1,340 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Athens We took the metro to Thissio direct from Piraeus at the grand cost of 3 euros for a day pass. The walk from the port is easy; the Equinox docks at Terminal B, there is a shuttle to Terminal A and you walk around the port until you ... Read More
Athens We took the metro to Thissio direct from Piraeus at the grand cost of 3 euros for a day pass. The walk from the port is easy; the Equinox docks at Terminal B, there is a shuttle to Terminal A and you walk around the port until you reach the Metro on the other side of the road. There are many threads describing the route on the Athens boards; these combined with a quick look at Google Maps made for a very easy trip! When we arrived, we were treated to a walk along a wide, pedestrianised street along the forum up to the Acropolis. The Acropolis was very busy indeed by 11:30am. I'd suggest getting there earlier but we enjoyed our lie in immensely! From there we walked to Plaka, stopped for a superb fish platter at Eels restaurant , then continued in a circuit to the Cathedral, the Tower of the Winds, the museum at the Stoa and finally the Temple of Hephaestus. This is the only Ancient Greek temple with the roof still intact and was well worth the effort. It was also very conveniently located a stones throw from where we had started the day at Thissio, so we got back on the Metro for the 20 minute trip back to Piraeus! Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
We spent 1 extra night and most of our daytime in the Plaka near the Acropolis which we found to be the best place for us and were pleased to have the overnight on the Quest to have the time to cover most of the bases. Acropolis, Acropolis ... Read More
We spent 1 extra night and most of our daytime in the Plaka near the Acropolis which we found to be the best place for us and were pleased to have the overnight on the Quest to have the time to cover most of the bases. Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Forum, Archaeological Museum (MUST SEES) Also wondered and snooped local shops and found a great local wine shop - a must for Northern Californians and dined at a good restaurant on a roof terrace, Elaia, on Tripodon, that afforded us a magnificent view of the Acropolis at sunset. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
We went with 30 other passengers that had gathered on CC and were treated to an a/c bus and visits to the Acropolis-Parthenon Site. It was a very challenging walk I don't know how anyone not fairly fit could do that climb, but it was ... Read More
We went with 30 other passengers that had gathered on CC and were treated to an a/c bus and visits to the Acropolis-Parthenon Site. It was a very challenging walk I don't know how anyone not fairly fit could do that climb, but it was worth it. At first we were surprised at the numbers of people there since we had arrived early as recommended on CC. It seemed very crowded, but then when we left, we saw how crowded it could really get. It seemed very dangerous and your need good footwear to avoid slipping on the smooth marble and stone. Well worth the visit. We loved it. Then we went to the Old palace, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament and the Changing of The Guards, which was very interesting. The Temple of Zeus (OK), The Old Olympic stadium (the original stadium built in the 1863 for the first modern Olympic games in 1896)(another OK). Some of us on the bus wanted to dine in an authentic greek restaurant and the tour guide arranged for us to go to one he was familiar with. It was interesting seeing the local and eating traditional greek food. Then the Plaka (old town. which I had looked forward to all day. Whoops, it was a big disappointment, most of the items there were not authentic or even greek. We were glad to go back to the ship after a long day. The cost of this trip was 28 euros plus a tip (we gave 3 euros pp for the tip). Good ideal to share a private tour.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
We did a short tour Athens Sightseeing- 4 hours. It was short and sweet and just enough for us. Commentary of sights as we drove to the Acropolis. A tour of the Acropolis, its was very crowded. Toilet stop at the bottom of the climb with ... Read More
We did a short tour Athens Sightseeing- 4 hours. It was short and sweet and just enough for us. Commentary of sights as we drove to the Acropolis. A tour of the Acropolis, its was very crowded. Toilet stop at the bottom of the climb with very long queues to use the ladies. After our guided tour we had about 3/4 hour free time to have a look about and be back down to the meeting point to get back on the bus. We did have an opportunity to leave the tour in the shopping district but we did not know that was an option until we were on the tour. Celebrity staff were available at the city drop off point to give you details of how you could make your own way back to the ship.I would have done this if I had been aware this was an option prior to the excursion. Bus ride back to the ship offered some further sightseeing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
