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About Santorini

Spectacular Santorini -- scene of one of the world's most violent volcanic eruptions around 1450 B.C. -- is inarguably the most scenically dramatic of all the Greek Islands. Officially the island is Thira, yet the Latin name of Santorini persists. With its pitch-black beaches, rugged landscape and stunning caldera (volcanic crater), it's more akin to one of the Canary Islands than the Cyclades, though its whitewashed churches and clifftop houses score highly in the charm stakes.

This is the island for lovers of natural beauty, though sun seekers may not fancy its beaches. Best views are from the cliffs bordering the caldera, which was formed when the center of the island basically collapsed into itself. Geologists marvel at the cliffs' multi-hued strata of rock, lava and pumice, so take your camera and be prepared to feel the earth move (perhaps even literally -- Santorini's most recent major earthquake was in 1956, although there was one nearby in 2009).

It's worth remembering that the bay surrounding Santorini is actually the world's largest volcanic crater, created 3,500 years ago by a massive eruption of the Thera volcano (which is still active). The bay is also believed by some to conceal the legendary lost city of Atlantis. There's plenty here to set your imagination working, even though the modern-day city of Thira, officially Fira, was completely rebuilt after an earthquake in 1956.

If you're happy to enjoy a browse around the shops and a lazy lunch with a view, Fira will fit the bill perfectly -- and it even has some 9th-century clifftop ruins to explore. But to see the best of Santorini, you should take a shore excursion, via bus or taxi, further afield.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Santorini

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Rhodes, Kusadasi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Santorini 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)
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    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

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    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    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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    Sussex Duo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    16 consecutive days at sea around the Indian Ocean
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    BKKK
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A bucket-list cruise wish from traveling companions turns to bottom of bucket!
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Santorini

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Santorini 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)
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    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.

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    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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    rcafguy
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    The crew were wonderful. Some remembered us from previous cruises .
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Get Away from the NCL Getaway
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Santorini

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Le Havre, Barcelona ... see more
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Santorini Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Le Havre
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Barcelona
    • Day 7
      Villefranche
    • Day 8
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 9
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 10
      Naples
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Mykonos
    • Day 13
      Rhodes
    • Day 14
      Kusadasi
    • Day 15
      Santorini
    • Day 16
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

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    Norwegian Star Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    The Cruise Curmudgeon
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Cruise Curmudgeon Goes to South America
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Santorini

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Santorini 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
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Naples
    • Day 10
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 11
      Cannes
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    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
    Overall
    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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    JDM1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Excellent Holiday
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First Time Definitely Not the Last Time
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • 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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Santorini

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Santorini 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
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Naples
    • Day 10
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 11
      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
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0