Our first port of call was Kotor, Montenegro. We didn’t know much about Montenegro prior to this trip. It is a small country in the former Yugoslavia. The country is very beautiful and just a week after we were there, 2014 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic married his fiancée there. We woke up at 5AM to take pictures as we pulled into Montenegro. Getting into the ports in Europe is much different than in the Caribbean. The views are incredible! Most of the Caribbean places we have been to, the ship pull into the docks overnight, but in Europe, we normally pull in during the morning.
Once we were docked, we needed to tender into the city. Tendering means that the boat is too big to pull up to the dock, so they park a little farther out and smaller boats take people from the ship to the shore.
Then, we hopped on a bus and rode to the top of one of those mountains. We needed 25 switchbacks to get there! It was a nerve-racking trip, but the view was worth it! This was the most breathtaking view of the entire trip. Pictures don’t do it justice.
We stopped at a local restaurant for a “snack”. It was 9AM and we got a full glass of wine, prosciutto, cheese, and bread. It was meal sized. How are Europeans so skinny? Then, we walked around the small town a bit.
Then we drove to the former capital of Montenegro, Cetinje.
Once we got to Cetinje, we walked to the Royal Palace. When we heard Palace, we thought big. Nope, it was just a house. The old house of King Nicholas. Haha, our dinner table mates found this “palace” really funny. It was interesting though. We learned a lot of history there.
We got on the bus for the last time and headed to Kotor. We got a walking tour of Old Kotor.
We had a great tour guide, but he was very opinionated. He didn’t like Serbians and made sure we all knew it. Kotor had an old wall that surrounded the city, so we decided to walk the wall.
Once we got back on the ship, I took a nap. Travis took some more pictures of Kotor from the boat.
That evening we had my favorite dinner of the entire cruise. As a starter, I had fried English cheddar cheese and sole meuniere. Yum! There was a Thriller flash mob in the centrum that we watched. The show for the night was a Spanish ballet, also known as Flamenco. They used castanets, fans, scarfs, and lots of rhythm.
That night, the USA played Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup. There was definitely a party going on poolside. About 1/3 of our ship was American, so there were a lot of people watching this game. Unfortunately, USA lost in overtime. On the bright side, I did get a blue margarita in a flashing glass!
I also learned that Americans are not the rudest people! I really didn’t experience any rude Americans our entire trip (dumb and loud-yes, but rude-no). However, there were some rude Belgians on board. They cheered when one of the American players got hurt. Who does that?
Next post will be my favorite, Venice! Be prepared for a long one, we were there for two days 🙂