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The problem for a family of 13 is the cost of getting from Livorno to Florence and back. No train station near the port. At $200 a head no way can we take the shore excursion. Any solutions anyone.
I would pre book your excursions before you travel to guarantee a place. They only have so many spaces on excursions. You can pre book by calling the cruise company direct or prebooking on their websites. Also this saves you queing up at the excursion desk whilst onboad.
We went to Rome on a cruise last year and most of the shore excursions were long all day ones priced at around $200. If you like museums etc this would be great for you. But if you want to go out on you own the railway station is about 10 mins from the dock area and the return to Rome Central, which is about 5 mins walk from the Vatican, costs about 10 euros.