What to Do When the Port is Far from Townby Gayle Keck | May 20, 2016
5. Use public transportation.
Avoid cab fare altogether by taking the train into town. You can catch an express train from Civitavecchia into Rome (after shuttling to the train station) and a bullet train will whisk you from Kobe to Kyoto, Japan. In beach areas, there’s often an express bus to the shore.
6. Rent a car.
Some cruise terminals have desks for car rental agencies. You can book ahead or when you arrive, but be aware that these are often local companies, not the big names. Renting a car is the best option if you want to, say, hit quieter beaches on the French side of St. Martin, or roam the Scottish Highlands out of Invergordon.
7. Let the cruise line handle it.
The lines know that you don’t really want to stick around an industrial port, so they usually offer their own transport. Choosing this option will likely be more expensive than arranging your own taxi or taking public transportation, but there is one priceless benefit. If the official shuttle from the ship gets stuck in traffic on the way back, they will wait for you. If you are in your own cab, you are out of luck.
Gayle Keck is a San Francisco-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.