Our seventeenth cruise was on Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas in December 2018. We would board Rhapsody in Venice, Italy and cruise to Barcelona, Spain making calls in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Naples, Italy and Civitavecchia, Italy before reaching Barcelona.

Actually, upon reaching Barcelona, we would remain onboard Rhapsody for cruise #18 but thats for the next posting.

We flew into Venice a couple days early, met up with some other Rhapsody travellers and did our best to see all that we could. We would sight-see like tourists but eat like locals thus having the best of both worlds.

Dubrovnik, Italian Ragusa, port of Dalmatia, southeastern Croatia. Situated on the southern Adriatic Sea coast, it is usually regarded as the most picturesque city on the Dalmatian coast and is referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Dubrovnik (derived from dubrava in Croatian, meaning “grove”) occupies a promontory jutting into the sea under the bare limestone mass of Mount Srdj.

Kotor is located at the end of Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) where the Mount Lovcen and the sea cuddle the town.Kotor is a town which belongs to a very “young” country, Montenegro, even though founded in 2006 as an independent country, the area has a deep and unique history and cultural richness dating back to Neolithic ages.

We had been to Naples before and decided to take a bus to Sorento. Sorrento is one of the most beautiful places on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. This coastal town overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its panoramic views

Civitaveecchia is known as the port city for Rome. Many cruisers jump on busses and head to the sights of Rome or the Vatican. We decided to stay onboard and just relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship.

Here are some photos from cruise #17

Matuško is one of the pioneers of private Dingač wines. Being the avangarde biker from Potomje, he makes very special wines. Dingač is not an ordinary wine, it has become a status symbol based on the tradition of winemaking in Croatian areas. Climate and micro location was critical to the creation of quality, and grape variety Plavac Mali, which is in Dalmatia called “the blood of the soil”, because of its resistance to drought and ruby red color, gave its best expression precisely in Dingač appellation.
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