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About Our Destination

Currency
Italy and Greece use the Euro (€) and Croatia use the Kuna (kn).
Languages
Italy: Italian / Croatia: Croatian / Greece: Greek
Being Gay in Italy, Croatia, and Greece
Italy legalized same-sex civil unions in May 2016. It has been legal to be LGBTQ in Croatia since 1977, although same-sex marriage is still not legal. Dubrovnik is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in Croatia. Greece and the Greek islands, especially Mykonos, are very LGBTQ-friendly. There is also a LGBTQ district in Athens called Gazi where you will find many LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people.
Climate
Venice and Croatia will range between 64°F-72°F (18°C-22°C) during the day and 48°F-57°F (9°C-14°C) at night. Greece will range between 66°F-74°F (19°C-23.3°C) during the day and 59°F-61°F (15°C-16°C) at night.
Itinerary
  • Saturday, October 6 — Venice, Italy (Overnight)
  • Sunday, October 7 — Venice, Italy (Depart 12 pm)
  • Monday, October 8 — Dubrovnik, Croatia (9 am-10 pm)
  • Tuesday, October 9 — At Sea
  • Wednesday, October 10 — Chania/Crete, Greece (8 am-11 pm)
  • Thursday, October 11 — Santorini, Greece (8 am-10 pm)
  • Friday, October 12 — Mykonos, Greece (8 am-10 pm)
  • Saturday, October 13 — Piraeus/Athens, Greece (Arrive 8 am)

See our Vacation Stretchers tab for information regarding our pre-cruise and post cruise vacation stretchers.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Azamara ms Quest
  • All meals, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers, and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities when applicable
  • Gratuities and port charges/taxes
  • Olivia signature entertainment and programming
  • Personalized Olivia staffing throughout
What’s not included?
  • Boutique, casino, and spa services
  • Airfare and airport transfers
  • Internet access, phone, and other incidentals
  • Optional excursions in all ports of call
  • Beverages not listed as included
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then "Vaccinations".
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions. This is a Selected Cruise trip which falls under our cancellation penalty schedule for Riverboats, Adventures, Selected Cruises, and Selected Resorts.
 
2018 VENICE TO ATHENS LUXURY CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 10/6/2018    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   1/9/2018 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 1/10/2018 3/10/2018 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 3/11/2018 5/9/2018 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 5/10/2018 6/8/2018 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

6/9/2018   100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, gay friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre and post trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance, please call Conlin Travel: # 888-278-1698
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Venice to Athens Luxury Cruise Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Venice to Athens Luxury Cruise 2018 Group on Facebook.
Special occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and out of Athens International Airport (ATH). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Even though we are overnighting in Venice on Saturday, October 6, we request that you arrive by 4:30 pm to participate in the Safety Drill. If you are arriving after 4:30 pm, please contact us at 800-631-6277 option 2.
You will need to fly out of Athens International Airport (ATH). We suggest you book your flight after 1 pm on Saturday, October 13 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Airport transfers from the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) to the ship and the ship to the Athens International Airport (ATH) on arrival and departure day are NOT included. The distance from the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) to the Port in Venice is approximately 9 miles and a 26-minute drive. You can expect to pay approximately 40 Euros for a taxi to the Port Venice from the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), depending on the time of day.
Port of Venice, Italy
TBD – there are two ports that are very close to each other in Venice however, our ship has not been assigned a port at this time. We will have this information in April 2018.
Athens Port Information
Port of Piraeus / Athens
10 Akti Miaouli
185 38 Piraeus, Greece
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in will be available at 1 pm and, though we overnight, all aboard is at 4:30 pm so you will be on board in time for the mandatory safety drill.

During your trip

Accommodations
Azamara’s ms Quest Ship Amenities
The Azamara’s ms Quest is a mid-size 682-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Casino Spirits
  • Mosaic Café
  • Discoveries Lounge
  • Discoveries Restaurant
  • Aqualina
  • Prime C
  • Windows Café
  • The Patio and Swirl & Top
  • Pool
  • Two hot tubs
  • Sanctum Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • La Boutique, Indulgences, and The Quest Shop
  • Photo Shop
Suite and Room amenities
  • Egyptian cotton bed linin with duvet
  • Plush cotton robes and slippers
  • French bath products
  • Fresh flowers
  • Welcome fruit basket on embarkation
  • Writing desk
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
  • Use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Shoe shine service
  • Daily news bulletin
  • Turndown treats
  • 24-hour room service
Suite amenities
  • English Butler Service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Unpacking and packing of luggage
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • “Welcome” sparkling wine and fruit basket
  • Daily savories between 4 – 6 pm
  • In-suite afternoon tea service (upon request)
  • In-suite dining from restaurant menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (upon request)
  • One bottle of vodka and one bottle of scotch whiskey
  • Opportunity to book in-suite spa services (additional charges)
  • Complimentary seating throughout the voyage in the specialty dining restaurants
Dining

Discoveries Restaurant
Classic dinner favorites with a European flair

Windows Café
Buffet restaurant featuring a lavish display of culinary genius for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The Patio and Swirl & Top
This poolside café features made-to-order fish-kabobs, burgers, fries, and salads

Aqualina
One of the on-board specialty restaurants featuring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine

Prime C
One of the on-board specialty restaurants that is sure to capture your taste buds' attention if steak or seafood are on your mind

Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit the travel preferences page to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 180 days prior to the trip.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220-volt outlet.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, and other-behind-the-scenes crew members.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use; cost is available on board.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an Internet wireless plan on board.
Laundry services
Laundry, pressing and dry-cleaning service is available on board. Check on board for pricing. Self-service laundry is complimentary.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Spa services
There is a spa on board. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only.
Solo travelers
We will have a solos program on board, led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia's Venice to Athens Luxury Cruise 2018 Official Facebook Group Page.
Excursions
Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. Your booking number and detailed instructions on how to book shore excursions will be emailed to you.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the airport we recommend purchasing a transfer on board. The airport in Athens (ATH) is approximately 30 minutes away from the Port of Piraeus / Athens. We suggest you book your flight after 1 pm on Saturday, October 13 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
Vacation stretchers
We have Pre- and Post-Vacation Stretchers available! Please visit our Vacation Stretchers for more information.

Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check out our Olivia travel FAQ or call us at 800-631-6277 (inside the U.S. & Canada) or 415-962-5700 (Outside the U.S. & Canada) and select option 2.

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