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#22
St. Paul MN
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Rome to the ship,will be a 45"minute train ride then a walk to the port and a port shuttle to the actual ship. I would not do that Rome unless you love riding Italian trains from the Termini station


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#23
SoCal
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Originally posted by stretchcruz
For sure you can. We did that a few times. Made sure to tip the driver before we left the tour.
Thanks!

Originally posted by Azulann
Rome to the ship,will be a 45"minute train ride then a walk to the port and a port shuttle to the actual ship. I would not do that Rome unless you love riding Italian trains from the Termini station
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Yes, we've sailed in/out of Civitavecchia twice before, so we're familiar with that trek. Not certain we'll want to spend additional time in Rome, but it is good to know that for any of the ports we can go on one of the included tours and then make our own way back to the ship.
#24
Boston MA
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Originally posted by RJ2002
Many thanks! I don't think I would have found it without your helpful, step-by-step instructions.

One followup question. Is it OK to make our own way back to the ship after an included tour? For instance, in Rome, could we use the included tour as a means to get into the city, and go on all (or part) of the tour, and then just tell the guide we'll make our own way back to the ship?
Yes, You may leave a tour at any time as long as you let the guide know.

However, some food for thought if you try this in Rome (or Florence): it is an hour and a half ride back to the port by train, not including time to get to the train station, buy tickets and wait for the next time train to depart (which is not every 15 minutes or less). In other words, you might spend all of your time just getting back to the ship in time for departure (if stated departure is 6pm, you will probably have to be back on board by 5pm because they have to do the Safety Drill before setting sail). And, Italy has this thing about 1 day train strikes. They are announced in advance but you need to know before you get off the tour bus that you will be able to get back to Civitavecchia (taking a cab would be a 3 digit ride).

If you are on the Jan 4 out of Rome (Southern Med Discovery or Med Exploration) , we hope you'll join the roll call. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post54006651
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#25
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Originally posted by RJ2002
Many thanks! I don't think I would have found it without your helpful, step-by-step instructions.

One followup question. Is it OK to make our own way back to the ship after an included tour? For instance, in Rome, could we use the included tour as a means to get into the city, and go on all (or part) of the tour, and then just tell the guide we'll make our own way back to the ship?
I would suggest the better approach would be to ask the guide where and when to meet the bus for the return trip. Then knock yourselves out sightseeing in Rome, knowing that once on the Viking bus you can collapse in happy exhaustion knowing that you will be safely shepherded back to the ship.
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Originally posted by RJ2002
Many thanks! I don't think I would have found it without your helpful, step-by-step instructions.

One followup question. Is it OK to make our own way back to the ship after an included tour? For instance, in Rome, could we use the included tour as a means to get into the city, and go on all (or part) of the tour, and then just tell the guide we'll make our own way back to the ship?
In some ports (but not all, so likely not Rome or Florence or others so far from port), Viking runs free shuttle buses from a designated location back to the ship multiple times a day. We used this service in both Athens and Dubrovnik to remain after our tours ended and wander around on our own. The included tour in Dubrovink was quite good, and then we had time to walk the walls and eat lunch on our own.
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Originally posted by Host Jazzbeau
I would suggest the better approach would be to ask the guide where and when to meet the bus for the return trip. Then knock yourselves out sightseeing in Rome, knowing that once on the Viking bus you can collapse in happy exhaustion knowing that you will be safely shepherded back to the ship.
When there were not Viking shuttles (which were great and we really enjoyed that offering from Viking) We did exactly this in a number of ports - we will still tip driver and guide so no one looses out - we get to explore that port as we choose to. Just be back to the bus on time! This works best I think for walking tours.....the mostly bus tours are often not a good choice for this approach....as they are not in stationary locals.
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

We are on the Majestic Mediterranean itinerary in February, so we'll be overnighting in Rome. Plenty of time to explore and enjoy.
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Originally posted by RJ2002
Thanks for all the suggestions!

We are on the Majestic Mediterranean itinerary in February, so we'll be overnighting in Rome. Plenty of time to explore and enjoy.
We're doing it in January (over New year's eve). Our plan is take the train into Rome on the first day (when we don't expect them to be running any tours because it is an embarkation day and because we don't have to rush back for a 6pm departure) and then to take an optional tour to Ostia (which was the major port for the city of Rome in Roman times; in other words, more Roman ruins) on the second day, if it is offered. If we don't go to Rome on the first day, we are considering going to Tarquina by bus for the Estruscan ruins. We have been to Rome before, so seeing more of the country side is an option. For the two days in Florence, we are planning on taking the train to Florence on day 1 and to see someplace we haven't seen before on day 2 (still deciding, optional tour vs train to Lucca).
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#30
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Originally posted by Vineyard View
I think the addition of this option would be an incredible advantage to add to VO excursions. It is such a great system on Rivers. It is such a plus to all passengers. JMHO
I completely agree!
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#31
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Originally posted by Peregrina651
We're doing it in January (over New year's eve). Our plan is take the train into Rome on the first day (when we don't expect them to be running any tours because it is an embarkation day and because we don't have to rush back for a 6pm departure) and then to take an optional tour to Ostia (which was the major port for the city of Rome in Roman times; in other words, more Roman ruins) on the second day, if it is offered. If we don't go to Rome on the first day, we are considering going to Tarquina by bus for the Estruscan ruins. We have been to Rome before, so seeing more of the country side is an option. For the two days in Florence, we are planning on taking the train to Florence on day 1 and to see someplace we haven't seen before on day 2 (still deciding, optional tour vs train to Lucca).
Rome in Oct 2018 Med Odyssey cruise. Was thinking of optional if offered or private to Etruscan ruins in Tarquinia (30min) or Archeological Park Roman port city of Ostia (1 HR)
Let us know how what you decide works out.
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#32
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I injured my right leg and usually used just a cane but for into the midnight sun cruise, I purchased an all terrain walker from volaris. It weighs only about ten pounds so it was easy for staff to put it on bus as it folds. For myself, it was great because it was easy to go over cobblestones, curbs, dirt, and grass. For going through some doorways, I just folded the seat a little and I was able to get through doorways easily. As for keeping up with other travelers, I found that some of the travelers who had no walking issues were usually the last to get on the bus. I always made sure that I was back to the bus at least five minutes before we were told to be back, that way, I had time to climb onto bus without a hassle.
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Originally posted by philw1776
Rome in Oct 2018 Med Odyssey cruise. Was thinking of optional if offered or private to Etruscan ruins in Tarquinia (30min) or Archeological Park Roman port city of Ostia (1 HR)
Let us know how what you decide works out.
Phil, happy to but remind me please January 5 for feedback. I will forget between now and then. I was planning on doing a live thread but sometimes for me that falls into the category of "best laid plans."
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