Posted September 17th, 2017, 01:18 PM
We are also on this cruise with an extended family of 8. We have all been to Rome many, many times so we weren't thinking of going there at all. I did checkout some private tour companies about going to some of the smaller hill towns like Orvieto and while the private tour companies are working ALL those small historic towns will be closed also for Christmas, so once we discussed this among the family we felt it doesn't make sense to spend the money on a private tour to anywhere when all the places are just going to be shuttered up.
I also looked into renting a mini van for self drive but all the car rentals are closed. Oh and Ostia Antica is closed as well. We all decided that Christmas Day would be a great STAY ON THE SHIP Day and for us since we would have just boarded the day before gives us an opportunity to explore the ship.
My family and I are booked onto the MSC Meriviglia over the Christmas period. I have been searching and have enquired with MSC also (with no success), what activities will be happening on board on Christmas day? We are due to dock in Civitaveccha (Rome) on 25/12/2017, but have been told that most of Rome City attractions will be closed on Christmas Day as this is a religious holiday.
I was hoping, that someone could advise me or give me a clue of where to find the information.