Alternative Dining on Explorer of the Seas - The Portofino Restaurant
The Portofino Restaurant
On Deck 11, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, The Portofino Italian Restaurant on Explorer of the Seas provides you a nice selection of Italian treats in the tradition of Italian trattorias, the classic family restaurant. Caprese, fried calamari, and carpaccio, are among your Il primo selections for this seven course feast. Look forward to seafood and veal as well as pasta for main entree choices. This restaurant receives very positive guest reviews, and it's likely worth your while to plan at least one evening of dining enjoyment here.
The Portofino is on of the most popular restaurants onboard Explorer of the Seas, and, reservations are required. It is advised that you book early as the Portofino will sell out. You can make reservationa as soon as you board the ship, however, the best way is to make them when you do online check-in well before you get on board the ship.
There is a charge per diner to dine at Portofino. The charge is $20-$25 per diner.
Tips for The Portofino:
The Portofino has limited seating and you should make your reservations ahead of time, preferably when booking on line well before you board ship.
The Portofino tends to be booked up from the second night and then throughout each cruise .
The 20 USD to 25 USD per diner does include gratuity.
Smart casual clothing is suggested. Tank tops and bare feet are not permitted.
How much should I tip at The Portofino Restaurant on Explorer of the Seas? First, bear in mind that all alcoholic beverages that you pay for will have a gratuity added. The cover charge does include gratuity, however, you may wish to consider giving an extra gratuity to the waiter or waitress who has served you. An appropriate amount is to estimate the value of the meal you ordered if you ordered it on land and tip 15-20% based on that cost. If you feel that the value of the meal was $50 were you to order it in a land-based restaurant, you should tip $7.50-$10. It is certainly your discretion not to tip, but, the waiters serving you are some of the best on the ship and should be rewarded if they provided you with an exceptional dining experience.