1,341 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Piraeus: Walked to the Metro station, (about 15-20 minutes walk). The Metro had 2 stations not working, so took the metro, changed to a bus, then went back to train again (all for the same fare). Got off in Syntagma, walked through the ... Read More
Piraeus: Walked to the Metro station, (about 15-20 minutes walk). The Metro had 2 stations not working, so took the metro, changed to a bus, then went back to train again (all for the same fare). Got off in Syntagma, walked through the Plaka, and got to the Acropolis. You can also get off in Monastiraki, right outside the Acropolis. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
I rate Athens as a "one" only because there isn't a "zero" rating. The city is dirty, smelly, and it is populated with the most dour and unsmiling people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter during my ... Read More
I rate Athens as a "one" only because there isn't a "zero" rating. The city is dirty, smelly, and it is populated with the most dour and unsmiling people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter during my travels. Accommodations were expensive and of modest quality. Most people we encountered smoked cigarettes on the streets, in cafes and most everywhere else except for the subway which had it's own horrors, being filled with rapacious pick pockets. In our particular case, my friend had her camera lifted from her purse while we were on the subway. BE WARNED, the pick pockets work in teams of three or four. When you are spotted as a tourist they zero in on you and separate you from your travelling companions so that your view of each other is restricted and then they go to work. Don't let anyone help you take your suitcase on board the subway. While we were stuck in Athens we visited the Acropolis and found the statues defaced. We think Lord Elgin did the right thing by removing the frescos to his estate and then to the British museum. The Acropolis itself was dirty and uncared for. The statues were filthy and the pathways were strewn with cigarette butts and other garbage. Unfortunately we happened to be in Athens during the riots and the general strike but I don't think that coloured our opinion of the city. Athens is one place I will certainly avoid in future travels. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
unable to get there due to greek national transport flash 1 day strike.piraeus nice to walk around in.lovely harbours.Much changed from our last visit.Has lost it's charmig quaintness.
unable to get there due to greek national transport flash 1 day strike.piraeus nice to walk around in.lovely harbours.Much changed from our last visit.Has lost it's charmig quaintness. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
We had a private tour for the entire day. We saw all the sights we wanted and were very comfortable visiting all the attractions.
We had a private tour for the entire day. We saw all the sights we wanted and were very comfortable visiting all the attractions. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
I scheduled a full day tour with a private operator (www.toursofathens.com or dennisprivatetours@yahoo.com) and I list his address here with complete confidence that you will have a great day with him. I chose him rather than a ship ... Read More
I scheduled a full day tour with a private operator (www.toursofathens.com or dennisprivatetours@yahoo.com) and I list his address here with complete confidence that you will have a great day with him. I chose him rather than a ship sponsored tour because of the access to smaller areas that a private driver can give you over a large bus. I was well rewarded for this choice. Dennis was great. We had a beautiful day in Athens with as much time at each stop as we wanted, rather than the ship's schedule. The Acropolis was breathtaking, even with the work going on and the noisy cranes. The Changing of the Guard at the Parliment was viewed on a quiet side street where a large bus cannot transit. The Hill of Lyccabettous gave us an incredible view of Athens. Dennis took us to a small restaurant filled with locals and we had a delicious lunch in less than 45 minutes. We visited the Old Palace, the Temple of Zeus, the Olympic stadium, the Roman Agora and ended at Plaka for some shopping time. Athens is a big city, a 21st century city with 21st century problems. But, the history is there to see and I highly recommend Dennis to take you through it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We landed in Athens around 7 AM. I had booked a walking tour with www.athenswalkingtours.com, with a meeting time in Syntagma Square at 9:30. The e-mail they sent me stated that it was easy to take public transportation from Piraeus to ... Read More
