Rome (Civitavecchia) Sistine Chapel Excursion Reviews

Step inside the Sistine Chapel and feast your eyes on the most famous frescoes ever painted. You'll soon understand why so many consider Michelangelo to be an artist without peer.
Beautiful but very disappointing spiritually.
Beautiful but very disappointing spiritually. Like being in Grand Central Station at rush hour. No one was quiet or respectful to dress code. Very loud and crowded. Not an atmosphere for prayer or contemplation
Beautiful but very disappointing spiritually. Like being in Grand Central Station at rush hour. No one was quiet or respectful to dress code. Very loud and crowded. Not an atmosphere for prayer or contemplation Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Amazing work by Michaelangelo.
Amazing work by Michaelangelo. Too bad you can't take pictures. Our tour guide was amazing. Old guy that seemed to know 20 languages.
Amazing work by Michaelangelo. Too bad you can't take pictures. Our tour guide was amazing. Old guy that seemed to know 20 languages. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Was so glad we had a tour guide and skip the lines was so worth it if not I'm sure I would have ...
Was so glad we had a tour guide and skip the lines was so worth it if not I'm sure I would have been there all day and I still wounld have seen it all.... I Almost cryed when I saw this so beautiful!
Was so glad we had a tour guide and skip the lines was so worth it if not I'm sure I would have been there all day and I still wounld have seen it all.... I Almost cryed when I saw this so beautiful! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
I was looking forward to this but can only say it was an anti climax.
I was looking forward to this but can only say it was an anti climax. Herded into the chapel with the security guards shushing everyone all the time.
I was looking forward to this but can only say it was an anti climax. Herded into the chapel with the security guards shushing everyone all the time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
We took a bus to Rome.
We took a bus to Rome. Our full-day tour included the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. It was very crowded on a hot July day, but we managed to get all our stops in and then have a ... Read More
We took a bus to Rome. Our full-day tour included the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. It was very crowded on a hot July day, but we managed to get all our stops in and then have a lunch break before taking a quick tour of some city sites and then returning to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This was the only negative of the trip.
This was the only negative of the trip. The guides were excellent in keeping us together, but the massive crowds in the Papal Art Galleries and Sistine Chapel resulted in us not being able to stop at any point to view any of the art.
This was the only negative of the trip. The guides were excellent in keeping us together, but the massive crowds in the Papal Art Galleries and Sistine Chapel resulted in us not being able to stop at any point to view any of the art. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very crowded with long lines.
Very crowded with long lines. An hour outside, then another hour in the museum before being jammed into the Sistine Chapel. Just had enough room to shuffle along, trying not to fall done or lose sight of our guide, let alone trying to look ... Read More
Very crowded with long lines. An hour outside, then another hour in the museum before being jammed into the Sistine Chapel. Just had enough room to shuffle along, trying not to fall done or lose sight of our guide, let alone trying to look up at the ceiling for a few seconds. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Crowded, jostled, not enjoyable, literally hundreds of people passing you the entire time.
Crowded, jostled, not enjoyable, literally hundreds of people passing you the entire time. Guards at microphones screaming "silencio" every minute or so.
Crowded, jostled, not enjoyable, literally hundreds of people passing you the entire time. Guards at microphones screaming "silencio" every minute or so. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
The tapestries and pictures were so well done and tells the story of Christ so well.
The tapestries and pictures were so well done and tells the story of Christ so well. We were in awe of the beauty.
The tapestries and pictures were so well done and tells the story of Christ so well. We were in awe of the beauty. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package.
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package. We got a private CAB from the port to Vatican City and the drive alone cost $150 EUR in a minivan for 4 of us (each way)
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package. We got a private CAB from the port to Vatican City and the drive alone cost $150 EUR in a minivan for 4 of us (each way) Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
sistine roof was the highlight, amazing!
sistine roof was the highlight, amazing!
sistine roof was the highlight, amazing! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Definitely go early for the best viewing.
Definitely go early for the best viewing.
Definitely go early for the best viewing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice to see at least once.
