What a day we had in Genoa! To begin the day, Master Luca Manzi and Staff Captain Andrea Catalani joined me for a coffee in Baristas, and then we took Riviera out for a test run.
I am pleased to report that she performed beautifully, and I had the perfect view of the open sea from the balcony in one of our Vista Suites.
I couldn’t spend too long enjoying the view because the Christening Cruise is only four days away, and we are attending to the final details. There are still just a few pieces of art left to hang. You can see the one below is obviously one of Frank Del Rio’s favorites, as he is dressed to match!
Today was a big day for everyone because tomorrow Riviera will sail on her three-day shakedown cruise. This will be her final dress rehearsal before guests for the Christening Cruise board in Monte Carlo on May 6. We will be at sea on May 4, stop in Cannes on May 5, and arrive in Monaco bright and early on Sunday.
So tonight we decided it was time to celebrate! The shareholders, management team and several more good friends traveled just outside Genoa to a charming fishing village called Camogli.
Here we dined at Ristorante Rosa with a beautiful view overlooking the sea. Ligurian food is known for its simple, traditional preparation using only the very finest ingredients. We enjoyed fresh baby artichokes, baby octopus, red mullet, and orata – one of the most sought-after fish in Italian markets. The best pesto in the world is also made in this region, so I was not going to miss out on the pennette in pesto sauce. It was absolutely wonderful.
Despite the delicious meal, it was hard to say which I enjoyed more – the food or the spectacular view from the restaurant.
As the sun set along the Italian coastline, we all agreed this was the perfect celebration of Riviera’s final night in Genoa before she sets off to explore the world. We’re all looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow, and I will certainly continue to share all the latest news here on the blog.