Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by WILSON (22 Jan 09 19:42)

Hi Carolyne, there are two main ways. The first and quickest and also the most expensive is to go on the www and look up Rome Taxis, there are many who specialise in the Airport/Rome/port run, we use this method last time but wouldn’t recommend our particular taxi co. The second way is to use the trains and this is bay far the cheapest way but it does mean manhandling your luggage on the train to Rome and then later on the one to Civitavecchia. I know A of N recommends this method but because her indoors travels with more suitcases than the Queen I would find it impracticable. I think there might be an express bus run but I have not looked that up. When you reach Civitavecchia you then have a good 10 to 15 minutes walk to the dock gates and from there you can get a shuttle bus or you can get a taxi from the station right to the ship. There has been mention of the various ways before on this site and also on the other one. ....regards Neil.

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WILSON - replied to Neil & Ida Down (22 Jan 09 20:34)

Sounds like a bit of a pain,will probably go from Barcelona instead,much more convinient having a harbour actually in the city!! Thank you for your swift response,I knew i could rely on you!! Carolyne xx.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to WILSON (23 Jan 09 20:36)

Agree one hundred percent and there is so much to see in Barcelona as well. Having said that my next one is out of Civitavecchia. ...... Neil.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by WILSON (23 Jan 09 10:58)

We have done this journey a few times travelling in groups of 6-10 so our choice has always been a taxivan, booked over the net in advance. For six of us + luggage a VW Transporter size vehicle was about 160/180euro each way, a car sized cab would obviously be less. The journey takes an hour & a bit, & a 10.00am departure from Rome would avoid most of the early rush hour traffic......Wilba.

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John Darlington - Answered a Question by WILSON (23 Jan 09 23:31)

It's easy. You don't say which airport in Rome you are going to. If Ciampino get the Terravision coach from just outside terminal. This takes you straight into the centre of Rome in about 25 mins. Cost about 8 euros . Drops you at Termini station. There are plenty of trains to Civitavecchia. There are ticket machines in the station so you dont need to queue at ticket office. Instructions are available in English. Don't bother with intercity trains. Just catch local stopping train it's cheaper and only takes about 15 minutes more. At Civitavecchia you can get a taxi to port but a better option is to turn right out of station and walk about 300-400m to harbour entrance. There is free shuttle bus to ship from there.

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Modica - Answered a Question by WILSON (24 Jan 09 08:12)

There is an easy train connection from Termini station to Civitavecchia at quite a minimal cost. It is then necessary to take a taxi to the dock as it is a bit of a trek. If you see others with the ship label on their luggage then try and share a cab as we did. Have a good trip! Maureen Modica, Ashford, Kent.

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Beaumont - Answered a Question by WILSON (24 Jan 09 08:50)

We booked independently and stayed overnight in Civitavecchio at Hotel Bramante. The hotel runs a courtesy car to the ship and will also collect from Rome Fiumincino (for which there is a charge, but they will try to arrange a shared option if other flights are arriving within a reasonable timeframe). Hotel website will give details and we would recommend it.

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mrs wilma gowan - Answered a Question by WILSON (24 Jan 09 09:00)

The train to civitavecchia cost about 4 or 5 euros this is just a few minutes from the train station to the port . we have done this jorney three or four times when we have been in port for the day train takes about an hour or just over. you can get the information online but it is easy and the trains are modern. when you buy your ticket you must activate it BEFORE getting on the train this means putting it into a machine to time stamp it very easy and a lot better price than transfers. good luck from wilma.

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Nixon - Answered a Question by WILSON (24 Jan 09 09:01)

I booked mine together then you get the transfers free - you can book a shuttle via opodo.. but civitavecchia port is mega busy on embarkation day and you can wait for hours so dont get there too early --- if you book cheap airlines ie ryanair;easyjet etc you are not covered by atol if things go wrong..enjoy your hols..

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Lucas - Answered a Question by WILSON (24 Jan 09 09:08)

I won't repeat all of the previous advice. If cost is immaterial, then pre-book a taxi from the airport to Civitavecchia. If you want to save a LOT of money, take the train. When you arrive at Civitavecchia by train, you can walk to the port gate (no more than 10 minutes walk along the sea front). Then, catch the free shuttle bus to your ship. If you have a lot of luggage, it will be more convenient to take a taxi from the station to your ship. Incidentally, the taxi drivers at Civitavecchia usually refuse to switch on the meter (and/or they charge a hefty supplement for each piece of luggage). The drivers operate a cartel and have been known to charge 6 euros per passenger, NOT per cab. I am not saying they are crooks, because they have to earn a living - but be prepared to pay a queen's ransom for a 10 minute journey. However, have you considered arriving a few days early in Rome? It is a lovely city and it would be a shame not to see the sights. That option also protects against the possibility of missing your ship, if there are any flight delays or cancellations. We have used easyJet and Ryanair. On our last cruise from Civitavecchia, we use Ryanair from our local airport to Ciampino. The flights cost approximately £60 return per person (including baggage and check-in charges). Princess Cruises offered a £200 discount for cruise only - which made a significant contribution to the cost of three nights in a Mercure hotel. OK, so the Ryanair baggage allowance is only 15 Kg. However, it was sufficient.

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