Day 5: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Lipari, Italy
The Moana anchored today off Lipari.
The largest of the Aeolian islands—a volcanic chain in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily—the ruggedly beautiful island of Lipari delights the eye with steep cliffs tumbling down to a blue sea.
According to mythology, the island derives its name from King Liparo, leader of its early settlers, who were soon joined by followers of Aeolus, the Greek King of the Winds of Homer’s Ulysses.
The island was created by a succession of four volcanic movements. The last recorded eruptions occurred in the fifth century, which caused airborne pumice to cover to cover Roman villages on the island. It was colonized again around the sixth century BC by Greeks from Rhodes and Cnidus and was coveted over the centuries by the Carthaginians, Etruscans, Athenians, Vandals, Goths, Normans, and Turks.
Pastel- and Tuscan-colored buildings lined the waterfront while yachts and small fishing boats bobbed in the sheltered bay. The Moana staff arranged for a local tender to transfer guests between Lipari and the ship.
Along the shoreline there are numerous beaches, and hiking is also popular.
Colorful produce stands are located nearby boasting fresh fruits and vegetables.
Shaded, open-air cafés with views line the promenade.
Cobblestone alleyways are sprinkled with colorful, flower baskets. Tucked between residences are shops selling jewelry, clothing, pottery, and ceramics.
After I spent the morning exploring Lipari, I returned to the ship. A barbecue lunch was served in La Veranda, and one of the many items was a steak and chicken Fajita bar with a variety of toppings.
Later in the in the day, Afternoon Tea was presented, and I savored some of the confections.
As the ship set sail for Capri, Italy, dinner was taking place in L’Etoile. We were treated to stunning views of the sunset, as The Moana cruised the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Later in the evening we sailed by Stromboli, a volcano that is also known as the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean,” off the north coast of Sicily. It is one of three active volcanoes in Italy with constant minor eruptions that let out puffs of steam and lava. While observing small bursts of red lava from the volcano, we enjoyed tray-passed cannoli filled with pistachio cream, white chocolate, and milk chocolate accompanied by hot drinks.
“Tere Moana Stars in Concert” was next in Le Salon showcasing the musical talents of The Moana’s dedicated staff.
As pianist Alex played, The Moana staff sang a number of songs including “We are the World” and “That’s What Friends are For.”