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It is requisite for anyone who pursues a cruiser's life to have a spirit of adventure. The very definition of an adventure is participating in an exciting or unusual experience. After all, one must be bold to "…sail the forbidden seas and land on barbarous shores." And at the end of every adventure, whether successful or disastrous, is usually a salty tale that enthralls, inspires, or at the very least entertains.

In this modern time, those tales are often translated onto film. Sometimes it's a story about the romance of an endless horizon, the allure of lapping waves on a deserted beach, and the passionate desire to feel like the only two people on earth, free to pursue the heart's desires.

Sometimes it's a humorous tale of bumbling through uniquely foreign environs, where comical potential abounds. The protagonist is apt to be confused by salty language, prone to be bewilder by nautical superstitions, and likely to get soaked – both figuratively and literally.

Sometimes it's a biographical account of the explorers and adventurers who navigated into the unknown; voyagers who sought their fortunes far from all they knew, and found treasure in their experiences. Sometimes it's a script for catastrophe when, after admirable strife and heart retching agony all souls are lost to the deep. Sometimes it's a dramatic account, or a suspenseful plot, or a war story, or an action packed scheme, but no matter what the genera, adventure is always included!

This page lists the movies that we enjoy most because something within them or about them resonates some truths, some characteristics, or some character that uniquely embodies life within the realm of the sea. I've linked the title to the movie's summary on

Along side I've included short videos of some of our own cruising adventures. Enjoy!

Genera: Adventure, Comedy
Top Billed Cast: Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place
Nautical Reflection: "The best way…is to get her out on the ocean. If anything is gonna' happen, it's gonna' happen out there."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart
Nautical Reflection: "I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!"
Genera: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
Nautical Reflection: "Umm, freshwater. That's extravagant."
Genera: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Top Billed Cast: Drama, Romance
Nautical Reflection: "Staring up at the sky, Look. It's so beautiful. So vast and endless. They're so small. My crowd, they think they're giants. They're not even dust in Gods eyes."
~ Life Aboard Re Metau ~

Length: 10:40 – Living aboard fulltime, and cruising on a 33' sailboat is a life that has many unique and wonderful aspects.
~ Humpback Whales in Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic ~

Length: 2:09 – While anchored in the Dominican Republic's Samaná Bay during the humpback whale mating season, we took the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures up close and personal.
Genera: Action, Adventure, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Robert Redford
Nautical Reflection: "I fought 'til the end, I'm not sure what that is worth, but know that I did."
Genera: Drama, Adventure
Top Billed Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench
Nautical Reflection: "If a piece of knotted string can unleash the wind, and if a drowned man can awaken, then I believe a broken man can heal."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins
Nautical Reflection: "I have said farewell to everything I've been accustomed to regard as indispensable. But I suppose I have found freedom."
Genera: Comedy, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
Nautical Reflection: "… The legend is they reunited at the bottom of the sea, right over there, and every time you see the spray goin' up, it's them … making love."
Genera: Comedy, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston
Nautical Reflection: "I'll take you for a bit of a sail, give you a chance to really get to know me."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins
Nautical Reflection: "Nirvana! That's where we are."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Diane Lane, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg
Nautical Reflection: "Throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. You head out to South channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I skated as a kid. Blow your air-horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper's kid on Thatcher Island. Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dumb ducks. The sun hits ya – head North. Open up to 12 – steamin' now. The guys are busy; you're in charge. Ya know what? You're a goddam sword boat captain! Is there anything better in the world?"
~ The Baths in the BVIs ~

Length: 2:45 – Off the tip of Virgin Gorda, large granite boulders tumble down into the sea and create an extraordinary labyrinth to snorkel and explore.
~ Motoconcho Tour in the Dominican Republic ~

Length: 2:38 – Touring the Dominican Republic's mountainous terrain via this unique means of transportation was a truly exciting experience.
Genera: Action, Drama, Sport
Top Billed Cast: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey
Nautical Reflection: "The waves are so big, and the wind is so strong, and the tide ah dah dah dai, ah dah dah dai!"
Genera: Action, Adventure, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany
Nautical Reflection: "The Surprise is not old; no one would call her old. She has a bluff bow, lovely lines. She's a fine seabird: weatherly, stiff and fast… very fast, if she's well handled. No, she's not old; she's in her prime."
Genera: Comedy, Drama, Family
Top Billed Cast: Cary Grant, Sophia Loren
Nautical Reflection: "It's a leaky, broken down soggy derelict that'll probably sink and dump us all into the river … but I wouldn't think of living any other place."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Nautical Reflection: "We're gonna need a bigger boat."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, History
Top Billed Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins
Nautical Reflection: "I met my ancestors. I will call into the past. Far back to the beginning of time and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me and they must come for at this moment I am the whole reason they have existed at all."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Top Billed Cast: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
Nautical Reflection: "I don't belong here. I belong out there. You belong here. It's too strange here. It doesn't move right."
~ Re Metau Sailing with Dolphins ~

