Sail Date: January 2008
Athen is such a feast for the senses. If you like ancient history then you will love Athens and a must see is the Acropolis and if you have time Cape Sounion.
Athen is such a feast for the senses. If you like ancient history then you will love Athens and a must see is the Acropolis and if you have time Cape Sounion. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2008
We booked a tour through Celebrity but it was canceled, and we did not bother to reschedule to something else. At the port, the "taxi bandits" are waiting for the tourist! The first one to approach us offered a 4 hours tour of ... Read More
We booked a tour through Celebrity but it was canceled, and we did not bother to reschedule to something else. At the port, the "taxi bandits" are waiting for the tourist! The first one to approach us offered a 4 hours tour of Athens for "only" 300 Euros. I said we were just going to the Acropolis. The second offer was 200 Euros for 4 hours, and it kept going down to 120 for 3 hours. We still wanted to go to Acropolis only...we were told all kinds of stories of why we needed to buy the 4 hours service, and we saw many passengers buying. The trip to Acropolis was 25 Euros. From there it is a short walk to the new Acropolis museum that just opened at the end of June. Beautiful and air conditioned!, then another short walk to the old town with hundreds of small stores and restaurants. A short taxi ride to the larger museum, and then back to the ship. Very good! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2008
Again, dirty but good things to see. We were caught in the middle of a bike race, so we stayed on the bus way too long. We then also saw Mykonos, Istanbul, Croatia and Venice. great bargains in Croatia and Istanbul. Very mush shocked at ... Read More
Again, dirty but good things to see. We were caught in the middle of a bike race, so we stayed on the bus way too long. We then also saw Mykonos, Istanbul, Croatia and Venice. great bargains in Croatia and Istanbul. Very mush shocked at how all the people that we met in Europe were so aware of our new President (Obama). We actually had traveled before the election and they were so happy that President Bush was leaving office. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We took a private tour with Vasillis Vassalos. He can be contacted at www.athenstours.gr .We toured the city, the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus etc. and then went down the sounion coast to the Temple of Poseidon. I can't say enough ... Read More
We took a private tour with Vasillis Vassalos. He can be contacted at www.athenstours.gr .We toured the city, the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus etc. and then went down the sounion coast to the Temple of Poseidon. I can't say enough about this temple. It sits at the top of a hill overlooking the Aegean. It is just breathtaking. On our return drive, we stopped at a taverna and had dinner. Mr. Vasillis is very personable and a great driver. The ship's excursion was over $200 pp and Vassilis fee was 225 Euros. Dinner cost us a 100 Euros. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Glad I did this trip in the cooler months. We did the trip to the acropolis and then to Cape Sounion. Beware at the acropolis of the sellers they are extremely persistent. Lot of walking to see the sights, but worth it.
Glad I did this trip in the cooler months. We did the trip to the acropolis and then to Cape Sounion. Beware at the acropolis of the sellers they are extremely persistent. Lot of walking to see the sights, but worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
The Acropolis was quite a sight. Take a taxi to the Acropolis as soon as the ship docks and you can beat the rush.
The Acropolis was quite a sight. Take a taxi to the Acropolis as soon as the ship docks and you can beat the rush. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We just catch the train-it's only 7 short stops-have lunch then split off for our own interests(he likes the ruins, I prefer the shops in Piraeus and the ferry port. I'm always back on the ship hours before him!). The taxi ... Read More
We just catch the train-it's only 7 short stops-have lunch then split off for our own interests(he likes the ruins, I prefer the shops in Piraeus and the ferry port. I'm always back on the ship hours before him!). The taxi drivers will always tell you that the trains are on strike-not true! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Our ship was berthed in Pireaus and we took the train into Athens - cost 1 euro each way. Athens itself is intersting especially around the Acropolis but can be very crowded. Usual touristy type shops.
