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Civitavecchia/Rome If you just want to go to Rome, the best way is to take the train if not with a driver. There are several running all day. The trip time is about a little over an hour.
I disagree completely.
The shore excursion called "Rome on Your Own" or something similar, which offers completely seamless transportation between the pier and the heart of Rome, will maximize your time for independent sightseeing, shopping, or whatever else you want to do in the heart of the city. Upon arrival in the heart of Rome, the guide gives a brief orientation and instructions as to where and when to meet for the return to the pier, then sets you free. The price of this excursion is on par with that of a train ticket, and you won't lose time futzing around with cabs to go between the pier and the train station in Civitavecchia. Further, since this package is officially a shore excursion, the ship will protect you if weather, an accident, or any other unforeseen circumstance delays your return to the pier. If you take the train and get delayed, by contrast, you get to pay for your lodging and meals ashore and your transportation to the next port of call to rejoin the ship.