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Croatia Cruising 2007-2009
After   three   years   cruising   in   the   Western   Mediterranean   I   rounded   the   boot   of   Italy   and   headed   into   the Adriatic   Sea   between   Italy   and   Croatia.   My   first   visits   were   to   coastal   ports   on   the   south   east   of   Italy, but   soon   in   the   2007   summer   season   I   crossed   from   Brindisi   in   Italy   to   Hvar   in   Croatia.   At   that   time Croatia   was   not   part   of   the   European   Union,   so   I   was   restricted   to   90   days   in   any   period   of   180   days, which    the    Croatian    Port   Authorities    rigidly    enforced.    During    the    period    between    2007    and    2009    I therefore   managed   three   90   day   periods,   criss   crossing   to   Venice   and   other   northern   Adriatic   Italian ports from time to time, and finally to Greece. Croatia   is   an   absolutely   fantastic   place   to   cruise,   both   amongst   the   many   islands   and   along   the   lengthy coastline.   In   particular,   Dubrovnik,   Split,   Trogir,   Sibenik,   Pula,   Korcula   and   Zadar   are   very   memorable places.   On   the   down   side,   Croatia   is   an   expensive   place   to   cruise   and   the   national   pastime   seems   to   be extracting   as   much   money   from   foreign   tourists   and   cruising   yachtsmen   as   possible.   Unlike   most   other Mediterranean   countries,   they   even   try   to   charge   for   anchoring,   and   sometimes   succeed   although   I mostly   avoided   paying!   The   high   costs   of   cruising   Croatia   puts   many   foreign   yachtsmen   off,   and   rightly so, as only a short distance away is an equally if not better cruising area, Greece. Enjoy   this   section   of   my   website,   read   the   ship’s   logs   and   check   out   the   itineraries   (go   back   to   the Mediterranean   Cruising   Home   page   and   use   the   toolbar)   and   browse   the   picture   galleries.   If   you   wish further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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