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Honeymoon Cruise in Greece Isles - Need Advice

Honeymoon Cruise in Greece Isles - Need Advice

Old Nov 23rd, 1997, 04:34 PM
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Honeymoon Cruise in Greece Isles - Need Advice

We are considering a honeymoon in Greece... 3 days in Athens and a week long island cruise. Are these cruises a good value? I've never been on a cruise nor to Europe, so I have no benchmark for comparison. Do the smaller yatchs(ie 20 cabins) offer better ambiance than the large cruise ships? I also have no clue to advantages between Ionian Island cruises and the Cycladic/Aegean Islands. Any words of experience or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Old Nov 23rd, 1997, 04:46 PM
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I've heard geart things about WIndstar cruises, a smaller luxury sailboat cruise line, and they have a one week tour from Athens through the islands to Turkey.

Try looking at the unofficial guide to cruises. It has great information on available itineraries and what different cruise lines have to offer.

Good luck.
Old Nov 25th, 1997, 01:09 PM
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The Greek isles are great, but consider whether a cruise is right for you. The cruise ships stop at each island for less than a day. Although the islands are small, racing around trying to "do" the island in 6 hours may not be your bag. The cruise does give you the advantage of unpacking only once,and letting someone else worry about getting you from place to place while you relax on deck. Another alternative would be to pick a couple of islands which appeal to you, stay at a romantic resort on each and use ferries to get around. The better Greek ferries are like cruise ships with a bar, disco, pool (which might be empty), etc. Our 4 hour trip from Santorini to Crete was like a mini-cruise and a thoroughly enjoyable part of our trip for $12 each. Please e-mail me if I can be of help.
Old Nov 25th, 1997, 03:14 PM
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Avoid Epirotiki Cruises. I took a 3 day cruise with with them a few years ago.The ship was a little "worn" and the food was really bad. We would make sure we ate on shore so we wouldn't have to eat on board. I have sailed with Windstar in the past to another destination and found it to be a fantastic experience. Great service, gourmet food, comfortable cabins, and a well maintained ship. The ships are small(150 passengers) without any real night time entertainment. If you prefer lots of night life (shows, casino,etc.) then a larger, floating city type ship would be better for you. Cruising can be a good value depending on the ship/line you choose,the destination, and the included activities. I recommend a cruise that includes Mikonos, Rhodes, Santorini, and Khusadasi (where you can visit Ephesus). If you love history and archeology, then Greece is a terrific place to go.
Old Nov 26th, 1997, 03:25 PM
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I recently saw that Renaissance Cruises has an great-sounding inaurgural package for a 10 day greek island/ turkey cruise. With the cruise, air and pre and post night stay at hotels n Athens and Istanbul included, prices start at $2500 for an outside stateroom.

I've never taken a renaissance cruise but it seems worth looking into.

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