I had originally booked a full-day private tour but after the itinerary change due to the strike, I booked the ship's half-day tour. I was disappointed that we had only a half day so we felt that the ship's tour was our best ... Read More
I had originally booked a full-day private tour but after the itinerary change due to the strike, I booked the ship's half-day tour. I was disappointed that we had only a half day so we felt that the ship's tour was our best option to maximize our time. The tour started with what felt like an extended bus ride through town. Our only stop was a brief one at the Olympic stadium before heading to the Acropolis. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but I felt at times like I was getting too much information when I just wanted to explore and take photos. It was a hot, sunny day. The sites were understandably crowded. Due to the strike earlier in the week, there were a lot of ships in port. We finally got some free time (about 25 minutes but this included walking back to the bus) so I could do a bit of independent exploration and got some photos. Work continues on the Acropolis but much of the scaffolding has been removed. We also saw the Erechtheion with the famous Caryatids (I studied this in school so it was exciting to see it for real). There was much more I wish we could have seen around Athens (it's hard to really get a good impression or photos from the bus) but we had such a short amount of time. I hope to visit again someday to explore at a slower pace! Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
The acropolis was worth seeing but we don't think we will ever go back. The ship trip drove around for an hour pointing out landmarks - in a bus with polarised windows so no luck taking pictures. We stopped for 5 mins at the old ... Read More
The acropolis was worth seeing but we don't think we will ever go back. The ship trip drove around for an hour pointing out landmarks - in a bus with polarised windows so no luck taking pictures. We stopped for 5 mins at the old stadium to get pictures and then off to the acropolis. There is no shade so go early and it gets packed - we decided to lose the guide after 15 mins and met them back at the bus - we had decided that the school type lesson was droning on a little too long at each place she stopped. Marmaris - this is a holiday place with an old and new town - we walked all the way to the beach (30 mins) and it was pretty. They really take care of you on the beach with no charge for beds etc as long as you buy your drink from them. A lovely little paddle and lots of bargain copy goods. Son got jeans and a Liverpool shirt (copies of course but he's not bothered) for little money Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
The mob scene at the Acropolis made it impossible to enjoy. The 40-minute drive from the ferry terminal is no fun. We definitely felt trapped at the 30-minute stop at the souvenir shop. Ugh.
The mob scene at the Acropolis made it impossible to enjoy. The 40-minute drive from the ferry terminal is no fun. We definitely felt trapped at the 30-minute stop at the souvenir shop. Ugh. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Athens has some nice sites to visit: the Acropolis, the Acropolis museum, parliament, the univisery, and several other ruis and historic sites. The drawback is that all of this comes in city of 4 million people that has become very ... Read More
Athens has some nice sites to visit: the Acropolis, the Acropolis museum, parliament, the univisery, and several other ruis and historic sites. The drawback is that all of this comes in city of 4 million people that has become very congested and polluted. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
We had booked another private tour for this port. Nikos,PrivateGreeceTours, met us outside of terminal A. He had us wait in the shade while he retrieved his very comfortable van, and as soon as we were seated, our introduction to Athens ... Read More
We had booked another private tour for this port. Nikos,PrivateGreeceTours, met us outside of terminal A. He had us wait in the shade while he retrieved his very comfortable van, and as soon as we were seated, our introduction to Athens began. It was obvious that Nikos is very, very knowledgeable and that he loves his city, which made our tour very enjoyable. Though he could not enter the historical sites with us, he gave us background about every stop we made, even sending us in with books to the Acropolis so we could identify each of the buildings we saw. Also, he lent us his cellphone so we could always phone him when we were ready to be picked up or if we had any questions, etc. We saw so much in our 8 hours together! Besides the Acropolis we saw the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Agora, stoa and Temple of Hephaestus, the Museum of the Acropolis, the Presidential Palace for the Changing of the Guard, the city park, the government center, the financial center and the cultural centers of town. We ate at an outdoor cafe at the edge of the Plaka, which he recommended, and had wonderful gyros and Mythos beers! We did some more touring, then shopping and then we stopped at a Replica of a Greek trireme before returning via a coastal road to Piraeus and our ship. It was a wonderful day, and Nikos is an excellent driver and guide. We highly recommend him! We only had room in this review for 6 ports, but we also stopped at Naples, where we took a ship's tour to the Isle of Capri. We took a hydrofoil to the island and spent several hours there touring Ana Capri and Capri town before heading back to ship. Our guide, Connie, was an excellent "shepherd" of us all and we thoroughly enjoyed Capri!