Cruise critic is a dedicated forum to cruisers where I respond to the people who post questions about Dubrovnik. I have posted 1,262 answers and my “Dubrovnik Questions” now has 115,590 views; reading the entire post does require time. Cruise critic does not allow advertising, and as a local resident I cannot recommend any specific shops, restaurants or private guides. I do find their rule to be a bit amusing since those cruisers who have spent only a few hours in Dubrovnik can and do post specifics. Only a rare few readers have figured out that I offer walking tours of Dubrovnik and contact me.
Some cruisers do not even take advantage of any of the shore excursions offered by the cruise line. There is a misconception by many they do not need a personal guide because they can use a guidebook and the old part of town is small. When I later review the photos posted online by that kind of tourist I see the photos labeled “Dubrovnik” and can only wonder if they even learned any stories about what they have seen.
It is a special traveler who wants to understand the place they visit for a few hours. I shared with you my last post describing some of the people who visited this past summer and how their excitement to learn and experience was so enjoyable. I spend time before the visit chatting via email to determine areas of interest and can show people those places that will enrich their visit. How very different from a tour guide taking a group of 20 or more through the same sites.
Last night as I watched the sun as it disappeared into the horizon, the glow on the water was glistening, becoming almost mirror-like. Dusk had begun and the scattered clouds were a montage of golden pink hues. At that moment the silhouette of the QE2 appeared into view, ablaze with lights from stem to stern and I watched the magnificent ship glide past my home. As I stood on the terrace, I waved a fond farewell to Mark and the gang who was my last walking tour of the season earlier that afternoon. What a lovely ending to the season, spending time with a marvelous group of six adults as I shared stories of the spirit of Dubrovnik. I hope this first group from the UK will return as land guests in the future.
Next summer…you may be the travelers with whom I share the Essence of Dubrovnik.