The service at breakfast today on Azamara Quest was not as good as it has been on other days - odd really as it's the same waiters, for example some days we were offered pastries and croissants, the other days not, so a bit inconsistent, but nothing that was going to ruin the cruise! So today Azamara Quest is anchored off the small town of Korcula. Korcula is an ancient city nestled in the northeast corner of a beautiful island of the same name. First settled by the Greeks some 4,000 years ago, Korcula makes up part of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Much of the fortified Old Town's surviving architecture dates from the middle ages and many of the narrow streets radiate out from a central plaza. The town was built for defensive purposes on a small peninsula and is dotted with historic homes, places of business and halls of worship. Legend has it that explorer Marco Polo was born here, although this is up for debate, however the locals have embraced this whole-heartedly and there is "Marco Polo" themed this and that, souvenirs, restaurants, fridge magnets etc all bearing his name! You can also visit Marco Polo's house, allegedly the birthplace of the great explorer, this house has been restored and developed as a museum devoted to his life. Other highlights of Korcula include the City Walls, Land Gate and steps, Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Mark, Bishops Palace and the Town Museum.
We wandered about taking pictures and exploring on our own - it was a typical old Croatian town and it is often described as a diminutive Dubrovnik. We found a shop selling the Walnut liquor we sampled yesterday so bought a few bottles of that (not as gifts of course, but for our cupboard at home!) and some other bits and bobs to use up our local currency. The last tender was 1.30pm so we aimed for the 12.30pm one and were soon back on board Azamara Quest
We took lunch at the Pool Grill, and enjoyed a delicious burger and chips (fries to our American readers!) and as we set sail there were waffles and sundaes being served by the cruise director and Food & Beverage manager. Azamara Club Cruises really does go the extra mile in making sure all the senior officers are available and in the public areas. The captain always gives a detailed talk over the PA system about our departure which is always very informative - Ive never heard a Captain do that on other ships.
In the afternoon there was a lecture by guest lecturer Wendy Perrin. Wendy is Conde Nast Traveler's award winning advice columnist and the author of "Wendy Perrin's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know" She has worked for the magazine for 22 years, travelling to more than 80 countries. Her lecture today was "Secrets Every Traveler Should Know" and mainly focused on how to get low priced flights (check the airlines websites on a Tuesday as that's when they will have lowered any fights) and her lasting message was "Get yourself a good cruise specialist travel agent" - cant agree with you more Wendy!
Other lectures on board have covered politics and US government, given by Senator Mike Gravel. Both talks were American-focussed - Azamara need to realise that not all their guesta onboard are from the USA, especially on this cruise!
Dinner in the main dining room was again delicious and we were sat on a table for 6. The other guests we have met around the ship, on the tenders and at dinner have all been charming and great dining companions. Tonight we enjoyed Lobster and had an amazing chocolate Ganache desert- I'm salivating remembering it I type this! Again the complimentary wines served with dinner were of excellent quality and my glass was repeatedly re-filled!
The evening's entertainment was actress, singer and songwriter Suzi Woods. Her voice was amazing and she received rapturous applause - a great on-stage personality and fantastic performer.
After the show we went up to the Looking Glass for a bit of dancing in the nightclub, and eventually got to bed at 3am! Tomorrow is Trieste, Italy, where I have actually visited before; just as well as I think I will need a lie-in!