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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
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      Barcelona
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    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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  • 31 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Portofino, Monaco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    31 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Portofino
    • Day 3
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 4
      Toulon
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Giardini Naxos (Sicily)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Kotor
    • Day 9
      Split
    • Day 10
      Ljubljana
    • Day 11
      Ravenna (Bologna)
    • Day 12
      Venice
    • Day 13
      Venice
    • Day 14
      Venice
    • Day 15
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 16
      Bari
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Sicily
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Seville
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Azores Islands
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Venice
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    Venice, Kotor ... see more
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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
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    Value5.0

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Agenda was good but food poor and bars not properly stocked.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Monaco
    Visiting:
    Portofino, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    7 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 2
      Portofino
    • Day 3
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 4
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 5
      Elba
    • Day 6
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 7
      Sorrento
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

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

    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    flyingron
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mostly good, some sad, and some ugly
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good boat, great cruise
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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Florence, Portofino ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    22 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 3
      Portofino
    • Day 4
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 5
      Antibes
    • Day 6
      Barcelona
    • Day 7
      Barcelona
    • Day 8
      Valencia
    • Day 9
      Alicante
    • Day 10
      Melilla
    • Day 11
      Gibraltar
    • Day 12
      Huelva
    • Day 13
      Lisbon
    • Day 14
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 16
      La Palma
    • Day 17
      Tenerife
    • Day 18
      Lanzarote
    • Day 19
      Agadir
    • Day 20
      Casablanca
    • Day 21
      Seville
    • Day 22
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 23
      Barcelona
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    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide a...

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Keep clear of Oceania Riviera
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Another Wonderful Oceania Cruise
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Portofino ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Portofino Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Portofino
    • Day 4
      Villefranche
    • Day 5
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • 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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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Portofino

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    La Spezia, Portofino ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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