Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia And Slovenia Under Sail on Sea Cloud
Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia And Slovenia Under Sail
"We wed thee, O Sea, in token of true and lasting dominion." These words are spoken each year at the Feast of the Ascension to celebrate Venice’s marriage with the sea—a ritual begun in the year 1000, when a powerful fleet sailed from Venice to rid Istria (Croatia and Slovenia) of pirates. Their citizens, exhausted by the wars between the Croatian king Svetislav and his brother Cresimir, swore an oath of fidelity to Venice, establishing the eminence of Venetian maritime power over the Adriatic Sea. The Venetian influence endures today, providing a powerful reason to visit this culturally- and historically-rich, naturally beautiful region—aboard Sea Cloud, the quintessence of sailing in the land of sail:
- Visit lovely Croatian towns that retain their original Byzantine and Roman names—Vis, Zadar, Rovinj and Pula— with Vis, for example—tracing its origin even further, to the Neolithic.
- Explore ancient UNESCO World heritage sites, the stone Cathedral of St. James and the forbidding St. Nicholas Fortress perched above the Krka River;
- Spend a day visiting two UNESCO Sites in Krka National Park, replete with waterfalls and gorges; explore Kornatl National Park, and then Zadar, the oldest continuously habited city in Croatia;
- Discover the rich natural history of Slovenia as we sail the forested coast, visiting fishing villages, and journeying inland to explore the countryside and sample farmers markets; and visit the Church of St George modeled after Venice’s St Marks Cathedral;
- Relish the at-sea intervals to steep in the luxury of being under sail aboard Sea Cloud, reading in the blue lagoon, and sampling uncommon liquors and liqueurs after dinner, with our compliments.
The romance of tall ship sailing
It takes the 16-member crew one hour to set the sails, and one hour to take them down again, using muscle, skill, and sailing acumen. This itinerary, as are all Sea Cloud’s, is crafted to take advantage of the reliable, prevailing winds that conduct us, in harmony with nature, from point to point, much like ancient explorers.
And, when the square sails are run out from the massive yardarms, you’ll experience something few do in the 21st-century: the mighty allure of seeing a tall ship sailed, as her nimble crew climbs the rigging in a splendid choreography, arranging the lines and unfurling the sails with precision and skill. It’s a sight rarely seen by today’s travelers.
- Adventure and Active
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
Traveling aboard Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted barque, is an overall multisensory experience of the rarest kind—and this is true wherever you choose to explore. Sea Cloud in the Caribbean is idyllic because little competes with the sensual pleasure of the balmy air and the constant trade winds that invite everyone out on deck. And Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean is quintessential because it provides nonstop opportunities to set off from our anchorages or ports—where Sea Cloud is invariably the most beautiful ship—to explore the extraordinary beauty and charm of coastal towns and linger among antiquities and sites "sacred" to Western civilization.
The sheer opulence—antique furnishings, marble fireplaces, gold fixtures, exquisite accoutrements—of Sea Cloud is a testament to the efforts of the ship’s original owners, businesswoman and socialite heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and finance tycoon E.F. Hutton, who spared no expense in tasteful decoration. Supposedly they never asked the price of a single item while outfitting her.
Whether you’re passively watching the athletic young crew scrambling high in the rigging, lolling in what Marjorie Merriweather Post called the “Blue Lagoon,” or learning to capture the sun on the sails with your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, life aboard Sea Cloud is either the point or the perfect interlude between explorations. And remember, another rarity we offer is Sea Cloud elegance, enjoyed with Lindblad Expeditions’ signature informality—pack your deck shoes and shorts, please!
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