Which date are you sailing : I am boarding on the 15th for 2 weeks.
Rhodes town & Corfu Town are easy to explore on your own.
The greek tourist board site at www.gnto.gr has entry prices and info on all the major sites and museum plus downloadable maps. They can also help with specific questions if you e-mail them.
See also if you local library has a copy of Hunters Travel guide : Cruising the Mediterranean ~ it has loads of info regarding each port
We have done some similar places on our cruise
Dubrovnik - this is a lovely little place not much time needed take the bus that they provide and have a little walk and a drink overlooking the water.
Pireus - we hired a taxi for about 60 euros for most of the day and that was great as we could sepnd as much time as we wanted olympich stadium and some markets.
Rhodes and Mykonos not far away and just need an hour or so to have a wonder, go to the beach, relax and take in some culture.
Santorini is one of our favourites - have a walk aruond yourself, most of the places are like this.
This is a great sailing as some of the places are small that we would go out and then come back for lunch and then relax in the afternoon.
We could not afford the shore excursions - so we tried as much as we could to read the information the ship gave and watch the tv on the ship and then try and look out for these places and head that way, there are lots of people that do it so you can sometimes follow.
hope you have a nice time.
Whatever you do, make sure you go on a day trip to Ephesus from Kusadasi. And don't forget your camera & a bottle of water. Ephesus is one of the ancient wonders of the world - a Roman city mentioned in the Bible - and it's amazingly in tact for it's age - it will truly be a memorable trip for you.
This is a brilliant cruise. All the islands, were just so relaxed, Santorrini, was cable car or donkey to get up to the top.Mykonos, Kefalonia, Rhodes & Katakolon, were all explorable by foot. Kusadasi, the trip is advisable, but if you get to share a taxi, much cheaper. Dubrovnik was a coach from the ship, (I think we paid a small amount for this) Enjoy, the food was brilliant, I defy anyone to say they couldnt find anything they liked. Pity I cant say much good about the entertainment on board, should I travel on this ship again, I think I would lounge about in the morning ,have a light lunch, then go ashore, & return to eat later to avoid, this so called entertainment. Each to their own though, the cinema was good, and mostly under occupied.
I will be calling at Katakolon on a cruise & wonder if you managed to get to Olympia without using the ships tour. You said Katakolon was explorable on foot. Was there enough to do to give one a 'feel' of the place. I have spent quite a lot of time in Greece but have never been in that area. Any info would be more appreciated. Thanks.
Went on this cruise last september the excursions on board ship are very expensive if you go to reception the nite before the port of call you will find an information sheet telling you how to go it alone most of the excursions can be done for a fraction of the price they dont tell you that it is available we only discovered this into the second week of our cruise. The O.V is a wonderful ship food was excellent only downside was the evening entertainment was a bit hit and miss and the daytime entertainment was non existent they were just pushing the spa and teeth whitening etc if you wait until the middle of the week they reduce their products giving special offers on cigs and alcohol etc dont purchase goods or beauty treatments during your first few days on board.