Length: 1:52 – These aquatic kin appear to share in our joy as they join our adventures sailing on smooth blue waters.
~ Scootering Around Îles des Saintes ~

Length: 3:16 – One highlight of our cruise through the beautiful Îles des Saintes was our thrilling scooter ride up to Fort Napoléon, and around to the many, gorgeous beaches that fringe the island.
Genera: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Top Billed Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
Nautical Reflection: "Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Top Billed Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Nautical Reflection: "Why is the rum always gone?"
Genera: Action, Adventure, Fantas
Top Billed Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Nautical Reflection: "…if you will brave the weird and haunted shores at world's end, then you will need a captain who knows those waters."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Top Billed Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane
Nautical Reflection: "Better to not know which moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt
Nautical Reflection: "Gotta love crab. In the nick of time too. I couldn't take much more of those coconuts. Coconut milk is a natural laxative. That's something Gilligan never told us."
Genera: Biography, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro
Nautical Reflection: "I promise, If I am killed at sea, I will make every effort to die like a Navy man."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren
Nautical Reflection: "What're you looking at? This is the first time, since creation, that ice has ever melted here!"
Genera: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
Nautical Reflection: "The problem isn't me talking. The problem is you not listening."
~ Rasta River Day in Dominica ~

Length: 4:32 – Re Metau's crew and cruising friends were treated to a tranquil, Rastafarian experience at Dominica's Chaudiere Watefalls and every little thing be alright.
~ Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park ~

Length: 2:06 – We dove on this extraordinary gallery of sculptures that sit in the crystal blue depths off St. George's coast in Grenada.
Genera: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Top Billed Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
Nautical Reflection: "Came down here in a coffee boat, about a year and a half ago. Right. Christ, what a job that was. But, I couldn't get over that ocean, though, you know. Yeah. I love the ocean. You know you just got to get out there – all by yourself – nobody else around. It's beautiful. So, that's what I want. Try to get enough money together to buy a boat and sail around the world."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Top Billed Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Nautical Reflection: "When it comes to the safety of these people, there's me and then there's God, understand?"
Genera: Action, Drama, History
Top Billed Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
Nautical Reflection: "Please tell me we are taking this boat to a bigger boat."
Genera: Adventure
Top Billed Cast: Eddie Izzard, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones
Nautical Reflection: "She's got an arse on her that would sit well on any rollicking sea. I always say a man who could choose a good horse could choose a good ship, just by looking at its arse. And you, sir, look like a man who knows his way around a horse's arse."
Genera: Comedy, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Nautical Reflection: "I've taken the Sea Serpent for a trip around the island of Oahu. It is by far the longest voyage she has yet undertaken and its completion will signal that she's ready for our great journey to Bristol Bay whose unspoiled walrus habitat will yield an abundance of … Damn it! Are you kidding me!?"
Genera: Adventure, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage
Nautical Reflection: "In the end it just comes down to one thing…You can't run from the wind. You face the music. You trim your sails and keep going."
~ Vaval 2017 – St. Anne, Martinique ~

Length: 3:59 – The beat of drums drew us off the boat and over to Martinique's tiny coastal town of Sainte-Anne where a petite, albeit entertaining Vaval (Carnival) parade circled around and around the town.
~ Piton Waterfalls of St. Lucia ~

