One of my reasons for doing this log is because info like this Cruisecritic message board: Trains to Rome is out there but not very easy to locate. Several days after deciding not to muddle through the Italian web pages to pre-buy train tickets, I saw this post: “Buy your ticket for Rome at Civ station, it is only 6.80 euros return & that includes all day on metro & bus in Rome. San Pietro is indeed the station for Vatican after about 50 mins ride on train, this then goes in a long loop round Rome for another 20 mins through 4 other stations to Terminii. Colosseum is 2 stops on B line metro from Terminii (col blue on map) On other side of Vatican is Cipro metro station on the A “red” line to get you to Terminii to change to blue line. If you end at Trevi fountain, the 175 bus from the nearby main street gets you back to Terminii” Although we briefly considered pouring all of our money out at once by doing this private limo tour of Rome, I think we’re sticking with the train trip.
When a shore excursion company doesn’t even try to get you to spend money with them in a port, I guess you have to be silly to give the cruise any: Tour Excursion – SANTORINI. Quote: “Santorini is a port of call that is best explored on foot. We recommend that you visit this port of call on your own.”
Here’s another site that is helping us decide what to do in Santorini. Despite the odd name, it was worth viewing: BBC – h2g2 – Santorini – a Tourist Guide – A725087.
JP surprised us yesterday by saying the $140pp Rome excursion was fine by her if we didn’t feel like planning anything. When we started this I was the one who wanted to throw caution to the winds and spend $280 per couple to tour Rome, but now I’ve gotten behind the idea of doing it ourselves. I’ve read several reviewers who’ve done what we plan to do, and it sounds like it worked for them. I also came across this article, Schedule: an Italian train survival guide, which helped seal the deal. I suggested buying the train tix ahead of time at Trenitalia, but it turns out as soon as you click on “Buy,” the website goes from English to Italian and there’s no switching back. With our experience in Spanish we can make out a little bit of the Italian, but it seemed like it would be too much of a hassle to do it in Italian. The plan then is to take the cruise line provided bus from the ship to the end of the pier, and then if we can’t talk the driver into taking us the rest of the way to the train station, we’ll either […]
Ellen and I are looking at shore activities pretty hard tonight. We were supposed to be joined online by our shipmates, but apparently there are more important things going on in Louisiana 🙂 We tried emailing, but the “Open Relay Database Organization” decided that my password protected SMTP server is an open relay agent so they blocked my email from reaching its destination. What’s up with that? I started out with the first port, Monte Carlo. I looked around a bit before stumbling across the comment: “the whole principality is in a 1-square mile area.” I realize that some of that mile is several hundred feet up in the mountains, but I think we’re going to skip the cruise ship’s excursions and wander around Monte Carlo on our own. If all else fails, we can go to the American style sports bar “Stars and Bars,” where I can enjoy some traditional Monacan Tex-Mex while blogging from their net cafe. My next assignment was Santorini. It’s not as well publicized as Monte Carlo, probably because James Bond never played blackjack there, but we were able to find some good info. The island’s a little bigger than Monte Carlo, but I think […]