In August, we set sail on a weeklong Explorer cruise with Sail Croatia from Dubrovnik to Split. Over the next seven posts, we’ll provide a recap of each day on the cruise.
A Week with Sail Croatia – Day 1:
Our Sail Croatia Ship
First things first, a look at our home for the week: the Princeza Diana. The ship can fit 32 guests and 17 of the people on board were part of our group! The Princeza has a huge sundeck at the top with sun shades and lounging beds. On the main deck, there is a large seating area, a dining room and bar, and a jacuzzi at the front of the ship.
Day 1 with Sail Croatia: Dubrovnik to Mljet
The ship departed from Dubrovnik and we had to be on board between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm. We set sail around 12:30 and gathered in the dining room for lunch and introductions to the staff. (Our crew deserve 5 stars but we’ll give a full review of Sail Croatia in a future post!) Ivana, our tour representative, gave us information on the upcoming trip, some history on Croatia, and a rundown of what to expect in Mljet over the next day. After lunch, we enjoyed some time on the sundeck with a cold drink and then had our first swim stop of the trip.
We docked in Mljet late afternoon in time to drink a glass of wine while watching the gorgeous sunset from the top deck! Then we wandered around Pomena Harbor for a bit before dinner.
For dinner, Ivana recommended several restaurants and we chose Konoba Herc, just a short walk from the boat.
At Herc, the house specialties include the octopus peka style and salt baked fish. Both are excellent choices and feed two people! Please note: if you want one of these dishes, you need to place your order 3 hours in advance due to the preparation required. This was one of our favorite meals of all the islands we visited; you will not be disappointed!
After dinner, we had a few more drinks before turning in for the night because day 2 was set to be quite an early day (they weren’t all that way). On the docket for day 2: bicycling in Mljet National Park, and then setting sail for Korčula. Can’t wait to share all the fun we had that day in our next post!
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