Nice to see at least once. We had “skip the line” tickets, which is a must in the summer time.
Nice to see at least once. We had “skip the line” tickets, which is a must in the summer time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
When we finally negotiated the Vatican Museums [not very interesting and crowded] I was ...
When we finally negotiated the Vatican Museums [not very interesting and crowded] I was underwhelmed at the Sistine Chapel. I'd expected a large room with a painted dome.
When we finally negotiated the Vatican Museums [not very interesting and crowded] I was underwhelmed at the Sistine Chapel. I'd expected a large room with a painted dome. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bypassed huge crowds so we saw it before most people- just gorgeous!!
Bypassed huge crowds so we saw it before most people- just gorgeous!!
Bypassed huge crowds so we saw it before most people- just gorgeous!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
When in Rome Tours - Admission to Vatican Museum and tour including Sistine Chapel.
When in Rome Tours - Admission to Vatican Museum and tour including Sistine Chapel. Excellent - No waiting and a good guide.
When in Rome Tours - Admission to Vatican Museum and tour including Sistine Chapel. Excellent - No waiting and a good guide. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Great tour, but obscenely expensive.
Great tour, but obscenely expensive. About $800 for two people. Tour lasted about an hour. Worth going, but not for this price.
Great tour, but obscenely expensive. About $800 for two people. Tour lasted about an hour. Worth going, but not for this price. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which ...
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which is a LOT of walking and included a very nice lunch - glad we did it that way - only thing to remember is at the end of tour it is up to you ... Read More
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which is a LOT of walking and included a very nice lunch - glad we did it that way - only thing to remember is at the end of tour it is up to you to find your own way back to your hotel even if you elect for hotel pick up Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was not for the older generation and those with slight medical problems.
Was not for the older generation and those with slight medical problems. Maybe if Pope would have come out to bless us it might have worked.
Was not for the older generation and those with slight medical problems. Maybe if Pope would have come out to bless us it might have worked. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wall to wall people - look up but NO pictures and NO talking.
Wall to wall people - look up but NO pictures and NO talking. I was saddened and disappointed to see how many people try to take pictures and insist on talking which ruins the experience for everyone else.
Wall to wall people - look up but NO pictures and NO talking. I was saddened and disappointed to see how many people try to take pictures and insist on talking which ruins the experience for everyone else. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site.
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site. No crowds. Absolutely amazing experience.
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site. No crowds. Absolutely amazing experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We saw all the major sights from the bus.
We saw all the major sights from the bus. The circus maximums was very impressive once you used your imagination. Of course the Vatican was the main focus for this trip. We had the guide all day through out the Vatican and the Sistine ... Read More
We saw all the major sights from the bus. The circus maximums was very impressive once you used your imagination. Of course the Vatican was the main focus for this trip. We had the guide all day through out the Vatican and the Sistine chapel. Everything was so impressive and on a grand scale. We loved this trip as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Took with the Vatican Museum tour.
Took with the Vatican Museum tour. Another humbling experience.
Took with the Vatican Museum tour. Another humbling experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Much too crowded to enjoy and appreciate this marvelous work of art.
Much too crowded to enjoy and appreciate this marvelous work of art. Our guide sat us in the gardens, pulled out a poster for us to look at as she explained everything contained in the Chapel.
Much too crowded to enjoy and appreciate this marvelous work of art. Our guide sat us in the gardens, pulled out a poster for us to look at as she explained everything contained in the Chapel. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Quite a long walk before you get to the actual Sistene Chapel but lots to see on the way.
Quite a long walk before you get to the actual Sistene Chapel but lots to see on the way. Sistene Chapel amazing. Very busy and no taking of photos allowed in Chapel. They are strict about that and one of our party was told to leave for ... Read More
Quite a long walk before you get to the actual Sistene Chapel but lots to see on the way. Sistene Chapel amazing. Very busy and no taking of photos allowed in Chapel. They are strict about that and one of our party was told to leave for using his camera. They also request silence in the chapel. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International