1,104 Santorini Cruise Reviews

My partner walked up the stairs to the town as he felt sorry for the donkeys. He had aching legs for days. The gondola wasnt working as it was too windy. I stayed on board. However he did have a great time looking around and came back ... Read More
My partner walked up the stairs to the town as he felt sorry for the donkeys. He had aching legs for days. The gondola wasnt working as it was too windy. I stayed on board. However he did have a great time looking around and came back with some brilliant photos. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Get off the tender and take the speedboat to Oia. Much cheaper than the tour, and they give you a bus ride back to Fira with plenty of time to explore both towns. Oia is where all the classic photos of white buildings and blue roofs are ... Read More
Get off the tender and take the speedboat to Oia. Much cheaper than the tour, and they give you a bus ride back to Fira with plenty of time to explore both towns. Oia is where all the classic photos of white buildings and blue roofs are taken. Fira was feral and very touristy Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Great view from the clifftop but not if you don't like the cable car ride down after an excursion. Not much to do or see in the main town in November.
Great view from the clifftop but not if you don't like the cable car ride down after an excursion. Not much to do or see in the main town in November. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Dilemma here as the port was lovely and my wish list for this cruise, however the experience of getting of the boat and the very short time we ended up with (around 3hrs) marred the experience. Will defo go back here for longer one day.
Dilemma here as the port was lovely and my wish list for this cruise, however the experience of getting of the boat and the very short time we ended up with (around 3hrs) marred the experience. Will defo go back here for longer one day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
rerouted due to weather but nice to vivit even in the rain, steps down mountain very slippery when wet
rerouted due to weather but nice to vivit even in the rain, steps down mountain very slippery when wet Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our 3rd time with a cruise on Santorini this year. Did again the hike up the Donkey trail to Thira, on over the crater rim to Oía and all the way back to Thira and down the Donkey trail. Total walking distance 25 km, altitude difference ... Read More
Our 3rd time with a cruise on Santorini this year. Did again the hike up the Donkey trail to Thira, on over the crater rim to Oía and all the way back to Thira and down the Donkey trail. Total walking distance 25 km, altitude difference 1050 m. We do love this hike, it has become a must for us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Beautiful island but not with 6 ships in port at the same time. The streets, shops, resturants and the cable car were so packed we should have stayed on the ship. Think Disney world opening with only one ticket both.
Beautiful island but not with 6 ships in port at the same time. The streets, shops, resturants and the cable car were so packed we should have stayed on the ship. Think Disney world opening with only one ticket both. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Destination Wedding. Easy access to shops and restaurants. Option to walk up cliff on own, ride a donkey or pay to ride a cable car.
Destination Wedding. Easy access to shops and restaurants. Option to walk up cliff on own, ride a donkey or pay to ride a cable car. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Tender port, so get a ticket early. If another ship is in it gets very congested. Run to the cable car, once at the top get on a local bus to Oia. Explore, the views are stunning and it is nice to see the countryside, the bus is cheap and ... Read More
Tender port, so get a ticket early. If another ship is in it gets very congested. Run to the cable car, once at the top get on a local bus to Oia. Explore, the views are stunning and it is nice to see the countryside, the bus is cheap and takes about a half hour to get there and runs regularly. Finding the bus and getting information out of the locals and bus drivers is impossible, so have good maps handy. Back in Fira it is just wall to wall shops, people and cafes, nothing much of authenticity there at all. But the views are good. Find a cafe with a good view for a beer.The highlight of Santorini is the sail a way. It is amazing to see the lights on top of the hill, looks just like a fairy castle. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
little walking, little sightseeing-mostly just fira and pyrgos, and a little Opa celebration- just right for a day.
little walking, little sightseeing-mostly just fira and pyrgos, and a little Opa celebration- just right for a day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Trip could have been longer. Long queue for cable car coming back down to the harbour but saying that there were 4 climb down 600 steps was not too bad.
