Our 4th of July port was Split, Croatia. Croatia, much like Montenegro, is part of the former Yugoslavia. Its a very quaint country. I woke up at 7AM to get a run in. It was also today that I decided I shouldn’t continue to eat bacon, potatoes, and waffles for breakfast every morning and switched to oatmeal.
Since it was the 4th of July, the cruise staff decided to have a lunch BBQ on the ship. I was very surprised that a boat in Europe would celebrate an American holiday, but since the company is American owned, they threw a party!
As for the “barbeque”, it did not impress this Kansas City girl. Nice try Royal Caribbean. The coleslaw and the ribs were pretty good, but the corn, BBQ sauce, and potato salad were all wrong and there were no baked beans!
We had to wait an extra 1 1/2 hours to start our excursion due to some complications. Other boats were speeding by our cruise ship, creating wakes that were too big for our tender boats. It put a sour taste in our mouths and probably didn’t help our overall impression of Croatia very much. As I have stated in a previous post, Croatia was my least favorite stop. Very beautiful, just not as memorable.
The region we visited in Croatia was the place where Dalmatians came from. Too bad we didn’t see any 😦
We took a bus ride to Omis, a very small town. Seriously small.(Travis thought the tour guide was saying “Amish” not Omis. He was very confused for a good half hour). There was one street and we walked right down the middle of it. Then we explored the town some. There was a church that had many different styles (gothic, renaissance, and baroque), and didn’t allow pictures. It had an eclectic feel to it. Honestly, it wasn’t very impressive after seeing some of the churches in Venice.
The best part about Croatia was the boat ride we took. The scenery was beautiful.
The boat dropped us off at a local restaurant where we had olives (which we skipped), ham, cheese, wine, and the best bread ever. They cooked the bread by using coals and an iron dome. We ate so much of it.
We were seated next to a group of really rude Russians. They drank more than their fair share of wine and were rude to the wait staff. However, these cute singers made it all better. We also watched some people play bocce ball.
We had a bus ride back to Split, where we walked around the old palace. The basement was preserved because people threw their building waste into the basement.
The palace was really neat. It photographed well!
We listened to a group sing traditional Dalmatian music.
You could rub the big toe of Poljana Gurgura Ninskog for a spiritual wish to come true, not a material wish. They were restoring the statue, but left the toe out for people to rub.
They would often have parties in this area and used this ledge to throw up their food so they could eat more.
Once we got back on board, we went to the 4th of July party in the centrum. The singers sang the National Anthem, they had a big cake, and played more American music. I wanted a piece of cake, but it disappeared very quickly.
The show for the night was a comedian/juggler. I absolutely love juggling (that would be my circus show). He was also pretty funny and made a hilarious joke about the delayed tendering situation of the morning.
We then played “Guess that Song” in the centrum where a cruise director staff member would play a song and the first person to the mic had to sing along.
Its fun to travel over Holidays, but we missed some good old Parkville fireworks and parades. We stayed out late watching a World Cup game since we had a day at sea the next day – our final day of complete relaxation!