6 Most Common MISTAKES when booking Civitavecchia Port Transfers

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Civitavecchia Transfers and Shore Excursions from the ports of Italy.  

Reserving your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers on our official RomeCabs website is easy, efficient and secure. Our booking form will request from you all the necessary information we need to provide you with accurate service.

It is also very important to pay attention to certain details regarding your transportation needs in order to avoid these most common mistakes cruisers have made when booking transfers to and/or from Civitavecchia

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6 MOST COMMON MISTAKES WHEN BOOKING CIVITAVECCHIA PORT TRANSFERS
(and how to avoid them)

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1 Booking the Incorrect date (verify date of service)
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Booking a transfer from the airport with the incorrect date is a common airport transfer mistake as some travelers book their arrival at Rome’s airport with the date of their departure from their place of origin without checking their airline tickets.

For example, flights departing from Canada, United States, or South America, arrive in Italy the day after, not on the same date. This is very important for transfers from the Airport to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

Also important is to double check the date your ship will dock in Civitavecchia. When docking in multiple ports, the dates can sometimes become confusing resulting on booking a transfer to or from Civitavecchia on the wrong date.

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2  Provide Incorrect ship name
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Port of Civitaveccha where Rome Cabs provides Civitavecchia Transfers

Port of Civitaveccha

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With so many ship names sounding very similar (think “Emerald Princess” , “Royal Princess”…) it sometimes easy to place a reservation with the incorrect ship name, or placing a reservation with only the cruise line name such as “Princess Cruise” instead of the actual ship name.

With cruise lines somethings docking more than 1 of their ships at a time, it’s important to book the correct ship name and not only the cruise line you are sailing with.

While such error can be corrected on transfers TO your ship in Civitavecchia by simply communicating this to your driver, the problem is for transfers FROM Civitavecchia. Without the correct ship name, your driver will not know which pier to meet you at. Often there are multiple ships docking together at a time at different piers far apart.

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3  Not reporting the correct total number of luggage

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Depending on the duration of the cruise, some cruisers may require additional luggage.

When booking private transportation, it’s important to make sure that if you are bringing extra luggage with you to inform the company when placing your reservation.

Why?

You may need a vehicle upgrade to accommodate the extra luggage, or if you are a large group or family with a lot of luggage you may require more than one vehicle if total amount of luggage exceeds the luggage capacity of the vehicle.

Not informing the company of excess luggage that would require a large vehicle, or a 2nd vehicle if traveling in a large group may cause you delays while a suitable vehicle (or additional vehicle) is made available, you may incur costs you were not prepared for in advance.

Rule of thumb: if you are party of 1 to 3, or a party of  6 – 8 bringing more than 1 suitcase and 1 carry on per person inform the car service company in advance so your party and your luggage can be safely accommodated together inside the vehicle.

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4 Booking your Post Cruise Departure Flight too early in the morning
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Booking your Post Cruise departure flight too early in the morning without taking into consideration disembarkation time, potential docking delays, or morning traffic can place you at risk of missing your flight.

From Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport, allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for travel time. More than that if you are traveling to Ciampino Airport.

When booking your departure flight on the same day your ship docks in Civitavecchia, give yourself plenty of leeway time to cover unforeseen delays such as ship docking late, disembarkation delays, and traffic.

Safe flight departure times are 11:00 AM and later.

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ALSO READ:

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-CRUISE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

THE BEST AND WORST TIME TO BOOK YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

HOW THE TRAIN RUINED THE CRUISE FOR THOUSANDS OF CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISERS

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5  Booking your Pre Cruise Arrival Flight too late on the same day your ship sails
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Booking your arrival flight on the same day your cruise departs comes with certain risks: missed connections, lost luggage, flight delays… all of which can impact the start of your cruise. 

However, booking your flight arrival flight too close to your ship departure time is highly risky and many cruisers have missed their ship as a result. You are one missed connection, one flight delay, one lost piece of luggage  from missing our ship.

If your luggage is delayed our missing you may have to choose between waiting for your missing luggage , or missing your ship. This is not the best way to begin your cruise holiday.

If you can, plan to arrive in Italy at least the day before your cruise departs. This will cover any unforeseen travel delays and potentially lost luggage that you can still recuperate before you embark on your cruise.

By arriving a day early you can either make the most of your short time in Rome enjoying the Eternal City, or you can go directly to a hotel in Civitavecchia and be close to the cruise port.

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6 Not bringing a copy of your transfer reservation
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Not bringing a copy of confirmation email with important information such as where to meet your driver, emergency contact, or details of your reservation.
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HOW TO MEET YOUR DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT
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Your transfer reservation and confirmation email includes important details about your transfer –  some of which you may need during your travels such as the company emergency contact number, your complete final destination details (in case you need to recall your hotel name and address), where to meet your driver, the price of the service you booked, and other helpful information.  It’s best to have it handy and not need it, than to need it and not have it with you.

We hope these tips will help with your cruise and travel plans.

For more information on our Civitavecchia Transfers, Shore Excursions from the Cruise Port, Day Tours from Rome, or Airport Transfers, please visit our website below:
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Thank you very much for reading our travel blog. If you have any travel tips to share, please let us know in the comment box. If you know of others who may benefit from this information please share.

For more information about our company, our Civitavecchia Transfers, and Shore Excursions in Italy, please visit our website below. We’d be happy to assist you with your transfers and tours in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team
Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Civitavecchia, Port of Rome (Italy)

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