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Looking back at Korcula

Today we’ve been in Korcula. After all the drama and excitement of Dubrovnik and Venice, this was the perfect antidote. Korcula town is small (you can walk several times round it in an hour or so – as we did), it’s quiet (no cars inside the old town itself), and even with all of Ventura’s passengers ashore, it’s surprisingly peaceful. It’s also very beautiful, both in itself and in its setting with the views back to the Peljesak peninsula and Oribec town. We walked around and through the town for a while, then did some shopping before spending some more of our Croatian Kunas on a glass of wine each. Then we got the tender back to the ship, so we weren’t ashore for much more than a couple of hours in total. It was very relaxing.

A corner of Korcula

Let me describe the tendering arrangements. They did seem to be a bit slow, even though there four tenders in use. For one reason and another it was 11:30 before we went looking for tender tickets, and we waited for about twenty minutes before our number was called. The tickets were being issued in the Tamarind Club, and most people were happily waiting in there. Actual tendering was taking place from the midships and forward pontoons, acces to which was achieved from the level below deck four. The journey in the tender took not much more than five minutes, into the jetty at Korcula town. There was a tender point set up on the quayside there that was permanently manned by P&O staff from both deck and security divisions. Also set up was a table with large urns of cold drinks (water and orange) which were available for passengers both when disembarking from and embarking onto the tenders – I don’t think I’ve seen this with P&O tendering before. (No cold towels, however, which Celebrity do.)

Tonight is the third formal night (“James Bond night”). Also tonight the clocks change again, for the fourth time so far: a) from UK time to Spanish time – BST + 1; b) to Greek time – BST + 2; c) back to Croatian, Italian & Spanish time – BST +1; and now d) back to Greek time. Presumably there will be two more changes as we go back again to Spanish/Italian time, and then to BST.

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