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Cruise Diary: Spectacular Athens

Travel writer Raisa Rivas is sailing aboard Nieuw Amsterdam and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout her voyage. Photos by Gregorio Mayi.

As Piraeus is about 30-40 minutes away from the principal attractions in Athens, some people decided to go for a walk and go shopping close to the pier. But for most of us, Athens (as most of the destinations in this itinerary) is a once in a lifetime experience, that’s why we needed to take advantage of the visit and go directly to the must-see attractions. We booked the Athens and Acropolis Tour that included a visit to the Parthenon, the most famous temple of the ancient city. As it was in the afternoon, I booked an early appointment at 8:00 the spa. Yes! I got a wonderful and relaxing reflexology treatment, that prepared my feet for the upcoming intense port days.

After enjoying great views of the busy port of Piraeus during the sail-away party, a one-hour nap helped us recover energies for our dinner at Canaletto. Late at night we enjoyed the show “Masters of Magic & Illusion” at the Showroom at Sea. Just amazing!

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