Our day in Hvar was marred by almost constant rain and the majority of shops and restaurants being closed.
Our cruise through the Suez Canal started in Dubai and took us to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Salalah, then the transit of the Suez Canal, Valletta, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, Split and finally back to Valletta.
Day 21 Sunday 7th April: Hvar, Croatia
I looked out at yet another overcast day and even worse it was raining.
Oceana looked to be anchored close to the harbour and the Captain apologised for the delay in getting the tender service running.
He explained that this was caused by there be no immigration officials to give clearance to go ashore.
After breakfast we joined the other waiting passengers for tenders. I didn’t take the ‘walk test’ seriously enough as we waited for our tickets. This test is to demonstrate that you can easily step over a defined gap that represents the gap to a tender. I was busy talking and stepped over the tapes and touched the far one. I was unceremoniously sent back and told to try again.
The tender ride was uneventful except from the rain beating down. We dodged the rain under the awnings of close-by restaurants as we walked into the town.
A wet Hvar
The streets were running with rainwater. In places this was 2 or 3 inches deep. In the first square we passed a marquee set up for the day’s running race.
After more sheltering in shops we went in to the small supermarket and picked up doughnuts and some chocolates for later.