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About Katakolon (Olympia)

The seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around 600, is your typical small-town cruise port -- fishing boats bob in the harbor; cafes lace the waterfront; shops sell T-shirts, hats and jewelry; and a small beach draws swimmers and splashers. But that's not why ships make this town a destination. They arrive because Katakolon serves as the cruise gateway to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Drive 40 minutes from Katakolon and you are transported back thousands of years. Stroll the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Olympia, and you walk in the footsteps of early Greek and Roman athletes -- wrestlers, chariot drivers, discus throwers, runners and long-jumpers -- who vied for glory and the gods' favor. Stand alongside the massive columns, and, with the tales of a good guide, you can envision the once-magnificent temples, athletes training in the palestra and runners readying on the track. Alexander the Great, Nero, Plato and Aristotle are among those who watched the games from where you stand.

Tourists flock to the site and its companion museums, including the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, a treasure trove of pieced-together sculptures and statues that once adorned the ancient structures, and the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games, where you can learn about the original competitions.

If you've already visited Ancient Olympia, there are other sights in the area, including the spectacular temple of Apollo Epicurius and the medieval Chlemoutsi (Hlemoutsi) fortress -- or seek out the golden-sand beaches that ring the Gulf of Kyparissia.

Note: We recommend that you use Google Maps to locate the destinations in this guide by entering the name of an attraction or business, rather than the address, which often stumps Google Maps. You should also confirm the hours, which are changeable, based on the season and day you will visit. In some cases, the fact that there's a ship in port will also affect opening times.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Dubai
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    Dubai, Muscat ... see more
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      Dubai
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      Suez Canal
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      Suez Canal
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      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Katakolon (Olympia)
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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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

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    Viveash
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Cruise but Nothing Special
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A great itinerary
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Katakolon, Santorini ... see more
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      Kusadasi
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      Mykonos
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      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Chania
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      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

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    Constellation sailings are a great value for the money

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    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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    Mark M.
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    2019 Holiday on the Connie: 15 NIGHT BEST OF INDIA & SOUTH EAST ASIA
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
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    • 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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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Katakolon, Santorini ... see more
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      Venice
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      Katakolon (Olympia)
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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

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    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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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great time aboard
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Good itinerary and service but tired ship.
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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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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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Katakolon, Athens ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Katakolon (Olympia)
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      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Kusadasi
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      Cruising
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      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
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      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Limassol
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service

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    Celebrity Reflection Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the f...

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    sevenunderfour
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    WORST CRUISE EVER
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    • 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

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Limassol, Jerusalem ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Limassol
    • Day 5
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 6
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Kusadasi
    • Day 10
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 11
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service

    Reviews

    Celebrity Reflection Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the f...

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    Cruising Cindy Lou
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Relaxing Getaway
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointing
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    • 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

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Katakolon (Olympia)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Catania, Malta ... see more
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Catania
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      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Nafplion
    • Day 9
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Naples
    • Day 12
      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

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    Overall
    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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    TravelBuddie
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Perfect weather cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Modern, relax ship
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    • 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.