April 8, 2003
The 2004 Olympic Games, in Athens, may seem -- at this point, anyway -- a
lifetime away, but organizers for the world's most prestigious sporting
competition are busy lining up cruise ships to serve as hotels during the
event. Holland America announces that its Rotterdam and Oosterdam will be
floating hotels in Pireaus, the port of Athens, and Cunard has already
announced that its not-even-launched Queen Mary 2 will also be on hand.
Alas, these ships are being contracted to host Olympics-related visitors so
cruise aficionados will not be able to secure accommodations.
Of course, the logical question is whether or not the Olympic Committee
would call on native son Royal Olympia Cruises, which is based in Pireaus.
And despite an eerie quiet from Royal Olympia's New York headquarters --
numerous calls from Cruise Critic were ignored -- it does seem that the
company's ships will be participating in Pireaus' floating hotel corral.
Even better, Royal Olympia is making some staterooms available to the
general public, according to a press release. Bookings for accommodations
onboard Olympia Voyager, Olympia Explorer and Olympia Countess during the
2004 Athens Olympics can be made through retail travel agents or tour
Next year's summer Olympics takes place from August 10 - 31.