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About Our Destination

Currency
Greece and Cyprus use the Euro (€). In Israel, the currency is the Israeli Shekel (ILS). Click here for current exchange rates
Languages
Many people in Greece, Cyprus and Israel speak English, especially those who work in tourism. Official languages are: Greek in Athens and Santorini, Greece. In Cyprus, both Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Turkish are spoken. In Israel, Hebrew is the country’s official language, with English, Arabic and Russian being spoken by sizable portions of the population as a second language.
Climate
In October, daytime temperatures range from 72° - 77°F with night-time temperatures in the low-60°s F.
Itinerary
  • Sat, October 17, 2020               Athens, Greece                                     5 PM
  • Sun, October 18, 2020              At Sea                            --                       --
  • Mon, October 19, 2020             Limassol, Cyprus          8 AM                5 PM
  • Tue, October 20, 2020              Jerusalem, Israel          7:30 AM           Overnight
  • Wed, October 21, 2020             Jerusalem, Israel                                  8PM
  • Thu, October 22, 2020              At Sea                            --                       --
  • Fri, October 23, 2020                Santorini, Greece          8 AM               8 PM
  • Sat, October 24, 2020               Athens, Greece             6 AM
  • We will offer a pre-cruise hotel package in Athens, Greece, and a post-cruise Vacation Stretcher program in Israel.  We will announce the details approximately 9 - 11 months prior to sailing.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Azamara ms Pursuit
  • 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, port charges/taxes (covered in NDA fees)
  • Olivia signature programming, entertainment, and personalized Olivia staffing throughout
What's not included?
  • Airfare, airport transfers, travel insurance, personal items, spa services, telephone, internet, shore excursions, ship’s photos, medical attention and other incidentals.
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 a visa. 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 and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Click on the Travelers’ Health section, then click on the Destinations Link and choose your destination in the “For Travelers” pull-down menu.
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.
 
2020 GREECE, CYRUS & ISRAEL LUXURY CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 10/17/2020    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   1/21/2020 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 1/22/2020 3/21/2020 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 3/22/2020 5/20/2020 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 5/21/2020 6/19/2020 75% of trip cost

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

6/20/2020 10/17/2020 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 15 days of your initial invoice date 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 or 415-962-5700 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-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 on our Connect page. Click here to join the official Facebook group.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly in to and out of Athens International Airport (ATH). We encourage guests to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
We will announce our Vacation Stretchers for this cruise, including a pre-cruise hotel program in Athens, approximately 9 - 11 months prior to the trip.
Suggested arrival/departure times
The Athens airport is approximately 31 miles (50 km) from the cruise ship port of Piraeus. Depending on traffic, the transfer time is typically 40 – 50 minutes.
We recommend you arrive into Athens no later than 12 Noon on Saturday, October 17, 2020 to allow enough time to comfortably retrieve your luggage, go through immigration and customs, and transfer to the cruise ship pier in Piraeus. All aboard is 4 pm.
You may book your departure flight from Athens (ATH) after 11 am on Saturday, October 24, 2020 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport after disembarking.
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.
Airfare discounts
Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.

During your trip

Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Airport transfers to/from Athens Airport and the ship are NOT included. You will be able to purchase arrival and departure day meet-and-greet transfers from Azamara Cruises approximately 30 days prior to the cruise. Price will be quoted by Azamara and varies by destination.
Athens (Piraeus) Port Information
If you are arriving independently, or do not purchase a transfer from Azamara, you may give this address information to your taxi or transfer driver:
Piraeus Cruise Ship Terminal
10 Akti Miaouli
Piraeus 185 38
Greece
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in will be available beginning at 1 pm. All aboard is at 4 pm so you will be on board in time for the mandatory safety drill and sailing.
Your Ship
Azamara’s ms Pursuit Ship Amenities
The Azamara’s ms Pursuit is a mid-size 682-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Mosaic Café
  • Discoveries Restaurant
  • Aqualina Restaurant*
  • Prime C Restaurant*
  • Windows Café
  • Sunset Veranda
  • Discoveries Lounge
  • The Patio pool-side grill
  • Swirl & Top self-serve frozen yogurt station
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Pool
  • Two Hot Tubs
  • The Sanctum Spa & Salon
  • Fitness Center and Jogging Track
  • Drawing Room Library
  • The Pursuit and Indulgences Shops
  • Photo Shop

*Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

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 by butler
  • One bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
  • Afternoon in-suite tea service
  • Complimentary bottles of specialty spirits (mixers included)
  • Complimentary internet (240 minutes)
  • Complimentary specialty dining
Dining
    Discoveries Restaurant: Open seating and stellar nightly selections, the main dining room is not to be missed. Discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit. You'll find your classic dinner favorites, with a deliciously different twist, like gulf shrimp with cognac and garlic or a filet mignon with black truffle sauce. With its elegant yet lively dining and renewed décor, it’s easy to see why this restaurant is a hands-down favorite, the culinary heart of the ship. Gather at Discoveries Bar for drinks before or after dinner.

