One good thing about getting so behind with my blogging is that I get to go back and remember the cool things I’ve done. I’m going to pick things up where I left off and the story of the cruise that wasn’t part of the plan but turned out to be a huge highlight of my trip.
In order to do full justice to the wonderful places I visited this might take a few posts…
Day 1: Split
The cruise had actually started in Trogir about an hour up the coast so, when I boarded the boat, all the people who’d got on in Trogir were off exploring Split, so I had the boat mostly to myself. I met the Captain, settled into my cabin (which was more spacious than the one on my Caribbean cruise) and got to know my new home.
My cabin was below decks with two portholes for light. There were more cabins on the deck above, as well as a swimming platform at the rear of the boat. On the next deck was the restaurant and bar seating area. And the very top deck was simply a sun deck with loungers. Not a huge boat but big enough for me.
The cruise started with a Captain’s dinner and that’s when I discovered every single other passenger was German-speaking. All absolutely lovely though and with my very limited German and their excellent English, we got by.
The boat remained moored in Split for the night and I slept like a baby, well, at least until the engine sprang to life at 7am the next morning to take us off on our adventure.
Day 2: Split-Hvar-Korčula
The daily routine on the boat was quickly established:
– Moor somewhere tranquil for a swim
– Set off for that day’s destination with lunch en route
– Moor for the evening and eat in port
This was disrupted by weather on the first proper day of the cruise so we skipped the swim and headed to Hvar instead. It has a reputation as a party island but I didn’t see any signs of that on an overcast Sunday morning in May.
After exploring Hvar, it was back on the boat to head to Korčula, one of my favorite islands with a spectacular old town. It has some of the same feel as Dubrovnik but I think that maybe I prefer it. Of course that could just be because there were fewer people around
There was a long promenade of restaurants situated just outside the city walls and so I got to eat dinner with a beautiful view of the sea. I love being by the water.
Day 3: Korčula-Dubrovnik
The advantage of returning to Dubrovnik so soon was that I knew where the quiet places were in a town full of tourists. So I headed to the beach.
And I got to go back to eat in my favorite restaurant. Which meant more oysters! And then a nice leisurely walk back to the boat enjoying the sunset.