Category - Small ship cruising

13
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 9

Today we cruised back into the magnificent city of Venice. After an early morning arrival, Darlene and I hopped on the waterbus to head up to Piazza S. Roma where we picked up our Europcar rental. After some short formalities we were on the road to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. The hotel […]

12
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 8

We were advised late yesterday that the ship had some mechanical difficulties and that we would be docking in Rovinj, rather than Pula. Rovinj was one of the most important towns of Istria under Venetian rule. The town is an absolute delight to walk through and during our visit the annual art festival was being […]

11
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 7

Arrived in Sibenik at 0800 and we were off for a walk through the old city. Sibenik is the oldest native Croatian town on the Eastern Adriatic and was first mentioned 1066 AD. Influenced by the Venetians, the Habsburgs, threatened by the Ottomans, occupied by Italy during World War 2, it sustained a heavy attack by […]

10
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 6

Dubrovnik was known as a conduit between the Venetian empire and the Ottomans. They remained neutral through much of the middle ages and prospered as an independent state.  It was heavily bombarded by Yugoslav troops in the fall of 1991 through to the spring of 1992. Damages were repaired by funds from UNESCO and the […]

9
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 5

Got up early in the morning to view the sail into Boka Katorska (Bay of Kotor). Arrived at the port of Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is at least two thousand years old, first mentioned 168BC when it was known as Acruvium. It was also a part of the Venetian Republic for nearly four hundred years. Kotor is a […]

9
Aug

Arend & Darlene’s Excellent Adventure to Italy and the Dalmation Coast – Day 3

Today is our only full day at sea. Lounged around the ship and enjoyed the unfurling of the sails. The Sea Cloud II looks truly majestic when she sails under wind power. The ship is somewhat different from other sailing ships as her sails must be manually unfurled as opposed to electronically as most of […]