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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…”

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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:…”

09 July 2018: Kotor, Montenegro.

09 July 2018: Kotor, Montenegro.

Kotor has always been a sort of hidden gem in the cruise business, but was visited by small cruise ships and private yachts even before the 2nd world war. Then the troubles with the breaking up of Yugoslavia came and until that was settled there was no cruise ship traffic all. Now the industry is…   read more of “09 July 2018:…”