In this second installment of my virtual cruise life, I’ve decided to add a Norwegian Spirit round-trip cruise from Rome. I’ve also investigated the costs and logistics of getting from Copenhagen to the Port of Rome at Civitavecchia.
Round Two–Virtual Cruise Life
The premise of this series is that I would like to see how easy and cost-effective it would be to do a series of back-to-back cruises in Europe this summer. In my first virtual cruise life post I discussed positioning us in Europe by taking a 16-night transatlantic cruise. Now I’m getting us from our debarkation port of Copenhagen to the next stage of our journey in Rome, where I would booked us on a Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Spirit.
We would reach the end of our transatlantic cruise on the Norwegian Getaway in Copenhagen. This is an expensive city so we wouldn’t be staying more than one night. The cheapest non-hostal hotel I could find was the Cabin Metro for $99/night. These are private rooms whose design is “based on cruise ship staterooms,” which means they are small but have everything you need. Instead of booking the cheap Cabin Metro, I would redeem 25K IHG points and have us stay at the Crowne Plaza. The cash price for the CP rooms are about $250/night, so we would be getting about $0.01/point value. Since I usually get about $0.40-$0.50/point value with my IHG points, I think that this is a good redemption.
Copenhagen has a good metro system so it would be easy to get from the port to the hotel, and then out to the airport which is not far from the Crowne Plaza.
Copenhagen to Rome
Our flights to Rome would leave the day after our arrival in Copenhagen. I found availability on an Iberia flight on May 17 CPH-FCO for $55.70 each! We would arrive at FCO at 1:15 pm the day before the next cruise departs, which will give us some time that day to do some sightseeing.
Rome Airport to Civitavecchia
The next leg of our journey would be a cruise leaving from the port of Civitavecchia which is not far from FCO airport. Since that cruise leaves on May 18 (the next morning) we would not go into Rome for the evening. (If you haven’t spent much time in Rome, I would suggest you DO go into Rome for the evening.) We have been many times and will probably be visiting Rome again on this virtual trip.) I found a one-way rental car from FCO to Civitavecchia for $66.69 for one day. This is not a cheap rental but it would get us from the airport to our embarkation port and give us time to do a little leisurely sightseeing in the afternoon of the 17th and the morning of the 18th. Some sightseeing possibilities include Ostia Antica and the Etruscan tombs near Tarquinia and Cerveteri. There are some new sites in the FCO-Civitavecchia area that I would be interested in seeing. I have some links on them in the following post on CruiseCritic:
The first site–Trajan’s Basin– can still be seen from the air as you leave/approach FCO–look for a hexagonal lake just inland. This was the inner harbor of the old Port of Rome.
Cruise on the Norwegian Spirit–10 nights Round-Trip from Rome
One of the premises of this virtual cruise experiment was to see how easy it would be to book reasonably-priced last-minute cruises in Europe. As I am looking ahead, I am not seeing cruises available in the “reasonable” category. My definition of reasonable is a cruise where the per person per diem is less than $100/day including gratuities. I did find an itinerary on the Norwegian Spirit where two can cruise for 10 nights for $1617 (a couple per diem of $162) including gratuities and the Ultimate Beverage Package. This is a port-intensive cruise with only one sea day. We would end up back in Rome, which is a fine place to be “marooned” if I can’t find another cheap cruise.
What’s Next? Land Trip or Cruise?
So now we have a 16-night transatlantic cruise planned with an April 30 departure date that will bring us from the US over to Europe, a flight from Copenhagen to Rome, and then a 10-night Mediterranean from Rome after that. I’m not “booking” another cruise until I see some healthy price movement in these Mediterranean itineraries! Also, after 26 nights of being at sea, we might be ready to spend some time on land investigating some our bucket list items–the Valpolicella wine region around Venice, the Dolomites……..