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About Elba

Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's Emperor.

Napoleon Bonaparte might have been irritated that his empire was being stolen out from under him, but he still managed to make the most of his eight months and 22 days on the island of Elba, a bucolic slice of Mediterranean paradise off the northwest coast of Italy.

The legend is that Venus' necklace broke, dropping her jewels into the sea, and one of those jewels became Elba. This island, just 86.5 square miles (224 square kilometers), has attracted and been governed by the Lugurians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Spanish and finally, Italy. The mountain regions had been rich in iron ore that, once mined, was smelted by fires so numerous that the Greeks named the island Aethalia, which means "spark."

Porto Ferraio, the largest city and biggest port on Elba, is located in a protected harbor, which makes it an ideal haven for yachtsmen from all over the Mediterranean. And indeed, the marina area is rich in shops and cafes that cater to the sailors who convene here. But long before this, Admiral Nelson called Porto Ferraio the "safest port in the world" because of the way it's surrounded by bluffs with exceptional sightlines; the Greeks believed it was the port of call of the Argonauts and named it Argoos.

This is a charming port stop for smaller ships; you won't find mass-market behemoths disgorging their guests onto these shores. The fact that it's small and easily negotiable on foot make it an ideal day out for those who enjoy simple pleasures. And for those who choose to explore more of the island of Elba, well, that's easily accomplished as well.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Monaco
    Visiting:
    Portofino, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    7 Night Cruise to Elba 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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    Azamara Journey Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    We4lv2trvl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Really enjoyed ourselves, but service not as stellar as expected
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    CMATraveller
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    First cruise of many!
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Saint-Tropez ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    8 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Saint-Tropez
    • Day 4
      Nice
    • Day 5
      Portofino
    • Day 6
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 7
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 8
      Elba
    • Day 9
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    hulter
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A lot done well, but some big misses
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    travelberlin
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed with the experience on Azamara Pursuit
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    • 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
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Elba, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    8 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Elba
    • Day 3
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 4
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 5
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 6
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 7
      Marseille
    • Day 8
      Barcelona
    • Day 9
      Barcelona
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    aussie travel bird
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Another top cruise - Maiden South Africa Cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Far Too Many Weaknesses
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • 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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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Valencia, Alcudia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Valencia
    • Day 3
      Alcudia
    • Day 4
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 6
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 7
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 9
      Elba
    • Day 10
      Portofino
    • Day 11
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    Ship Details

    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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    happybaby
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very disappointing cruise and management.
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    fruitonian
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Completely and Utterly Disappointing
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • 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
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Valencia, Palma de Mallorca ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    7 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Valencia
    • Day 3
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 4
      Minorca
    • Day 5
      Alghero
    • Day 6
      Corsica (Ajaccio)
    • Day 7
      Elba
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    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

    Reviews

    Azamara Journey Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    LoveAllInclusive
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in a Club Continental Suite
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    carolinaboy1972
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • 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
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Elba, Portovenere ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Elba
    • Day 3
      Portovenere
    • Day 4
      Portovenere
    • Day 4
      Marina di Carrara
    • Day 5
      Portofino
    • Day 6
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 7
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 7
      Menton
    • Day 7
      Nice
    • Day 8
      Nice
    Ship Details

    Crystal Esprit - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Perfect combination of intensive onshore experiences and an elegant home base

    Cons

    Those sensitive to movement at sea will feel it when Esprit is not in sheltered waters

    Bottom Line

    One of the most luxurious soft adventure cruises in the industry

    Reviews

    Crystal Esprit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Esprit, Crystal Cruises' first-ever yacht vessel, debuted in 2015. The 62-passenger ship, beaut...

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    planada
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    WOW!
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    AWHW
    Sail Date May 2019
    The Ultimate Pamper
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
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    • Shore Excursions
    • 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
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Elba

    Leaving:
    Nice
    Visiting:
    Portofino, Portovenere ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    7 Night Cruise to Elba Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Nice
    • Day 2
      Portofino
    • Day 3
      Portovenere
    • Day 4
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 5
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 6
      Elba
    • Day 7
      Sardinia
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    ImaFrugalCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent Food and Service on a Great Ship
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    Findingflow
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Azamara's Superior Guest Service
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining