1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We have been to Rome and enjoyed going in to Rome to walk to the family activities we enjoy best over the only 5 hour time period we had.
We have been to Rome and enjoyed going in to Rome to walk to the family activities we enjoy best over the only 5 hour time period we had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I find it strange that from the train station to the ship, you need to take two different shuttle buses, the cruise line bus should just pick up up at the train station.
I find it strange that from the train station to the ship, you need to take two different shuttle buses, the cruise line bus should just pick up up at the train station. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
It's hard to see Rome in a few hours. Hire a private guide to get the most bang for your buck. See above for details. We prebooked Colisseum entrance which is absolutely necessary - book early to get the earliest time. We went at ... Read More
It's hard to see Rome in a few hours. Hire a private guide to get the most bang for your buck. See above for details. We prebooked Colisseum entrance which is absolutely necessary - book early to get the earliest time. We went at 2 PM and it was so hot it was hard to enjoy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This is the port where the ship left from. We went from Rome to this location via train. First, trying to figure out how to purchase train tickets was a cluster. Next, Rick Steves and others all said it was possible to walk to the dock ... Read More
This is the port where the ship left from. We went from Rome to this location via train. First, trying to figure out how to purchase train tickets was a cluster. Next, Rick Steves and others all said it was possible to walk to the dock from the train station. NO WAY. We were all ready to grab our bags and walk - we got there and started walking. We got near the port and confusion began. Walkways were blocked, no signs with any details, nothing. Finally a bus driver pointed us back towards a small shoping area offering free rides to ANOTHER bus area where they would take us to the ship. Not once was any of this mentioned to us. BEWARE! After going through all of this I probably would of set up a transfer with Royal Carribean from the train station to the dock. I did this on our return and it worked out the best. There is a long Taxi line at the train station when you arrive, there is also a bus - which we never saw. You can buy bus tickets in the store in the train station. But no matter what you do, from the train station you have to go to a drop off point in the middle of town which is where you get buses to take you to the drop off point at the ship. You can't walk here and you can't take a cab or any other transportation directly here. So the great race to be first is slowed by you having to wait in line at the bus port location. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Absolutely amazing experience! Even if you're not religious, it's worth it to visit the Vatican.
Absolutely amazing experience! Even if you're not religious, it's worth it to visit the Vatican. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Although the port is about 1 hour from the Rome airport, transportation options are abundant.
Although the port is about 1 hour from the Rome airport, transportation options are abundant. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Embarked here. From the train station it's quite a distance to the old port, from which the free buses leave for the ship. The city runs a 2-euro bus from the train station to the port. Trains to Rome are rather infrequent and thus ... Read More
Embarked here. From the train station it's quite a distance to the old port, from which the free buses leave for the ship. The city runs a 2-euro bus from the train station to the port. Trains to Rome are rather infrequent and thus overcrowded on disembarkation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have actually stayed in Rome twice before so chose to stay in port. Wandered the town and found a ‘rustic’ café on the beach and ate pasta and bar b q prawns while sipping a local red wine. Life was good
We have actually stayed in Rome twice before so chose to stay in port. Wandered the town and found a ‘rustic’ café on the beach and ate pasta and bar b q prawns while sipping a local red wine. Life was good Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We had a private driver for the day who took us into the city and was able to navigate the narrow roads into the places we wanted to see. Traffic is horrendous; our driver made it look easy. We saw the Pope in St. Peter's Square, ... Read More
We had a private driver for the day who took us into the city and was able to navigate the narrow roads into the places we wanted to see. Traffic is horrendous; our driver made it look easy. We saw the Pope in St. Peter's Square, and the Roman ruins and Coliseum were both amazing. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our embarkation port. We spent 3 days in Rome before taking the train from San Pietro train station for 4.60 Euros. This station is small and far less busy than Terimini. Watch for pick pocketers while boarding the train! Our ... Read More
This was our embarkation port. We spent 3 days in Rome before taking the train from San Pietro train station for 4.60 Euros. This station is small and far less busy than Terimini. Watch for pick pocketers while boarding the train! Our travelling companion ( a police officer) thwarted an attempt. The women pretended to try and help with his luggage while reaching in his pocket. From Civitavecchis station, it's 2 Euros by bus to the NCL free shuttle. The check in at the port was so fast. Apparently only 1/3 of passengers embark here. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We stayed in Rome 2 days post cruise and toured the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hills. It was a hot day but our guide was marvelous. We also did the early entry tour of the Vatican which was amazing.
We stayed in Rome 2 days post cruise and toured the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hills. It was a hot day but our guide was marvelous. We also did the early entry tour of the Vatican which was amazing. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Included in review above. Rome has so much to see, Bonci pizza had lines out the door but was worth the wait. Just wish Rome was cleaner, there was litter everywhere. Tours with City Wonders not recommended.
Included in review above. Rome has so much to see, Bonci pizza had lines out the door but was worth the wait. Just wish Rome was cleaner, there was litter everywhere. Tours with City Wonders not recommended. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We did not take an MSC sponsored excursion but we did hire a private tour guide and it was terrific. Luigi drove us to several sites around the city and he was very knowledgeable. Actually we hired the company for turn key service in ... Read More
We did not take an MSC sponsored excursion but we did hire a private tour guide and it was terrific. Luigi drove us to several sites around the city and he was very knowledgeable. Actually we hired the company for turn key service in Rome. They met us at the airport, transferred us to the hotel which they arraigned, handled transport to the ship and then the pickup and tour of the city. We also had them arrange a hotel in Rome before then transporting us to the airport home. We toured the Coliseum as well as the Vatican. We are not Catholics but this is a tour everyone should take. We wandered the streets around our hotel and had a great time eating, drinking and mixing with people we met. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Rome is a cool city. It's not that handy to go to Rome from the (large & unattractive) port of Civitavecchia, and the big train terminal in Rome can be hard to navigate. If you're going on your own like I did, pay attention ... Read More
Rome is a cool city. It's not that handy to go to Rome from the (large & unattractive) port of Civitavecchia, and the big train terminal in Rome can be hard to navigate. If you're going on your own like I did, pay attention to the train schedule to make sure you get back on time. Also, make sure you know which platform has the trains back to Civitavecchia. A bit tricky, that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This port is simply too far away from Rome Airport or Rome city centre, if you want to go from the port to the airport by train/rail then you have to transfer in Termini first then go back to airport. However, the Airpot Transfer NCC ... Read More
This port is simply too far away from Rome Airport or Rome city centre, if you want to go from the port to the airport by train/rail then you have to transfer in Termini first then go back to airport. However, the Airpot Transfer NCC Airport was very repliable and we used their services both ways for 70Euro for two. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
On our own, we took the port bus to a city bus, and then on to the train station, then a train to Rome. After leaving the Termini station, we took a bus to the Pantheon area and then walked for hours to piazzas and other will known areas ... Read More
On our own, we took the port bus to a city bus, and then on to the train station, then a train to Rome. After leaving the Termini station, we took a bus to the Pantheon area and then walked for hours to piazzas and other will known areas prior to taking a bus back to Termini and then the train back to Civitavecchia. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We toured Rome on our own the day before getting on the ship. Everything in Rome (City Center) is so close, so you can definitely see all the major attractions in one day! Vatican City is just a short bus ride away too.
We toured Rome on our own the day before getting on the ship. Everything in Rome (City Center) is so close, so you can definitely see all the major attractions in one day! Vatican City is just a short bus ride away too. Read Less

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