We landed in Athens around 7 AM. I had booked a walking tour with www.athenswalkingtours.com, with a meeting time in Syntagma Square at 9:30. The e-mail they sent me stated that it was easy to take public transportation from Piraeus to Syntagma Square. This turned out to be untrue, but it didn't matter. Our ship wasn't cleared by the local authorities until 9:30, so we missed the walking tour. My son and I had been waiting in line for over two hours, and we were both cranky, so it was not a good start to the day. Then, I discovered that the public transportation was not only far away (about a kilometer) from the port, but certain legs of the trip were out of service. So I arranged to take a taxi to the Acropolis for 30 Euro. There were loud protests around the Acropolis. So after walking around and seeing the ruins, I took a taxi back for 30 Euros. This was by far the worst port of the trip. But the view from the Acropolis cannot be matched. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Athens is not a very nice city. Second world, at best. Lots of traffic and a little bit dirty. The Acropolis and Parthenon were nice, but in general, this excursion under-delivered. Not the fault of the cruise line, that's just the ... Read More
Athens is not a very nice city. Second world, at best. Lots of traffic and a little bit dirty. The Acropolis and Parthenon were nice, but in general, this excursion under-delivered. Not the fault of the cruise line, that's just the way it is. Highlight: The cafe the ship recommended for lunch... delicious! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Athens was in turmoil when we arrived but luckily we did not see any action! We hired a private tour guide who was waiting for us at the port and were quickly on our way to the temple of Athena, changing of the guards, the Parthenon, etc. ... Read More
Athens was in turmoil when we arrived but luckily we did not see any action! We hired a private tour guide who was waiting for us at the port and were quickly on our way to the temple of Athena, changing of the guards, the Parthenon, etc. As part of our tour, we opted to leave the city and drive 90 minutes to the Temple of Poseidon. It turned out to be a leisurely drive along the coast. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. This day was also picture perfect with lots of sunshine and low humidity. There were only three other people there when we arrived so we made the most of it. As a result, we have fantastic pictures, unlike the Parthenon where there were literally thousands of people hovering over us. We then had lunch at a local restaurant and were back on the ship at 5 o'clock sharp! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Athens was good, again doing it ourselves and taking the inexpensive subway to the accropolis (WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS), heard of 2 people getting robbed on train. Again no-one from NCL visible at the port helping although MSC and ... Read More
Athens was good, again doing it ourselves and taking the inexpensive subway to the accropolis (WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS), heard of 2 people getting robbed on train. Again no-one from NCL visible at the port helping although MSC and Silversea had heaps of people welcoming people back.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
There are many tours to choose from and it may well be that we were just unfortunate with the tour guide as she was very difficult to understand. The tour was well organised but could have benefited from more free time.
There are many tours to choose from and it may well be that we were just unfortunate with the tour guide as she was very difficult to understand. The tour was well organised but could have benefited from more free time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This is the one place I would have preferred to be at for another day or two. There is just way too much to see in the course of one day. Again, don't book a shore excursion. Take a taxi, or better yet, walk 20 minutes to the light ... Read More
This is the one place I would have preferred to be at for another day or two. There is just way too much to see in the course of one day. Again, don't book a shore excursion. Take a taxi, or better yet, walk 20 minutes to the light rail, and follow the walking tourist circuit in old town Athens. Pick the 3 or 4 things you want to see in advance, and budget your time. You'll not see it all during a port call. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Oh, the drama: would we be able to dock in Athens, or would the threat of rioting and strikes cause a change in plans?? Fortunately, we timed it just right, arriving on a Sunday, right after the economic bail-out bill was passed. All those ... Read More
Oh, the drama: would we be able to dock in Athens, or would the threat of rioting and strikes cause a change in plans?? Fortunately, we timed it just right, arriving on a Sunday, right after the economic bail-out bill was passed. All those rioters were in church that day!!! We were part of someone else's private excursion with Athens by Taxi, and had a 16-passenger mini-bus driven by Paul, the owner. Visiting Athens on a Sunday was GREAT! Minimal traffic, and we got to see the changing of the guards (big production) which only occurs on Sundays at 11:00. (there is a subway station there that is like a mini archaeological museum, displaying all the artifacts that were discovered when digging the subway.) Got to the Acropolis before all the big tour buses, great for taking photos. Saw Zeus' Temple, and the new Acropolis Museum (fabulous!), after some free time for lunch and shopping at the Plaka. The combination ticket for the Acropolis, Zeus' Temple, and Agora/Forum (near the Plaka) cost 12E each. A delightful day, and very reasonably priced, our tour was 37.5E/person when split by 16 people. The most surprising thing about Athens? All the well-loved dogs wandering through town and archaeological sites. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We docked in Piraeus at Terminal B which, to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, if the Metro Station is the bright center to Piraeus, this is the farthest point from it. A free shuttle takes you to Terminal A, but this is still about a mile from ... Read More
