Olympia Reopens; Cruises Set to Sail on Schedule

August 31, 2007

Update: Greece Contains Fires

Fires Near Athens Impact Cruises

It's "game on" once again for Greece's Olympia: A spokesman for Greek company Louis Cruise Lines tells us that the archaeological site, where the Ancient Olympic Games were held, has officially reopened to tourists after raging fires came dangerous close earlier this week. Louis' Sapphire will call at the nearby cruise port of Katakolon as scheduled on all upcoming 10-day Mediterranean itineraries.

At this point, Carnival Cruise Lines expects its Carnival Freedom to call there on its next cruise as well. (Costa altered two itineraries earlier this week.)

No other cruise ports in Greece were affected by the multiple fires that have ravaged areas of the country during the past week. Only one blaze remains to be brought under control, according to the Associated Press.

Cruisers should remain on alert, however, and be aware that tour availability may be unpredictable. In a public announcement set to expire September 10, the U.S. Department of State is urging travelers headed to Greece to "remain attentive to news reports throughout their stay in Greece, avoid the affected areas, and be prepared for road closures, detours, and strained public services."

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor