Cruises in Rome

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Rome is one of the most popular cities in Europe, visited by millions of tourists each year. Though not directly on the coast, Rome is still a popular cruise destination, with ships docking in Civitavecchia and transporting guests into the city between March and December. Below is an overview of some of the most popular sights to enjoy while in port, as well as the Rome cruises offered by some of the largest cruise lines.

Rome Highlights

Rome offers a wide variety of sights, but with only a limited amount of time in port, it may be hard to decide where to go. A city tour will cover most of the popular attractions, including St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world and home to many of Bernini's famous works of art. Tours will also visit the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and of course, Trevi Fountain, where legend has it, throwing a coin in will ensure that you return to Rome someday. Many tours also include a visit to Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, considered the upscale sister of Royal Caribbean, visits Rome between April and late October. The Celebrity Equinox sails 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Rome and 13-night Holy Land cruises from Rome. The Celebrity Century sails 12-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, while the Constellation sails 7-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. The Equinox also sails a 14-night Eastbound Transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome and a 15-night cruise from Rome back to Fort Lauderdale.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is known for romance and relaxation, offering the Sanctuary, an adults-only solarium and Movies Under the Stars on many of its ships.  Princess visits Rome between April and December. The Crown, Grand, Ocean, Pacific, Ruby and Star all embark on Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Holy Land cruises ranging from 7 to 14 nights. These cruises depart from Athens, Barcelona, London/Southampton, Rome and Venice. Princess also offers a wide variety of longer cruises, with options including World Cruise segments ranging from 30 to 104 nights and sailing from a variety of departure ports.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean is a family-friendly cruise line with shipboard activities for guests of all ages, including rock climbing, ice skating, and the Royal Promenade shopping mall on many of its ships. Royal Caribbean offers a number of cruises that visit Rome between April and December. Itineraries include a 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona on the Voyager of the Seas, a 12-night Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt cruise from Rome on the Navigator of the Seas, a 12-night Greek Isles cruise from Barcelona on the Brilliance of the Seas, a 14-night Italian Mediterranean cruise on the Independence of the Seas form Southampton, and 5-, 6- and 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises on the Adventure of the Seas from Barcelona or Malaga. Royal Caribbean also visits Rome on 14-night Transatlantic cruises.

Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean also offer "cruisetours," which are combination land-and-sea packages that allow guests to spend a few extra days in Rome as part of a guided tour group before or after their cruise. Cruisetours typically consist of a 7- to 12-night cruise, with 4 to 7 nights on land.

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March 24, 2010 change by amy.h

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