We will be taking two cruises in May, one arriving in Amsterdam and the other in Civitavecchia for Rome. What is the best way to get from the ports into the cities? And what might the approximate price be for each?
The port of Amsterdam is close to its central area, you just need to take trams. You can also walk from it already, since the cruise terminal is within the city already.
For LOTS more information about your ports, look at Cruise Critic. Here's their listing for Amsterdam: http://tinyurl.com/cqb7dv3 And for Rome: http://tinyurl.com/7g3jrb7 Also, sign up for the Roll Call for your sailings, so you can met people on your cruise in advance, and set up private tours with them if you wish: http://tinyurl.com/ap7h55m For your Rome cruise, I presume you'll be in lots of other Mediterranean ports, so you may want a copy of Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports, which will have all kinds of useful information. Unfortunately, his North Europe Cruise Ports book will not be available until June. However, if your Amsterdam cruise goes to the Baltic, his Scandinavia book will also be invaluable (it covers most of the ports except St. Petersburg).
Dear Reva, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is located right in the centre of Amsterdam. From Passenger Terminal Amsterdam you can: 5-minute ride by tram to the trainstation: In front of the terminal a tram ( number26) departs which will take you directly to the Central Station. Central train station is a perfect start for your trip to Amsterdam city centre. 15-minute walk to the trainstation: From the terminal it is a 15 minute walk to the station. Turn right and walk along the waterside over the bridge. At your left hand you will find the Central Station. We trust to have informed you enough and we wish you a save journey! With kind regards, Christel Kelly Office Manager
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam
The best way (if you are not loaded down with luggage) is the train from Civitavecchia to Rome. Very quick, easy, and inexpensive. Have done it a number of times. The roninrome.com site has a lot of good info on doing this. If you have lots of luggage and/or are with a large party you might want to check out a private car service. It is expensive but split 3 or 4 ways it isn't too bad. We have used romecabs.com a number of times from the airport to the city and vise versa and have always been very pleased. Let us know if you need more specifics.