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About Athens

Named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world -- built around its namesake deity's temple, the Parthenon, which still stands today.

But Athens feels far from an ancient city. While it has done an excellent job at preserving sites like the Acropolis (where the Parthenon is located) and Greek Orthodox churches, it has evolved into a hip and modern metropolis and homeport for ships sailing the Greek Islands. The city's recently overhauled Metro system also provides a cheap, safe and easy way to get around for sightseeing if you have extra time before or after your cruise.

Aside from major landmarks, even once-dingy neighborhoods like Plaka and Thissio have been restored, boasting fresh pastel-colored painted facades and chic restaurants, bars and shops.

Syntagma Square -- Athens' central square -- also has been reborn as a tree-filled haven from which to take in the city's gorgeous neoclassical Parliament building and catch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Yes, that means you get to watch those men in frilly skirts, elaborate waistcoats and bobbled shoes do their high-kicking thing.)

Athens, once (in some parts, still) one of the most frenetic and traffic-polluted cities in the world, now owns a real buzz and is well worth spending a few days in if your cruise starts or ends there.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Rhodes, Kusadasi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Rhodes
    • Day 3
      Kusadasi
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Volos
    • Day 6
      Mykonos
    • Day 7
      Santorini
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

    Reviews

    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

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    mertziek
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Spirit Cruise after drydock - BIG MISTAKE!
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    SkyeFlyer
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great Spirit Service Team and Renovation Despite Unfortunate Pandemic Impact
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    • Basic Drinks
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kotor
    • Day 4
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Corfu
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Naples
    • Day 11
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    nfish
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Poor Layout
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    mSh311y
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    First time cruisers!
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Istanbul
    Visiting:
    Mykonos, Athens ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Istanbul
    • Day 2
      Mykonos
    • Day 3
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 4
      Paris
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 8
      Split
    • Day 9
      Koper
    • Day 10
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

    Reviews

    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

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    muesy
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Ceased to be a cruise.
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    Mrs Moho
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The Cruise That Should Not Have Sailed
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Aqaba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    22 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 3
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 11
      Safaga
    • Day 12
      Safaga
    • Day 13
      Suez Canal
    • Day 14
      Suez Canal
    • Day 15
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 16
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 17
      Limassol
    • Day 18
      Rhodes
    • Day 19
      Kusadasi
    • Day 20
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Naples
    • Day 23
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Nancy62262
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First time I couldn't wait to get off the ship! Horrible!
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    slavetoabunny
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Nothing Short of Outstanding!!!!
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Monaco, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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