We docked in Piraeus at Terminal B which, to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, if the Metro Station is the bright center to Piraeus, this is the farthest point from it. A free shuttle takes you to Terminal A, but this is still about a mile from there to the Metro station. Outside Terminal A, taxis await you, but only if you want to go to Athens. No taxi driver was willing to give up his place in line to just take us to the Metro station, so we walked. It is an okay walk if the weather is not too hot, and there is also the 843 bus. Just follow the sidewalk as it winds around and takes you to the giant pedestrian bridge. Once you cross the pedestrian bridge, the entrance to the Metro is directly on your left as you reach the bottom of the stairs. (There is also a Citibank ATM to your right). The Metro is a fast, cheap ride directly to downtown Athens at a fraction of what a taxi will cost you. Once again, the ship was running a shuttle for an exorbitant price that only took you there: you had to take a taxi or the Metro back. Take the Metro Green Line both ways and save some cash. If you are in good shape, get off at the Monastaraki Station, which is at the edge of the Plaka. From here it is a short walk to the Agora entrance gate, where you can buy tickets to the Acropolis and take the steep path up. This method avoids the crowds that are milling about on the opposite side of the mountain. That is, until you reach the entrance to the temples. For a not so steep climb (but more crowds) stay on the Green Line until Omonia, then switch to the Red Line and go two stops (in the direction of Agios Dimitrios) to the Acropolis station. When you are finished getting some culture, head back down through the Agora to the Plaka, which has some very nice open air cafes and restaurants with delicious food. Other than that, it is another bazaar. (Every port we visited was like a giant swap meet.) When you are done there, just hop back on the Green line at Monastaraki Station. Greece was in the midst of upheaval and riots over austerity measures during the period we visited. We avoided Syntagma Square, because of the riots, and just went to the Acropolis and the Plaka. As in most “riot torn” cities, the unrest is confined to a tiny area and the rest of the city goes on as if nothing was happening. The Acropolis is more than worth the visit, just awe inspiring, and is, by the way, visible from where we docked in Piraeus. The Parthenon faces the harbor and is a spectacular sight if you know where to look and the smog is not too bad. Piraeus port advertises free Wifi, but it is incredibly weak, except up near the entrance and ferry (not cruise) terminals, where it works fine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was probably my wife and I's least favorite stop. We werent there long enough to do much, and the traffic was horrible. The Acropolis was nice, but very crowded with 2 other ships in port the same day we were. We took a ship ... Read More
This was probably my wife and I's least favorite stop. We werent there long enough to do much, and the traffic was horrible. The Acropolis was nice, but very crowded with 2 other ships in port the same day we were. We took a ship excursion here, and he did the best he could, but I think it was just the crowds that made it a sub par experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We researched this and found out that it is an easy port to do on your own. We did buy the ship transfer into the city though. Once we arrived, we went straight to the Acropolis. The neat thing about Athens is that you can pay twelve euros ... Read More
We researched this and found out that it is an easy port to do on your own. We did buy the ship transfer into the city though. Once we arrived, we went straight to the Acropolis. The neat thing about Athens is that you can pay twelve euros and see about 8 different sites: The Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hephaestus, the Tower of the Winds, etc.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Part of a ship tour. Whisperer system was iffy at best. Several members had to replace earphones or transmitters several times. Tour guide was not adept in using her microphone. Had a hard time keeping the group together. Definitely ... Read More
Part of a ship tour. Whisperer system was iffy at best. Several members had to replace earphones or transmitters several times. Tour guide was not adept in using her microphone. Had a hard time keeping the group together. Definitely disappointed but, considering the political climate in Athens currently, would probably book a ship tour again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
2 Tips: 1. Beware Pickpockets! We took the train from Piraeus to Athens and a pickpocket gang almost got my wallet, which was buried in my front zippered pants pocket! When I tried to get out of the crowded metro train two guys blocked ... Read More
