Cruise package – Mediterranean cruise from Rome

Discover the best of Europe starting with 4 fantastic days in the Eternal City followed by a 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Rome.

Explore three different countries during one vacation and experience all that they have to offer! Spain, France and Italy are all waiting for you with their historic architecture, incredible food and rich culture. 

You’ll start your European adventure off with some time in Rome before setting sail. 

Cruise the Mediterranean in 2022 with Royal Caribbean

In this article you will find a suggestion for a 12-night package for a fantastic Mediterranean cruise from Rome, Italy. The package is 4 days (5 nights) in Rome followed by a 7 night cruise in the Mediterranean with Royal Caribbean.

Best of all, it’s easy to book yourself so you have complete control over your vacation!

5 nights Rome + 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise

Rome is on the bucket list of many travellers. Visiting the eternal city is an unforgettable experience. It is known  for its art, culture and history. Whether you are travelling as a couple or with kids too, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

5 nights in this great city is the perfect way to kick-start your Mediterranean cruise from Rome including ports of call in Italy, Spain and France.

Day 1: Arrive in Rome

Arrive at Rome Airport, having booked your flight with your favorite airline. (Tip! Read our advise about booking your flights online before you book!) The name of the international airport is Rome Fiumicino International Airport also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Transfer to your hotel in Rome using an official taxi standing right outside your arrival terminal. Relax, shake off any jet-lag, and enjoy your first of 5 nights in Rome.

Days 2-5: Exploring Rome

Follow our 4 days sightseeing tips on our Rome page before you start your cruise. Click here for detailed itineraries, travel tips and must-see sights, including:

Day 6: Check in for your Mediterranean cruise from Rome

Time to cruise! Your Mediterranean cruise from Rome including Italy, Spain and France is finally here. Check-out from your hotel and transfer to the Port of Civitavecchia. The easiest way to get from the city to port for your cruise from Rome is to ask your hotel for help in making a taxi reservation.

Alternatively we have detailed information on how to get to the port on our Rome information page here .

Your port check-in time is on your cruise ticket. Make sure you get there in time!

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Name of Ship: Wonder of the Seas – read more about the fantastic Wonder of the Seas and Royals “Oasis” class ships here!
  • Start Date: Weekly with Sunday departure from May through to October 2022 (Tip! Cruise dates and itineraries are subject to change at any time check with Royal Caribbean at the time of booking)
  • Cruise Port: From/To Port of Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

Cruise Days 6 to 13: Western Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean International (7 nights/8 days)

Cruise Day 1: Rome

Check-in for your cruise at Port of Civitavecchia. Royal Caribbean’s ships are equipped with all the amenities you would want or need on vacation.

Settle into your cabin, unpack your suitcase, head over to the buffet restaurant for lunch. Or grab your favorite glass of bubble and relax on deck for the sail-away party!

Before you leave home, we recommend that you download Royal Caribbean International app onto your mobile telephone. It’s a great way to easily check in for your cruise, stay connected with family and friends on the ship, plan your activities, make reservations and see all that’s happening on board. And you do not need wifi to use it!

Capri island, Italy
When cruise ship docks in Naples, Capri island is just an hour or so away

Cruise Day 2: Naples/Capri, Italy

On day 2 of your cruise your cruise ship docks in Naples, southern Italy. What a way to start your cruising vacation! From Naples you are just a 1 hour ferry ride away from the island of Capri. We recommend that you use this day to visit beautiful Capri.

Emperor Augustus’ once private paradise and now a modern day celebrity hideaway, Capri is a luxury holiday destination.

Capri – how to get there and what to do

Some shore excursions to Capri with the cruise line can be really expensive. You can make your own way there quite easily. Most cruise ships take you to Terminal Stazione Marittima in Naples (always check with your cruise line). The hydrofoil from nearby Molo Beverello takes under one hour to get to Capri. You will need to queue to get your tickets.

The price of a one way ticket to Capri is around 25 euros per person but be sure to buy a return ticket which will be for a specific departure time. Queueing for tickets on the island can take a very long and you do not want to miss getting back to the port in time to board your cruise ship or tender boat.

Note the time your cruise ship or tender boat departs Naples and make sure you take a hydrofoil from Capri at the latest 2 hours prior to ship departure.

If all this seems too complicated, then book tickets with your cruise line for your trip to Capri, then you can explore yourself once you are there.

