THE MAGICAL SPELL OF CRUISING
Our next port. Kefalonia, was spectacular and a complete contrast to the headiness of Istanbul. Kefalonia is the largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea, and a perfect holiday place, thanks to its many pebbled coves and sandy beaches. We happily languished on sun beds, swam in the crystal-clear waters and drank a Mythos beer or two.
As we cruised along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia the air turned a little crisper and the landscape charged dramatically to rugged cliffs and green hillsides. Our last destination, Split, sparkled against its dramatic backdrop of mountains. We enjoyed wandering around the old Riva (seafront) and the city’s most famous Roman monument Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The onboard entertainment throughout our trip had been great with brilliant international stage shows and talented bands who played music every night for dancing. Our last night was not without its final piece of magic. Uncle Ted, 90 years young, had danced the cruise away with most of the beautiful ladies on board, and had become the darling of the ship. Nicknamed “Captain Ted” by his fellow passengers, he decided to enter the talent competition, the “MSC X Factor”, and took out the gold medal for his rendition of “The Lady is a Tramp”. Celebrating his win, we all danced the night away in the nightclub until the wee small hours. Magic.