We then thought it might be a good idea to ask some friends, this quickly blossomed to be a group of 17, all of whom met up for pre cruise drinks in Dubrovnik in the last Saturday of June. A walk around this magnificent UNESCO World heritage listed walled city is a true joy. Game of Thrones fans would recognise many of the backdrops of Kings Landing.
With a sense of happy expectation, the sun shining, and the gorgeous turquoise water glistening - off we set aboard the luxurious 18 cabin “Signature” standard ship “Black Swan.”
The Captain and crew were exemplary, making sure our every need was met as we cruised around this magnificent archipelago of Islands. The boat itself was stunning, cabins and bathrooms beautiful, food exemplary and the service flawless. Our knowledgeable Cruise director kept us up to date with geography as well as history lessons as we went.
Talk about feeling like a millionaire- even if it was just for one week!
As the week unfolded, each port seemed to outdo the previous. Each day was punctuated by swim stops where we were able to enjoy the crystal clear Adriatic waters. For those less energetic there was always the zodiac, a tandem ride on the jetski, or maybe just prop up the bar!
Mljet is one of the most forested Islands in the Adriatic. Here we swam in its National Parks salt water lakes and visited the Benedictine monastery. Fresh oysters and Mussels for lunch then back to the boat for cocktails.
Korcula was stunning. We were introduced to the glorious old town by one of the funniest tour guides you would ever encounter. There is a word of wars about the birthplace of Marco Polo- needless to say Korcula claims precedence over Venice!
Croatia itself has spent most of its history being invaded and occupied by its neighbours, including Ancient Venice, Hungary and the Turks. Of course the Country’s tragic recent past was not ignored, but as sombre as this was, it did not overshadow our impression of just how friendly and welcoming the people of Croatia are.
A trip to the Blue Cave was astonishing and then the Island of Vis was simply gorgeous. A balmy evening in a waterfront restaurant was followed by an outdoor screening of Mama Mia rounded out a magnificent day.
Hvar was a delight with lovely cobbled streets, interesting shops and lots to see. This was also the venue of my “Big” birthday dinner at Divino Restaurant overlooking the harbour.
While enjoying the evening we saw our boat cruise into port- we spotted each other and the Captain sounded the ships horn in greeting. Unforgettable!
Split was our last port of call and a guided tour around Diocletian’s Palace was both educational and fascinating.
Mostly though the day was spent in a kind of melancholy reverie, resigned to leaving behind what was a fabulous week of fun and adventure- none of us wanted it to end which of course is a true indication of a great holiday.