Do some research before you go. Check out where the ship docks as sometimes they berth way out of the town or city. Some lines offer bus transport to the nearest big town or city, then you go your own way. Taxis are a good option too. There are always some available at the berth. Many places are easy enough to walk or go by public transport into towns but as i said check out where the docks are BEFORE you travel then you can be prepared.
Just got back from Ocean Village cruise, visited Rome and the Colosseum, there is a train station near the port, there are two types of train an express and a normal train, average times are about 1 hour. Be warned though we queued over 1 hour to get into the Colosseum and were told there were long queues into Vatican Cit.
We went to Rome last year (not on a cruise) and it was very tiring. My husband and I spent 4 days looking around and STILL hadn't seen everything. I wouldn't like to do it in one day with 3 kids, I think I'd prefer the organised tou.
In Corsica, if you are landing at Ajaccio then you walk straight off the ship into town, which is wonderful and you don't need to go anywhere else on the island in a day.
Just returned from 2 fantastic weeks on the Island Star including Rome. Well to be quite honest the excursions are as you say very expensive but in this case would splash out the cash on this trip if only to save you time. The ship will dock at Civitavecchia port at 08.00 and you have to be back on board at 18.30 at the latest, now Rome as i found out is very, very, spread out and very very busy so you don't want to be waisting time fighting your way through public trasport just to get there and back which is over an hour from the port. We did the excusion called Rome alone which drops you off in the centre of rome and picks you up at the same place so basically it takes the worry out of trying to find your way back to the ship and indeed if you make it back on time. What im trying to say is it will cost you about 60 quid each but for that you will get maximium time in Rome, i hope this helps you oh and have a wonderful time ok, if anyone needs any help i will be happy to answer any questions at
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I was in the Med 5th - 12th July and to go on the organised excursion would have been around £315 for 4 of us. I had researched it before I went and printed out details and took them with me. We got the train from the train station near the port (9 euros each and this covered train fare and buses and underground). We walked to the Vatican City and then decided to do an open top bus tour in order to see as much as we could in the time we had. Can't remember how much the bus tour was but it was definitely cheaper for the four of us than for one of us going on the ship's excursion. We had to be back at the ship for 6.30pm ( the train journey is one hour to Rome) so we arrived at the train station at 4pm - the next train was 4.20pm. At 5pm the train had still not arrived and we were considering sharing a taxi with other passengers when we were told that the last train had broken down and the next was on its way. When it arrived it was absolutely jam packed with people and we had to squash ourselves on. We arrived back at the ship with about 15 minutes to spare. Phew!!
This is the excellent instructions we followed.
Get the shuttle bus up to the train station approx 5mins then the express into rome this is a double decker train very reasonable. see the sites but watch when coming back for train times & queues but still much better than organised tour. remember if you are going to vactican don't wear shorts not allowe.
Hi if you are sailing into civitavecchia for Rome the train station is 400mtrs from the port ~ a ticket for 2 adults and 2 children to Rome termini cost us Euro 12.40 (Single) and under 5s travel free. When you get into rome termini exit the station onto termini sq ( where the bus station is) you can get on the hop on hop off bus for Euro 11.50 each (under 10s free) this is a two hour round trip but you can get on and off at each stop and see all the sights, they provide a map and headphones each on boarding so you can listen to the tour as you ride round (English is one of the 12 available languages). Food is expensive as are drinks even from street vendors ~ Have fun Shelle.
If you wish to visit Rome there is a train station about 5 mins walk from where the ship docks. When you get off the train there are buses like the ones in London where you can get on and off wherever you want.
We visited Rome last year on the OV1. Short walk from dock to railway station at and then an inexpensive train journey, which was very comfortable ( with toilets provided) to Rome. In Rome, along with many others,walked round to bus station, and took bus to Colosseum.Did the reverse to get back. Good day and not expensive or difficult to do.