Reshaping the Ports of Europe




Faro de la Curra, a historic pier in Cartagena.

Cartagena

Pullmantur Sovereign followed by Freedom of the Seas into Civitavecchia.

    Did you know about Rome’s seaport? Civitavecchia is more of a waiting room for cruise ship passengers to get on dozens of buses that take them to Rome for a few hours. Civitavecchia isn’t anyone’s destination; crew members working on ships based from here don’t even bother going ashore. But when five or six cruise ships dock at once, over fifteen thousand passengers might pass through the city on buses and trains to Rome. The train notoriously breaks down, and I’ve heard stories from crew members who lost their contracts because the train didn’t make it back in time.