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Santorini 1pm-10pm - good, bad?

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We are in Santorini next June from 1pm-10pm. Would like to go to Oia, of course. Any advice would be great. I assume it is very busy at that time. Also, would we have time to got to a restaurant to view sunset and get back down to the ship on time?

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We were in Santorini this year from 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm.   Check to see how many ships are in port the same day and what times they arrive / depart.    There were a total of 3 ships in port (including ours).    2 arrived early (before us) and left before us.     We had priority disembarkation and were the first tender off the ship.    There were no lines at the Cable Car.     Coming back we waited maybe 10 minutes for the cable car.     We were back on the boat before sunset and headed to the top of the ship to watch it.     Depends on what time your ship leaves port if you will see the sunset from a restaurant.   

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As above, probably good timing.

 

Arrival and departure times are now staggered with the aim of reducing congestion and long waiting  lines up and down for the cable car.

 

With a 10pm departure time you should be able to watch the sunset from your ship so need to look for a restaurant ashore unless you especially want the restaurant experience.

 

This is a recent thread you may find useful to read, and the photos on one reply will maybe have you reconsider being ashore for sunset.

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2690182-sunset-on-santorini/?tab=comments#comment-58190983

 

 

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We just got back and were there last week. Our ship was there from 1PM-10PM. There were 4 other ships there at the same time and it was crazy busy. We took a tour to a winery and Oia that ended at around 6:15PM. We then went to dinner in Fira and watched the sunset from there. The service was slow and our dinner didn't end until 8PM. The last tender was 9:30PM and we heard of 1.5 hour waits for the cable car. We ended up walking down the donkey steps in the dark which was not fun. 

We talked to people on your tender and they said the wait for the cable cars was about 1 hour. 

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7 hours ago, ElmwoodPark said:

We just got back and were there last week. Our ship was there from 1PM-10PM. There were 4 other ships there at the same time and it was crazy busy. We took a tour to a winery and Oia that ended at around 6:15PM. We then went to dinner in Fira and watched the sunset from there. The service was slow and our dinner didn't end until 8PM. The last tender was 9:30PM and we heard of 1.5 hour waits for the cable car. We ended up walking down the donkey steps in the dark which was not fun. 

 

 

I was on the same sailing as ElmwoodPark - we got in the cable car line on the way back around 8:30-8:40pm and ended up on the last tender back to the ship an hour later along with the ship officers who were monitoring the line. Nobody was left behind. 

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Even with more than 2 ships docked, you will still be able to visit Oia, but you will be pressed with time. Depends on the crowds for the cable cars. But still there should be plenty of time for you to enjoy Santorini.

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When we got off the tender there were boats selling transfer from the pier to another pier closer to Oia - doing that you avoid the cable car line. If we ever go back that's what I'll do. 

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Like others I did NCL Star with 1-10pm, they arrived earlier, we took a tour that took us to the pier, but be warned the pier is a jammed place as part of it was destroyed and getting rebuilt.  If you are looking to secure independent transportation it was a mess with it backed to the main road at the top.  we were lucky our van and bus tours all were down and waiting, but if you are securing some transportation that wasn't prepared you could be stranded for hours.

 

We had time for tour of of several places, and timing wasn't perfect as even though you leave at 10, you do need to plan to either negotiate the walk down ( donkey gifts and all ) or wait in the long line for the cable car, for us we were the last ship and we still waited almost 45' to get down.    

 

We did hit all the check boxes including a very nice almost sunset view.   In the end have no desire to be with the hordes to catch that sunset, LOL

 

 

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On 9/11/2019 at 6:34 PM, cmich068 said:

When we got off the tender there were boats selling transfer from the pier to another pier closer to Oia - doing that you avoid the cable car line. If we ever go back that's what I'll do. 

This is a great option...works out well. We did a private group tour this past May that included this speedboat transfer to Oia.

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On our visit last week there were 5 ships in port. We were the last ship in and the last ship to leave. The line for the cable car was insane so we opted for the speedboat. They got us where we needed to go but not without headaches. The boat drops you off at the base of a steep hill and you have quite a hike up to the bus that brings you into Oia. The return trip to Fira  runs every couple of hours. The bus meeting point was a disorganized mess. Oia was completely overwhelmed with tourists. We could barely move on the narrow streets. The line for the cable car back down was so long we opted to walk down the donkey path. That was the most peaceful part of the day!

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