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Get Ready Greek Isles

Are You Ready For Your Greek Island Adventure?

The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning all those little details that will make our OUTbound Greek Isles Cruise even more amazing! Below are a few things to help you make the most of our vacation together. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.

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Flights

Flight Ideas

Since our Greek Isles Cruise leaves and returns to Athens (Piraeus), flights are super easy. Simply log onto your favorite airline’s website and look for roundtrip tickets to Athens (ATH).

The airline you choose is completely up to you. While flights are not included, we’re always happy to help narrow down the best flight options with you. Simply give us a call or send us an email, letting us know where you’ll be flying from, if you have a preferred airline (based on frequent flyer miles or credit card points), & what class of service you typically like to book.

Boarding Our Ship

Getting to the Ship

Our ship will be docked at the Port of Piraeus Passenger Cruise Terminal.

The exact address of the Port of Piraeus is Akti Miaouli 10, Pireas 185 38, Greece.

The Piraeus port is huge, with over 25 different dock locations for cruise ships, passenger ferries and cargo ships. As we get a little closer to our sail date, our ship, the Azamara Pursuit, will be assigned a specific dock. We’ll update this section with the most current dock location once that has been assigned.

There are a number of ways to reach the Port of Piraeus.  The port is accessible from both the Athens Termini Metro and the Piraeus Airport via train and shuttle.

By Taxi:  Taxis from central Athens to the Port of Piraeus typically take about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic, and will cost between €20 and €25.

By Metro:  You can get to Piraeus by Metro Line 1 (the green line). Line 1 runs from Kifissia to Piraeus, passing through the center of Athens and making stops at central stations Omonoia, Monastiraki and Thisio.

Remember, your transfers from our host hotel to our ship on Sunday are included with your Pre-Cruise Package.

 

Boarding

Boarding officially begins at 2:00pm local time on August 31, 2025, but you are free to arrive at our ship at any time after 12:00pm, drop your luggage with one of the many porters, head through a quick security checkpoint, and then relax with some light refreshments in the dock facility until pre-boarding opens. Once pre-boarding opens, you’ll be able to register at one of the many gate agent counters, board the ship and participate in a quick muster station and security information session, and then begin exploring the gorgeous Azamara Pursuit.

The Windows Café on Deck 9 will be open to grab a bite and start getting to know your fellow OUTbounders!

Athens Host Hotel

Our Hotel In Athens

For those of you who are getting an early start and arriving early in Athens, we have you covered with our incredible host hotel, the Royal Olympic Athens. A stylish, contemporary hotel in great location that is only a quick a 15-minute walk from the Acropolis and the gay bars in the Gazi District, the gay neighborhood of Athens. The Royal Olympic offers bright, comfortable rooms with air conditioning and a generous breakfast buffet that will set you up for a day exploring Athens. Here’s a link to all of our host hotel optionsAthens Host Hotel

Royal Olympic Athens Address: 28-34 Athanasiou Diakou Street; 117 43, Athens, Greece

Getting To Our Hotel

By Car
The Royal Olympic Athens Hotel is about 30 to 35 minutes from the Athens airport by either taxi or Uber.

By Train
The metro is quick and easy to get from the Athens airport to our host hotel. Airport metro services run every 36 minutes, from 6:00am in the morning to 11:3opm at night. The Athens metro system has three lines… blue, red and green. To get from Athens airport to the Royal Olympic, take the blue line from the airport and then change to Syntagma station for the red line to Elliniko. It takes longer than 60 minutes in total. You can pay by card or cash. You can get more information on the train into Athens by clicking HERE.

Athens Tour Options

LGBTQ+ Tours of Athens

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can start exploring with our OUTbound optional tours of Athens. OUTbound has partnered with a local LGBTQ+ tour agency to design a different kind of Greek holiday for our community, offering a uniquely rainbow experience in Athens. Thanks to our LGBTQ+ tour experts and their knowledge, our OUTbounders will get a personal, up close tour of some of Greece’s best-known sights. Start exploring all the things you want to see on a standard tour, but with an emphasis its LGBTQ+ history just for us! Here’s a link to all of our tour options in and around AthensLGBTQ+ Athens Tours

Tipping

Tipping Our Hosts

Tipping is not included with your OUTbound vacation to the Greek Isles. We never want to dictate anyone’s generosity or decide how much you think YOUR experience with a crew member, waitstaff or tour guide was worth. How much to tip depends on the type of service you receive and your personal experience.

During our trip together, you’ll come into contact with many different servers and hosts. At the end of each day’s guided tour, you’ll have the chance to tip our guide and driver whatever you feel your experience was worth. Feel free at any point during your cruise to tip whoever you’d like, be it a bartender who goes the extra mile, your stateroom attendants who not only clean your room but provide nightly turn down service, or a tour guide who’s insight and knowledge makes your visit even more memorable than expected.

If you feel that any individual in particular has gone above and beyond in making your experience something extra special, then we encourage you to reach out to them directly and let them know how much you appreciated their service during our time together.

Currency

What Money Should You Bring?

Greece

Greece is a member of the European Union and one of 20 countries that use the Euro (abbreviated €) as their national currency. That means you will be able to use Euros in Athens and every island we visit during our cruise.

Turkey

Turkey uses the Turkish Lira (abbreviated ₺) as its national currency. However, during our stop in Ephesus you will most likely be able to use Euros to purchase souvenirs or grab a quick bit to eat from the local vendors.

You can also use your credit or debit card as well throughout our trip, as credit cards are widely accepted everywhere in each country. However, remember that there will be additional bank charges upon usage and even a foreign transaction fee in some cases, depending on your bank.

Visa Requirements

Will I need a Visa to enter Greece?

No! Americans who are planning to visit Greece with us in 2025 will not have to worry about applying for the European Union’s new travel authorization system.

US Citizens do not need a Visa to enter the EU.

For almost a decade now, European Union authorities have been working on a visa-like system called the European Travel Information and Authorization System. After several years of delays, the new system has now been pushed back to mid-2025 because its entry/exit database still isn’t ready.

Will I need a Visa to enter Turkey?

No! Travelers holding a US passport do not need a visa to enter Turkey of your stay is 90-days or less.

US Citizens do not need a Visa to enter Turkey.

That means US Citizens will not need a Visa this summer to join us on our Greek Isles Cruise.

Power Outlets

What Power Converters Will I Need?

Our ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has two (2) EU 220v Type C outlets and two (2) US 110v Standard outlets in each stateroom. Feel free to bring a UBS adapter with multiple outlets so that you can charge several of your devices at once.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

If we’ve learned anything over these last couple of years, it’s that the world can be an uncertain place at times. While you’re never required to buy travel insurance, it’s a good idea and we recommend all OUTbounders consider protecting your hard-earned vacation money. The price of your coverage will depend on a few factors, including the cost of the trip, what state you live in, how long before the trip departs, and if you have any pre-existing or underlying health conditions, to name a few.

Some reasons why you might buy travel insurance include:

  • Cancel for Any Reason
  • Unexpected Work Requirements
  • Personal or Family Illness

OUTbound does not provide travel insurance. However, we always recommend using a third-party insurance carrier to provide your coverage.

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