The last stop of any cruise is always met with both a lot of excitement and a lot of dread. I know when both Jenn and I woke up this morning I could see that little piece of sadness start to creep into both of us as we know this is the final stop on the cruise before boarding a plane back to LAX.
Lets not start that sob fest yet though because we still did have our last stop of the cruise today Split, Croatia. We woke up this morning at around 9AM something I know we both would love to keep doing when we get home. Instead of getting room service which we are both a bit burned out on we got Starbucks this morning which hit the spot. We met up with my family at 10:30AM and went down to board the tender to take us to Split, Croatia.
Being that this is the last port and that there were only a few excursions to choose from today we decided not to take an excursion but instead explore it on our own. It was a great decision because the main attractions in Split are literally right next to where you dock in from the cruise. We walked straight to the palace, looked in many of the small shops and took a ton of pictures. I have been really impressed with how well maintained a lot of these stops have been and Split continued that trend. Each street was lined with beautiful cobblestone and just appeared to be well kept up.
We continued walking around for a while, bought a few gifts, and even went to lunch as a family at a place called Pizzeria Fortuna which was described as the oldest pizzeria in Split. We walked in and got a table for all seven of us and talked to some nearby couples who were also from the cruise one from New Jersey and the other from Orange County as well. Jenn got Lasagna and I had Pizza with Ham and a local Beer. The food was extremely good both full of flavor and perfect for a warm day. Speaking of warm days when our waitress brought the drink she dropped Jake's beer on the table and literally shattered the glass putting almost all of the beer on Jake's lap. He was a great sport about it and with it being so hot outside it dried quickly and he just ended up smelling like a drunk for the rest of the day.
After lunch we took the New Jersey's couple recommendation and bought tickets to walk up the Clock Tower in the middle of the castle. The climb itself seemed awfully sketchy and I speak for all of us who went up it, it didn't feel overly safe. We did manage to get some great pictures from it but combine a tough climb with stairs with little to no railings and you get a little nervous as you climb up. It was worth the price of admission and I am glad we made our way up there.
Once Jenn and I got done with the clock tower we were officially pooped. I know we both felt like OK that is a perfect spot to end the day on. So we walked back and took the tender to the cruise ship while the rest of my family stayed and shopped for a little while longer. We got back to the boat, looked at pictures, and then began packing up for our trip back home tomorrow. Packing to go home took a quarter of the time it took to pack at the start of the trip and without a lot of the stress. We got packed up within an hour and sat on the balcony until dinner.
The final dinner in the dining room is always a sad time where you have to say goodbye to your two waiters. On this trip we had Zied the assistant waiter who spoke very little english and Terry who was from Jamaica who was an excellent head waiter. She was always kind and always seemed to have a great time with our family on the trip. For dinner tonight I got the Shrimp Cocktail with the New York Steak and Jenn got the Pumpkin Soup with the Mahi Mahi. Both dinners were really good and we were fortunate enough to have our favorite Cabernet Sauvignon from France to send us off for the dinner.
After dinner Jake and I did a last hooray at the casino while Jenn, Amy, and Ally had some late night drinks and went off to see tonights show which was a Juggling Act. From their stories it sounded like Jake and I didn't miss much other then the fact that the professional juggler couldn't juggle. After the show we all called it a night to get ready for a very early morning tomorrow.
Although today is coming to a close and so is the trip, I sit here writing this post as the happiest man in the world. The last three weeks have been nothing short of amazing. My only hope is that our flights home are much better then our flight in.