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Percil - Answered a Question by Williams (04 Dec 08 18:57)

Don't know about boarding processes but the railway station is only a very short journey from the docks. (walking distance if you didn't have luggage to content with).

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Taylor - replied to Percil (05 Dec 08 15:54)

We went to Rome under or own steam last year from Citavecchia. As already stated the railway station is approx 10 minutes from the harbour gates( just turn left and cross over the road) and the trains are very good. Avoid rush hour which is earlier than the UK. As long as you are in good health, have time and have wheeled luggage consider doing it. The travel time is usually much better than by road. From a sixty two year old. If you use the railway remember to validate your ticket.

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Lucas - replied to Taylor (06 Dec 08 09:27)

I agree entirely. However, wheeled luggage is essential. Just one minor comment. From Civitavecchia railway station, you should turn RIGHT, NOT left.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Williams (04 Dec 08 19:51)

There are various ways to get to Civitavecchia from Rome but the most convenient, if a little expensive, is to use one of the taxi services which specialise in this trip. The thought of trying to get luggage together with personnel onto the, albeit, very efficient train service or a bus doesn't bear contemplating. You firstly have the problem of going to the train or the bus station then scrambling to get cases onboard and after the journey you must get from the bus or railway station, which is no short distance particularly with luggage, to the dock gates and there wait for a courtesy bus which you must cram yourself onto for the trip of well over a mile to the ship. This bus I have found never stops conveniently by the correct embarkation area and so to the ship often the whole thing in temperatures which are hot to say the least. A taxi, which you can arrange via the web will pick you up at your hotel and drop you by the exact embarkation spot, fresh to start your holiday cruise. As I say from my point of view there is no contest. .....Neil .

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Williams - replied to Neil & Ida Down (04 Dec 08 22:36)

Neil Thank you for you comment. I had thought it would be the best way (if not the cheapest) but wanted to check just in case there was something obvious I was missing. We are travelling on the Celebrity Solstice so the other thing I need to check is whether Celebrity have any arrangements from Rome city centre for those who are 'cruise only'. It is not until May so we have plenty of time to do this !!

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Williams (05 Dec 08 14:08)

Just an addendum: one of the limo companies that we have used I would not recommend because the second taxi we used with them was substandard and that was http://www.airportconnection.it/eesterno.htm Airport Connection Services So I would avaoid them and use an alternative. .... Neil.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Neil & Ida Down (05 Dec 08 20:34)

Sorry you can tell I didn't spell check this one. ...Neil.

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Leech - replied to Williams (06 Dec 08 08:08)

We are doing exactly the same trip but in June 09! We thought that we would go to the ship by taxi from Rome, but if you do find a better way, could you let us know??. I don't think Celebrity will arrange a pick up in Rome for us [they like people to book inclusive holidays] but it's worth ringing them. I'm sure that we will be able to get to the airport, after the cruise, with Celebrity.

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Williams - replied to Leech (06 Dec 08 17:50)

Thanks for your comment. From all the helpful replies it would appear there are two really viable options - 1) take a taxi from Rome but the cost seems to be 110 - 180 euros - 2) take the train from Rome Termini to Civitevecchia station ( say 10 euros) and then a taxi from there to the ship. Even at higher rates than would expect this seems only to be about 10 euros. Thanks to this website I think that I will take option 2 and just give myself plenty of time at the Civitvecchia end .... just in case!! I will try and remember to let you know how I get on before your June trip.

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Leech - replied to Williams (07 Dec 08 07:42)

Very many thanks! We're very much looking forward to the new Solstice. We go on June 15th from Rome We have 3 days in Rome before that. We'd be delighted if you could get in touch after your cruise. Have a lovely lovely time.

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