May 11 was the gala naming and christening ceremony of the Riviera.The godmother is Cat Cora, the only female Iron Chef on the Food Network. The ceremony was very festive with flamenco dancers, acrobats, a speech by the mayor of Barcelona and numerous other dignitaries. The bottle of champagne smashed on Riviera’s hull on cue and we were off to the next port, one of my favorite cities, Venice.
But before Venice, we had two delightfully leisurely days at sea with lots of sunshine and time by the pool. Irene took advantage of was Riviera’s interactive, hands-on culinary center. She made tapas, specifically white bean dip and falafel.