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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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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Dubai, Muscat ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Dubai
    • Day 3
      Muscat
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 10
      Suez Canal
    • Day 11
      Suez Canal
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 14
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Officers and crew are friendly and accessible

    Cons

    From drinks to the spa to dining, there's an upsell

    Bottom Line

    Constellation sailings are a great value for the money

    Reviews

    Celebrity Constellation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation ...

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    Viveash
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Cruise but Nothing Special
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    hopper4
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A great itinerary
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Taormina, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Mykonos
    • Day 7
      Rhodes
    • Day 8
      Chania
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Naples
    • Day 11
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Beautiful and innovative with outstanding accommodations and extensive dining choices

    Cons

    Expensive upcharge restaurants, spa and drinks; nighttime entertainment lacks variety

    Bottom Line

    A hip-at-heart ship that may challenge the expectations of experienced cruisers

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    Celebrity Edge Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5

    Celebrity Cruises set out to design its newest and most technologically advanced ship, Celebrit...

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    turtlejourney
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    I Loved Living "on the Edge" For A Week
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    exharlow
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Super Cool Ship
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Katakolon, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Athens (Piraeus) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 5
      Kusadasi
    • Day 6
      Mykonos
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Chania
    • Day 9
      Corfu
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Venice
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    Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Officers and crew are friendly and accessible

    Cons

    From drinks to the spa to dining, there's an upsell

    Bottom Line

    Constellation sailings are a great value for the money

    Reviews

    Celebrity Constellation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation ...

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    WNCCruiser
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Good itinerary and service but tired ship.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    2019 Holiday on the Connie: 15 NIGHT BEST OF INDIA & SOUTH EAST ASIA
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
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    • 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

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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Athens

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Khasab ... 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
      Khasab
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Salalah
    • 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
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • 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 Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

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

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    liverpoollad
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    3 & a half stars
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    Badger Brookes
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good overall but let down by waiting, queuing, and organised trips.
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Athens

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

    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

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

    Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is the fourth of defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-class vess...

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    garyg2000
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointed with food, entertainment, Activities
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    happybaby
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very disappointing cruise and management.
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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.