The Athens 2004 Olympics organizers have tagged seven different cruise ships to serve as ad-hoc hotels during the Olympic Games. The ships were chosen from among cruise lines that had expressed interest in participating.
The biggest "get" is Cunard's not-yet-launched Queen Mary 2. Also chosen were the Greek-flagged Olympia Voyager, Olympia Explorer and Olympia Countess, and a European vessel called AIDAVita. Holland America's Oosterdam (still under construction) and Rotterdam were also chosen.
Three other ships -- Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas, Seabourn Pride and SIlversea's Silver Whisper -- have been granted moorings in Athens' port of Piraeus. Splendour has been designated to host attendees from the
National Olympic Committees, while Seabourn Pride and Silver Whisper will house delegations from the Games' international sponsors.
All told, the ships will add some 6,500-plus hotel rooms to the area, which expects to exceed the prior summer Olympics' attendee count -- in Sydney, which attracted some 250,000 people. The Olympics takes place August 12 - 30, 2004.