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Rome (Civitavecchia) Vatican Museums Excursion Reviews

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Visit the Vatican museums to see the world famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Note: Go early in the morning to bypass the long lines.

bhturtle

1 review

We went hurriedly through one floor and were basically pushed along so it seemed almost meaningless. I would only return in the winter when hopefully the crowds would be less.


Provider: Independent Operator

FLCRUISER007

3 reviews

Too much to see but well worth seeing what you can while you are there. Again, the attention to detail is really incredible. The amount of art is overwhelming. They have a nice gift shop. They sell "The Peace Cross" and special Rosaries. The Peace Cross makes a very nice gift and you can only buy them at the Vatican.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

jonasaa

2 reviews

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum (Adult Only Departure)

The Vatican museum is huge, but you are just part of a big conveyor belt pushing you through it. You barely get time to take in the marvels that surround you, but it's worth to get it over with to have the "been there, done that". Once in a lifetime and so on. Probably better to go in a slower season.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

UberShopper

1 review

This was so wonderful to see, especially as a Catholic. Very enjoyable experience.


Provider: Independent Operator

sonvoltken6

6 reviews

This was the other one we booked independently. The operator and driver we had were awesome. He got us right up to the various sites for the morning visit to Rome, then gave us some great tips for the Vatican Museum. Doing the bus with only 7 of us was great. Probably my second favorite port day.


Provider: Independent Operator

marybethhuebner

1 review

This was so packed it is really hard to enjoy it. I even went on a Thursday do not go on a Wed.


Provider: Independent Operator

k8ti

1 review

Rushed through by the guards.


Provider: Independent Operator

dado

5 reviews

a really interesting day out


Provider: Thomson Cruises

krazymoi

1 review

Rome/Vatican tour - this was an expensive tour and I'm glad I saw it even though I consider it "Drive by Vatican" tour. It was extremely crowded as the Pope speaks on Wednesday am and there were thousands of people crammed into the spaces. We barely had time to stop during the tour to take pictures and we walked elbow to elbow through the entire tour with many, many other groups. The Sistine Chapel was something I'm glad I saw but I would never do this tour again. An hour and 45 minutes just to get to Rome from port and then 5 hours running through everything. Do not do this tour if you aren't comfortable in a really crowded situation and aren't able to walk for 5 hours without a break. Skip it and go to on a Thursday in January when you can actually enjoy it


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Tuney

1 review

The all day visit to the Vatican is an absolute must. Photos, and Video's cannot do justice to the scope and beauty of all these historic facilities. Similar to visiting sites like the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, there is no way to describe it unless you have been there in person.

we recommend booking the tour with the cruise line in order to see the most in the limited time available. The Vatican is very crowded (estimates are 30,000+ visitors per day). The tour operators are able to bypass most of the lines waiting to gain entrance to the various venues as well a providing a great deal of interesting information about all the artifacts that you are seeing.

One detail, in the literature this tour is rated as moderately strenuous but we feel that because of the amount of walking and the number of steps to be climbed as well as the length of the tour, it should be rated as strenuous. My wife was exausted and sore by the end of the day but, she would not have missed it for the world.


Provider: Holland America Line

Henners

2 reviews

The same tour as offered with Royal Caribbean, I love Rome been both of the last two years, recommend everyone to go


Provider: Independent Operator

lostg8rinva

1 review

The Vatican is a beautiful and stunning place.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise XYZ

3 reviews

Beautiful


Provider: Princess Cruises

CARMAD65

1 review

Just too much to see in too short a time but well worth the visit. Very crowded.


Provider: Independent Operator

blue7870

1 review

Knowledgeable guide, very organized... though supremely crowded and HOT.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Quem_Fala

3 reviews

Wonderful experience, learned a lot. This where our English-speaking guide really shined. Pointing out little known facts and helping us through by selecting only the best highlights in our limited time. Would go again.


