on the Rotterdam VI to Istanbul, Varna Bulgaria, Odessa, Sevastopol, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Cyprus, & Alexandria (Cairo). The cruise had elements of the good, the bad, and the ugly. This was our 3rd ... Read more
mcgorr
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
170 forum posts
Stayed in Athens pre cruise in Residence Georgio a very fine hotel, not quite central but near enough. They stored our luggage until our evening flight. Don't take the metro to piraeus as the walk to the port is too long and the taxis will ... Read more

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gr8lakes
Member Since 2007
1 review
140 forum posts
I have taken a while to write this review because I wanted to have perspective on the experience. My husband and I (late 60s) were on the Rotterdam Black Sea Cruise May 2 to 14th. We stayed in Athens two nights before and took private ... Read more
Yotoden
Member Since 2007
1 review
My husband and I were traveling on the Rotterdam on its European Capitals cruise from May 14 - 30, 2007. We chose this particular cruise because we were on our honeymoon and loved the itinerary. This was our first cruise, and most likely ... Read more
Mike H
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
When I read some reviews, I wonder if we have been on the same ship - however I can only report our own excellent experiences of our cruise. We arrived in Athens 2 days before embarkation and enjoyed our stay at the Parthenon Hotel; it was ... Read more
Kimmie
Member Since 2000
1 review
Holland America Rotterdam European Capitals May 12 to May 30 Piraeus, Greece to Harwich, England Pre-cruise 1 night stay in Athens Post-cruise 1 night stay in London Food Generally, the Lido food was excellent. The waffles at breakfast ... Read more
snowkhat
2 reviews
There were many good things about this cruise but overall I feel that you get what you pay for and that a good deal is probably too good to be true. The food was barely passable for a hospital cafeteria and the entertainment was an ... Read more

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