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19 July 2018: Between Ships.

19 July 2018: Between Ships.

It was not really the plan to do a blog today as I did not expect much excitement apart from sitting on the Hop on Hop Off bus. That excitement died away quite quickly as the Hop service only runs when there are cruise ships in port. Today there was one cruise ship in port,…   read more of “19 July 2018:…”

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17 July 2018: Naples, Italy.

17 July 2018: Naples, Italy.

The weather front was much slower in passing by than had been forecast and the rain predicted for the very early morning hours was still lingering over the sea when we approached. All the dark clouds did disappear very quickly though while we were docking and the remainder of the day was sunny and very…   read more of “17 July 2018:…”

16 July 2018; At Sea.

16 July 2018; At Sea.

The route from Katakolon to Naples takes us straight to the West across the Ionian Sea, then south of Italy into Messina Strait, then into the Tyrrhenian Sea and from there up the coast past Capri. We were very fortunate with the weather today as it was very calm and the Oosterdam provided a smooth…   read more of “16 July 2018; At…”

15 July 2018; Katakolon, Greece.

15 July 2018; Katakolon, Greece.

Katakolon, (The Greeks translated this into English as Katakolo) is located on the southwest side of the Peloponnesus and nicely tucked away on the inside of a mountain ridge; sort of in the same way as Sarande. Only here the natural bay it has created is much deeper and provides much more shelter. But because…   read more of “15 July 2018;…”

12 July 2018; At Sea.

12 July 2018; At Sea.

Today we cruised through the North Adriatic Sea. The name of the sea comes from the old word Adria which means water, so today we were sailing on the water sea. A water- sea which was as smooth as a mirror. It almost felt as if we were committing a sin because the ship was…   read more of “12 July 2018; At…”

11 July 2018: Venice 2nd Day.

11 July 2018: Venice 2nd Day.

Overnights in port are always nice as they give most of the crew the chance to run ashore for a few hours before change over day starts the next day. There is a metro station right outside the door which takes you to the west corner of old Venice. From there you can walk further…   read more of “11 July 2018:…”