For those of you who have not heard, the Norwegian Epic will be sailing the Mediterranean in 2012 again, but with a different itinerary and with a choice of booking out of either Barcelona or Rome.
Barcelona, Naples, Rome / Civitavecchia, Livorno, Nice, Marseille, Barcelona
I hadn’t given much thought to the Barcelona vs Rome embarkation port since I just did the Western Med this summer. But thenl my friend was talking about taking a Mediterranean cruise next fall, and I decided I would choose Rome. One of the problems I had with the Mediterranean cruise is that Livorno is far from Florence and Civitavecchia is far from Rome. You end up spending a MINIMUM of 2 hours going to and from the city, which kinda stinks since you only spend 12 hours in port.
With this new itinerary you could board the ship in Rome/Civitavecchia, fly in early (or stay after the cruise) and spend as much time as you want in Rome. Of course now you can’t do that in Barcelona, which is a great city (more to come on that in the coming weeks). But, Barcelona’s port is right in the city, you can get off the ship and take a 10 minute taxi ride and you’re in the heart of the city.
I think the Rome embarkation just makes more sense if you’re taking this cruise to see as much as possible. Of course if you’ve already been to Rome, then boarding in Barcelona might make more sense, then you can have a “sea” day in Rome and relax.
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