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MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE


to bar, sipping Côtes du Provence rosé and trying countless gelatos, and began plotting our future return to the South of France’s crown jewels.


Mediterranean exploration


Being on a small ship comes with many perks, the biggest being able to visit smaller ports of call that bigger ships aren’t able to reach. Ours is the only ship anchored when we


ABOVE FROM TOP: Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy; a Penthouse Spa Suite on Seabourn Encore; and Seabourn Encore in *oÀÌowno] Ì>lÞ Credits: Hollie-Rae Brader


Ài>Vh Ìhi Ì>li>n ÌoÜn ov *oÀÌowno° 7i ëin` our hours browsing in the high-end boutiques and sipping Aperol spritz. 7i viil Ãimil>ÀlÞ ÃiVlÕ`i` in iÛoÀno] jumping straight from the ship and on to an excursion to the famed Cinque Terre. Expecting the area to be crammed with tour groups, we ÜiÀi ÃÕÀ«ÀiÃi` Ìo wn` Üi h>` Ìhià Vh>Àmin} string of seaside villages to ourselves, with hardly any other tourists in sight – rare good fortune considering the destination had even considered imposing a cap on daily tourist numbers in 2016. On our excursion we were treated to a whistle-stop tour of picturesque villages Portovenere, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, where we tasted local wines, ÌÀowi pesto pasta and focaccia bread. There was ample time for more wine tasting during our call at the tiny, beautiful French seaside town of Bandol; here too, our cruise Ãhi« Ü>à Ìhi onlÞ oni >nVhoÀi`° 7i o«Ìi` for an organised excursion and headed to the moÕnÌ>inà Ìo ÛiÃiÌ Ìhi >nViinÌ Ûill>}i ov i Castellet, dating back to the 11th century. 7hili ni>ÀLÞ *ÀoÛinVi mi}hÌ Li LiÌÌiÀ known for its rosé wine, Bandol’s offering is arguably superior. Our tour’s next stop was the Domaine de Fregate vineyard, where we learnt that wines from Bandol are subject to more regulation and that producers have to be more selective with the grapes they use. Production is on a smaller scale here too, with more small- batch, family-run operations.


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