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Abolutely fascinating place, full of history. We did a half-day tour with Paul's taxi which was extremely good value and could be tailored to our wishes. Hint : go to the Acropolis as early as possible: it was fine at 9am but when we ... Read More
Abolutely fascinating place, full of history. We did a half-day tour with Paul's taxi which was extremely good value and could be tailored to our wishes. Hint : go to the Acropolis as early as possible: it was fine at 9am but when we left about 90 minutes later it was getting very crowded ! The port is quite a way from the centre. We did it by train and bus but it would certainly have been easier by taxi. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
We had planned to get a metro to Athens but the line was down so took a taxi for 30 euro instead. Got dropped at the heart of the city, however the queue to get in took forever, one tiny booth to process 100 plus tourists - not very ... Read More
We had planned to get a metro to Athens but the line was down so took a taxi for 30 euro instead. Got dropped at the heart of the city, however the queue to get in took forever, one tiny booth to process 100 plus tourists - not very impressed! Having visited the Acropolis (which was well worth the wait) we came out of the site a different way and came across the main entrance which i guess would process people a whole lot quicker. We had a wander around the Plaka and then caught the bus back to port - nightmare journey, packed bus, no air conditioning and we heard of one woman from our cruise who had her purse taken. Wouldn't recommend it and suggest a tour or taxi both ways. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
NCL excursions for Athens are outrageously expensive. However, with the Metro being close to the dock, you can do Athens on your own. Still, with the strike at the Acropolis, it severely affected our enjoyment of that port. We are not ... Read More
NCL excursions for Athens are outrageously expensive. However, with the Metro being close to the dock, you can do Athens on your own. Still, with the strike at the Acropolis, it severely affected our enjoyment of that port. We are not planning to visit Athens again anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
I did the Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis 4-hr tour. This was a complete tour of the Acropolis with local tour guide; however, once there, we sat on the rough & uneven rocks/stones for a 45-min. lecture in the hot sun as there are ... Read More
I did the Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis 4-hr tour. This was a complete tour of the Acropolis with local tour guide; however, once there, we sat on the rough & uneven rocks/stones for a 45-min. lecture in the hot sun as there are no trees for shade. Wish some of the lecture could have been given on the bus prior to arrival. Stopped at the Panathinion Stadium, built in 1895 for the first modern Olympics. Rode past Hadrian's Arch, the National Library, Parliament building, & university buildings. The view from the Acropolis was superb & the tour worth the $70 charge. My husband was having difficulty with his arthritis & elected to do the easy bus tour--Panoramic Athens for $39/3 hrs. He went past the same sights & viewed the Acropolis from the base and says it was worth his cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Disembarking was easy in Athens and we were met by our previously organised taxi tour company, Athens Tours, and had a wonderful four and a half hour tour of the sights, starting with the Acropolis. It was good to beat the crowds and start ... Read More
Disembarking was easy in Athens and we were met by our previously organised taxi tour company, Athens Tours, and had a wonderful four and a half hour tour of the sights, starting with the Acropolis. It was good to beat the crowds and start our tour at 8am as it was not too hot at that time and we were just leaving the Acropolis when all the bus tour folk arrived. Our tour guide took us to five different sites as well as stopping to show us the changing of the guards. It all worked out perfectly but we still welcomed the glorious air-conditioning of the Norwegian Gem and were happy to be back on board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Well Athens has improved since my last trip. The Olympics in 2004 made them put in public transportation, trams mainly. Our private guide was George and he did a great job considering the Acropolis went on strike for 1/2 day and he had to ... Read More