2 Tips: 1. Beware Pickpockets! We took the train from Piraeus to Athens and a pickpocket gang almost got my wallet, which was buried in my front zippered pants pocket! When I tried to get out of the crowded metro train two guys blocked me and a 3d came around me from the back and I felt his hand on my waist. Luckily I was able to stop him and avoid losing my wallet but I would not carry much into Athens. Some of the tourist sites are also apparently targeted by pickpocket gangs; some tourists at the Acropolis told us about another group working at the Agora. It is quite sad as this put a damper on our day. If I had it to do over again I might get a tour for athens. 2. Get to the Acropolis as quickly as you can! We got their at 8am and by 930am it was absolutely mobbed by tourists with a long queue to get onto the Acropolis. This one tip was probably the best we got from cruise critic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
I would recommend a tour of this city, too, although if adventurous you could do it on your own - WATCH FOR PICKPOCKETS! We heard at least 3 stories from shipmates who lost items. We did all the typical stops here, too. It was a full day, ... Read More
I would recommend a tour of this city, too, although if adventurous you could do it on your own - WATCH FOR PICKPOCKETS! We heard at least 3 stories from shipmates who lost items. We did all the typical stops here, too. It was a full day, but enjoyable and NO issues in regards to Greece and riots...even though they occurred just days prior to us arriving. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
By George's recommendation, we booked with Fotis Taxi Tours. Definitely the way to go. Fotis had the timing down so that we were at the sights at the perfect time and even took us to a great overlook of the city. He even hooked us up ... Read More
By George's recommendation, we booked with Fotis Taxi Tours. Definitely the way to go. Fotis had the timing down so that we were at the sights at the perfect time and even took us to a great overlook of the city. He even hooked us up with the opportunity to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Fotis took us to one of his family's favorite restaurants...very, very good. We waddled out of the restaurant. The food was outstanding. And then he let us wander the shopping areas at our leisure before returning us to the ship. Fotis was fantastic as a tour guide. We highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
For those visiting Athens for the first time, this was an excellent introduction to one of the great cities of the ancient world. During the drive to the Acropolis and museum, we drove by the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games were ... Read More
For those visiting Athens for the first time, this was an excellent introduction to one of the great cities of the ancient world. During the drive to the Acropolis and museum, we drove by the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896 and returned in 2004, and by the former Royal Palace (now the Parliament Building) which stands proudly on Constitution Square. Your first stop was the new Acropolis Museum that opened to the public on 21 June 2009. This beautiful new archaeological museum is dedicated to housing artifacts discovered from the Acropolis of Athens. It has nearly 4,000 artifacts being exhibited in 14,000 square meters, covering the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece periods. Our tour guide did an outstanding job of taking us quickly thru the museum's highlights and setting the stage for the Acropolis. After the visit to the museum we enjoyed a somewhat steep, we walk in a drizzling rain on the pedestrian street to the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. We climbed its smooth marble steps as visitors have for centuries. History opened before us as we reached one of the masterpieces of classical architecture, the Propylaea, which serves as the entrance to the complex. We saw the Temple of Athena Nike, or Wingless Victory, and the Erechtheum with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. We stood in awe of what is considered to be the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world, the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess. Looking down from the Acropolis, we saw the two ancient theaters in its shadow: the Greek theater of Dionysus where the masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes debuted to delighted audiences, and the grand Roman theater of Herod Atticus, restored and used for concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival. After a delay caused by protesters at the Parliament building, we walked to the King George Palace Hotel, where our bus arrived with our luggage. The hotel and accommodations were magnificent. We had dinner on the 4th floor terrace of Kuzina, watching the lights of the Acropolis turn on in phases - magical! We then walked back to the hotel and left for the US the next morning after a splendid buffet breakfast on the 7th floor, also directly facing the Acropolis! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010

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