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About Portofino

Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the Italian Riviera, that it's hard to imagine that at one time it was actually part of France ... but it was! From 1805 to 1815 that feisty little self-proclaimed "Emperor" Napoleon Bonaparte decided to annex the entire region into his empire.

Originally named Portus Delphini for the abundance of dolphins in the sea around it, Portofino had been under the rule of the Abbey at San Fruttuoso -- over the ridge of the promontory -- for over two centuries. Then it was annexed into the Republic of Genoa in the 12th century, followed pretty much the history of the Ligurian region, and then Napoleon got it for 10 years, then it went back to Italy. It was primarily a protected little fishing village until the 1950's, when one or two of the beautiful people found it, told their friends, who told their friends and so on. And then some friends told the paparazzi and the rich and famous moved to the hills and cliffs above the sea.

The town sits on a tiny bay within the Gulf of Tigullio; pastel-colored buildings rim the harbor while the verdant land surrounding it rises almost vertically. It's a naturally beautiful environment, so much so that the promontory to the north of the village has been designated a national park, complete with paths and trails for all to enjoy. The sea surrounding it has also been declared a national park and a diver's and snorkeler's haven, where red coral grows and flourishes. A bit further out at sea is the "Cetacean Sanctuary," where whales and dolphins congregate peacefully. It's La Dolce Vida for everyone: fish, fowl and Homo sapiens.

The yachts that line the harbor give one a sense of what the village has in store -- aside from the beautiful ancient buildings with their trompe l'oeil facades, the stunning backdrop of sapphire-colored water and scarlet bougainvilleas trailing down the mountainsides, the slight scent of pine and olives perfuming the air. There's Louis Vuitton! Ferragamo! Gucci! There's Cartier and Hermes! There's a cafe where for a cool $10 you can buy yourself a Coke or a cup of coffee! Oh, all of these and more are within view, but it's the natural beauty of the place that can make you breathless.

If you're in Portofino in mid-summer, you're likely to be shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other tourists. Do your exploring early and come back to the village in the afternoon when the crowds thin and you can actually see what all the hoopla is about. You'll be hooked.


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Villefranche ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Villefranche
    • Day 4
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 5
      Portofino
    • Day 6
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 7
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 8
      Naples
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Barcelona
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    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Venice, Kotor ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Venice
    • Day 3
      Kotor
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 6
      Naples
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Portofino
    • Day 9
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 10
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Officers and crew are friendly and accessible

    Cons

    From drinks to the spa to dining, there's an upsell

    Bottom Line

    Constellation sailings are a great value for the money

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation ...

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Agenda was good but food poor and bars not properly stocked.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Amazing Cruise despite the late changes to the Itinerary
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Monaco ... see more
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    11 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 4
      Villefranche
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Portofino
    • Day 7
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 8
      Naples
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 11
      Valencia
    • Day 12
      Barcelona
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    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Florence, Portofino ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 3
      Portofino
    • Day 4
      Calvi
    • Day 5
      Minorca
    • Day 6
      Barcelona
    • Day 7
      Saint-Tropez
    • Day 8
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 9
      Olbia
    • Day 10
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 11
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 12
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Zakynthos
    • Day 15
      Tirana (Durres)
    • Day 16
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 17
      Koper
    • Day 18
      Venice
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    Nautica - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Oceania has best food at sea, with no-fee specialty restaurants and vast menu choices.

    Cons

    Popular itineraries sell out quickly, and longer sailings may not appeal to time-constrained travelers.

    Bottom line

    Nautica offers plenty of amenities in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized ship.

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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

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    SusanelizabethP
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Poor service , poor food , poor staff
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Solid Upscale Cruising Experience
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Venice, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Venice
    • Day 3
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 4
      Bari
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Argostoli (Kefalonia)
    • Day 7
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 8
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 9
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 10
      Portofino
    • Day 11
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 12
      Marseille
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
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    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is the fourth of defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-class vess...

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    eden rose
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    ABC-islands
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    xquizitluddite
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful Service in Crisis Situation
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Zadar, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Zadar
    • Day 3
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 4
      Kotor
    • Day 5
      Corfu
    • Day 6
      Cruising (Messina Strait)
    • Day 6
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 7
      Sorrento
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 9
      Tuscany
    • Day 10
      Portofino
    • Day 11
      Corsica (Ajaccio)
    • Day 12
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 13
      Ibiza
    • Day 14
      Barcelona
    • Day 15
      Palamos
    • Day 16
      Toulon
    • Day 17
      Saint-Tropez
    • Day 18
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

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    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor cuisine and lack of variety
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