You obviously haven't visited Naples before otherwise you wouldn't even bother asking the question. Even crossing the road involves taking your life into your hands and it's a case of the quick and the dead once the traffic lights change! The autostrada out of Naples is a dreadful road and once onto the Amalfi Coast road the driver wouldn't see any of the view simply because he/she wouldn't be able to take their eyes off the road for a second, and don't think about pulling over to take photos as places to do this are few and far between. It's a great journey but only if someone who knows the road is doing the driving. If you want a nervous breakdown you have found a good way of achieving it. Have a relaxing holiday!!
If you are only there for a day it could be problematic finding a reputable hire car once you've docked. Once on board I would have a word with the tour desk people and I'm sure they will have reputable contacts and advise on insurance issues. Naples is a very busy city and you will have to contend with the Italian way of driving!! Alternatively you could arrange a car hire in this country before you go. Hope you have a good cruise. David Powell travel journalist.
I have had good experiences with AutoEurope when renting cars in Europe but have not had one in Italy. The Amalfi coast roads are very narrow and give Americans bad dreams because they are not used to them or for that matter the Italian drivers and scooter riders who live a charmed life. The locals have also been known to park in the middle of the narrow roads whilst they go shopping and the roads are very busy to and from Naples so you must allow plenty of time to return to the ship. As an alternative you might like to consider a hydrofoil trip to Sorrento and then a ferry around the coast to Amalfi, a coach back to Sorrento and the Railway back to Naples or other combinations of that but plan it well off the net. Hope that helps ... Neil.
I would entirely agree with Neil regarding the time element. I've hired cars in Italy but I'd think twice about driving along the Amalfi coast if I had to get back to a ship that wouldn't wait for me. Aside from the time you'll take getting out of Naples, the roads are very narrow and winding and not infrequently traffic comes to a halt while large vehicles try to inch past each other. It's hardly stress free. It certainly wouldn't be my idea of relaxing on holiday! If you really want to do the Amalfi coast road, which is quite stunning, I'd say it's one of those occasions when it's worth forking out for a ship's tour.
If I was you, I would put myself out to watch a couple of minutes of travel documentry containing film of traffic in Naples asap, and I can assure you that ANY notion you have about trying to hire a car here will immediately leave your head! The roads along the Amalfi Coast are well known for being treacherous, and personnally I would be worried about getting back to the ship in one piece, never mind late! I have driven in Cagliari on Sardinia. That was scary enough, but NOTHING on Naples! As already mentioned, catch a ferry to a number of places from the port area, or get a taxi to the station and then catch the train to either Pompei (stops a couple of minutes away from site) or go on to Sorrento. All for just a few Euros. Just make sure that you check your return times! Failing that, just cop out totally and take a ships tour. Happy cruising.
Just back from this trip and my advice is to take the tour provided by Royal caribean, its a twisty dangerous road and the driver will miss out on a lot just keeping his/her mind on the road (it's a difficult stretch of road even to find places to stop and park on). We took the sorento amalfi drive tour and We think it was one of the trip highlights,Your tour guide will give you all the local history and odd stories as you pass through the small villages, you also get to stop in a lovely clifftop terrace for a nice lunch. I think it was a good value trip as did anyone we were talking to that took the same trip. Anyway for what it's worth I sugest sitting back on the coach and letting somebody else do the had work as you watch the stunning coast line pass by. You will love this journey whatever option you take Enjoy.