Sail Date: August 2009
This is the only port we walked back on the ship. About 30 taxis full with greek men are ready waiting to persuade you to take a trip to the elusive acropolis.
This is the only port we walked back on the ship. About 30 taxis full with greek men are ready waiting to persuade you to take a trip to the elusive acropolis. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
We did a tour for the Acropolis and Athens. Recommend doing this one on your own. Get a taxi or public transport and go see the Acropolis and the Plaka without all the hassle of a group. It is VERY hot at the Acropolis so go in the morning ... Read More
We did a tour for the Acropolis and Athens. Recommend doing this one on your own. Get a taxi or public transport and go see the Acropolis and the Plaka without all the hassle of a group. It is VERY hot at the Acropolis so go in the morning if you can. There are hordes of people on the Acropolis and I thought we would never get down. I had to really keep my son close as people were really bunched up on the way down. The place is chaos - everyone going up or down uses the same route and no one wants to give way so the others can get by. The Plaka is nice for shopping and having a relaxing meal. You can find decent priced Greek Key jewelry here and some reasonable priced t-shirts and souvenirs, too. We ended up getting some nice tapestries at The Loom and they also have rugs and will ship for you. The outdoor restaurant we ate at had these little mist sprayers to help keep people cool, and the food was outstanding! Best Greek Salads I have seen yet! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
More DIY research took us by from ship to train station then on to Acropolis - took us a while wandering around before we found it (yes hard to believe I know !) - slow wander back via Plaka and back to ship - all cheaper than ships tours.... Read More
More DIY research took us by from ship to train station then on to Acropolis - took us a while wandering around before we found it (yes hard to believe I know !) - slow wander back via Plaka and back to ship - all cheaper than ships tours. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Again we opted to do Athens on our own. We walked out of the port and walked into Pireus for a while, then decided to take a taxi to the Acropolis. This was much cheaper than taking a cab from the port. He left us just near the base of ... Read More
Again we opted to do Athens on our own. We walked out of the port and walked into Pireus for a while, then decided to take a taxi to the Acropolis. This was much cheaper than taking a cab from the port. He left us just near the base of the south entrance to the Acropolis. We walked up and marvelled at all the ruins on the way there. It is a steep climb, and the sweltering heat didn't help much either. We were prepared, with bringing our own water, we had on sunblock and both wore hats, and still the heat seemed overpowering at times. The Parthenon didn't disappoint. It was everything I had thought it would be. The sights from high up on the hill were amazing, the ruins were incredible. We made our way down to Mars Hill, then onto the Agora. Incredible! This was at the same time that the fires outside of Athens were happening and you could see the billowing smoke over the hill. We shopped along the Plaka, then had a nice lunch nearby. We did have a bit of a problem, when we found out that there were some problems with the Metro and they weren't running in the afternoon, so we tried to get a taxi back to the pier, but they were taking advantage of the metro being down and charging double the fees to take tourists back to the pier. We opted to try to take the bus, but that just got us lost (but without knowing it, closer to the pier). So we got off the bus and just hailed a cab who quoted us less than 10 euros to get us to the pier, so we took it. This was one of the most exhausting of the ports we had. We're not sure if it was because of the sweltering heat, or the constant walking both up and downhill, and then the shopping!! We were glad to be back on board and just relax for a while. Next was Dubrovnik....this was quite a surprise for us,as we did not expect to see such a beautiful place. We had not heard about this port before, and thought that we may just skip it and relax on board. Boy are we glad we didn't... it really is a little jewel hidden away from the rest of the usual ports. It was a surprise port that we're still talking about!! Onto Venice! This was our last port, so it was bittersweet when we arrived. It's truly a breathtaking entrance into the city, but knowing the cruise was over was a bit of a downer. We took the Vaporetto into St. Marks, then we went to try to find our hotel as we had booked an extra night's stay in Venice and we wanted to see how far the hotel would be from the vaporetto stop (as we would need to be lugging our suitcases ourselves) We were lucky that our hotel was close to St.Mark and it wouldn't be too far to carry them. Then we just settled in and enjoyed the city. It really is like no other city we know. Their buses are boats, their cars are boats, their taxis are boats....it's just incredible. We went to Murano and watched the mestre make a glass sculpture right in front of us! I loved Venice and it truly is one of the most romantic cities we have seen. At night we took a stroll along St. Marks square after dinner, and listened to the bands playing outside of their cafes, and watched one of the most incredilbe sunsets we have ever seen. What a way to end the trip of a life time. For our very first cruise ever, this one will be hard to top! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
