Greece 2005

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

** Please post your recommendations ONLY in response to request...do not start a new thread. Thanks!
Other Mediterranean Ports
Dubrovnik, Gibraltar, Istanbul, Kotor, Kusadasi, La Goulette (Tunis), Lisbon, Madeira (Funchal), Malta, Odessa, Sevastopol, Varna, Zadar
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 08:07 AM.
#1
CUT OFF, LA US
87 Posts
Joined May 2004
Do the people in Greece, Croatia, or Italy take American money? Seems the Euros might be the way to go; but if I don't have to change money, I won't. Any favorite items to purchase in any of these locations? I plan to go June 2005. Athens, Santorina, Rhodes, Dubrovnik, Naples, Venice, Corfu, Katakolon, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus) are some of the ports I will be visiting. Any good advice for favorite places to see????????? Thanks a Bunch for any help!!!!!!! Iris Smyth
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

Cruising fool
#2
Vancouver, BC
17,519 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by IRIS FAYE
Do the people in Greece, Croatia, or Italy take American money? Seems the Euros might be the way to go; but if I don't have to change money, I won't. Any favorite items to purchase in any of these locations? I plan to go June 2005. Athens, Santorina, Rhodes, Dubrovnik, Naples, Venice, Corfu, Katakolon, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus) are some of the ports I will be visiting. Any good advice for favorite places to see????????? Thanks a Bunch for any help!!!!!!! Iris Smyth
Now let's ask that in reverse.... an Italian is coming to New York City... do you think the average cabbie will take Euros? Not? yeah, I agree. Change your money, you'll have much better luck.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Coming next
September 2017..Solstice Vancouver to Hawaii
November 2017...Queensland Land Trip
April 2018...Kauai Land Trip
September 2018...Santorini & Crete land trip