Our ship was berthed in Pireaus and we took the train into Athens - cost 1 euro each way. Athens itself is intersting especially around the Acropolis but can be very crowded. Usual touristy type shops. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Napfleon - Because of a National Transportation Strike in Athens our Itinerary was changed to Napfleon Greece, We arrived and were tendered in to shore, this caused a bit of a delay in getting off the ship but hey we are on holidays. It ... Read More
Napfleon - Because of a National Transportation Strike in Athens our Itinerary was changed to Napfleon Greece, We arrived and were tendered in to shore, this caused a bit of a delay in getting off the ship but hey we are on holidays. It would have been nice to get to Athens but I can honestly say we were not disappointed with Napfleon, it is a beautiful small city. We got ashore went for a stroll around the town area took a tram ride to see some more of the sights and had a Great Greek Lunch on the waterfront. It is the kind of place we could come back to and spend a week or two just hanging out and enjoying the climate, food, people, history and culture. Loved it. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2009
In Athens, we again hired our own local guide. Paul from Greek Taxi, who did a great job! We were at the Acropolis before all of the crowds- and managed to stay ahead of the crowds the entire day. This was crucial to our enjoyment of ... Read More
In Athens, we again hired our own local guide. Paul from Greek Taxi, who did a great job! We were at the Acropolis before all of the crowds- and managed to stay ahead of the crowds the entire day. This was crucial to our enjoyment of Greece, as it was so busy and crowded!! Paul was friendly, helpful, and just everything we could've hoped for. He took us to a wonderful local Greek restaurant for lunch, and made excellent suggestions throughout the day. I would've rated Greece a 5, but it's just SO busy! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We were already in Athens overnight on 30th April/1st May, so visited on our own. Being Labour Day the usual Strikes were in evidence, which was really interesting as the Athenians come from every corner of the city all singing different ... Read More
We were already in Athens overnight on 30th April/1st May, so visited on our own. Being Labour Day the usual Strikes were in evidence, which was really interesting as the Athenians come from every corner of the city all singing different songs and with their bands or music different but played simultaneously. An enjoyable day for us anyway. The changing of the guard at the Parliament building was of course the main feature of the visit, particularly as they had to march to so many different tunes at the same time! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Athens - For this port we had organized a private guide through www.viator.com and booked The Acropolis Walking Tour. The best way to discover all aspects of this interesting city is definitely on foot! We walked through the city and came ... Read More
Athens - For this port we had organized a private guide through www.viator.com and booked The Acropolis Walking Tour. The best way to discover all aspects of this interesting city is definitely on foot! We walked through the city and came to Plaka (the old town of Athens) where we visited a Byzantine church and other fascinating monuments like Lysicrates monument from the 4th century BC and the remnants of an old Christian Church.   Afterwards a 10 minute walk up the glorious Dionyssiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway we came to the wonderful monument of the Acropolis built over 2500 years ago. On the way to the Acropolis we saw the Dionysus Sanctuary, the Philopapos Hill, the Herodion Theatre and the Mars Hill. The views of over the city from the Acropolis are spectacular.   All the walking and the fresh air had given us a good appetite so we found a nice restaurant and enjoyed a leisurely meal while soaking up the sounds and smells of this interesting historical city. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
It's a long walk from the ship to the metro station and when it started to rain we jumped in a taxi - 20 euros to the Acropolis which was worth it. Then we took the metro back to the port but be aware that it's crowded and hot ... Read More
It's a long walk from the ship to the metro station and when it started to rain we jumped in a taxi - 20 euros to the Acropolis which was worth it. Then we took the metro back to the port but be aware that it's crowded and hot and one passenger had his wallet stolen from his back pocket. We walked back to the ship but should have taken the taxi again - it makes for a long day if you choose to walk to and from the metro. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
This was supposed to be Athens, but due to a strike, we ported at Napflion instead. We tendered into port, rented a car and had a lovely time driving around with another couple from the boat. We spent approx. $70 Cnd for the two of us ... Read More
This was supposed to be Athens, but due to a strike, we ported at Napflion instead. We tendered into port, rented a car and had a lovely time driving around with another couple from the boat. We spent approx. $70 Cnd for the two of us instead of $179US/person from NCL. We received a $5.73US onboard credit for not being able to go to Athens. That almost covered the beer I had later that night. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
This was our third time to Athens but it was my mother-in-laws first time. We booked a private driver to alleviate any stress and since it was the end of the first half of the cruise my husband and MIL was able to be dropped at their ... Read More
