The Mediterranean Sea, and Liguria – the Italian Riviera. That is a model of complete communication between the sky, the land and the sea. Liguria has some of the most stunning coastline in the Mediterranean; it includes the Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s top tourist attractions. Dramatic cliffs plunge into a deep blue sea.
Liguria identifies with the sea by necessity, and life between the land and the sea becomes a symbiosis, a life shared. We overlook the sea and the sea is our life.
This is the catering philosophy on board: local produce ranging from vegetable gardens along the coast to fish caught on the day. There is nothing more rewarding for the food lover, while enjoying the sea experience.
SANCTUARY OF THE CETACEANS
Sanremo and the Italian Riviera are in the ideal location to make sure their guests can go to the discovery of a magical expanse of sea, where during the summer months hundreds of cetaceans meet up. These nice sea mammals are protected by an international convention, which concerns a large area included between Corsica, Liguria and Southern France. It will then be easy to go out in the open sea and observe the protected species fully respecting the rules of the ecosystem. Surely you will come across dolphins and stenellas, which will start leaping out of water, playing near the boat. If you are really lucky, you will spot the placid bulk of the imposing fin whale. Or the raised tale of a sperm whale diving head-first into the sea depths, searching for great squids, its favourite food. Or bump into more rare and peculiar specimen, one cuvier’s beaked whale, a shoal of Risso’s dolphins, with their striped backs. And every day there will be unique thrills.
To enjoy the sea and be a leading actor in it means that you must live with it like the fishermen do. Theirs is a hard and demanding life that has its rewards. They pass down their knowledge from father to son for generations. To be a fishing tourist is like being part of an adventure, which is actually the fishermen’s everyday life. There is the thrill of starting at dawn, releasing the mooring line, exploring the fishing zones, and pulling up the nets. The reward is lunch on board. It will only be the fish found in the water on the day, but there will be plenty of it and it will be earned. Everything is shared: strength, support, and the fish that’s caught. This will be a complete experience of sea life.