The Acropolis and the Parthenon are simply spectacular. We caught a cab from the dock to the Acropolis - this cost us around 12Euro. We did our own tour, buying our entry tickets etc ourselves - this was very easy to do and also gave us ... Read More
The Acropolis and the Parthenon are simply spectacular. We caught a cab from the dock to the Acropolis - this cost us around 12Euro. We did our own tour, buying our entry tickets etc ourselves - this was very easy to do and also gave us more time to visit the site. The entry ticket also gives you access to a number of other ancient sites which is very handy. We caught a taxi back where we had some issues with the cab driver as he didn't turn on his meter - lucky we had just started our journey and when he wanted to charge us 25Euro each which he dropped down to 12Euro each, we asked him to set us down. We managed to get an honest taxi driver who took us to the port - costing us only around 7Euro! Make sure when you travel in Athens that the taxi drivers put on their meters!!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Athens, big city, but your there for the same reason as everyone else, the acropolis. I took others advice and tried to get there early, it is crowded so if you can beat the ship tours there obvioulsy alot less people. WE took the train ... Read More
Athens, big city, but your there for the same reason as everyone else, the acropolis. I took others advice and tried to get there early, it is crowded so if you can beat the ship tours there obvioulsy alot less people. WE took the train and you can get there in 2 stops. Heres some advice on that. Celebrity docks at terminal b. So get off the ship and grab the free shuttle to the main terminal. When you come out of the main terminal go to the left under the freeway over pass and basically you have walk around the outside of the port until the road ends. Then look to your right and you will see a big yellow building about 2 blocks away, thats the train station.There is a smaller yellow building but thats a parking garage it a bigger 2 story building in the distance(sorry hope thats not too vague, just ask the Greeks they will tell you. Its got to be about a 2 mile walk at least. Once you get on the train its 1 euro each way look at the map you will see the acropolis and you can get there in 2 stops or 3 if your not familiar with metros. If I were to do it again I think I would grab a cab from the cruise terminal to the metro station, it may cost you 10 euro but will save you 45 minutes. We were not able to beat the cruise ship tours there because of the walk to the metro. Its 12 euros to get into the acropolis and then you hike to the top. When your done right across the street is the new acropolis museum, definitely worth the 1 euro admission price. Messina, We took the train to Taormina...be aware the first train you can catch is the 9:30 its a good mile to the station so give yourself enough time. Guess what the train is packed if you dont get there early you will be standing all the way to Taormina. Taormina, is another Cliffside town, when you exit the station it is to your right. I recommend when you get there take the bus or taxi, we hiked it again, but it was hot and hard and in I could do it over would have taken the bus. Again another pretty town with more shops etc, we had a great lunch, but I recommend going off the beaten path, you will find cheaper and much better food. It is very crowded so wander the back streets where there are not the crowds and find the hidden gems we did. Naples, Ok so another tricky port. If you want to go to capri, its packed we didnt go but another couple we met did and they said it took away from the experience. I kind of figured it might be crowded because I know it is a popular destination for vacationing europeans so we decided to go to sorrento instead. We were going to take the hydrofoil, but we didnt know what time we got off the boat about 11 and found out the last hydrofoil to sorrento was at 9:30. The next was 4:30 so we couldnt take the hydrofoil. We grabbed a cab and for 15 euro got a ride to the Train Station. We took the train to Sorrento, this is also the train that goes to Pompeii. Word of caution, this is basically a metro, it is an old beat up metro with no air and it is 33 stops to Sorrento, it took an hour and 15 minutes and was hotter than hell. So I recommend getting up earlier and catching the 9:30 hydro to Sorrento. Sorrento was pleasant, not crowded and the start of the Amalfi Coast. We got there and made sure we bought hydro tickets back so we would make departure time. The nice thing about the hydrofoil is that it docks right next to the cruise ship. Thats it hope it helps for those who do things on your own like we do, I wish I would have had this detailed information before I went. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Trip to Ephesus is worth it if you are interested in Greco-Roman architecture. We did not like Athens all that much but the climb to Acropolis was worth it for the view and the Greco-Roman ruins.
