Piraeus, Port of Athens, Greece
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A valid passport is required for travel. Check your passport expiration date carefully. All passengers must have a passport valid for 6 months after your return date. If your passport expires before November 14, 2024, you will need to have it renewed. Any guest without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Bare Necessities assumes no responsibility for advising guests of visa requirements.
Non U.S. citizens should contact the nearest embassy or consulate office for current passport and/or visa requirements for your entire journey.
It’s important to review Star Clipper’s “Health & hygiene protocols” at https://www.starclippers.com/us-dom/. The site will provide necessary updates as the situation evolves. Bare Necessities will provide necessary information to our passengers as additional details become available.
Port taxes & fees, estimated at $590 per person, are due February 16, 2024. Gratuities are paid on board and set at $160 US per person; this amount will automatically be charged to your shipboard account in the equivalent amount in Euro (€).
Booking numbers will be emailed approximately 30-45 days prior to sailing at which time passengers will be required to enter their passport information and emergency contact details on Star Clipper’s website. After that, the cruise line will send e-Docs (electronic cruise tickets) and luggage tags directly to passengers via email. Passengers first and last name on the e-Docs must be exactly as they appear on the passport.
A list of shore excursions, including any clothes-free excursions offered, will be provided with your e-Docs (electronic cruise tickets). All shore excursions are available for purchase once onboard the Royal Clipper starting on embarkation day. The excursion folder for each port of call can be found at the shore excursion desk located mid ship on the Clipper deck.
The Royal Clipper will be docked at the Port of Piraeus, about 15 kilometers or approximately 9 miles from the city center. It is easily connected to Athens by all methods of transportation.
There are 2 cruise terminals – Terminal A and B situated 500 meters apart. Most cruise ships dock directly at Terminal A, however the exact location is not confirmed until a few days prior to sailing.
Embarkation is scheduled to begin at 3 PM, and we request all guests to be on board no later than 6:30 PM. The ship sails at 7:30 PM on April 30, 2024. If all passengers are on board prior to the scheduled departure time, the Captain may elect to sail early
For safety and logistical reasons, Bare Necessities does not recommend taking the Metro or Suburban rail while traveling in Athens. Please be advised that while this is inexpensive, the transfer does include a lot of hustling around with your luggage, including several flights of steps at stations, as well as increases your risk of becoming a target for petty theft.
Taxis in Athens can be confusing with a complicated fare structure. We suggest a private transfer upon your arrival to the airport such as Welcome Pickups www.welcomepickups.com.
You can also download the Uber app or even use the main taxi app, BEAT during your stay in Athens.
Taxis – The color of taxis in Athens is yellow, and they are available 24/7. When exiting Athens Airport, you will find street taxis waiting between Exit 2 and Exit 3 at the arrival area. By Law, fares on several routes in Greece are fixed. Always confirm the rate with the driver prior to entering the vehicle. Fixed fare prices include everything: luggage charges, tolls/fees, VAT, meter start, airport charges, etc. The fixed rate is higher when traveling late in the evening. If a fixed price is not agreed upon before the vehicle, make sure the meter is running.
All luggage must be securely packed and clearly labeled with passenger’s full name, ship’s name, cabin number and date of sailing. Luggage tags will be included with your e-Docs. We recommend that travel documents (cruise tickets, passport, and visa), valuables, and medication be hand carried in your carry-on bag. Neither Star Clippers, Ltd., nor Star Clippers Americas, nor Bare Necessities are responsible for any loss, theft or damage to passenger’s luggage or personal property. Please contact your air carrier(s) directly to determine their size specifications, weight limits and/or fees for luggage. The port of Piraeus cruise terminal A does have an area to store your luggage if needed.
The Royal Clipper will return to the port of Piraeus in Athens at approximately 7 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Disembarkation procedures will begin after local Immigration & Customs officials have cleared the ship.
We suggest arranging your flights out of Athens no earlier than 12:00 PM (noon). The cruise line may offer bus transfers to the airport on debarkation day. These transfers can be purchased through the shore excursion desk.
Your cruise includes all meals and all beverages excluding premium brands of alcohol, champagne and wine*. Gift shop items, spa services, shore excursions, and laundry services are additional. All items and services purchased on board will be charged to your shipboard account. During the embarkation process the ship will take your credit card information and give you a key card. This is your stateroom key, personal identification card, and also used to charge services and products provided on board the ship. Each account can be settled in cash or credit card on the final day of the cruise. The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Personal checks and Discover are not accepted on board. Please note that the currency used on board the ship is in Euro (€).