    Windows Café: The daily themed dinner often takes its inspiration from the region we’re visiting. Enjoy an extra live station made from local ingredients purchased in port: Greek salad made with local feta (Greece) or pasta prepared with local mushrooms (Italy). Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the easy and casual atmosphere of the newly renovated Windows Café. Enjoy an intimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And speaking of choices, selections change daily. Choose from fresh sushi, stir-fry and pasta, salads, smoked lox and other cold fish, a carving station and of course, desserts.

    The Patio and Swirl & Top: Casual “pool grill” by day. Then, fine tablecloths and flickering candles will set the mood for a sit-down al fresco dining experience by night. Taste your way around the world with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors of the places we visit on our Destination Immersion® cuisine dinner menu served by our professional wait staff. And for a little touch of whimsy, a self-serve frozen yogurt station—Swirl & Top. With a variety of flavors and your choice of toppings, it’s the perfect way to cool off during the day or end your evening meal.

    Mosaic Café: Comfortable and stylish, Mosaic is the place where you’ll find your favorite coffee drinks, just the way you like. Try the Nespresso specialty coffee (for a fee). Slip into a comfortable seat and sip for a while. The perfect place to start or end your day.

    Aqualina* is one of the on-board specialty restaurants. At Aqualina, you’ll find some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes. But you’ll also find contemporary inventive cuisine. Start with lobster ravioli, followed by arugula and radicchio with prosciutto chips, and a Venetian seafood platter. You won’t be able to say no to the famous desserts: marsala custard, lemon soufflé, or tiramisu. Azamara chefs love to be inspired, so after an on shore visit to a local market, you can also expect a delectable dish so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

    Prime C* is one of the on-board specialty restaurants. Steaks cooked to perfection. Crab cakes with remoulade. Lobster bisque. Lamb, game hens and seafood. And last but certainly not least, the famous mini cinnamon-sugar donuts with dipping sauces for dessert. (Yes, they are as good as they sound.) But at Prime C, you’re in for more than an array of delectable dining. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm wood-paneled ambiance with stunning views and lush décor. And, if the chef has made a visit to a local market while we’re in port, you’ll also have an authentic local dish to look forward to, made just for you.

    *Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

24-hour Room Service
the best time for room service? Whenever you say it is, 24-hours a day. Order from the full breakfast menu between 6:30 am and 10 am. Lunch and dinner room service features a menu of hearty soups, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and desserts.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220-volt outlet.
Excursions
Excursions will be available to book approximately 30 days prior to the cruise. We will notify you via email when excursions are available for online booking.
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.
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. Ships can only connect to one dedicated satellite to provide Internet service for all onboard needs and therefore service interruptions may occur.
Laundry and dry cleaning
Laundry, pressing and dry-cleaning service is available on board. Check on board for pricing. Self-service laundry is available.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services are 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.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone which you may use to call cabin-to-cabin, and to the various onboard facilities. There is an additional fee to use this phone to call outside of the ship; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
Azamara ships have a designated smoking area, located on the starboard forward section of the pool deck. The smoking area is clearly marked. For guests' comfort and health, all other areas of the ships are nonsmoking, including public rooms, restaurants, pool decks, staterooms and suites, verandas and halls.
Spa Services
There is a spa on board. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows.
Special Needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking. Complex food allergies and/or needs must be submitted 30 days prior to the cruise. Guests with diabetic, lean/light, low cholesterol, low sodium, vegetarian/vegan, kosher, gluten-free, lactose-free can be accommodated. Please contact Olivia Guest Services at guestservices@olivia.com if you have not notified us of your dietary needs.

After Your Trip

Departure Transfers
The Athens airport is approximately 31 miles (50 km) from the cruise ship port of Piraeus. Depending on traffic, the transfer time is typically 40 – 60 minutes.
You may book your departure flight from Athens (ATH) after 11 am on Saturday, October 24, 2020 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport after disembarking.
We will announce our Vacation Stretchers for the Greece, Cyprus & Israel Luxury Cruise approximately 9 - 11 months prior to the trip.

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