Well Athens has improved since my last trip. The Olympics in 2004 made them put in public transportation, trams mainly. Our private guide was George and he did a great job considering the Acropolis went on strike for 1/2 day and he had to rearrange things. www.athens-limo.com Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Athens -We booked the excursion for this port as we wanted to ensure we saw the Parthanon. The cost was 50 Euros each, the guide was excellent. We enjoyed the ancient sites of the city, but travelling through modern Athens and the port of ... Read More
Athens -We booked the excursion for this port as we wanted to ensure we saw the Parthanon. The cost was 50 Euros each, the guide was excellent. We enjoyed the ancient sites of the city, but travelling through modern Athens and the port of Piraeus, I was happy we were on a coach. It was filthy with vagrants and graffiti everywhere. I am glad I saw the acropolis but if we drop anchor again in Athens I will stay on the ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
The cultural highlight - we took the longest tour (6.5 hours) but could have spent hours more at the Acropolis and at the museum. Great guide and excellent excursion
The cultural highlight - we took the longest tour (6.5 hours) but could have spent hours more at the Acropolis and at the museum. Great guide and excellent excursion Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Athens: We booked with Athens by Taxi (Paul), and Paul’s nephew, Konstantine, was our driver. Excellent choice. This was our first time in Athens. I can’t imagine having had a richer, fuller, more enjoyable introduction to this great ... Read More
Athens: We booked with Athens by Taxi (Paul), and Paul’s nephew, Konstantine, was our driver. Excellent choice. This was our first time in Athens. I can’t imagine having had a richer, fuller, more enjoyable introduction to this great city. Konstantine met us at the ship on time. The car was a very comfortable, clean and air-conditioned Mercedes taxi. Konstantine is delightful. We enjoyed his company as much as the actual tour of the city. I think that this is the best part about booking private tours in ports. Not only are you whisked out first, and have control over what you see. But you get a chance to really get to know some good people. Konstantine took us to major sites like the Acropolis, the Agora, the Olympic Stadium, the changing of the Guard, etc. We loved the little restaurant he directed us to for lunch – great, cheap gyros! All with “no-stress.” ? Definitely ask him to play his CD for you (he is a musician, too). The traditional Greek guitar music sets the tone for the whole experience; if we had known earlier, we would have played it all day! Konstantine will make the day whatever you want it to be. But if you do no research ahead of time, you can leave it entirely in his hands and he will deliver a great experience. I really loved our time here. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Went on an Athens tour and this suited us, the guide was great very informed and we saw and learnt a lot. Able to stop and take pictures at many sites and found Athens and Plaka great for those who didn't want too much walking.
Went on an Athens tour and this suited us, the guide was great very informed and we saw and learnt a lot. Able to stop and take pictures at many sites and found Athens and Plaka great for those who didn't want too much walking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
The Acroplois is wonderful. We were there in 2007 and could not see the Parthenon as well as we wanted to because of the scaffolding all around the outside. It has now been moved to the inside so we could see quite well. Getting up the ... Read More
The Acroplois is wonderful. We were there in 2007 and could not see the Parthenon as well as we wanted to because of the scaffolding all around the outside. It has now been moved to the inside so we could see quite well. Getting up the hill is not for anyone with any mobility issues. It's a difficult climb with a lot of steep steps near the top. Getting down is also problematic. There are a ton of other things to see but not nearly enough time to see them so it's well worth a return visit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Arranged a private tour with Paul the Greek Taxi driver. What a man!! As we were having so much success on our private tours, some of the other people on the Ruby Princess asked if they could join us on our Athens tour. We had originally ... Read More
Arranged a private tour with Paul the Greek Taxi driver. What a man!! As we were having so much success on our private tours, some of the other people on the Ruby Princess asked if they could join us on our Athens tour. We had originally booked for four people so I emailed Paul and before I knew it I had a fifteen seater bus for our tour! He took us round all the sights and as he once lived in the states, he spoke fluent English. He was very entertaining and we all had a great time with him. Another nice touch - he had a fridge in the bus full of ice cold bottles of water. It was another very hot day and that water was very welcome. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010

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