This was our third time to Athens but it was my mother-in-laws first time. We booked a private driver to alleviate any stress and since it was the end of the first half of the cruise my husband and MIL was able to be dropped at their hotel. We saw the new Acropolis museum...which is very well thought out and now is in perfect order for the UK to return those Elgin Marbles:) Honestly, it was a good museum and was our main reason for returning to the city. The Parthenon was great as always and is now free of most of the scaffolding that has been there the past two times we had visited. Our return to our ship was effortless and probably aided by the fact it was a Sunday.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
We went to the Acropolis here via a shore excursion.  It was so crowded there, it was difficult to take in much.  We managed to take a few pics of the Parthenon and surrounding ruins.  Athens has so much history but the city itself ... Read More
We went to the Acropolis here via a shore excursion.  It was so crowded there, it was difficult to take in much.  We managed to take a few pics of the Parthenon and surrounding ruins.  Athens has so much history but the city itself appeared very dirty and there was a ton of graffiti everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
This was the most disappointing of the ports.   The highlight was the Acropolis and we couldn't wait to finish the tour.   Unforutnately, the crowds were out of control.   There were way too many people and many were ... Read More
This was the most disappointing of the ports.   The highlight was the Acropolis and we couldn't wait to finish the tour.   Unforutnately, the crowds were out of control.   There were way too many people and many were pushing/shoving.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
If there is one tip that is extremely useful it's this - Get off the ship the second you are able and make your way by taxi immediately to the Acropolis. We were off the ship at 7:30 AM and were at the Acropolis when it opened at ... Read More
If there is one tip that is extremely useful it's this - Get off the ship the second you are able and make your way by taxi immediately to the Acropolis. We were off the ship at 7:30 AM and were at the Acropolis when it opened at 8AM (We paid 20E). There were only 5 people, including us on the entire Acropolis. We walked around by ourselves and took pictures without a soul in them. I heard many people comment how crowded and unbearable it was later in the day. Afterwards we had plenty of time to walk through the city, tour the Temple of Zeus, the Roman Forum and Tower of Winds, the Agora, the museum, walk around Syntagma Square and the Plaka, take pictures throughout the city at historical sites, shop and have a wonderful Greek lunch. The point is this is one place you do not want to do a ship's tour. Get off early, walk and do the city on your own. You will be less frustrated, spend less and actually see a lot more. One good tip from our Port Shopping Guide was to go to the hospitality store the ship recommended to get a taxi called for you to return to the ship. That was great! You didn't even need to go inside, there were men outside calling taxi's for ship guests which saved the hassle and frustration of having to find one on the street. There were plenty of shipmates to share the fare with you so it worked out to about 5E a piece for the return trip. An alternative we had considered was the train which is fine in the afternoon but I don't recommend it in the morning due to the time importance in getting to the Acropolis as early as possible. The walk to the station from the ship is about 30 minutes and another 20 or so minutes from the station in Athens to the Acropolis.  I am sorry to hear some people were frustrated in Athens, but I think done right it is fabulous. We really enjoyed our experience, so I would say don't be afraid to branch out on your own. One bad thing for those hoping to visit the New Acropolis Museum in the near future - Although, it was temporarily opened in March it is now closed again for some time. They are not done with construction so they decided to close it until they are completely done. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Because we left the ship as soon as we could on our own, I felt our visit was a 5. Not sure how we would have felt had we slept in or waited for a tour. The taxi driver was not excited to take us one way, but he did. We arrived at the ... Read More
Because we left the ship as soon as we could on our own, I felt our visit was a 5. Not sure how we would have felt had we slept in or waited for a tour. The taxi driver was not excited to take us one way, but he did. We arrived at the Acropolis area at 8am when it opened. We are 4 healthy travelers, so we visited everything else in Athens on foot. We enjoyed a great lunch in the Plaka, watched the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building and strolled the botanical gardens . A little touristy, but then again that is what we were! The gyros, greek salad and mythos were awesome and refreshing to our palate! We hopped onto the metro back to Piraes. The ship docked pretty far down from the metro stop, so we luckily asked a local what bus we needed to catch to travel down the port road. We met two very nice families traveling the same way around Athens for the day. We kept running into them throughout the day. We stuck together in the Metro station in Piraes and all caught the same bus back to the ship. In the little walk to the ship we shared our Athens adventures and our backgrounds. Great day!!!! Read Less

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