Trip to Ephesus is worth it if you are interested in Greco-Roman architecture. We did not like Athens all that much but the climb to Acropolis was worth it for the view and the Greco-Roman ruins. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Keep in mind that the Acropolis is covered in scaffolding which was a disappointment (but we still got some good pictures). There is quite a climb up and very crowded in the a.m. Our guide took us to Temple of Apollo on the coast and ... Read More
Keep in mind that the Acropolis is covered in scaffolding which was a disappointment (but we still got some good pictures). There is quite a climb up and very crowded in the a.m. Our guide took us to Temple of Apollo on the coast and then after lunch to the Acropolis which was much better as crowds were a fraction of those in the morning. We also saw the temple of Zeus, changing of the guard, Hadrian's gate, and a few other ruins. I hired a taxi service for about $350 to take us for an 8 hour tour. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
You can walk to the Metro from the pier. Don't forget to stamp your ticket before getting on the train! Stops right behind the Acropolis or near the Plaka. Acropolis easy to see on your own, just be prepared for a lot of steps and ... Read More
You can walk to the Metro from the pier. Don't forget to stamp your ticket before getting on the train! Stops right behind the Acropolis or near the Plaka. Acropolis easy to see on your own, just be prepared for a lot of steps and a lot of walking. We used Rick Steves guidebook (xeroxed from the Library) and pretty much got a good understanding of what we were seeing. Always crowded. Don't miss the new Acropolis Museum nearby. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Athens was great to see. We heard it was best done by hiring a cab. We did just that. The cab drivers will try to rip you off but eventually we found one that agreed to take us around for four hours for 40 euros/person (there were four of ... Read More
Athens was great to see. We heard it was best done by hiring a cab. We did just that. The cab drivers will try to rip you off but eventually we found one that agreed to take us around for four hours for 40 euros/person (there were four of us). It was nice we saw the Acropolis, the Olympic stadium, the changing of the guards (which was actually very neat), and then went shopping and had lunch in the Plaka district, which was a really good time. This was a good stop for souvenirs. It would have been nice to have a tour guide at the Acropolis but it was crowded and we probably wouldn't have had time for all of the other sites. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We did this port on our own by walking to the subway station and taking a train to the Acropolis. None of the maps showed how far the walk from the port to the train station is, had we know it was over a mile, we would have taken a cab to ... Read More
We did this port on our own by walking to the subway station and taking a train to the Acropolis. None of the maps showed how far the walk from the port to the train station is, had we know it was over a mile, we would have taken a cab to the train station. The Athens Metro was very easy to use and very affordable. We walked to the Acropolis, then to Agora, and then had a nice lunch in the Plaka. We took a subway from Plaka back to the Acropolis stop and then saw the new Acropolis Museum which was amazing. Then we return to Piraeus by subway and took a cab back to the port. The Acropolis was a way too crowded because of all the tour groups up there. The Agora was practically empty and had a very nice museum with some really interesting artifacts of daily life. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2009
We hired a private comapny to take us around. We also spent a full day which I recommend. You need it to see everthing. We used Nikos Loukas (nikosloukas1@gmail.com) It was 350 Euros for 4 of us. It does cost extra to see the museums and ... Read More
We hired a private comapny to take us around. We also spent a full day which I recommend. You need it to see everthing. We used Nikos Loukas (nikosloukas1@gmail.com) It was 350 Euros for 4 of us. It does cost extra to see the museums and our own lunch. It was well worthn it. When you have a private exursion you don't have to mess with a bus load of people. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Walked to Metro then train into Athens from Piraeus Port. Cruise terminal some 40 mins walk to metro but cost of train only 1 euro. Our second visit to Athens and had already visited Acropolis etc. Caught No 400 Tourist Bus outside main ... Read More
Walked to Metro then train into Athens from Piraeus Port. Cruise terminal some 40 mins walk to metro but cost of train only 1 euro. Our second visit to Athens and had already visited Acropolis etc. Caught No 400 Tourist Bus outside main Museum, half hourly service which takes 1hr 30mins. Well worthwhile and you can use your ticket on the metro back to the port! Wanted to see Museum but unfortunately only opened from 13.00hrs on Mondays. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2009
I loved the tour we did here - I got to see the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus etc that we had only done in school! I didnt think so much would be renovated and actually still standing. Seemingly traffic can be bad here - so get up early and ... Read More
I loved the tour we did here - I got to see the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus etc that we had only done in school! I didnt think so much would be renovated and actually still standing. Seemingly traffic can be bad here - so get up early and head into town if you want to see everything!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Piraeus is the port for Athens. We booked a private tour through Athens By Taxi and our driver/guide Peter was great. He was very knowledgable and took great pride in Athens and was very enthusiastic about its history and architecture. We ... Read More
Piraeus is the port for Athens. We booked a private tour through Athens By Taxi and our driver/guide Peter was great. He was very knowledgable and took great pride in Athens and was very enthusiastic about its history and architecture. We visited all the usual spots and were not disappointed. Had a great lunch in a restaurant on the Plaka and would highly recommend a visit to this ancient city. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
CROWDED!!!As crowded as Ephesus was Athens was MORE crowded! If we had time to research I think we would have been better off with a private tour guide. The new museum is terrific, don't miss it!
