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Old 06-04-2006, 06:34 PM
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Hi i'm wondering if it is practical to travel to the port by train when one has luggage. We are spending a couple of days in Rome and then embarking on the cruise. Also what time would bea good idea to get to the ship. Would one have time to spend in Rome before leaving for the ship or is it a good idea to get here early. I believe we have from 2-7 to board. Thanks
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:20 PM
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Hi Kim,

We just did the Med cruise in Oct. Flew into Rome a day earlier than our cruise departed. We arrived at noontime and by the time we got to our hotel and settled in, it was mid afternoon. We walked over to the Colosseum (about a 15 min. walk from our hotel) and saw the sights along the way. We met other cruisemates at another hotel for dinner that evening. By the time we got back to our hotel, we were exhauted. Jet lag set in! We had scheduled a tour of the Colosseum at 9 am the next morning before we headed to the port. The tour lasted about an hour and a half, then we went back to our hotel to collect our luggage and wait for the limo driver to pick us up. We shared the drive to the port w/ 4 other people so the cost was very reasonable. We left our hotel at noontime and got to the port about 1:30 pm.

You might check w/ the cruise line to see what time you can board the ship. It varies from cruise lines. Most of them don't let you board til around 1 pm.

You could do some sightseeing b4 you go to the ship.

We decided to stay in Rome post-cruise so we could tour the Vatican. We had 16 cruisemates that joined us and booked a private tour of the Vatican.

As far as traveling to the port by train, others have done it but I don't know how much luggage you will be carrying. We decided it would be easier to hire a limo driver to take us there and they take care of the luggage, etc. It is a 10-15 min. walk from the train station to the port, depending upon where the ship is docked.

Once you board the ship, you will have time to have some lunch, walk about the ship and wait for sailaway!
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:43 AM
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Just got back from Med Cruise on Carnival Liberty. We stayed 4 days prior to cruise in Rome to explore the city. We made a few of mistakes.

1) Stayed IN Rome at the Westin Excelsior ( rated 5 stars on Hotels.com)

2) Ordered room service

3) Ate at the Cafe D' Paris across the street from the hotel.

Rome, bar none, is the most expensive city I have ever visited. Everything is priced for tourist.. which means HIGH.

Best thing we did in Rome... hire a driver named Marcello for 45 Euro an hour and we got got a tour of Rome that was incredible. He was very knowledgable of the history and sites. He took us to a quaint resturant on a side street that served some AMAZING food. The 4 hours we spent with him was well worth it.

To answer your original question... we hired a driver to take us to Civitivecchia. I cost 140 Euro for 3 people and 8 pieces of luggage. Make sure you get a large taxie ( ie small minivan ) if your in a group 3 or more.
 
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