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Old August 3rd, 2006, 01:35 PM
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Default Embarkation late? HAL

We are departing from Athens on the Rotterdam on October 22nd. This is our first time in Athens and want to see as much as possible. (Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 1:30 pm on the 21st.)

What is the latest they will let us on board? 6:00 pm is the listed departure time.

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Old August 5th, 2006, 06:30 PM
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Can't believe no one answered this - the answer is - GO A DAY OR TWO EARLY!. If the ship leaves at 6:00, they should allow you to board up until then, but don't risk being late.

Actually, you can see the best of Athens in a few hours, it is called the Acropolis. Surrounding it is the Plaka shopping district, and the Agora. One full day is enough to see Athens, but with your schedule, I would just go to the Acropolis and that is it.

The problem is traffic can be terrible and by the time you get your luggage and make plans to get to the port, you won't have much time.
Also - taxis in Athens are tricky. They may not stop, are known to overcharge, and might go "the long way".

If the cruise lines offers an excursion, I recommend that. Otherwise, play it by ear. Get in a cab, go to the Acropolis, and plan to be in a taxi headed for the ship at least 90 minutes before departure (assuming the ship is at the usual terminal).
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