1,340 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Had a great day in Athens and as it was Sunday the acropolis was free! Caught taxi to acropolis to save time and paid about E20, but if using the meter properly it should be about E15. Be ware of touts charging much higher rates. I suggest ... Read More
Had a great day in Athens and as it was Sunday the acropolis was free! Caught taxi to acropolis to save time and paid about E20, but if using the meter properly it should be about E15. Be ware of touts charging much higher rates. I suggest anyone should visit the acropolis early before the hordes arrive. Acropolis museum was only one euro but extremely crowded with metal detector queues. It is brand new and well worth a visit. Spent afternoon walking around with a local friend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
In Athens we decided to "do our own thing" and took buses and trains to the Acropolis until the rain started, then we went to the Old Market @ Monastiraki, shopped a little and then spent part of the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe ... Read More
In Athens we decided to "do our own thing" and took buses and trains to the Acropolis until the rain started, then we went to the Old Market @ Monastiraki, shopped a little and then spent part of the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe trying some Greek foods and beer, and of course, in Greece we had to try the Ouzo. We sat and did some people watching before finding our way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Athens is easy to negotiate on your own. We paid $10 Euros for us to travel in a taxi from the cruise terminal directly to the Acropolis. It is about $15 Euros to get tickets to see the Parthenon and that will get you into the museum, the ... Read More
Athens is easy to negotiate on your own. We paid $10 Euros for us to travel in a taxi from the cruise terminal directly to the Acropolis. It is about $15 Euros to get tickets to see the Parthenon and that will get you into the museum, the Agora, and several other sites. You can purchase tickets at the base of the Acropolis. There is also a good currency exchange right across from where you can buy your ticket. We got a very favorable rate, even exchange, plus only a $3.00 commission. Shopping is excellent - Greeks love Americans, and will generally shower you with complements to get your business. My husband and I were kissed by an 85 year old shop keeper who sold us everything in her store for 60% off the price listed. Needless to say, some of the best souvenirs you can buy will probably be found here. We rode the Metro back to the main terminal and because of the rain, took a taxi from the Metro Terminal to the Cruise Terminal for $5.00. Further note, wear good shoes -- the Acropolis and the Parthenon are uphill, on uneven ground, and there are frequent pools of standing water and dog poo to negotiate. Athens and the Acropolis have packs of wild dogs that live on the street and on the ancient sites, they are all well fed, vaccinated, and cared for, but generally leave a bit of a mess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Great place. Gets you to the Acropolis in 20 minutes by taxi (15 Euros) We took a taxi to Acropolis. Entrance was free on a Sunday. We beat the excursion crowd and managed to shop in Plaka as well. Finally, we took the train back to ... Read More
Great place. Gets you to the Acropolis in 20 minutes by taxi (15 Euros) We took a taxi to Acropolis. Entrance was free on a Sunday. We beat the excursion crowd and managed to shop in Plaka as well. Finally, we took the train back to Piraeus. A great port with a fantastic view of Athens from the Acropolis Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
If I have one complaint about this port is that I didn't feel like we had enough time to see Athens. Athens was one of my favorite ports on this trip. We joined a private tour which took us to the main sites of Athens. The Parthenon ... Read More
If I have one complaint about this port is that I didn't feel like we had enough time to see Athens. Athens was one of my favorite ports on this trip. We joined a private tour which took us to the main sites of Athens. The Parthenon was the highlight of the day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
This is a very busy port and people still have time to help the local tourist find transport links to Athens and the surrounding area. Loved the people, loved the place but found with the Greek economy that this was one of the more ... Read More
This is a very busy port and people still have time to help the local tourist find transport links to Athens and the surrounding area. Loved the people, loved the place but found with the Greek economy that this was one of the more expensive places to visit. The tours RCI offer are of good quality and well worth consideration even though public transport links make independant travel easy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Seemed clean and friendly enough but fairly expensive. Went to Parthenon which took most of the day ... A must stop but been there and done that. Also went to Crete which was fascinating .. the Minoan history.
Seemed clean and friendly enough but fairly expensive. Went to Parthenon which took most of the day ... A must stop but been there and done that. Also went to Crete which was fascinating .. the Minoan history. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Still under the influence of norovirus, we stayed in Piraeus, walked around a little, and didn't even do any shopping. Fortunately, we had previously toured Athens, so didn't mind the short day.
