1,330 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Took a NCL tour, one of the Taste of Athens variety. The tour guide was not so great. She was going way to fast at most sites, and not accommodating the majority of the guests in this area. However, the tour was very informative and the ... Read More
Took a NCL tour, one of the Taste of Athens variety. The tour guide was not so great. She was going way to fast at most sites, and not accommodating the majority of the guests in this area. However, the tour was very informative and the bus was nice. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
I had never been to Athen before and was excited about the Acropolis. It didn't diappoint. Yes, there are a lot of stairs to get up there and since I'm not in shape at all, I was afraid. But I made it just fine and it was ... Read More
I had never been to Athen before and was excited about the Acropolis. It didn't diappoint. Yes, there are a lot of stairs to get up there and since I'm not in shape at all, I was afraid. But I made it just fine and it was beautiful up top. It's an experience to have once in your life for sure. We had a private tour. We also saw the Plaka, the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier, and the Olympic stadium. It's not a place I feel I would need to visit again but it was a beautiful place to visit once. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
General comment: The entire voyage was quite port- and shore-excursion intensive. There were very few at sea days as the ship sailed at night. Most shore excursions were at least half day, with some options for full days. (Thus, no earlier ... Read More
General comment: The entire voyage was quite port- and shore-excursion intensive. There were very few at sea days as the ship sailed at night. Most shore excursions were at least half day, with some options for full days. (Thus, no earlier review of the pool area, etc as we made the most of the port time rather than stay aboard). The Athens shore excursion covered the Acropolis and the recently opened Acropolis Museum. We had been to Athens before, but this time there was hardly any scaffolding covering the Acropolis structures and the Temple to Nike was now viewable (lovely). Also, the new museum was very nice to see. The guide was knowledgeable and the Quiet Vox system let me roam around a bit while still able to hear our guide. The crowds were terrible, surprising to us for this time of year (end of Sept). We spent the morning there with the afternoon free to explore on our own. We sailed at night to Nafplio, a lovely Greek harbor town. From Nafplio we had a shore excursion to Mycenae (@1600-1300BC), city of Agamemnon and mentioned in Homer's Illiad. Though we had been here before on our own, the guide was excellent and we learned a great deal and appreciated the site much more through this excursion. We also visited the so-called tomb of Agamemnon, a wonderful beehive structure with towering dome. The afternoon was spent visiting the Archaeology Museum in Nafplio and wandering around town. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We were facinated by the Acropolis and the history of this area. You can probably take a private taxi or arrange for a cheaper tour rather than taking the ship's tour. It's about a half hour drive from the dock to the ruins. It ... Read More
We were facinated by the Acropolis and the history of this area. You can probably take a private taxi or arrange for a cheaper tour rather than taking the ship's tour. It's about a half hour drive from the dock to the ruins. It does help to have a guide to explain the history of the buildings. The old part of Athens is filled with shops and we enjoyed walking around and having a bite at one of the cafes. I would rather have gone to the museum instead, but it wasn't offered. I suggest research what you want to see then investigate how to do it on your own. I rate this tour as only average.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
This port is quite easy to use, plenty of taxis waiting to take you to Acropolis etc but make sure that you know the cost before you get in , should be between 20-26 Euros per taxi not per person. some got ripped off. Or you can use the ... Read More
This port is quite easy to use, plenty of taxis waiting to take you to Acropolis etc but make sure that you know the cost before you get in , should be between 20-26 Euros per taxi not per person. some got ripped off. Or you can use the metro or take a local bus number 040 from the town of Piraeus. Best to arrive at the Acropolis for 8am as it will not be too hot or crowded after this it gets packed. Visited the Plaka for shopping, good for jewellery. Be careful if your taxi driver offers a tour or lunch always ensure you know fully where you are being taken and what is included, one passenger was charged 160 Euros for the tour for 4 persons and over 200 Euros for lunch plus they still had to pay entrance fees. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We docked in Piraeus which is a suburb of Athens. As we had visited Athens in the past we decided not to use ships tours but instead stayed in Piraeus and did a small tour using the local road train which was quite enjoyable. Worth knowing ... Read More
We docked in Piraeus which is a suburb of Athens. As we had visited Athens in the past we decided not to use ships tours but instead stayed in Piraeus and did a small tour using the local road train which was quite enjoyable. Worth knowing that within a 5 minute walk from the ship, there is a hop on hop off tour bus to Athens which pulls in many of the sights, including the Acropolis. This was not made known to us by the Ships staff which I think is a bit naughty. It costs 24 Euros each but is a whole lot cheaper than the ships tours. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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