You can buy a shuttle bus ticket either on the boat or book it through RC on the internet. It is called Rome & Florence on your own. The bus will drop you off and pick you back up again. There will also be a guide on the bus. We sailed on Brilliance in Aug this year and have booked to sail on her again next year. We took our teenage son with us and he thoroughly enjoyed both ports of call. Have a great trip.
For Rome you will dock in Civitavechia
A bus is provided to the port gates
Then walk 200 or 300 hundred yards to the station and buy return tickets for Rome
Train travel is dirt cheap and you will save a fortune
The train will also get you there quicker than an excursion
Do a net search for details
I have been on Brilliance twice andd it is lovely
Thank you all very much for your answers.
I agree with Birkett. Use the train. It costs 9 Euros and includes that days travel on the Rome underground and city buses. You get off the train in Rome and walk to the far end of the station, its a long walk, and catch the underground straight to the Colesium. Could not be easier.
It is easy to do these ports of call by yourself if you do enough research. Many people have posted how easy it is to get to Nice from villefrance - catch the #100 bus or the train; you do not say how old he is (I won't ask why his is not in school!) personally I wouldn't bother with Florence as it is a long coach journey and you get little time there, just catch the train to Pisa and perhaps Lucca instead. Rome you also just catch the train to. There is a free shuttle bus to the port gates provided so don't waste your money on RCI transfers. Just leave yourself enough time to get back to the boat. There is another site with all the info you need. On this site you can also sign up to talk to fellow cruisers and perhaps you could share private shore excursions with them. You should be able to spot it...
Not sure what date you are cruising but there are already many active threads for each cruise date - I just checked. The dates are the wrong way round (Americans!) so you need 11/01 or 11/13 or 11/25. Sign up for the free party they give you too...
For a blow by blow description of how to get into Rome by train, go to http://www.europeportreviews.com/Rome2.htm .