hollingsworth - Answered a Question by hartley (05 Oct 08 22:01)

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.

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birkett - Answered a Question by hartley (14 Sep 08 09:24)

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 .

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hartley - replied to birkett (17 Sep 08 14:00)

Thank you all very much for your answers.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by hartley (14 Sep 08 10:08)

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.

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boards dot - Answered a Question by hartley (14 Sep 08 11:20)

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...

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Aldrich - replied to boards dot (14 Sep 08 11:48)

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...

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Taylor - Answered a Question by hartley (14 Sep 08 13:02)

For a blow by blow description of how to get into Rome by train, go to http://www.europeportreviews.com/Rome2.htm .

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