14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
ROME: I usually skip Rome when it is just a single day visit from Civitavecchia. The shuttle/walk/train/metro each way takes more than an hour (about the same as a rental car). If you decide to go into the city, I recommend getting a ... Read More
ROME: I usually skip Rome when it is just a single day visit from Civitavecchia. The shuttle/walk/train/metro each way takes more than an hour (about the same as a rental car). If you decide to go into the city, I recommend getting a BIRG ticket, which covers the regional train and all transport in Rome. Rick Steves guides have excellent info on what to see and do in Rome, with self-guided walking tours. His Mediterranean Ports of Call guide includes detailed info on how to get from the port to the city. Highly recommended guides. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Don't spend the $69/person to do 'Rome on your Own'. Instead, take the train from Civatavechia. It's easy, far cheaper (as little as 6 Euro on the local) and the scenery is great. Both of the big train stations (San ... Read More
Don't spend the $69/person to do 'Rome on your Own'. Instead, take the train from Civatavechia. It's easy, far cheaper (as little as 6 Euro on the local) and the scenery is great. Both of the big train stations (San Pietro & Termini) can be reached from the port multiple times in the day and give you options on both sides of Rome. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Port has had some upgrades over the last few years and very easy to get off the ship and on to a shuttle that takes you to a transport hub. You can either walk around from here or take a shuttle to the train to get into Rome which is about ... Read More
Port has had some upgrades over the last few years and very easy to get off the ship and on to a shuttle that takes you to a transport hub. You can either walk around from here or take a shuttle to the train to get into Rome which is about an hour away from the port. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We were on the pre-cruise stay in Rome. Viking did not provide any excursions, but the Viking staff was very helpful in helping us plan our own activities in Rome.
We were on the pre-cruise stay in Rome. Viking did not provide any excursions, but the Viking staff was very helpful in helping us plan our own activities in Rome. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Civitavecchia is OVER an hour to Rome. The boat is in port for a long time 8am-6pm, but we didn't feel like talking 2-3 hrs of our day on a bus, when we have been to Rome before. IF you haven't been to Rome before TAKE a Cruise ... Read More
Civitavecchia is OVER an hour to Rome. The boat is in port for a long time 8am-6pm, but we didn't feel like talking 2-3 hrs of our day on a bus, when we have been to Rome before. IF you haven't been to Rome before TAKE a Cruise TOUR! Anything else is TOO expensive from the port itself. If you are staying in Civitavecchia there is very little to do (as we saw) besides shopping and eating. We were there on Friday but many things were closed? Maybe it's the season. We thought there would be enough to see just walking, there wasn't? Maybe we didn't walk enough. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I arrived in Rome the day before the cruise and stayed at the NH Roma Villa Carpegna with breakfast included. It was very nice. HAL had three buses that picked up at that hotel on cruise day. My travel agent didn't know this, so we ... Read More
I arrived in Rome the day before the cruise and stayed at the NH Roma Villa Carpegna with breakfast included. It was very nice. HAL had three buses that picked up at that hotel on cruise day. My travel agent didn't know this, so we arranged separate travel about 35 Euros each adult (transfer from hotel). It cost about the same for airport to hotel. Both my husband and I have been to Rome before and didn't feel the need to do the tourist thing there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We stayed for 2 nights prior to our cruise at Hotel Traiano. We pre-arranged a limo to pick us up in Rome and take us to the hotel. Overall the stay was fine. The breakfast included with the hotel cost was very good. Lots of variety and ... Read More
We stayed for 2 nights prior to our cruise at Hotel Traiano. We pre-arranged a limo to pick us up in Rome and take us to the hotel. Overall the stay was fine. The breakfast included with the hotel cost was very good. Lots of variety and very fresh. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We stayed nearly a week at the Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome. We did both Vatican and Colisseum/Forum tours, which were both wonderful, but mostly we just walked around this wonderful city.
We stayed nearly a week at the Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome. We did both Vatican and Colisseum/Forum tours, which were both wonderful, but mostly we just walked around this wonderful city. Read Less

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