Croatia ~ to the mainland and beautiful Split …

For our last swim stop we moored in a bay outside Split Harbour. This was a memorable stop because we almost left one of our number behind. He had swum to the shore and begun snorkeling and it wasn’t until we started to move off that someone noticed Pete was still in the water- a great save by the lovely Nancy. Docking was interesting in … Continue reading Croatia ~ to the mainland and beautiful Split …

Island-hopping in Croatia ~ delightful Milna on the island of Brač …

Milna was one of my favourite ports of call.  I never thought I would be happy to be heading off out to sea again!  Once we neared the shore, we stopped for our swim stop – and this was probably the best for me – The water was warm and so buoyant! After lunch, the captain took the boat into the village. No other large boats … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia ~ delightful Milna on the island of Brač …

Island-hopping in Croatia ~ bustling Hvar…

Tourists  flock to Hvar island for its beautiful climate – mild winters and warm hot summers are the norm.  We arrived on a hot sunny day having been ferried by water taxi into the town, as the Olimp couldn’t dock until 8.00 p.m. Hvar is famous for its lavender production so upon getting to shore, it wasn’t surprising to see fragrant lavender products on sale … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia ~ bustling Hvar…

Island hopping in Croatia – glorious Vis

After overnighting in Korčula, we set off for the outermost island on the cruise – the rugged and stunning island of Vis. As were in open sea for a lot of the journey there was a little more rocking and rolling on the four hour trip, but nothing major – in fact it was rather nice sitting up front listening to one of the other … Continue reading Island hopping in Croatia – glorious Vis

Island-hopping in Croatia – captivating Korčula

Saling into Korčula was fabulous  – not only because we got to see this beautiful island and many of the coves dotted along its shore, but also because we had to wait for some time until we could dock, and this meant we dropped anchor for the swim stop very near the impressive Franciscan Monastery of the Assumption of Mary on the island of Badija. … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia – captivating Korčula

Island-hopping in Croatia – magical Mljet

This was a magical day –  we slept on the ship at the dock overnight and our first day at sea dawned warm and sunny with the deep green-blue water very calm. Right from the start my fears about sailing and sea-sickness were allayed as I could see for the most part we would not be in open sea, and the water as so calm. For … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia – magical Mljet

Aboard the good ship Olimp – the Elegance cruise beginning in Dubrovnik …

It was with some trepidation yet huge excitement that we set off to find our floating home. Sail Croatia’s beautiful boat the Olimp was moored under a large bridge about 25 minutes drive from the Sheraton. The bridge itself is impressive and when we saw the sleek and elegant Olimp moored on the dock beneath it,  we were pretty sure we had done the right … Continue reading Aboard the good ship Olimp – the Elegance cruise beginning in Dubrovnik …

The Croatian adventure ~ Dubrovnik

We arrived in Dubrovnik two days before the cruise was due to begin, and stayed in the stylish Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera hotel. Situated on delightful beach, it is a resort-style hotel and is only about 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik via water taxi. Staying there was the perfect choice as we needed to relax after the previous stressful few days, and prepare to ourselves for the … Continue reading The Croatian adventure ~ Dubrovnik