Crete Land Trip 2017/Australia Land Trip - Celebrity Constellation - Greek Isles 2016/Hawaii Land Trip 2015/Christmas and New Years in Hawaii/European Christmas Markets - Land Trip/Hawaii - VCR Celebrity Solstice 2014/Paris Land Trip/Hawaii Land Trip X 2 - 2013/Grand Med. - Ruby Princess/South of France 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip - 2011/Panama Canal and Florida Keys - Coral Princess - 2011/Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - 2010/France 3 Week Land Trip - Burgundy/Loire/Normandy/French Riviera/Provence 2010/Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess 2009/Coastal - Sapphire Princess 2009/Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers - Zuiderdam - 2009/Greek Islands cruise + Monaco and Paris by land - Grand Princess - 2008/Land Trip - Maui - 2008/3 Week Land - Paris to Rome - 2007/Hawaii - Pride of America - 2007/14 Day Caribbean - Sea Princess - 2006/Coastal - Dawn Princess - 2006/Barcelona to Venice - Millennium - 2005/UK & Ireland - Land Trip - 2004/AI Mexican Riviera -2003/Coastal - Island Princess - 2002/Maui - Land Trip x 2/Alaska - Dawn Princess - 2001/UK Land Trip x 3/11 Day Circle the Caribbean - Splendour of the Seas - 2000/Mexican Riviera - Rhapsody of the Seas - 1999/2 Week Land Bermuda - Girls Trip - 1997/Married - Maui - 1997
#3
Ontario
951 Posts
Joined Aug 2001
The Mediterranean is NOT the Caribbean. Buy euros, although inTurkey you can get away with USD.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
*Diamond Princess 11/16 Best of China Cruisetour*
Island Princess 05/15 Grand Mediterranean
Golden Princess 03/15 South America Macchu Picchu Explorer
Regal Princess 06/14 Grand Mediterranean
Pacific Princess 09/13 Black Sea & Crimea
Crown Princess 09/12 Mediterranean
Emerald Princess 08/10 Eastern Caribbean
Ruby Princess 08/09 Grand Mediterranean
Emerald Princess 01/09 Caribbean
Ruby Princess 12/08 Caribbean
Crown Princess 09/08 Transatlantic Copenhagen to FLL
Crown Princess 05/08 The Baltics
Navigator of the Seas 03/08 Mexico
Royal Princess 10/07 Holy Land
Regal Princess 08/07 LA-Hawaii-LA
Caribbean Princess 08/06 Caribbean
Grand Princess 04/06 Transatlantic to Rome
Coral Princess 01/06 Panama Canal
Grand Princess 07/05 Greek Isles
Star Princess 07/04 Grand Mediterranean
Diamond Princess 03/04 Mexican Riviera
Sun Princess 12/03 Southern Caribbean
Grand Princess 12/02 Western Caribbean
Royal Princess 08/02 Western Europe & Iberia
Ocean Princess 08/01 Alaska
Pacific Princess 12/00 Holy Land & Greek Isles
Carla C. 03/83 Southern Caribbean
#4
Boston,MA
703 Posts
Joined Nov 2003
Definately Euros even in Turkey it is widely used as the Turkish Lira devalues so quickly and you will see unofficial exchange booths offering excellent exchange rates if you can manage to figure them out.
#5
gibsons, b.c. canada
2,593 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Isn't the old saying "when in Rome do as the Romans do"? Why would you even think of taking USD when a large part of Europe now uses just the one currency?
#6
Katonah,NY, USA
2,776 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
NO one in Europe will take dollars. It is NO big deal to change currency at all esp now that the euro is so widely used.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Jacqueline [email protected]
Upcoming Paul Gauguin Tahiti, Society Islands and Tuamotus June 2018
HAL Eurodam March 2017 Carribean from Ft. Lauderdale
Silver Sea Silver Galapagos Jan 2017
Queen Mary 2 round trip New York to South Hampton July/August 2016
Caribbean Princess March 2011 So Caribbean
HAL Westerdam October 1 2010 Black Sea
AOS August 2009 So Caribbean
Celebrity Summit Feb 2009 So Caribbean
Crown Princess Spring Break So Caribbean 2006
Golden Princess Spring Break So Caribbean 2005
Hal Westerdam London to Athens July 30 2004
Celebrity Constellation So Caribbean Spring Break 04
Tahitian Princess - Tahiti ! August 2003
Grand Princess Spring Break 2003
Brilliance of the Seas Baltic 2002
Ocean Princess Alaska 2001
Celebrity Zenith Bermuda 2001
Grand Princess Med 2000
--------------------------------
QE2 1985 - Hurricane Kate- NY round trip to Carribean
Cunard Countess
Greek Islands 1983
#7
49 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Merchants will take dollars in Ephesus but these days they probably prefer Euros. We found we could sometimes negotiate a Euro price into a dollar price (same number), so it was a bargaining point.
#8
The Netherlands
37 Posts
Joined May 2005
I am from Canada, but live in Europe. Getting Euros here with a North American cash card is as easy as getting dollars in North America. You just go to an ATM machine and the exchange rate is usually better at an ATM than at a cash exchange booth. The only thing you need to watch for is that your card is compatable with the ATM. There are symbols on the back of cash cards which indicate what ATM machines will accept them. If the ATM machine you want to use displays one of the symbols on the back of your card, it will work. For example, the "Plus" symbol is displayed on most European ATM's and is on most North American cash cards. Hope this helps.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Seirra
#9
Central Valley, CA
11,253 Posts
Joined Jul 2002
Athens: if you're interested in shopping, go to the Plaka. It's multiple, narrow, cobblestone streets with all kinds of shops. I got my favorite Greek Key earrings there. There is a free shuttle that serves the Plaka (leave the driver a Euro, though).

The Parthenon and Acropolis are in the MIDDLE of the city, up on a hill and surrounded by crowded apartments, etc. You cannot walk close to the buildings, and it's a steep walk. However, to be there at all is rather impressive.

A side trip to Delphi was fantastic. Delphi is a gorgeous ruin up in the mountains. Very impressive, and you get much closer to the buildings and artifacfts. The tour usually includes lunch on the way back since it's about an hour drive to get up there.

Santorina: take the tram up to the top of the town. The switchback road up, with or without the donkey ride, makes you pay too much attention to your feet or the path, and you'll miss the breathtaking view.

We bussed to the other side of the island and went to the beach. Ask about it, and the bus station is a few blocks in. Busfare was 1 Euro each.

Rhodes: walk inside the walled city and go through the Knights Templar palace. Very interesting, and not expensive.

Dubrovnik: I won't be there until this October, so no comments right now.

Naples: Wow! Choices here! The three "biggees" are Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. We went to Pompeii, and it was fascinating. However, look at my Ephasus comments and then decide.

Venice and Corfu: not until this October!

Katakolon, Mykonos: Never been.

Kusadasi (Ephesus): Esphesus is fabulous. Unlike Pompeii, it still has some of it's marble facades, and the two story library is amazing. Similar to walking Pompeii, but more of a religious emphasis, since this is where Paul was imprisoned and preached.

Hope this helps you.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Peggy
Next up: Late 2017 with Enchantment b2b, then HAL. 2018: have to decide between 2 Princess cruises from the Left Coast.

My avatar: the aft of the Star Princess overlooking Moorea.