*French or Italian house wines, house liqueurs, house spirits, cocktail of the day, non-alcoholic cocktails, soda by the glass, draft beer, bottled water, espresso and cappuccino are complimentary for each guest for the duration of the cruise. Premium brands of alcohol, premium wines and champagne are not included.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most major hotels, shops and restaurants. When traveling abroad, it is often a good idea to telephone your credit card companies in advance of departure and inform them of your travel plans. Doing so may prevent your card from being “tagged” as stolen and may prevent inconveniences.
Greece is part of the European Union and uses Euros (€) as their form of currency. It is a good idea to bring along Euros in smaller bills for miscellaneous use when only a small amount of currency is needed.
ATM machines are a good source for obtaining foreign currency however may charge a fee. ATM machines are available at the airport and around the cities and usually offer the best exchange rates. Currency Exchange Offices can be found in most tourist, market, and commercial areas. They offer better exchange rates than most banks and may or may not charge a commission. Offices in market areas tend to offer better exchange rates than those in tourist areas. Most Post Offices will also exchange currency.
Even without the mandatory minimum insurance currently required by Star Clipper, Bare Necessities has always STRONGLY recommended the purchase of travel insurance. It is designed to cover the cost of your travel arrangements in the event of certain unforeseeable reasons that may adversely affect you or your travel plans. The most claimed reason for a trip cancellation that is covered by travel insurance is a medical need. This could be a sickness, injury or death suffered by one of the travelers or his/her immediate family member. Other covered reasons may include weather delays; strikes; destination uninhabitable from natural disaster; epidemics; travel restrictions; mechanical breakdown of a common carrier; mandatory evacuation; or bankruptcy of a cruise line or other travel supplier. Trip insurance also covers any medical expenses that you may incur during the voyage, including air ambulances and other medevac transportation. Full coverage must typically be purchased within 14 days of the date of the initial deposit or payment for the trip and can offer the ability to cancel for any reason.
Passengers are encouraged to do their own research and use any travel insurance provider that they feel most comfortable with. For more information on purchasing travel insurance, please visit https://omnitourandtravel.com (this link is also found under TRAVEL INSURANCE at the Bare Necessities website) and select American or Canadian residency. International passengers are encouraged to use a search engine to locate travel insurance providers serving their country of residence
Alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call will be stored and returned at the end of the voyage.
Important Health Information
A qualified physician or registered nurse is either on staff or is available from shore. In addition, the ship’s officers are qualified in administering first aid. Any applicable fees for medical services rendered on board will be charged to your account and presented for settlement at the end of the cruise.
A telephone is provided in each cabin. The cost for outgoing and incoming phone calls is € 4 per minute. All calls will be billed to the passengers on board account. Price is subject to change. Should someone wish to contact a passenger at sea, they may do so by calling the Star Clippers Americas office at 305-773-3541 and the information will be forwarded to the ship. Passengers contacted from shore via fax will be charged on board.
In the event of an emergency, family and friends may contact you on board by calling Star Clippers office in Miami, Florida, at 305-773-3541.
Passengers can purchase an internet package on board the ship. Service is dependent upon satellite signal (location and weather). You may receive e- mails on board through the Purser’s Office; they will be printed and delivered to your cabin at a nominal charge. WIFI is available in the Library, Tropical Bar and Piano Bar. If you need to stay in touch with family and loved ones, they may send an email to the Royal Clipper at: email@example.com.
Royal Clippers electrical output is 220 volts (European Current). Hair dryers are provided in your cabin, for your convenience. Adapters are necessary on board the ship, as well as on land, if you plan to bring 110 volt electrical appliances with you.
Star Clippers and Bare Necessities are not responsible for loss or theft of jewelry, cash or other valuables. Each room has a safe. We encourage you to make use of this amenity.
Laundry services and dry-cleaning services are available at an additional cost and may be arranged through your room steward.
To safeguard the health of our passengers, smoking is not allowed at any time in any interior areas of the ship. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the outside decks (Starboard side only). Smoking is prohibited on the aft decks and on the balconies.
The Royal Clipper does not have elevators. If you have mobility issues, please contact us immediately.
IMPORTANT – A Reminder Regarding Decorum and Attire
If you have any questions, or if we may assist you in preparing for departure, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM Central (10AM – 6PM EST & 7AM – 3PM PDT) at 800-743-0405 or512-499-0405.
We are delighted that you have chosen to join us in Sailing the Greek Isles. This is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!
The Staff of Bare Necessities Tour & Travel
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