Civitavecchia Port: Sun Princess

Diesel in the water system: the Sun Princess does not leave for Civitavecchia

Technical problems for the Sun Princess, cruise ship with liquefied natural gas built in Monfalcone. The ship from cruise would have had to leave in the night from the monfalconese plant to the time of the Port of Civitavecchia with almost thousand workers on board.

Due to a problem still being verified, they will all be disembarked by evening. Consequently the first cruise previewed will be postponed also.

This is not the first problem for Sun Princess.

The first delivery to the owner was scheduled for the end of January, but had been postponed to complete finishing work. The technical drawback concerns the drinking water system, where traces of diesel fuel were allegedly found.
Princess Cruises announced that it will fully refund the price of the cruise to those who had booked it and will have to skip it, offering a 50 percent discount on a subsequent cruise.

When’s the inaugural cruise?

Princess Cruises has made to know that the inaugural cruise of 18 February is cancelled also, while for the Sun Princess the first voyage with the passengers on board will sail from the port of Civitavecchia 28 February 2024.

The Sun Princess is a special ship

With approximately 178.000 tons of tonnage Sun Princess is the ship from cruise greatest up to now constructed in Italy, let alone the first with feeding (also) to Natural Gas liquefied (Gnl) never constructed from Fincantieri let alone the first ship dual-fuel to enter the fleet of Princess (brand of the group carnival Corporation).

“Liquefied natural gas is the most advanced, mature, scalable and commercially sustainable fuel technology for the maritime industry. It is also considered one of the cleanest fossil fuels as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and almost completely eliminates other emissions in the air and particulates”, recalls a note Fincantieri.

Private Transfer

Private transfer services are a great option for travelers who want to arrive in Rome in style and comfort. We have selected some authorized companies (Fully Licensed Drivers and Vehicles with the permits to access Civitavecchia Port. The car will arrive under the ship) that offer private transfer services from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome, with prices typically ranging from 30 to 75 EUR per person (depending on the number of people and the type of car chosen). The journey takes 1h30, depending on traffic.

No matter which option you choose, getting from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome is easy and affordable. All of the options have their advantages, so you can pick the one that works best for you. Whether you take the bus, train, taxi, car rental, or private transfer, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of Rome in no time.

Civitavecchia Port Covid rules

COVID-19. Here are the new rules for entering Italy

The new rules from March 2022: basic green pass and no quarantine to enter Italy

The new rules for entering Italy

The anti-Covid 19 vaccine is no longer needed to enter Italy. On March 1, 2022, the new ordinance signed on February 22, 2022 by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza came into force, softening the existing rules until February 28. Any traveler or tourist who comes, for example, from Australia, Japan, the US or Canada must observe the same rules that apply to European citizens.

The state of emergency expires on March 31 and the Italian government has already said that it will not be renewed.

The ordinance of the Ministry of Health

The new rules for entering Italy were established by the Ministry of Health with an ordinance of 22 February. “Starting from March 1, 2022, for arrivals from all non-European countries, the same rules already in force for European countries apply.

One of the conditions of the green pass will be sufficient for entry into the national territory:

  1. vaccination certificate,
  2. recovery certificate, or
  3. negative test “.

This means that the vaccine is no longer mandatory.

Stop quarantine (but not always)

The order of the Ministry of Health also provides for a stop to quarantine for those arriving in Italy from non-EU countries. The measure remains for those who do not present one of the three required certificates (vaccination, recovery or negative test).

Should it be necessary, the quarantine must be observed for 5 days at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form (Plf). At the end of the quarantine, a molecular or antigenic swab must be done, which means that the vaccine is no longer mandatory.

new rules for embarking cruise

COVID-19. Here are the new rules for going on a cruise

Many people ask us at Civitavecchia Port: are there still cruises of the past (before Covid 19)? The cruises in which you went around the seas of the world and got off at every port. Where on board you jumped between buffets and pools, slides and karaoke, pecked between theaters and endless long drinks. Cruises where you posed with the captain, and at the gala you were ready to show off your best suit.

We at the Port of Civitavecchia answer: yes and no. Because unfortunately there are many limitations compared to pre-Covid cruises, but the cruise passenger is aware that he is in a sort of bubble, where the coronavirus is kept very far away. Going on a cruise today is the safest holiday!

Let’s see how the major cruise lines are adapting embarking protocols.

Covid rules for embarking MSC Cruises

On MSC Cruises you can only travel if you have a complete vaccination cycle certification. MSC Cruises has extended, starting from 4 December, the measures already adopted for winter travel in other regions to itineraries in the Mediterranean – therefore including the Port of Civitavecchia.

Guests on all ships in the fleet must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and carry out a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to the scheduled embarkation date. The new rule applies to all guests aged 12 and over, and adds to the existing health and safety measures introduced by MSC Cruises in summer 2020, which today form the basis of a protocol that has become a model worldwide.

Any booked guest who will not be fully vaccinated in time for their departure date can choose to postpone their MSC cruise to a later date or request a refund. It seems to us a very flexible and correct decision.

We at Civitavecchia Port believe that the Covid-19 test before boarding, in particular, constitutes an additional safety element that offers all guests and crew the highest level of protection.

Covid rules for embarking Celebrity Cruises

From February 1st, Celebrity Cruises will introduce additional security measures, even more stringent than MSC. In fact, the company will require coverage with a complete vaccination cycle even for children aged 5 and over to board their ships. For children under the age of 2 to 4 years, a negative response from the Covid-19 test performed before boarding will be required.

Celebrity Cruises is the second company, in chronological order, to adopt such a stringent protocol, after Disney Cruise Line, which established the vaccination requirement for children aged 5 and over for cruises from January 13, 2022 onwards. A choice made after the approval on November 2, 2021, by the CDC, of ​​the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.

Covid rules for embarking Royal Caribbean

The provisions panel is constantly evolving. Consider, for example, Royal Caribbean, which belongs to the same Group as Celebrity, currently allows unvaccinated children to sail, as MSC Cruises is regulating: for ages up to 11 you can get on board by presenting a Covid test negative.

Covid rules for embarking Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises

On the other hand, brands such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises allow children between 5 and 11 years old on board only if vaccinated, as a consequence of the choice of having only passengers with the complete vaccination cycle, without exception. The consequence is that, for these two companies, children under the age of 5 will not be able to board the ship. A decision that leaves us definitely surprised