Venice to Corfu on Oceania Riviera day 4
Day 4 - At Sea and Dubrovnik
This morning is our only "at sea" time as we dock at midday in Dubrovnik for a 12 hour visit.
We took the opportunity to enjoy breakfast in our stateroom and this was delivered promptly at the time requested - with a telephone call 10 minutes before to advise that it was on its way.
A beautiful sunny day today so sitting by the pool this morning is top of the agenda.
For guests wishing to consider a future cruise with Oceania Cruises a presentation is being held this morning. There are many on board benefits for placing a booking or an open deposit on board the ship, such as on board credits on the current cruise, up to $2,000 savings, 2 for 1 deposits, free change of sailing date and added value too. If you make a booking, it is automatically referred back to your Travel Agent for them to look after on your behalf.
Other activities on board this morning include a destination presentation on future ports visited on this cruise, a croquet competition, a spa seminar, table tennis competition, scarf tying demonstration, art auction, wine tasting, a guide to shopping in port and a shuffleboard competition!
The ship arrived in Dubrovnik at midday and as we had already visited this beautiful city a couple of times and explored the historic walls, we decided to visit a local fishing village called Cavtat. It is very easy to get to by taxi or local bus and is a lovely journey through Dubrovnik and along the beautiful coastline.
Cavtat is a charming place with a small marina and beaches on one side of the headland and bars and restaurants on the otherside by the water. We were able to walk along the coastal path which extended to the end of the headland and back along the other side which gave a lovely opportunity to enjoy this beautiful part of Croatia.
We sat and enjoyed some refreshments in the sunshine and decided to return to Dubrovnik by one of the many ferry boats that make this journey in each direction every 30 minutes. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Croatia from the sea and it was lovely to pull in to some of the smaller bays to collect other passengers where there were just a smattering of holiday properties on the beach, all quite lovely. The 45 minute journey passed very smoothly.
We arrived back into Dubrovnik at the small harbour by the old town and it was lovely to walk through the city during the cool of the early evening. On the other side by the Pile Gate a shuttle bus was provided by Oceania Cruises to take guests back and forth to the Riviera every 30 minutes.
This evening the ship was staying in port in Dubrovnik until midnight so we enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside on the back of the ship and enjoy dinner at the buffet restaurant overlooking the pretty coast.
There was an abundance of seafood and sushi on the menu tonight together with many cooking stations where the chefs were preparing pasta, grilling meat and making Ceasar salad to order. The service provided was always with a friendly smile and cheerful conversation.
We followed dinner with a visit to the Riviera Lounge to see the ship’s company production of a compilation of songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The costumes were beautiful and the singing fantastic. Apparently the show was created just for the Riviera and approved by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company. Because of this arrangement I think that they were restricted with the actual songs that they were allowed to sing. Consequently instead of hearing his most famous songs, they performed some of the less well known but it was still all very enjoyable. The cast received a very well deserved standing ovation.
When the show finished the cruise director, David Shermet advised that the seven piece house band would be performing pool side until the sailaway.
Together with a lot of other guests we moved up there, it was a warm evening and we expected to be able to sit and relax and enjoy the music. But not a single table or chairs was put out, you either had to perch on the end of a sun bed, most of which had been stacked away anyway or sit behind the band in the Waves Grill. Consequently most guests just passed through and the band finished well before sailaway. This was such a shame and a wasted opportunity to enjoy a late evening outside.
We stayed on deck to watch our departure before retiring for the night.
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