Hi BC Happy Gal,
Nice to see your note. My husband & I are actually flying out of Toronto on Air Canada to Rome on the 14th of September. We are going to take the train from the airport to Civitavecchia. I booked a hotel for us there which I believe is only a short taxi ride to the ship. My husband worked in Brussels for a year, back in 99-2000 and we saw a lot of Belgium, France, Germany etc on land travel. This is actually our first cruise and our first time in Rome & Italy. We are spending a week in Rome after the cruise. I was able to rent a small apartment in the Vatican area. I did that kind of thing in Paris a couple of times. We feel like we get a better feel for what a country is really like, mixing with the natives! We'd love to meet your group. When & where are you planning your party? We & our friends from Chicago are in cabins on the Veranda deck. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.