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Old February 21st, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Default Galaxy 11.10.07: Approx. time pier Athens to airport?

Hi! We have booked 11.10.07 Rome to Athens on Galaxy. To use airmiles, we cannot do open-jaw (FL to Rome; Athens to FL) as 40,000 extra miles (on top of 60,000 each) are required. I have found one-way fares (!) from Athens to Rome but need to know approx. time needed to get from pier to a/p in order to make arrangements for flight to Rome. Even staying over in Rome is less expensive by far than buying extra miles. We cruised in Med on Galaxy two years ago. Hope she isn't too much worse for wear by now since we found her to be a fine, classy and mellow ship. Anyone out there doing this great sounding cruise with Alexandria and two days in Istanbul? Anyone who can give approx. times? Thanx!
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Old February 21st, 2007, 07:26 PM
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sharonious,

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Hi! We have booked 11.10.07 Rome to Athens on Galaxy. To use airmiles, we cannot do open-jaw (FL to Rome; Athens to FL) as 40,000 extra miles (on top of 60,000 each) are required. I have found one-way fares (!) from Athens to Rome but need to know approx. time needed to get from pier to a/p in order to make arrangements for flight to Rome. Even staying over in Rome is less expensive by far than buying extra miles. We cruised in Med on Galaxy two years ago. Hope she isn't too much worse for wear by now since we found her to be a fine, classy and mellow ship. Anyone out there doing this great sounding cruise with Alexandria and two days in Istanbul? Anyone who can give approx. times? Thanx!
I have to say that I don't understand why there's a problem with an "open jaw" itinerary because most airlines' frequent flyer plans treat a legal "open jaw" exactly the same as a round trip. Flying to Rome from any airport in the United States and returning to the same airport in the United States most assuredly would qualify as a legal "open jaw" itinerary. You might want to check with your airline's frequent flier service desk again to be sure that somebody is not misinterpreting something.

That said, the best advice regarding a flight from Athens to Rome is to have your travel agent call Celebrity and ask the earliest flight time for which Celebrity will provide transfers to the airport for passengers on your cruise. It's not prudent to book a flight any earlier than that time, even if you decide not to use Celebrity's transfer service.

That said, there is one more potential "gotcha" in this equation. The latest flights from Rome to the United States leave Rome around 10:30 AM. It's not very likely that you will be able to make a flight from Athens to Rome in time to make that connection on disembarkation day, so you will have to stay at least one night in Rome (or in Fiumicino, where the airport is) in any case. A taxi from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino to a hotel in Rome costs about $90 or more each way, though a taxi to a hotel in Fiumicino probably would cost considerably less. Also, you'll need cash to pay the cost of the taxi because Rome's taxis do not accept credit cards.

Norm.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 05:47 AM
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it takes about a hour to get from the pier to the airport in athens. if have ot spend hte night in rome i would not leave the airport area and just find a hotel there as it would be much cheaper. that way you dont have to worry about getting back and forth.[u]
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