7 Night Cruise From Rome: Dive Deep Into Enchanting Mediterranean History

Experience the best of the Mediterranean on cruises departing from Civitavecchia, Italy. Set sail aboard the majestic Costa Smeralda on a journey into the culture, history, and cuisine of Italy, Spain and France. Step into the past among cities and temples left behind by the Romans, Greeks, and prehistoric peoples.

During your cruise from Rome to Barcelona, wander through charming towns where modern-day life thrives amid glorious vestiges of ancient civilizations, and challenge your conceptions of Italian cuisine as you taste Sicily’s take on pizza, pastries, and wine.

If you are looking for a cruise from Rome in Summer 2021, you need to know that the cruise departs every Friday from Civitavecchia. Civitavecchia is the nearest port of call of the city of Rome. From there it only takes about 45 minutes to get to Rome city centre and I don’t need to tell you that this is one of the most amazing cities in the world.

A cruise from Rome on the Western Med will get you completely different experiences day by day: you will see amazing beaches, enchanting seaside cities in Spain, the wine regions and the jet set lifestyle in Southern France and of course the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire in Italy. If you are looking for the best excursions you can do on this cruise, let’s discover together the unmissable highlights for every stop.

Savona – Gourmet tour in Piedmont: explore the landscape of the Langhe, covered with vineyards and small villages, as well as castles which dominate the hills and small, typical valleys.

Marseilles – A Day in Provence: Discover the unique atmosphere of history, art and magic in the heart of Provence: from Arles, the city of ancient Roman origins with the light and colours that inspired van Gogh’s most famous paintings, to Saint-Rémy, a town forever associated with the controversial and enigmatic figure of Nostradamus.

Barcelona – Enjoy a Segway tour of Barcelona, you will admire the extraordinary works of the Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí, to whom the city owes much of its fame.

PalmaRelax on the beach: Sun, sea, bright white sand and all the relaxation you could ask for on Paguera beach. On the afternoon, take a stroll trough Palma city centre.

Palermo – Discover Palermo and Monreale: a visit to two of the most famous, majestic and valuable religious buildings in the province: the “Cattedrale di Palermo” and the “Duomo di Monreale”.

Civitavecchia/Rome – Explore the eternal city, Rome: one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.

Something really important to know? The price! You would be surprised how much Mediterranean cruises cost. Of course you can make it as expensive as you want, but there are also cheap options. In general, a cruise around the Western Mediterranean will cost around $140 per person per day. In low season this price drops to around $100 per person per night (price based on internal cabin).

But if you do your research well and book directly with the cruise line, you will find great deals. This way you can have a full western Mediterranean cruise experience for less than $100 per night. This includes your cabin, your meals and port fees.
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Useful tips for your Mediterranean cruise:

  • Most likely you will be cruising the Med in the summer and this also is the peak holiday season in Europe. Make reservations ahead or buy skip the line tickets online for major attractions. This way you will have the most of your excursion day.
  • Travelling in Europe, in general, is regarded as really safe and so are all cruise destinations in the Mediterranean. Walking around the cities or visiting one of the many tourist spots along the Med, you will feel safe and nothing bad will happen. That said, be aware of pickpocketing. Just in case, bring a money belt to keep your money safe and leave valuables on board.
  • Every country claims to be famous for its food. Apart from being very well fed on board the ship, save some space for delicious tapas, French wines and of course pizza, tiramisu and ice cream in Italy.

Why choose a Mediterranean Cruise

On a cruise around Southern Europe, you will have the opportunity to see the Mediterranean from a unique perspective – aboard a comfortable seagoing ship.

These tours are gaining popularity against the alternative land-based tours, because of the many advantages, like not having to pack & unpack at every new city, saving time travelling between various destinations since your hotel literally floats along with you and takes advantage of evenings & nights to travel long distances, and offering all-inclusive prices that cover lodging, transportation, tours, and all meals.

The Best Time for Western Mediterranean cruises

Summer is the high travel season in the Mediterranean. The weather is hot and sunny, the water is warm, and millions of people flock to the coast to soak up the sun and take a break from routine. The best time to take a Mediterranean cruise, however, is in the spring (March-June) or fall (September-November).

Temperatures are comfortably warm, the sun is bright, and the crowds are far, far fewer than in July and August. During the spring months, the flowers are blooming and the landscape is verdant, while autumn days are mild and clear before the winter rains.

Pre & Post Cruise Hotels -Where to Stay in Rome

Best luxury hotel: NH collection Palazzo Cinquecento 5*, Rome

Stay in the heart of Rome

Set in Piazza del Cinquecento Square in Rome, NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento offers luxurious accommodation a few steps from Termini Metro and Train Station. Each room and suite come with air conditioning, a mini bar and free WiFi. Some have a terrace and views of the surrounding extensive gardens with Roman ruins. Good to know: Trenitalia operates a train from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia hourly. Tickets cost 5€ – 12€ and the journey takes 1h 18m.

Rooms from € 340/night

Best mid-range hotel: MyHome BLU,Civitavecchia

Best for style on a budget

Outstanding location within walking distance to the train station, beach, boardwalk, restaurants and bars. Excellent common areas with outstanding views. Nice selection of treats and breakfast goodies. Rooms were small but very clean and well equipped. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Highly recommend for a short stay in Civitavecchia, before or after a cruise.

Rooms from € 140/night

Best budget hotel: La Marina B&B, Civitavecchia

Excellent location

Very good value for money at an excellent location to stay the night before or after your cruise. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room comes with a private bathroom. La Marina B&B features free WiFi throughout the property. Nice breakfast and good restaurants close for a nice Italian dinner.

Rooms from € 110/night

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