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pre-cruise options

ROMAN HOLIDAY

August 28 thru September 1, 2024

Host Hotel, LGBTQ+ Tours & Ship Transfers

Date

Itinerary

Wednesday, August 28Early Wednesday Arrival Option
Thursday, August 29Early Thursday Arrival Option
Friday, August 30Rome Tours
Saturday, August 31Rome Tours
Sunday, September 1Check Out of Hotel & Transfer to Ship
01 - Early Arrival
Early Wednesday or Thursday Arrival

Who wouldn’t want to get to Rome early and spend some extra time exploring the Eternal City on your own? For those OUTbounders who just can’t wait to start their vacation, we got you. Feel free to arrive at our host hotel on Wednesday or Thursday. Our early arrival option allows you to start enjoying your vacation right away, and take an extra day to get acclimated to the time change and shake off that jet lag. Included in your price is your daily buffet breakfast, all your hotel taxes and fees, and your transfers from the hotel to our ship in Civitavecchia on Sunday.

02 - Tours
Optional LGBTQ+ Tours

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can start exploring with our OUTbound optional tours of Rome. OUTbound has partnered with a local LGBTQ+ tour agency to design a different kind of Roman holiday for our community, offering a uniquely rainbow experience in Italy. Thanks to our LGBTQ+ tour experts and their knowledge of Rome, our OUTbounders will get a personal, up-close tour of some of Rome’s best-known sights. Start exploring all the things you want to see on a standard tour, but with an emphasis on its LGBTQ+ history just for us!

03 - Transfers
Transfer To Our Ship

Today we’ll check out of our host hotel and transfer to our ship docked in the port city of Civitavecchia. The drive from our hotel to our ship will take approximately one and a half hours, depending on traffic. Remember as part of our host hotel package, all of your daily breakfast buffets, your hotel taxes and fees and the transfer from our hotel to our ship are all included in your price.

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Located just minutes from Termini Train Station, the UNA Decò Roma offers contemporary design and bright interiors. Our host hotel is an elegant, modern and comfortable property located in the historic center of Rome and within walking distance to the main landmarks like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps. Our OUTbounders can start their day with the large buffet breakfast, which is included in the price of your stay. The UNA Decò Roma is just steps away from both of Rome’s main subway lines which allows easy access to any areas of the city. The building is furnished with a combination of elegance and the latest technology. All rooms have in-room bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning, comfortable bedding and flat-screen televisions. Internet is free and available in all public areas and in every room.

01 - Hotel
UNA Decò Roma

Our host hotel is located in the historical center of Rome, just minutes from the Termini Station, near famous Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum, Fori Imperiali and Via Veneto. The A and B metro stops of Termini are only a block away... meaning that all the very best of Rome, from shopping and sightseeing to restaurants and bars, are easily within reach. Included with your reservation is a full breakfast buffet featuring a wide selection of fruits, juices, cereals, eggs, bacon, pastries and a uniquely Italian Cappuccino to prepare you for your day exploring Rome.

Date

Itinerary

Wednesday, August 28Early Wednesday Arrival Option
Thursday, August 29Early Thursday Arrival Option
Friday, August 30Rome Tours
Saturday, August 31Rome Tours
Sunday, September 1Check Out of Hotel & Transfer to Ship
01 - Colosseum
Homosexuality Ancient Rome

$115 per person • 3 hours • Thursday, Friday & Saturday
The tour starts at the Oppian Hill, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome. Afterwards we will visit the Colosseum with our skip-the-line tickets. You’ll be stunned by the amazing structure and discover the history of the Colosseum and its protagonists, the Roman Soldiers. After, take a walk along Via Sacra, the main street of ancient Rome, where we will find the Temple of Caesar. We’ll also visit Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon during our tour.

04 - Grand Walking
Grand Walking Tour of Rome

$115 per person • 3 hours • Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Discover Rome's layers of history during a walking tour of its most famous landmark. Your guide will walk with you through Piazza Navona, Rome's most iconic square, where you will hear the history of Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. After, explore the Pantheon, inside and out with your skip-the-line tickets. Finally, stroll past such famous landmarks as the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, passing lively art-filled squares as you go. You'll learn the history behind these landmarks with each stop, posing for pictures along the way.

02 - Vatican
Vatican Museums in a Gay Light

$115 per person • 3 hours • Friday & Saturday
This tour will take you through the Vatican while showing you the true history of famous gay and lesbian artists of the past through their art. Discover the hidden secrets about Michelangelo and his lover, a young male poet. Discover the Sistine Chapel and learn about all the sculptures that illustrate the importance of gays and lesbians in the church. On this tour you’ll learn about a time when inclusion existed and homosexuality was not a mere description, but a way of life.

03 - Sant’Angelo
Papal Residence’s Gay History

$115 per person • 3 hours • Saturday Only
This tour will explore Castel Sant’Angelo, Emperor Hadrian’s beloved mausoleum. Emperor Hadrian was famously in love with Antinous, a younger Greek man. Following his death, Hadrian deified Antinous and founded and organized a cult devoted to his worship that spread throughout the Empire. You’ll learn about Hadrian’s lover Antinous, and the important role this castle has played in ancient and modern Rome.

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Wednesday Arrival

5 Day/4 Night Hotel Package

$1,480  UNA Decò Roma Classic Room

$2,080  UNA Decò Roma Executive Room

 

Thursday Arrival

4 Day/3 Night Hotel Package

$1,290  UNA Decò Roma Classic Room

 

Friday Arrival

3 Day/2 Night Hotel Package

$910  UNA Decò Roma Classic Room

* Executive room option is only available starting Wednesday as a 4 night/5 day reservation. Prices include daily buffet breakfast, all hotel taxes & fees and transfer on Sunday from hotel to our ship docked in Civitavecchia.

GAY ROME

Rome’s main ‘gay street’, Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, is just steps away from the Colosseum, with a few bars and more gay venues in the neighborhood. This area around the Colosseum has been a meeting point for the gay community since the 1960s and in 2007 it un-officially was given the name ‘Gay Street’. There are a few gay bars that line this street as well as gay friendly shops and cafes. You’ll find a friendly and welcoming gay scene in Rome, although it’s smaller and more discrete than you might expect. There are more clubs and late-night events than the ‘typical’ gay bars. Like with most of Europe, the gay scene in Rome tends to pick up later at night. Gay Rome is one of those cities that everyone dreams of visiting. The Eternal City is a vibrant mix of ruins, art, history, street life, and culture… an exhilarating experience that thrills, inspired and never, ever disappoints. Rome is one of those cities that has a place on nearly every traveler’s bucket list. Few cities in the world mesh modern with historical in the way that Rome can. It’s a major metropolitan city, and with that comes a huge population of LGBTQ+ residents. Italy as a whole is considered to be gay friendly with an increasingly liberal attitude from the public. We promise you’ll enjoy your time in Rome, whether this will be your first visit or one of many return trips. There’s no place like Rome!

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