ATHENS -- Olympic Games organizing committee Athens 2004 here said
it found alternate accommodations for officials who had booked
cabins on the three Royal Olympia Cruises ships originally set to
dock at Piraeus, Greece, for the duration of this August's Summer
Games before they were seized by creditors back in January.
The U.S. Olympic Committee, with reservations for 60 cabins on
the ROC ships, will be housed on Holland America's Oosterdam,
according to Spyros Pappas, accommodations manager for Athens
Meanwhile, French organizing officials and broadcasters -- with 105
cabins -- will be accommodated on Majestic International Cruises'
Ocean Explorer I, while other national Olympic committees have been
assigned to area hotels.
Despite the room crunch, Athens 2004 noted that shipboard cabins
and suites are still available for booking by visitors and
spectators on the Oosterdam and Holland America sister ship the
Rotterdam, as well as the AIDA Aura, operated by Carnival Corp.'s
Germany-based AIDA cruise operation.
In related news, new Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis,
head of the conservative New Democracy party -- which swept this
week's national elections -- said he was taking personal charge of
the controversial drive to ready a laggardly Athens in time for the
Aug. 13 opening ceremonies of the Summer Games.
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].