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 operators. Next year's summer Olympics takes place from August 10 - 31.