Bernie and I head up for breakfast in the Horizon court around 9 am. The dining room closes at 9 am otherwise we probably would of gone there.
Back to today. After breakfast we wander by the shops, many tables are set up around the atrium with sales. Bernie checks to see if they have more t-shirts he liked in his size – sadly no.
Bernie decides to try his hand at the trivia and I am back in the cabin sitting on the balcony reading. It is very hot, in fact it is too hot to sit out there for very long. After about a half hour I have to come back in.
I decide to head in and relax on the bed and read, with intermediate reading in between closing my eyes.
|buses line up on a large port|
We are pulling in around 11:30 and I am impressed as they have roped off an area for people to line up to get off the ship. Makes it easier for those that want to line up but I am the opposite.
I head up to the top deck to take some pictures of the area for my blog. People are rushing to get off.
|this sign is visible from the ship, facing the ship|
|this sign is just outside the port gate|
We head ashore around 1 pm and we have decided to not take the Princess Shuttle which was $15 US each from ship to the old town. There are many options here including a taxi for $13E if you pick it up within the port, or $10E if you pick it up right outside the port gate. This is the total cost for the taxi from port to walled town.
|we wait for the bus|
We wait a few minutes for the bus – take 1, 1a, 1b, or 1c – they all go to the wall of the old town.
You can also walk but it is a distance – I am guessing about a half hour walk, maybe a 45 minutes. But remember once you arrive in the walled city you have a lot more walking especially if you climb the wall.
|ship's bus just arrived|
We arrive and right across from where the bus drops you off is a small grocery store. There is a washroom right nearby too that can be used for free. We buy some water there and then head towards the wall and the first gate (Pile Gate) is very busy and there is a long line.
Rick Steve’s recommends walking down the main street of the old town (Placa) to the Placa Gate. We buy our tickets to the wall (which were 100kn each – around $12 US each) note they only take Kuna, debit or credit card. Starting at this point is a great option because you are already higher and you do your climbing right off the bat and the views are amazing.
Once you have gone halfway and you are at the Pile Gate (which is closest to the buses etc) most of the tour groups start here and it is crazy busy. We continue on weaving thru the tours.
|this the gate that is right near where we entered the walled city. |
Of course organized tours start here too and
there is quite a bottleneck
We are very glad we did the wall. Cost was quite reasonable and you really get some great views, history and pictures.
I will add that if you have any issues climbing stairs, or walking long distance, or walking in heat – don’t do this tour! So many people were winded, exhausted, and certainly were not physically able to do. There are only three exits and it goes counter clockwise so you have to be prepared.
We go all the way around and descend where we started right near the old harbour. We meander around many of the side streets. More steps, but so pretty.
We haven’t eaten since breakfast at 9 and it is now 2:30 pm and we are both in need of some food. We head to a restaurant that Rick Steve’s recommended called Dalmatino. The inside is full but there is a lovely table just outside among these amazing buildings.
A bottle of wine is enjoyed as we watch the people strolling by.
More strolling, most of the crowds have dispersed and headed back to the ships (there are two ships in port, us and a RCL ship). We have just over 10 Kuna’s left, just enough for a single scoop of ice cream. It was meant to be.
Walking along Placa a group of Korean Tourists is posing for pics and Bernie jumps into the shot and says “a Canadian welcomes you”. The ladies are laughing and insist I pose with them too. They love the Canadian Flag and want it in the picture too. How fun!
Around 4:30 we exit the wall and head to the bus stop (exact same one that they dropped us off at) and catch it going back. They once again drop us off right outside the gate, and note the bus depot is right there too.
There are a few vendors set up right at the ship for those last minute souvenirs. But we pass and return to the ship.
Back in the cabin we are relaxing and trying to decide what we are going to do tonight. Of course we are not hungry but we might head out to enjoy some evening events. Also want to stop by Crooners to see Mable.
I should add that Dan Appleby is still Cruise Director. Odd because Ryan was suppose to move into the Cruise Director Position and Chris into Deputy Cruise Director position. But the Patter shows Dan today and the wake show is featuring Dan too. Something must of happened to Ryan. Stay tuned.
Since we had a late lunch we decide to head out for a drink around 6 pm in the Elite Lounge. I really enjoy the Elite Lounge in Explorers it is really well done. We catch up with Gina and enjoy a drink.
For dinner we head up to the Horizon Court for a small bite to eat around 7:30 and then down to the Explorer’s Lounge for the Love Boat Trivia. We did respectfully we got 19 out of 30. What was really sad was a couple was cheating by bringing their Princess Thru the Decades Brochure with them and referring to it. They didn’t win anyways but really it is just a bottle of champagne.
We stick around to see the Yes No Game Show and this time Sharon, Bernie and myself got called up. We all sucked, but I am proud to say our friends Barbara and her friends (who we sailed to South America the first time with) did very well and actually beat Dan! Way to go.
Entertainment today: Zumba, Knitters and Natters get together, Line Dance Class, Ping Pong tournament, Accordion Class, Destination Expert talk by Lyndon Jolley (who I swear puts us to sleep every time we hear him), Move in cabin Far From the Maddening Crowd, Book Club, Singles and Solos Get Together, Afternoon Tea, Trivia, Ballroom Dance Class – pre recorded, Luca Cervo is playing in Bayou Café Bar, Movie at Muts is Terminator Genisys, 50th Anniversary Love Boat Trivia, Disco Fever with Cosmic Band, Comedian Doug Funk, Big Band Ballroom Dancing with the Island Princess Orchestra in Wheelhouse, Evening in cabin movie is The Kingsman: Secret Service, Yes/No Game Show, Who Sang What Series – Classic Rock Edition and so much more.