Trip could have been longer. Long queue for cable car coming back down to the harbour but saying that there were 4 climb down 600 steps was not too bad. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
sold entirely on the blue domed buildings that appear in brochures or on postcards. narrow alley like streets with endless tat shops, €6-7 for local Alpha or Methos beer which is €1-2 on other greek isles. Torturous lives for the ... Read More
sold entirely on the blue domed buildings that appear in brochures or on postcards. narrow alley like streets with endless tat shops, €6-7 for local Alpha or Methos beer which is €1-2 on other greek isles. Torturous lives for the donkeys going up and down the cliff side all day in the heat with fat americans on their backs. wouldnt go here again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Disappointed and would not take a mule again, and long wait and line to get cable car back down, my wife and friend took car there was a lot of pushing and shoving, myself and my friend walked back down mountain
Disappointed and would not take a mule again, and long wait and line to get cable car back down, my wife and friend took car there was a lot of pushing and shoving, myself and my friend walked back down mountain Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Oct 8- Santorini 7am-6pm - [ ] The key will get you escorted off the ship any time you want between 7:30-9:3am. We did breakfast in the dining room at 8:30 and went off the boat by 9:30/10. Was very handy and probably the main thing ... Read More
Oct 8- Santorini 7am-6pm - [ ] The key will get you escorted off the ship any time you want between 7:30-9:3am. We did breakfast in the dining room at 8:30 and went off the boat by 9:30/10. Was very handy and probably the main thing that made the key worth while. - [ ] the cruise ship will anchor in the caldera at the bottom of Santorini mountain and passengers are tendered to the old port below the cliff at Fira. There is no road access to the port, so passengers either take the cable car or donkey or walk the many steps up to the top or do the direct speed boat to Oia - [ ] Cable car up and down is $12 pp round trip. Or can take donkey or walk 582 steps ***wait times for cable car are insane. Expect to wait more than 1 hour. The walk would be VERY long hot and dangerous going up. - [ ] Touring Santorini in general is not a city for those out of shape or with mobility issues. Also not ideal for strollers : children. It’s all slippery narrow cobble pathways and lots of steps. - [ ] When you get to the top, in Fira, walk 10 minutes away from the cliffs to the Fira bus station to take a city bus to Oia. 30min bus ride to Oia or any direction in Santorini. The ticket from Fira to Oia costs 1.80 euros - [ ] BEST OPTION TO OIA: Take a speedboat from the port to Amoudi Bay and then go up to Oia by Shuttle. This is the most viable option and what we did. It’s $15 pp and includes the speed boat ride to amoubdi bay. The shuttle up top Oia. And then a bus to Fira. The busses are nice coach busses with AC. Right at the port, beside the line to the cable car, are two store fronts advertizing boat transfers to Oia. We did the Ophepus one with the orange sign / NSF bus one which is high-speed boat and busses offered by NSF. No reservations required, walk up and buy a 15 euro ticket and get on the fast speedboat. A 12 minute run takes you to the port at Oia. Included is a ticket for the bus up the crater to the Oia city center, along with a second ticket for the bus transfer to Fira (which runs more or less hourly). - [ ] Oia is a long exhausting hot day. We were done by 2:30 and had something to eat near the cable car before heading back for the day Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Again not a ship excursion but hiked the 10 km to Oia which had beautiful views and wonderful food
Again not a ship excursion but hiked the 10 km to Oia which had beautiful views and wonderful food Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Very nice place but don't walk up from the port. Very dangerous with donkey mess and donkeys in abundance. You have to queue for over an hour for the cable car but do it. I walked up and saw a lady with a big gash in her leg. Not sure ... Read More
Very nice place but don't walk up from the port. Very dangerous with donkey mess and donkeys in abundance. You have to queue for over an hour for the cable car but do it. I walked up and saw a lady with a big gash in her leg. Not sure from a donkey or a fall. The town itself very nice but not enough time ashore. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Beautiful port - was my favourite last time, but it's really suffering from too many tourists on the island at one time. We were one of 5 ships in port and the line-ups to get up and down the cable cars were very, very long. Oia was ... Read More
Beautiful port - was my favourite last time, but it's really suffering from too many tourists on the island at one time. We were one of 5 ships in port and the line-ups to get up and down the cable cars were very, very long. Oia was also difficult to navigate due to crowds. At the tender port there are a few companies that offer a boat ride directly to Oia and a coach back to Fira, however, it is a bit disorganized. Last time we visited Oia we rented a car for the day which was actually a better way to get around. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Love this island. Again, we had a private tour guide not affiliated with NCL. He was funny and charming and had a fabulous lunch with us at a restaurant at the Black Beach. You have never tasted Greek yogurt until you’ve eaten it here! ... Read More
Love this island. Again, we had a private tour guide not affiliated with NCL. He was funny and charming and had a fabulous lunch with us at a restaurant at the Black Beach. You have never tasted Greek yogurt until you’ve eaten it here! We went on to the momentary where we tasted olive oil made by the monks. And walked through a village and stopped at a place where we drink honey wine and listed to music and stories about Greek mythology. Lie everyone says, the cable cars are PACKED! Heading back to port, we took the steps down the mountain. It was long and smelly (donkey droppings) and painful in the wrong shoes but I’m so glad I got to experience it! If you’re not into it, donkey rides down cost 6 euros. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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