We boarded our Greek Island cruise at around 10am at Athens’ Piraeus port. We’re traveling on a four-day cruise on the Louis Cruise Lines on the Olympia ship. Ports of call will be Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini.
We have an outside stateroom, category XF, on the Venus deck. It’s a decent size for 2 people but I wouldn’t use the word spacious. It is a cruise cabin after all. Best of all, we have a big window, not just a port-hole. Big windows are one of my favorite things in life.
Boarding was easy and efficient. So far, I’m impressed with the staff, very friendly. The boat isn’t luxurious but it’s clean and comfortable. We don’t sell Louis cruises as a cruise for crusing sake, but as a way to see the islands. For that purpose, they are very good, we’ve never had a complaint.
We set sail at 11am, headed out on the Aegean Sea en route to our first port of call – Mykonos. We spent the afternoon hanging out on deck. The scenery was spectacular in every direction, with distant islands rising and setting on the horizon. There are literally thousands of Greek islands and in the 7 hours between Piraeus and Mykonos, we seemed to pass a good percentage of them. First we cut south through the island-dense Saronic Gulf, then east through the island-dense Cyclades. Our destination was on the eastern edge of that island group.
We arrived Mykonos at 6pm and descended on the island with pretty much everyone else on board. This is a touristy island, no doubt about it. And with cruise ships in port, the tourist amplitude is intense. We wandered through the winding, cobbled streets of Mykonos Town for a while. The town is postcard-pretty.
After mingling with the crowds for about an hour, we decided sitting and watching them would be much preferrable, accompanied by food and drink, of course. We grabbed an outdoor table at Bakalo and enjoyed an excellent meal and prime people watching.
Walking off dinner, we passed countless pulsing bars and discos. Mykonos is definitely a party island.
Back on the boat by 10pm, we sailed at 11.
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