"It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
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!
It was fun to see one of the places where the award-winning Game of Thrones series was filmed. It became the most awarded drama series in Emmy Awards history in 2016. My cruise ship stopped in Dubrovnik and Split Croatia. Both cities seemed so well preserved without losing their original character. I felt as though I were walking back in time!
There were very talented musicians playing in the streets!
I definitely enjoyed my time strolling through the streets and instead of going on at one of the tours I could've booked it through the Norwegian Jade. I decided to wing it and explore the cities of Dubrovnik and Split Croatia myself. If I were to go on this cruise again, I would spend a couple of days in Venice for the jet lag to wear off a little bit before boarding the ship. I think I would've gotten more out of visiting Dubrovnik and Split Croatia, as well as Athens and Santorini Greece.
Here is a photo I took in Dubrovnik a wall that in circles the city was built in the 16th-century.
Here are a few photos of Split, Croatia. Here is one of the many farmers markets that I saw. I'm not a big fan of fruit but it looked incredible and tempted me even though I was on a cruise ship where they fed us every five minutes!
Have you ever visited Croatia? I know I missed a lot! I would like to return someday and see more than what I did from the balcony of my cruise ship. I would also like to be there for a few days so that I am not so jet lagged that I choose not to visit attractions that I know I would enjoy.
Thank you so much for visiting. I would love to hear your comments and/or questions. I hope everyone is doing well.