It can be a choppy ride over to Capri if the sea is rough, so if you get seasick easily you may want to take seasick tablets or put on a seaband before you start your day.

The towns of Marina Grande, Ana Capri and Capri

There are three towns on the island, Marina Grande where you will arrive onto the island, Anacapri and Capri. We recommend that you download a map of the island before you travel to orientate yourself.

When you arrive by ferry or hydrofoil, you are in the village of Marina Grande. This is the area of the marina and the port on Capri and where all transport to the island departs from.

You can get to Ana Capri and Capri from Marina Grande. Both towns are closed to traffic in the center, so once there, all exploring is done on foot. If you want to go further afield and explore the island’s coastline and nature, you can rent a scooter at Marina Grande.

The town of Anacapri

Anacapri is the quieter side of the island and the highest point. It is great for nature lovers who want to visit Mount Solaro in seek of panoramic views. From Marina Grande the bus takes about 20 minutes to get to Anacapri. Once in the town there is a chair lift from Piazza Vittoria to Monte Solaro which takes approximately 10 minutes.

The town of Capri

Shoppers and foodies should spend some time in the exclusive boutiques and cafes in the town of Capri, the more busy, cosmopolitan side of the island.

From Marina Grande, take the cable car or bus to the main square, Piazza Umberto (the Piazzetta) in center of Capri town. There are small buses available that take approximately 20 people per bus. You can buy a ticket at the ticket booth in the arrivals harbor of Marina Grande. It is walkable within about 20 minutes, but the road is steep, narrow and winding and in the heat it feels a long way.

Alternatively you can choose to use the Capri Funicular (also referred to as the Capri cable car), it’s the red train that takes you to the Piazzetta in just a few minutes.

Visiting The Blue Grotto and Faraglioni, the trio of sea giants

There are also plenty of options to book a small boat to see the amazing illuminated caves of the Blue Grotto when you get to Marina Grande. This is without doubt the most famous attraction on Capri, together with sailing through the stunning towering rock formations of Faraglioni.

From Marina Grande, there is a private jetty where you buy tickets for a boat tour in a small wooden row boat. The entrance fee to the Blue Grotto is around 18 euros per person and it’s usual to tip your captain.

It’s an unforgettable experience!

Amalfi Coast and Capri excursion

If time and budget allow, and you want to squeeze even more sights into your shore excursion, we can highly recommend a private boat tour from Naples port along the Amalfi coast visiting the towns of Amalfi and the stunning Positano, then over to Capri Island. A fantastic way to see this beautiful coastline. Viator offer a great trip.

Visit the legend of Pompei

Instead of Capri, a history enthusiast will love visiting the ancient ruins of Pompei, buried by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We chose to walk around the ruins ourselves with a guide book. However, in retrospect I wish we would have joined a guided tour, to hear the stories behind the ruins and we were exploring.

Unfortunately with just one day in the port of Naples, you will not have time to visit both Capri and Pompei. But hopefully this will not be your last visit to southern Italy. The whole of the Amalfi coastline deserves a trip in itself. When you visit, we recommend basing yourself at Positano. From here you can rent a car or use the local transport to get to all the coastal towns. This coastline will be one of the prettiest places in the world you will ever visit.

Cruise Day 3: Cruising Day at Sea

Today you get to relax and spend time on your fantastic cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas. It takes some time to sail from Naples over to Barcelona so today you are on board all day.

Packed full of fun activities, entertainment, great restaurants and sports facilities, make the most of the ship today. Or just order some bubbly and lounge by the pool. With excellent kids clubs on board, you get to do exactly what you want to today.

Cruise Day 4: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is known for trendy boutiques, fantastic architecture and outstanding cuisine. The Catalan capital is our favorite Spanish city. It has it all – shopping, beaches, stunning architecture, great food, world-renown art, friendly locals and cosy neighborhoods.

We have many great ideas of how to spend a day in Barcelona. On our Barcelona – The Essential Guide page we offer detailed itineraries for 5 spectacular days of sightseeing in this superb historical city including:

Barcelona is an easy city to navigate your way around and the port is close to the center. Choose the itinerary that suits you best or book a guided tour with your cruise line! 

On our Barcelona page you will also find detailed information on how to get back to the port again after your day exploring here.

Cruise Day 5: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The bay of Palma is a wonderful destination and the capital of the Spanish island Mallorca.