Still under the influence of norovirus, we stayed in Piraeus, walked around a little, and didn't even do any shopping. Fortunately, we had previously toured Athens, so didn't mind the short day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Piraeus\Athens Delayed by several hours by port control because of the illnesses on board. Argh. Most of the NCL excursions were also cancelled because of time restraints. We took the metro one stop and everyone got off. Apparently it is ... Read More
Piraeus\Athens Delayed by several hours by port control because of the illnesses on board. Argh. Most of the NCL excursions were also cancelled because of time restraints. We took the metro one stop and everyone got off. Apparently it is under construction for a few stops until March\April, so we followed the crowd, took a bus, and then back on the metro. Locals were incredibly helpful. In hindsight, should have taken a taxi with the delays from the ship and the metro. Since it was off season, everything closes early. We walked around the new museum which by itself was fascinating. Walked around the Acropolis (closed), spent time on Mars hill, did a little shopping in the Plaka, and then made it back to Piraeus. Right outside the metro station and before going on the overpass we ate a gyro. Fantastic! 2.8E You must ask for ztatziki....yummy good! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We used greektaxi.com or athenstaxi.com, again booked by another cruise critic member (thanks Jimmy!!!!!) Finally the sun came out in Athens and we had a wonderful day. We spent the morning at the Acropolis and the museum. Both were ... Read More
We used greektaxi.com or athenstaxi.com, again booked by another cruise critic member (thanks Jimmy!!!!!) Finally the sun came out in Athens and we had a wonderful day. We spent the morning at the Acropolis and the museum. Both were amazing. I still cannot believe the historical places we visited on the cruise. The museum was well worth wandering around, even though we got stuck in the elevator. There are security guards everywhere there and I'm sure our shrieking from the locked elevator could be heard throughout the museum!!! We had a late lunch at the Plaka. The food was amazing. I was alittle disappointed that the shopping was so touristy at the Plaka but I guess that was to be expected. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Our next port was Athens. We chose an NCL tour, Athens and the Scenic Coast. The primary stops were the Acropolis and Poseidon's Temple. We loved seeing these things and the lunch they served was very good, but this was not worth the ... Read More
Our next port was Athens. We chose an NCL tour, Athens and the Scenic Coast. The primary stops were the Acropolis and Poseidon's Temple. We loved seeing these things and the lunch they served was very good, but this was not worth the money. A cab to the Acropolis and guiding ourselves would have been just fine. We left the NCL guide as soon as we got in the Acropolis and just met them back at the bus. Poseidon's temple at sunset, however, almost made it worth the cost. Maybe with some good negotiating you could get a cab driver to take you out there. It was stunning at sunset. Again, there was next to no shopping time. The Acropolis is impressive. Just stand there an imagine what it must have been like in it's day. We did lose a lot of time in traffic and yet the guide insisted on driving back into Athens to stop for a few minutes near the Hard Rock Cafe and some other shops. Too late and not enough time anyway. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Our next stop was Athens, Greece. We took the Hop on Hop off bus. We got as far as the Acropolis and Zeus temple. There were demonstrations so the buses were delayed. We high tailed it out of there in a taxi to port to avoid problems. ... Read More
Our next stop was Athens, Greece. We took the Hop on Hop off bus. We got as far as the Acropolis and Zeus temple. There were demonstrations so the buses were delayed. We high tailed it out of there in a taxi to port to avoid problems. Should have done a tour with a taxi though, they get around any obstacles and are reasonably priced. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Another amazing port of call. To stand on the Acropolis is just incredible, and to have a guide who knows his history and can explain everything to you makes it even better! Again there were seven of us. I hired Paraskevas (Paul) Kalomiris ... Read More
Another amazing port of call. To stand on the Acropolis is just incredible, and to have a guide who knows his history and can explain everything to you makes it even better! Again there were seven of us. I hired Paraskevas (Paul) Kalomiris as a driver and he hired a licensed guide for us (he called him Billy, but his Greek name is William--in Greek, of course). We called him Bill and he was amazing. He knew so much history including dates and names, we could hardly absorb it all. We spent a lot of time at the Acropolis and Bill talked the entire time. We asked questions, he had answers. We loved him. The cost for our tour with the guide for seven was 670 euros or about 100 euros each. We added some for a tip, of course. I usually tip about 10-15 percent if happy with the guide and driver--and we were! After the Acropolis, we visited the site of the Temple of Zeus, another interesting site. Bill took us to the Plaka for lunch and we had a wonderful Greek meal. We then walked to the new Acropolis Museum. As you approach the museum, you see the reflection of the Acropolis and Parthenon on the third story windows. That was beautiful. Under your feet is a clear walkway where you can see ruins being excavated right below you! The museum was amazing and Bill explained so many of the treasures to us. We finished just in time to go and see the changing of the guards at the Parliament Building in Athens. That was fun to watch. We didn't have time to stop for coffee and baklava which was a bit disappointing, but we will have to do that next time. We were back to the ship in plenty of time (as always). Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
