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Setting off from Orlando with my mom!
In-flight refreshment and entertainment
Skies over Germany
Our first glimpse of Dubrovnik
Feral cats are ubiquitous along Dalmatia
Dining al fresco in Dubrovnik
Fresh oysters!
I decided to eat all the seafood - these are fresh mussels
Out ship, the Mama Marija
Our ship, Mama Marija
We found our ship at the far end of the harbor, which is often assigned the day of embarkation
When your ship sidles up to the piers and docks, you might have to walk through one or two to get to yours
Hot tub at the ready on the Sun Deck
The bridge of our ship - sandwiched between two similar vessels
A peek down the happway to the Main deck cabins
Interior view, of the Main Deck, cabins are down the hallway
From the Main Deck, stairs go down to the Standard Cabins and up to the dining room
Hallway to the Main Deck cabins
Some of the cabins have a comfortable additional bed for triple occupancy
Our comfortable digs for the next week! This is a standard cabin
Another view of our Standard Cabin on the Mama Marija
A view to the bathroom
Well-appointed bathroom
With a full shower, to boot!
Another view of the shower
Your bathroom comes complete with hairdryer, shampoo, and fresh towels every other day
Adorable work space
Meeting our crew at the Welcome Reception
Dining area in the Mama Marija
On the TV you will find information about your next destination, and below is the salad and breakfast bar
Parchment-baked fish for lunch on board Mama Marija
Dubrovnik Old City, the main thoroughfare
Recent history is evident throughout Dubrovnik's Old City
Throughout the Old City you will find a mix of the ancient and modern
Walking the walls around the Old City perimeter is a must-do
Photo op from the city walls
My mom with the Old City at her feet
A sea of Dalmatia's iconic red-tile roofs
Mom waits while I climb the turret
A coach for our city tour around Dubrovnik
Tourists explore a square in the Old City
You will find cats at every stop
Getting the lay of the land from our Dubrovnik city guide
Local color in the Old City
Our city guide was informative and passionate
The stones of this walk way are so well-trod they shine in sun (or rain)
Smiling through the gray days!
Weather was brutal, but my mom persevered
Ships in a row in the Slano harbor
Slano as viewed from above
Misty rain above the sleepy coastal town of Slano
Some interesting signs in Croatia
A view of Slano from the ship
Another view on Slano
A fortress of Korcula
Walking through the historic old city of Korcula
Ship passengers following our guide to the city tour of Korcula
Flags adorn Korcula old city
Our colorful Korcula city guide
Cheers over my favorite meal of the trip - homemade, hand-rolled makaruni. A Korcula speciality
The church off the bay of Vis
Another Dalmatian cat
Making friends with the locals. We match!
My mom enjoying the first rays of sun on the cruise
A small coach for our optional tour of both sides of Vis island
A view onto the bay of Komiza
Me and mom with Komiza in the background
Our guide for the Vis island tour was Cruise Manager, Anna
We climbed up to see Tito's Cave in the interior of Vis
Political leader Tito and his men spent 6 months hiding here
Looking out over Komiza bay
Another happy day in Dalmatia!
Gotta get the selfie view, too!
Mount Hum is the top of Vis, where you will find a old but still-visited church
A deserted corner of Komiza
The musical Mama Mia was filmed in this town, Mom is posing on some film spots
Peeking around the corner...
Vis is known for its delicious local wines
The view of Vis bay at night
Vis bay at dusk
Out watercraft to visit the Blue Cave
Making faces on the way to he Blue Cave
Huddled in to our small boat on the way to the Blue Cave
That opening ahead is the only above-water entry way. We all had to duck to make it through
A very small opening, indeed!
The local guide navigates the grotto in the dark
Hard to capture the Blue from here
The Blue Cave gets its name from the way sunlight refracts from the seafloor into the grotto. It's brightest on sunny days
Farewell to the Blue Cave - all boats only get 5 minutes to spend time inside
The perfect place for a swim stop in the Adriatic
Enjoying a beer in the covered outdoor lounge area
Celebrating a birthday on board!
Nothing like a hot soak after the chilly early-summer sea waters
Party time in the hot tub
Cruising into Hvar harbor
The promenade in Hvar
Our Hvar city tour guide
Some traditional Dalmatian stonework
Hvar Old City's Main Square
Some historic iron work over the old island well
Flavors of gelato, including Hvar's famous lavender
Trying some lavender ice cream
Digging in!
Taste two is not as enticing...
Taking in a gorgeous sunset
One more cheers with our Big Beers
Cheers-ing with an apertif following a traditional Hvar meal
Trogir, our second-to-last stop
Getting orientated with our Trogir city guide
Traditional a capalla performance in the loggia
The port of Trogir at sunset
A view of another ship at Trogir harbor
Relax in the lounge area on the Main Deck
Main Deck cabin windows from the walkway
Casual bar-area seating in the dining room
Dry your provided beach towels in the seabreeze
Coffee and tea are available here throughout the day
Chairs in a row on the Mama Marija's sun deck
The bar and our intrepid tender
Captain's Dinner calls for some special decor
Lovely place settings for a special meal
Wearing our "fancy" duds for the Captain's Dinner
A local band serenades passengers during the Captain's Dinner
Passengers dancing to live traditional music at the Captain's Dinner
The resident honeymooners dance at the Captain's Dinner
Enjoying our grand Captain's Dinner on the last night of the trip
The conga line passes by!
Flora bursting through the ancient stones
Trogir's promenade
Passengers looking out onto to Trogir harbor
The crew keeps the ship in tip-top shape
Enjoying my morning coffee and reading on the sun deck
Cruising along the coast to Split
Cruising into Split harbor - the biggest stop by far on our trip
Enjoying the sunshine in Trogir
Getting our bearings with a map of the Diocletian Palace
Scale model of Split
Underground in the Diocletian Palace
Our Split city tour guide, capping our overview of the towns along Dalmatia
Tourists take in unique sculptures and stone work
The town of Trogir maintains its historic facades throughout
Mom and some beautiful architecture
Remnants of Diocletian's Palace
For good luck, rub the statue's toe
For scale. That's a big toe!
A "big beer" on the promenade
Split is named for this happy yellow flower, which grows wild
The Split Promenade at night
Boats in the Split harbor
Happy ladies at the end of the trip
We happened upon a historic reenactment, performed in English
Two Roman soldiers battle in the streets
Hopped on a coach tour to get a broader view of Split
The stamp of Split
You can see the mega-cruises from our centrally-located hotel
A group on a city tour of Split
One last, windy day with Split and the mountains of Croatia behind me
Split sparkles in the sunshine
Taking in the view of Split's promenade
Boats, boats, boats!
Enjoying local wine in a historic city square
The perfect place to people-watch and take in ancient architecture with a coffee or glass of wine
Another cat, protecting her spot
Cheers to one final, excellent meal in Croatia!
The only person awake in Orlando on my way home

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