Provider: Independent Operator

retired2012

1 review

Vatican museums are priceless. So, so much to see. Our tour guide, Lisa, was excellent.

Provider: Independent Operator

respotrichie

1 review

Our guided tour of Rome including the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums was the high point of our tour. We ordered our tickets ahead of time so that we did not have to wait in the long lines for tickets and had more time to see the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The Trevi Fountain was also on our tour and we had a scheduled stop there also and the Colosseum was fantastic.

Provider: Independent Operator

sammygoose

1 review

It's a lot, too much for one day but for the time we had A++++ to the tour guide and the lunch. Excellent.

Provider: Holland America Line

la bon

1 review

there was so much to see in two hours that we spent at Vatican that we couldn't possibly take it all in. our guide Max was very knowledgeable and we covered much. One day we'd like to return for a much longer stay.

Provider: Independent Operator

Neet New Jersey

1 review

Way too crowded, no controls and no air conditioning but spectacular sights.

Provider: Independent Operator

ruby0512

1 review

Saw lots but way too long on our feet in the heat without a break. I suggesst factoring in a morning tea break as we didnt have lunch until 1 and i was nearly collapsing by then. The tour guide knew her stuff but i am sure the majority of people would rather have had a shortened version and had some time to shop

Provider: Princess Cruises

montys a cruiser

1 review

Long queues and a bit rushed through the areas, place is a bit of a maze to find the exit, every where you went there was shop counters to part you from your money. place to visit when there are less crowds. wonderful place though

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Mini Urga

1 review

Rudy used an associated to take us around the Vatican Museums. (Massimo) my 10 yr old son found it very interesting. Massimo took his ipad and explained lots of info about the mosaics and paintings in detail. He kept our attention and showed us lots of interesting things.

Provider: Independent Operator

deecafecruiser

1 review

We paid extra to have a private tour guide. The group was small with about 10 people. Our guide was a walking historian. This is a tour one could take 25 times and not see everything. I think that we had a great overview. It was well organized and well conducted.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

euroman1995

1 review

Excellent tour, guide did a great job describing all the sites we drove by(included stopping, so pictures could be taken). This tour included a drive by all the major attractions within Rome. Due to the high heat when we where in Rome, it was a godsend to be in an air conditioned bus. The tour of the Vatican Museum was a pleasure to see. The Sistine Chapel is a marvel to see(though many ignorant people do not obey the rules of NO VIDEO OR PICTURES, guards constantly yelling at people to stop taking pictures. Luckily they do not carry guns or tasers or it could get messy in there). Tour of the Basilica is amazing, pictures do no justice then actually being inside this marvelous Basilica. Tour ended in St. Peter's Square, with free time after the guided tour finished. We where only given 1-1/2 hours of free time to shop & take in a light lunch. This was due to problems which occurred with the speaker system on the bus being corrected prior to the start of the Rome Tour(lost about 40 minutes fixing, before tour started).

Provider: MSC Cruises

Tail Gunner

1 review

Go at night to beat the heat and crowds

Provider: Independent Operator

barcafan

1 review

Mauro was our very knowledgeable guide to the Vatican- outstanding.

Provider: Independent Operator

glpondo

1 review

Too crowded but beautiful! Rushed thru!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

J&J PDX Cruisers

2 reviews

Picked the worst possible day to go. There was a religious holiday that day (not the fault of the cruise line, obviously), however, we were not told in advance that this was the case. St. Peter's was an absolute zoo and the crowds were simply stifling. The "skip the line" tour really provided little advantage and because of the number of people in the area, we had little choice but to skip going into St. Peter's itself. We would have at least appreciated a heads up by the operator (Viator) so we would have had the option of picking a different tour.

Provider: Independent Operator

HRISGirl

1 review

Rome is very crowded which took away some of the pleasure of the excursion. The Vatican museum was disappointing. There were tens of thousands of people taking a tour and you had to keep moving. You really didn't get the opportunity to stop and really look around.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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