What we love about Palma is its rich cultural heritage with stunning architecture and works of art. And of course the wide open beaches, water sports and deep sea fishing on offer.

From the port you can take a leisurely walk into the city center. If you opt not to book an excursion with the cruise line and want to tour the city yourself, head towards Palma Cathedral. Located i the heart of the city, it’s a good spot to start exploring on your own.

If you prefer a beach, Portixol is only a 10 minute walk from Palma center. Here you will find plenty of local restaurants serving lunch with a view.

There are many bike and electric scooter rentals along the beachfront, and on a hot day it’s a great way to explore the coastline. If you want to book in advance then Viator has trustworthy suppliers.

Cruise Day 6: Provence, France (Port of call: Marseilles)

The port of Marseilles offers you the chance of excursions to experience the Provence region and see France as it was centuries ago. Narrow cobblestone lanes are lined by medieval buildings and picturesque villages. The region is well known for its lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards.

This stunning area is also known for its cuisine, with ingredients that grow profusely in the Mediterranean region. Provençal cuisine is made up of fresh, local produce and recipes that have been handed down through generations.

Marseilles itself offers historical sights once you get into the city center. The transfer there is not that attractive but once in the town visit sights such as Quai des Belges , the Chateau d’If, and Notre Dame de la Garde.

If you prefer to visit without a guide, take the cruise ship’s shuttle into the marina area. From here you can walk and shop local street vendors and unique boutiques. Look out for their famous soap as a great souvenir. Take a stroll through Marseilles’s old quarter. You’ll find many art galleries and antique shops.

Or simply enjoy their world-famous signature dish bouillabaisse at any one of the restaurants in town. Stick to the busy touristy areas of Marseille and beware of pickpockets.

Further afield you can visit Calanques National Park. Take advantage of Royal Caribbean’s excursion with the bus. The National Park is about a half hour from the port. The rugged coastline calls for good walking shoes. Alternatively, take a boat trip from Marseilles to Cassis which takes in miles of beautiful coastal landscape.

Cruise Day 7: Florence/Pisa, Italy (Port of call: La Spezia)

Onto day 7 óf your cruise and the Allure is docked in La Spezia, Italy. If you do not want to wander far from the ship, explore art galleries, museums and castles in La Spezia. Visit the Castle of San Giorgio, which is located on top of a hill overlooking the port with its magnificent views. Alternatively take a boat trip up the River Magra for views of its medieval bridges and wetlands.

Choosing what to do or which excursion to book for your port of call in La Spezia can be tough. La Spezia is the entrance port to so many fantastic Italian destinations. You really are spoilt for choice. From here you have the opportunity to visit Cinque Terre, Pisa or Florence. Each one in itself is really great, and the surrounding areas are stunning.

Glorious Cinque Terre

If you are looking for an adventure out in nature and love hiking, choose Cinque Terre.  Cinque Terre is a group of five villages that stretch along Italy’s Riviera di Levante, with a dramatic section known as the Cinque Terre National Park. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The five villages you can visit are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.

Book this day out with your cruise line, alternatively book train tickets or a guided tour in advance. Remember Cinque Terre is located a few hours away from La Spezia so be sure that you don’t miss your cruise departure time.  We promise – it’s well worth the journey!

An alternative to visiting Cinque Terre is to take a trip to the city of Pisa or Florence. Pisa may well have been on your bucket list for a long time! Who doesn’t want to stand next to the famous leaning tower?

In our opinion, Florence offers a richer experience. In Florence you can discover the Uffizi Gallery where you can view Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera; climb the world-famous Duomo cathedral or walk the postcard perfect Ponte Vecchio bridge. Don’t worry if you feel you need longer here. Florence is a wonderful destination to visit again. Make this city part of a longer trip to the region of Tuscany in your future travel plans.

Cruise Day 8: Return to Port of Civitavecchia, Rome and disembark your cruise

Disembark at Port of Civitavecchia. Head back into Rome to extend your stay if you have booked extra hotel nights. Or transfer back to Rome airport with Royal Caribbean’s transfer bus for your flight home. Book your transfer in advance at the same time you book your cruise, because places on board the airport buses can become fully booked. Remember if you have a morning flight booked to take your home, ask the cruise line for an early check out from the ship to ensure you get on one of the first transfer buses.

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