"It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
— Sir Francis Drake, Sea Captain George
I do love cruises! I really like seeing the coast line when I arrive at different destinations. I also like exploring different areas that I'm unsure if I would like to visit for a week or two versus just a day trip. During my seven day Mediterranean cruise we visited two cities in Croatia including Dubrovnik and Split.
I had thought that immediately going on a cruise after a 12 1/2 hour overnight flight from Florida to Italy would be a good idea. I was really jet lagged during the majority of my seven-day Mediterranean cruise. One would think that with how much I travel that I am good at dealing with jet lag. That is not the case! I know that it is not a good idea to take a nap immediately after arriving in Europe where the time is six hours ahead but I just can't seem to stop myself.
I learned that going on a cruise immediately after arriving in Europe after a long overnight flight is not the best idea - at least for me. There are too many opportunities to nap and eat too much which makes me want to sleep even more. Upon reflection, I would spend a couple of days near the port before boarding the ship and do my best to acclimate to the new time zone.
Here are a few snaps I took of Dubrovnik Croatia from the balcony of my cruise ship. Thank goodness I splurged on a balcony which really wasn't that much more sailing with Norwegian. I flew into Venice and went directly to the port to board my ship. Luckily I was escorted to my room soon after arriving at the port and was able to take a nap - I am a BIG baby when it comes to long flights and dealing with jet lag!