Joey and I are heading out on a 12-day cruise in 25 days! Did I mention we are really into all things nautical? The sea calls to us!
This cruise will be our 2nd Mediterranean cruise. Our last Mediterranean cruise was aboard the Norwegian Epic, totaled 7 days and included: Barcelona, Naples (Amalfi Coast), Civitavecchia (Rome), Florence/Pisa, Cannes, Palma Majorca. This itinerary is longer at 12 days (our longest trip ever!) and Joey proposed on the last Med cruise, so no large surprises on this one! We are only duplicating 3 ports (Barcelona + Rome + Amalfi)
I typically take over the planning once the destination is set. With cruises, one of the top resources is Cruise Critic. There you will find a great community of fellow cruisers, there are also threads called “Roll Calls” and you can converse with fellow passengers from your sailing prior to embarkation. This is where I arrange our shore excursions. As many who have cruised know, cruise excursions through the cruise line are MUCH more expensive, and typically LARGE groups. We like small groups and more customized itineraries when in port, the savings is a plus!
We set sail May 19th, 2016. We fly out Wednesday, May 18th on an overnight flight. We land in Rome (FCO) at 10:15 and are trying to figure out the best way to get to the Port (43 miles from Airport)
There are several ways to get to the port from the airport. I have outlined 5 options below, in case anyone else finds themselves trying to find alternate means of transportation.We are not sure which method we will take at this time, but are trying to narrow it down between Train and Private Transfer!
#1 Taxi: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)
Not very cost effective. € 119 or $135
Pricing via World Taxi Meter
#2 Private Transfer: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)
Depending on the service you use, the price range is between $75-$200 (for 2 + bags) This is a very strong contender for us due to convenience. Also, in case you were not aware, UBER is available in Rome. I did a quick fare estimate on Uber Rome, and it looks to be around 129 euros.
Pricing via Rome Limousines
#3 Train: 120 minutes +
This is the most cost effective way to get to the port. However, this also depends on your baggage situation. You will have to make a transfer, so you will have to tow along baggage. You have to take the train into Rome and the transfer to either the express train or regional train to Civitavecchia. € 11-27.00 as of 5/2016
You take the 30-minute train to Termini Station in Rome, at that point, you transfer to the train going to Civitavecchia, which is about 40-50 minutes.
Pricing via: Trenitalia
#4 Transfer via the Port of Civitavecchia: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)
This feature is a little tricky if you are a group of 3 or less. The shuttles will only confirm if you have a group of 4-5 people. You enter in your information onto the site and the reserve the shuttle time, HOWEVER, if you are a group of 2 (like us) you have to hope that others need a shuttle at the same time, and are aware of the service. They post the available shuttles on their site for others to join. There is a max of 8 passengers only, so you do not have to worry about a crammed bus! Now put your fingers together that we are able to utilize! Oh, and because it is run by the Port Authority, they have better access to the ships (or that is what I read) We will find out!
Pricing via: Civitavecchia Port- Shared Shuttle
#5 Transfer via Cruise Line:45-60 minutes + (depending on schedule)
$75 per person w/Celebrity (as of 5/2016 sailing)
We hope you are able to find the best way to get to the cruise terminal from the airport to fit your needs! Let us know what you used, what worked…what didn’t?