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Dubrovnik cancelled…

We’ve just sailed out of Zadar and as soon as we had departed the captain announced that our call at Dubrovnik tomorrow has been cancelled. This is due to a front moving south (almost with the ship) which includes some very strong winds – the captain mentioned gusts in excess of 50 knots. Given the high winds, the restricted manoeuvering space in Dubrovnik harbour and Oceana’s capability, he felt there was no choice but to cancel the call.

Instead, tomorrow will now be a sea day, and we will be making a day-long call at Messina on Wednesday. So we’ll still have four port calls on the cruise.

Dubrovnik would have been one of the highlights of the cruise, so there will be a lot of disappointed people on board tonight. However, the shore excursions team are going to try and arrange a programme of trips at short notice for Wednesday. We’ll see how it turns out!

2 Responses to “Dubrovnik cancelled…”

  1. Ian Maguire says:

    Hi Tom,
    Just out of interest, what kind of shore excursion programme did they manage to put together at short notice?
    Your blog has been very interesting and informative as usual!

    • Tom Burke says:

      Thanks for the comment, Ian.

      There’s a standard set of excursions from many ports – indeed, there was actually a brochure of them available on board! In the time available the Excursions team managed to get four arranged. That’s not as many as the standard set for Messina, but good work in the curcumstances. The four were: a) Walking tour of Messina; b) Mnt. Etna; c) Taormina and guided walk + some freetime; and d) Taormina transfer, i.e. ‘Taormina on your own’. We were thinking of doing the last of these but were put off by the price – £44pp!

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