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About Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki might be the most important Greek city that you've never heard of. The capital of the Central Macedonia region, close to the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki (also referred to Salonika by locals) is the second-largest city in Greece.

Like most of Greece, Thessaloniki can trace its roots to ancient times; St. Paul preached there in 50 AD. A bus trip takes you to the foot of Mount Olympus, where you'll explore ruins of crumbling temples to Zeus and Athena. Examples of the Byzantine era are everywhere -- including recently discovered royal tombs in Vergina. Aristotle grew up not far away.

Mount Athos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the holiest modern religious sites in the entire country, and while it is only open to men with written permissions, some cruise line excursions and ferries will circle its scenic and sacred shores for everyone to view its monasteries. The site is about 95 miles from Thessaloniki.

But steps from where your ship will dock is a modern metropolis, with hip bars and cafes crowding the waterfront. An iconic piece of history is just a brisk 30-minute walk away, down the promenade, as you close in on the 500-year-old White Tower -- former Byzantine fort and now a monument and museum -- which is visible from the cruise terminal.

Language

Greek is the primary language, but Thessaloniki is a large city, so most people also speak English. Efcharisto (eff-car-ee-stow) means "thank you."

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Greece is on the euro. ATMs are located all around the city.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Volos, Thessaloniki ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Volos
    • Day 3
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 4
      Canakkale
    • Day 5
      Istanbul
    • Day 6
      Istanbul
    • Day 7
      Chios
    • Day 8
      Rhodes
    • Day 9
      Kusadasi
    • Day 10
      Santorini
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Seven Seas Voyager - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite, all-balcony luxury ship with contemporary look and inclusive fares

    Cons

    Fares are quite high, especially if you don't take advantage of included drinks and tours

    Bottom Line

    Once you're onboard, it's a luxurious, carefree vacation

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Voyager Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Regent lays claim to be the most inclusive experience among the major luxury cruise lines. Of c...

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    EYeo
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Could have been Excellent
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    Canadianvoyager
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Canadians on the Crossroads of Antiquity
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Santorini, Rhodes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Santorini
    • Day 3
      Rhodes
    • Day 4
      Bodrum
    • Day 5
      Kusadasi
    • Day 6
      Lesbos
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 10
      Mykonos
    • Day 11
      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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    CarolatSea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Exceeded expectations
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    14-Day South America From San Antonio (Eastbound)
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • 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.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Thessaloniki, Kavala ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 3
      Kavala
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Dikili
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Patmos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Alexandria
    • Day 10
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 11
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 12
      Limassol
    • Day 13
      Rhodes
    • Day 14
      Kusadasi
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Jane Doe
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    3 Continent Cruise, Grand Suite
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Trip of a lifetime: uncharted waters for me
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Athens, Volos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 3
      Volos
    • Day 4
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Rhodes
    • Day 8
      Santorini
    • Day 9
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 10
      Nafplion
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    Destination-focused ship with superb dining and service

    Cons

    Lack of entertainment features like casino might turn off some

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive cruise provides immersive experience without high-end luxury pricing

    Reviews

    Viking Sea Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Viking Sea, the second oceangoing ship from longtime river cruise stalwart Viking, is a stunnin...

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    Penspack
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great winter getaway
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    Radlynandm
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Stunning ship but not much else to recommend it
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • 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.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Kusadasi, Rhodes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Kusadasi
    • Day 3
      Rhodes
    • Day 4
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Milos
    • Day 6
      Mykonos
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 10
      Kavala
    • Day 11
      Istanbul
    • Day 12
      Dikili
    • Day 13
      Kusadasi
    • Day 14
      Patmos
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Jantheman132
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    3 Continents. One of the best ever!
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    Brian 11
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Remarkable Value and First Rate Staff
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Thessaloniki, Kavala ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 3
      Kavala
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Dikili
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Patmos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Celestyal Crystal is all about the destination. The ship doesn't try to woo passengers with a t...

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    Jantheman132
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    3 Continents. One of the best ever!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Great for What it is.
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Thessaloniki, Kavala ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celestyal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Celestyal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 3
      Kavala
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Dikili
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Patmos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Canakkale
    • Day 12
      Volos
    • Day 13
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 14
      Santorini
    • Day 14
      Mykonos
    • Day 15
      Mykonos
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Celestyal Crystal - Celestyal Cruises

    Pros

    High-quality shore excursions pair well with port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Visibly worn ship that lacks dining variety and other modern amenities

    Bottom line

    Excellent value, with an emphasis on the destination and Greek culture

    Reviews

    Celestyal Crystal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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    celine99
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Disappointed
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Athens, Volos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Thessaloniki Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 3
      Volos
    • Day 4
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Rhodes
    • Day 8
      Santorini
    • Day 9
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 10
      Nafplion
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Viking Venus - Viking Ocean Cruises

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    0.0/5

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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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Thessaloniki

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Athens, Volos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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