“Albania? Are We Allowed to Go there?”
The answer is yes. A few years ago Albania was taken off the restricted countries list that was on our U.S. passports for so long. The Albanian Adventure shore excursion departs from Corfu by hydrofoil and the ride is about 45 minutes to the port of Sarana. The town is “under construction” to say the least. There are hundreds of unfinished buildings that will turn the town into a proper resort town. Albania has only had about 20 years of freedom since communist rule so in that sense it’s a really young country. Building has stopped because the money has run out for some projects but they expect it to start again.
We traveled a few miles out of town up on winding roads to the UNESCO site of Butrint National Park. The sites covers centuries of building from 4th C BC to the 19th century with its lovely church. The views and history make it worth visiting. I came away with a hopeful feeling that Albania’s tourism will continue to grow and the country will come into its own.
Joanne Gardner is Nieuw Amsterdam’s future cruise consultant.