At Athens, the port I most looked forward to, our guide Maria (no, a different Maria) talked for 45 minutes at the base of Acropolis, only to tell us afterwards that we only had 10 minutes for photos and that we didn't have time to go ... Read More
At Athens, the port I most looked forward to, our guide Maria (no, a different Maria) talked for 45 minutes at the base of Acropolis, only to tell us afterwards that we only had 10 minutes for photos and that we didn't have time to go up to Acropolis. Later we found out NO ONE could go up, because there was a worker's strike. We loaded the bus and went to go shopping. We stopped in a small alley next to a shop that appeared to be closed. As soon as we got off the bus, the shop owner opened the doors and turned on the lights and greeted Maria; she was a close friend. There were no other shops other than a mini-mart (yes, we got Pringles and Coke). When we got on the bus, the shop's lights turned off and the doors were locked. When we got back to the boat, we hopped a cab and went to the Hard Rock Cafe, which was enormous and wonderful. The staff was incredible and the food was great! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
If you choose this port, I would suggest getting off the ship in a group of 6-8 and then select one of a handful of limos outside. They will be able to show you a much better view of the city. Do Not use cruise ship excursions....EVER.
If you choose this port, I would suggest getting off the ship in a group of 6-8 and then select one of a handful of limos outside. They will be able to show you a much better view of the city. Do Not use cruise ship excursions....EVER. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
The ship's excursion to Athens was professional and very well done. There are probably cheaper ways of doing the Acropolis but we were always safe and had no chance of missing the ship!
The ship's excursion to Athens was professional and very well done. There are probably cheaper ways of doing the Acropolis but we were always safe and had no chance of missing the ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
I had low expectations of Athens and even lower of Piraeus where we actually docked. I had a delightful surprise. I totally loved both places and would definitely want to go back.
I had low expectations of Athens and even lower of Piraeus where we actually docked. I had a delightful surprise. I totally loved both places and would definitely want to go back. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Athens via Pyraeus proved a bit tricky for us as we got a bit lost finding a bus to Athens's city centre. But we were saved by a friendly old Greek who helped us get the right bus and also he made sure we knew where to go to see all ... Read More
Athens via Pyraeus proved a bit tricky for us as we got a bit lost finding a bus to Athens's city centre. But we were saved by a friendly old Greek who helped us get the right bus and also he made sure we knew where to go to see all the lovely and popular sights. There were plenty of people in Athens as expected and we regret not actually climbing up the Acropolis but we found a huge stone made of marble where we had sweeping views of the city of Athens so we didn't miss out on the sights! It was still a steep climb just to be at the foot of the Acropolis so on the way, we passed by the Plaka square and bought Greek breads and sweets. We also got a few more souvenirs like colourful tops and pashmina/scarves for me, shoes and sandals for the boys and even several pairs of sunglasses and bum bags all at reasonable prices. The boys had a fun time oggling at the huge selection of knives, even guns, etc. at the market we passed through on the way to the Acropolis! We almost got late going back to the ship- we got disoriented due to the heat and the distance we had to walk to get back there. It was a bit tricky but thankfully we got there on time! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Had pre-booked a tour with Athensbytaxi.com (highly recommended on these boards) and had a delightful driver named Dimitri! He was knowledgeable, funny, and considerate. The acropolis is such an imposing sight and it was interesting to see ... Read More
Had pre-booked a tour with Athensbytaxi.com (highly recommended on these boards) and had a delightful driver named Dimitri! He was knowledgeable, funny, and considerate. The acropolis is such an imposing sight and it was interesting to see archaeologists at work on site. It was crowded but flowed. The museum is well done and first rate. I recommend at minimum an hour for this. The original carved women (columns from the Erechtheion) are now here and at eye level they are amazingly detailed. Here was the only place I felt we could have used more time. We rode up Mount Lycabettus for views of the city and a bit of quiet -- well worth it! I especially liked the Roman agora with the tower of the winds structure. Watched the changing of the guards at the presidential palace - had the place to ourselves! Quick shopping in the plaka area was worthwhile - best prices on olive oil soaps and silver jewelry! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click