1,339 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

The ship docked at Piraeus. We took an open-top double-decker tourist bus from next to the port. Having bought your ticket, you can go on it into Athens, then change to another bus to visit any of the sights in Athens / have a round ... Read More
The ship docked at Piraeus. We took an open-top double-decker tourist bus from next to the port. Having bought your ticket, you can go on it into Athens, then change to another bus to visit any of the sights in Athens / have a round trip, getting on and off as much as you like. This worked out cheaper than taking a Thomson excursion, even allowing for us having to pay to visit the top of the Acropolis. The latter was certainly worthwhile, although the Parthenon was having much work done on it when we were there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
I took a panoramic tour, which meant seeing the main sights without walking too much. We stopped to take photos of the original modern Olympic site then were dropped at the top of the Plaka. If we had wanted to,we had two hours to go up ... Read More
I took a panoramic tour, which meant seeing the main sights without walking too much. We stopped to take photos of the original modern Olympic site then were dropped at the top of the Plaka. If we had wanted to,we had two hours to go up to the Parthenon, visit the museum (€5), sit drinking coffee or shop. We were able to get photos of the Acropolis, watch the mosaic being repaired outside the new museum through a glass floor, and have a coffee on the museum terrace without having to pay for admission. The small shops were interesting and I managed to buy seven small souvenirs for under €5! All that and back to the ship in time for lunch. I bumped into a friend when I got back and he had paid twice the €30 I paid for the same tour but including the Parthenon (admission €12) so I think wegot a bargain. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We did a ship tour in Athens and our guide was awful. There was about a 30 mile an hour wind blowing on top of the Acropolis, so it wasn't particularly pleasant, but the Parthenon is amazing and I'm glad I've seen it.
We did a ship tour in Athens and our guide was awful. There was about a 30 mile an hour wind blowing on top of the Acropolis, so it wasn't particularly pleasant, but the Parthenon is amazing and I'm glad I've seen it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We saw the Olympic stadium from the first modern olympic games, the parthenon and the parthenon museum. There is a shopping area with restaurants near the museum where you can find souvenirs and authentic greek food.
We saw the Olympic stadium from the first modern olympic games, the parthenon and the parthenon museum. There is a shopping area with restaurants near the museum where you can find souvenirs and authentic greek food. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
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

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