|One of the two Azamara ships: Royal Caribbean's luxury brand|
Royal Caribbean International cruise line announced important news for Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, at the recent press conference held this week. The managers of Royal Caribbean International and the Civitavecchia Port Authority gave out some interesting numbers.
|Announcing the novelties for Civitavecchia|
The port of Civitavecchia hosted 959 cruise ships in 2013 with 2,538,258 passengers arriving or departing from the docks. These numbers will soar even higher in 2014-15 when several new Royal Caribbean ships will be using Civitavecchia as their home port.
|The Mosaic lounge on Azamara|
Dominic Paul, Vice President of Royal Caribbean International announced that the company is investing millions of dollars in the construction of new cruise ships and expansion to capture an even higher percent of Italian cruisers.
|Pool deck on Azamara , my favorite of the Royal Caribbean ships|
The company’s newest ships Oasis and Allure (and later Quantum, which will become the world’s biggest cruise ship), will be based out of Civitavecchia.
|Ana Karina Santini and Lina Mazzucco of Royal Caribbean|
This investment means that the hinterland of Civitavecchia will enjoy a beneficial ripple effect with more jobs at the enlarged cruise terminal, more tourists looking for pre and post cruise stays and excursions. Repeat cruisers will be especially interested in visiting new, scenic and historic sites in Etruria –not just bus or train trips into Rome.
I was happy to present Mr. Paul with a copy of my book “Etruria Travel, History and Itineraries in Central Italy“ as a thank you for having had me as guest lecturer on many Royal Caribbean ships over the past eight years. Check out the many cruise enrichment lectures and itineraries here.
|Mary Jane presents Dominic Paul with her book|
It is also an invitation to combine a Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia with a pre or post cruise holiday in Etruria. Cruisers will find dozens of delightful villages and towns ready to welcome them just beyond the hills of Civitavecchia.
By adding on a pre or post cruise stay in Etruria, they can enjoy full immersion in local Italian life style, the food, wine, olive oil and local traditions.
For more information about the area around Civitavecchia see this recent article: The Scenic Route from Rome to Civitavecchia and find others by putting the word Civitavecchia in the search box.