Two Sea Days and Kotor, Montenegro

2 Sea Days

Friday & Saturday, May 20th & 21st. 

We enjoyed our two Sea Days, relaxing, playing Scrabble, taking naps and John spent some time at the Casino. We also spent some time looking forward and researching excursions for future stops.

Weather was cool and windy the first day at sea and warmer on the second day. We saw two shows: Heart of Soul and Getaway Island.

Found a duck on the elevator. We left it for the next lucky person.  For more information about Ducks on a cruise ship the following is a post “Everything you Need to Know About Cruise Ducks” by Richard Simms you might enjoy.

Sea Day Photos

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Kotor, Montenegro

On Sunday, May 22nd, we docked at the Port of Kotor, Montenegro.   John and I took separate tours:

Panoramic Mount Lovcen Tour

John did the 3 hour Panoramic Mount Lovcen tour, described as follows:

“Travel into the impressive Lovcen National Park for stunning vistas and stop at the mountain village of Njegusi for refreshments. Your scenic drive will follow the same footsteps along the breathtaking route in Montenegro that the famous British author and playwright; George Bernard Shaw took at the beginning of this century when he was 73 years old. Full of enthusiasm, he said ‘I have heard that the road to Cetinje via Kotor is one of the most beautiful in the world, and that is the reason I have come’.

Follow the winding mountain roads up along the steep slopes to the Lovcen Mountains, in the Lovcen National Park, an area of powerful contrasts. To one side tower the rugged snowcapped mountains, while opposite you will find the quiet tranquility of one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Your destination is the small mountain village of Njegusi, with its well-preserved folk architecture and traditions of Montenegrin cuisine. Here, you will visit a traditional smokehouse where Njeguski prsut (prosciutto) is produced. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the cured ham, along with cheese, homemade bread and local wine or brandy in this charming mountain village.

Essential information. There is approximately 15 minutes of walking on this tour over some uneven ground in Njegusi. The mountain drive takes in 25 hairpin bends, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo.”

They returned via Budva, Montenegro, a coastal community about 15 miles south of Kotor.

Although our ship was originally docked at the pier, where we were able to just walk off the ship, it had to move for another ship and later arrivals had to return by tender.

Map of the Bay of Kotor
Map with location of Kotor, Montenegro
Map of Mt. Lovcen Tour
Map of Mt. Lovcen tour from Kotor to Njegusi around to Budva and back to Kotor.

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Kotor on Foot

I spent a couple of hours taking the “Kotor on Foot” tour. The walking tour was described as follows: “This charming walking tour of Kotor is designed to introduce you to this medieval Mediterranean town that is set on a beautiful fjord. Kotor is the old maritime center of Montenegro, full of monuments, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the Maritime Museum and the Cathedral of St. Triphon, dating from the 12th century, and see the Orthodox Church of St. Luka from the outside. After the guided portion of the tour you will have free time to explore the city on your own before heading back to the ship.”

I enjoyed the tour and took lots of photos. The museum was interesting with many historical artifacts and the interior of the Cathedral of St. Triphon was extensive.  

The weather was perfect.

Photos of the walled City of Kotor

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Photo's of leaving the Bay and the rest of the Evening

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My next post will be on Corfu, Greece, our next port.

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