Our fabulous 2 week transatlantic cruise concluded in Rome, and although it was definitely a place I wanted to see, we had already booked a separate trip there in literally a matter of weeks, so we contented ourselves in that thought, and prepared to fly straight out to Paris.
So, in order to get from Civitavecchia (Rome’s closest port) to Fiumicino Airport – aka Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (and if that’s not confusing enough, don’t mistake it for Rome’s other international airport: Ciampino) we had already tried calling a limo service recommended to us by friends, but had trouble getting onto them, so ditched that option.
The charge for a shuttle from the port to the local train station advertised on-board ship seemed excessive, and especially once you added in the necessary train fares, didn’t sound cost-effective. Besides, we would then have to lug our baggage on and off multiple transports – something we wanted to minimise with Tony’s continued health problems.
So we ended up getting the service desk on ship to organise us a taxi direct from port to airport. Easy peasy, and worth the cost for the convenience and comfort – a whole van to ourselves – and still cheaper than the airport transfer available from the ship.
Next time we finish a cruise at Civitavecchia (oh yes, there is bound to be a next time!) we might have the forethought to pre-organise an airport transfer and could even share the trip with another couple and halve the cost.
So there endth our most enjoyable second-ever cruise, leaving us with many happy memories:
Of the days at sea, spent kicking back or enjoying endless activities and entertainment…
or watching the changing moods of the Atlantic Ocean…
and, later, the Mediterranean Sea.
Indulging in limitless food and attentive service…
whilst forming firm friendships.
And of course the actual itinerary: From New Orleans and cruising the mighty Mississippi…
to treading the mosaic pavements of picturesque Ponta Delgada…
taking a cable car ride to view the magnificent port of Toulon
and finishing off with a flurry of sightseeing in beautiful Tuscany.
So now, if you didn’t already know, we are officially hooked on the cruising lifestyle – the longer the cruise and the more at-seas days the better!
and will be keeping our eye out for more great internet deals like this one we snapped up on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas at short notice.