CROWDED!!!As crowded as Ephesus was Athens was MORE crowded! If we had time to research I think we would have been better off with a private tour guide. The new museum is terrific, don't miss it! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
This was our second trip to Athens and I am sorry to say I am not planning on returning. Athens had changed alot since our last visit, you can no longer walk, run, or jog through the Olympic Stadium and can only take pictures through a ... Read More
This was our second trip to Athens and I am sorry to say I am not planning on returning. Athens had changed alot since our last visit, you can no longer walk, run, or jog through the Olympic Stadium and can only take pictures through a gate. Unfortunately, vandals have ruined it for all (why would anyone take bits of the stadium home as souvenir?). The Acropolis is "under renovation" and was when we were last there, but there seems to be alot more fences and structures blocking the site and making it difficult to take really good pictures. We hired a driver to take us around Athens, which was great and we saw and did alot more than others taking public transportation could see and do in the time we had there. Another downfall was all the graffiti, evidently football fans like to promote their teams on the buildings? The Plaka was great. If you haven't been to Athens before, than you should go and decide for yourself.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Busy and crowded. People going to the Acropolis found themselves shoulder to shoulder climbing up and then going down slippery marble steps. Found a nice souvenir shop in an alley near the Hard Rock Cafe which had lots of Greek stuff at ... Read More
Busy and crowded. People going to the Acropolis found themselves shoulder to shoulder climbing up and then going down slippery marble steps. Found a nice souvenir shop in an alley near the Hard Rock Cafe which had lots of Greek stuff at reasonable prices. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Athens - We arrived after a days cruise in the rain. We wanted to see the Acropolis and did so in a blinding rain storm. Athens is the cleanest city I have seen in my travels. After seeing the Olympic venues we had lunch in the Platka ... Read More
Athens - We arrived after a days cruise in the rain. We wanted to see the Acropolis and did so in a blinding rain storm. Athens is the cleanest city I have seen in my travels. After seeing the Olympic venues we had lunch in the Platka served by very friendly waiters. The wine was good and they served Ouzo after lunch. Now I warn you - Watch the Ouzo - because the next stop was a jewelry store. Now I know why the Greeks eat so much lamb - because I became one when I purchased a necklace for my wife. Remember you think in dollars and the Greeks think in Euros. Lets say this is a fine gold necklace purchased with to much Ouzo. Watch out. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
arrived at noon, Walked 25 mintues to metro, took the train to the bottom of the acropolis area( 2 euros to monastraki station). walked up to acropolis, then down left side to the theater, and back up then down to agora and museum on right ... Read More
arrived at noon, Walked 25 mintues to metro, took the train to the bottom of the acropolis area( 2 euros to monastraki station). walked up to acropolis, then down left side to the theater, and back up then down to agora and museum on right side, then walked back to station, where the main shopping area is. (the port maps provided in the cabin were excellent in getting around). after shopping and lunch, went to a designated royal Caribbean store which arranges taxis back to port, which we share with other passengers (5 euros per person), traffic gets busy heading back to leave at least an hour before the assigned return time. Read Less

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