All aboard the MS Equator for some island hopping... seven days of the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and I can’t wait!
The cabin onboard the vessel is on the small side, but it's comfortable and functional. Plus, as there's so much to see right outside our door, we’ll only be sleeping in here. With over 1,000 islands in Croatia, I could be gone for a while too...
There are only 28 other passengers on this journey, so this is definitely small ship cruising. The guests are mainly Americans in their 50s, but there are two young couples who seriously reduce the average age as well as four Aussies, so I’m in great company.
On board the MS Equator, breakfasts and lunches are all included. The food is home-cooking in style, plentiful and delicious. Three courses at lunch do make the afternoon swim stops challenging, but there’s always time for a siesta. Ah...
Led by cruise director Tommy, who always has a big smile, the crew are friendly and laid back, giving the whole trip a relaxed and casual feel.
Our first stop is Mljet Island, where we enjoy a great sunset and a few refreshing sundowners. Famous for its national park and turquoise lakes, Mljet’s beauty is as immense as its soaring pine trees. The eighth largest island in Croatia, it is perfect to hike, swim and cycle and comes complete with its own 12th century Benedictine monastery!
The next port of call is Korcula, where the Greek settled and Marco Polo was rumoured to have been born (though I'm not sure what the Venetians would say about that). Korcula is also the home of the late Sir Fitzroy Maclean, a swashbuckling Scottish war hero on whom the James Bond novels were based... really. It's our cruise director's favourite island.
Like a mini Dubrovnik, with its walled square and medieval architecture, cathedrals, monasteries and forts, it’s brimming with character, and our evening tour is full of great Korcula history and anecdotes.
Hvar is next - and said to be even better. Though I can’t imagine how!
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