Length: 2:23 – Rare is a match to the beauty of St. Lucia's warm, mineral springs pouring from the majestic Pitons, the lush, tropical gardens that surround them, and the iridescent hummingbirds that flutter above.
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Nautical Reflection: "Mildew is good for you. It's the next best thing to fresh lettuce. Be thankful for what grows down here."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Top Billed Cast: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin
Nautical Reflection: "I miss the peace of fishing like when I was a boy. Forty years I've been at sea. A war at sea. A war with no battles, no monuments…only casualties."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Family
Top Billed Cast: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore
Nautical Reflection: "[My father] leave me this hurdy-gurdy that his grandfather leave him! He teach me how to fish, how to sail boat! He give me arms and hands and feet, feeling good outside and he teach me how to feel good inside! My father do all this and he have 17 other kids beside – what else a father do?"
Genera: Action, Crime, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
Nautical Reflection: "The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land."
Genera: Comedy, Drama, Music
Top Billed Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost
Nautical Reflection: "The day has come. Tonight pirate radio dies. From midnight, we are a ghost ship floating without hope on cold and dark waters. You have done almighty work here. Thank you."
Genera: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis
Nautical Reflection: "Other people go on vacation and spend their days just laying around. We have a story we're going to be telling for the rest of our lives."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Biography
Top Billed Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy
Nautical Reflection: "… very shortly we will be off-island for some time, and I'll be very much at home."
~ Balthazar River Tubing in Grenada ~

Length: 2:39 – We had crazy fun bobbing and bouncing down this bolder-strewn river as it flows through Grenada's verdant, tropical forest.
~ St. Thomas Carnival – 2016 ~

Length: 2:45 – No Caribbean cruise is complete without attending a Carnival parade, and we happened to be in the right place at the right time for these extravagant, wonderfully boisterous festivities.
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York
Nautical Reflection: "I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it's not some place you can look for. Because it's not where you go. It's how you feel for a moment in your life when you're a part of something. And if you find that moment… It lasts forever."
Genera: Documentary, Adventure, Biography
Top Billed Cast: Laura Dekker
Nautical Reflection: "I lived my first five years at sea. And ever since, all I've wanted is to return to that life."
Genera: Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
Nautical Reflection: "What if you got mad at me. It's a small boat."
"I don't like fighting, Theresa. Bowling either."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Top Billed Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland
Nautical Reflection: "You have a deep but not entirely unclouded love for the sea."
Genera: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Top Billed Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan
Nautical Reflection: "I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."
Genera: Documentary, Crime
Top Billed Cast: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
Nautical Reflection: "When you're out swimming in the ocean and you have whales and dolphins come by you, it is one of the most incredible experiences ever. It's so humbling that this wild creature would come up and be so interested in you."
Genera: Adventure, History
Top Billed Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Nautical Reflection: "Early man did not see the oceans as a barrier but rather as a means of communication. This is science that can not be done behind a desk or by a committee. That a 1500 year old civilization possessed maritime and navigational skills to successfully maneuver a balsa wood raft over 5,000 miles. We are using the same stars as they did."
~ Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands ~

Length: 2:39 – Off the protected coastal waters of St. Johns, through the caves of Norman's Island, and around Virgin Gorda's Eustatia Island – these are just a few of the places we captured the abundant life that calls these pristine waters home.
~ Caribbean Island Creatures ~

Length: 3:42 – A short video of the animals we encountered while sailing Re Metau through the Caribbean, we see that the islands are teaming with interesting life on land, as well as in the sea.
Genera: Drama, Romance
Top Billed Cast: Joseph Bottoms, Deborah Raffin
Nautical Reflection: "I kept asking myself where I was heading back home. I just had to get out and see what else was going on."
Genera: Comedy
Top Billed Cast: John Candy, Richard Crenna
Nautical Reflection: "[The Ocean] – She'll make ya rich, or she'll feed ya to the fishes. If she wants you to dance, sonny boy, you've got to follow her lead."
Genera: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Top Billed Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres
Nautical Reflection: "Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him."
Genera: Drama, Adventure
Top Billed Cast: Pierce Brosnan, William Takaku, Polly Walker
Nautical Reflection: "What is one man's safety is another man's destruction."
Genera: Action, Crime, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves
Nautical Reflection: "Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."
Genera: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Top Billed Cast: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche
Nautical Reflection: "It's an island, babe. If you didn't bring it here, you won't find it here."
Genera: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Top Billed Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston
Nautical Reflection: "I know, honey. Look at the map. We go your way, that's about four inches. We go my way, it's an inch and a half. You wanna pay for the extra gas?"
Genera: Biography, Drama, Sport
Top Billed Cast: Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler
Nautical Reflection: "We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again, until the day we don't come back leaving behind only that which was touched along the way."
~ Mount Pelee Ruins of Saint Pierre, Martinique ~

Length: 3:56 – The 1902 volcanic eruption devastated this city, once known as the Little Paris of the Caribbean. We toured the remains of the theater, the prison, and the cathedral of this still beautiful little ocean side village.
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