Ischia to Naples
From the island of Ischia my dad and I got on the 45-minute ferry (16 euros = US$23 apiece) back to Naples. It was an easy crossing since this time the seas were perfectly calm and we took a nonstop boat. It was so nice out we spent most of the time out back (where everyone smokes) so we could take in the views. Highlights included seeing the islands of Procida and Capri, and then Mt. Vesuvius, before pulling into the port of Naples.
Naples to Rome
There was no problem getting a taxi to the train station, but the driver insisted the fee was 15 euros even though my local friend said it should be 10 euros. My dad didn't feel like arguing so we obliged. Ten minutes later we were in the Stazione Garabaldi. My father grabbed a Sfogliatelle (1.50 euros), his favorite Italian pastry, and an espresso (90 euro cents) before we boarded the high-speed train. The Eurostar AV or FRECCIAROSSA was comfortable, fast, and nonstop. We made it from Naples to Rome in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Rome to Civitavecchia
On the train we met a really nice Roman lawyer who insisted on helping my dad with his bag since we didn't have a lot of time to make our connection. BTW: You can get your tickets in advance from RailEurope.com.
Port of Rome (Civitavecchia)
Rome's home port is in Civitavecchia, a 40-minute ride outside of the city. Seabourn's renowned incredible service began the moment we stepped off the train: one of their representatives was waiting on the tracks. He grabbed my dad's bags and led us to the shuttle bus for the eight-minute ride to the ship.
BTW: Dante, the Seabourn rep who met us, was a great kid. His mother is English and his father is from NY, and he's lived in both England and Italy. When I asked him which place he liked better, he said the English are friendlier and Italians are much more closed-minded.
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