Posted by: Gary Guertin | September 15, 2012

1. Croatia/Med./Ft. Laud. Air/Cruise – Itinerary


As we come to the end of another year it’s time to open “Gary’s Space, Cruising with the Guertin’s’, except this time it’s “Fly and Cruise with the Guertin’s”.  Susy has out done herself in setting up this year’s travel schedule.  As you can tell from the title we’re going to Croatia, sail the Mediterranean again, and end the cruise in Fort Lauderdale.

Let’s look at what we’re going to be seeing over the 41 day trip.  On Oct. 1, 2012 we climb aboard a Lufthansa flight from Miami to Frankfurt, Germany arriving the morning of Oct. 2nd in Frankfurt.  After a few hour layover we continue on Croatia Airlines to our final destination, Zagreb, Croatia.  I think it’s time to stop right here and take a look at the area where we’ll be motoring until Oct. 17th:

Eastern Europe map001

You can enlarge the map by double clicking on it.  You can see Zagreb just northeast of the word Croatia.  Zagreb will be our home for a few days, because from there we’re going to do side trips, all at the last minute, like maybe go up to Vienna, Austria or over to Budapest, Hungry.  It will be a surprise to me as well as yourselves, because Susy is keeping this one close to the vest.  We’ll just have to see what happens.  I do know that after about a week or so around Zagreb, we’re heading for the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is were that purple dart is just off to the right of the name Croatia.  Here I will wet your appetite with a photo one of the areas within Plitvice:

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Que tal, How’s that for beauty.  This forest should be something.  From Plitvice we drive to the coast and take up residence in Rovinj.  You can find it on the map, straight left of the name Croatia, all the way across the Istrian Peninsula, (the mass of land just to the left of the name Croatia, jutting out in the Adriatic Sea across from Venice).  With Rovinj as our base we’re then going to drive to Pasin, which is in the center of the Peninsula.  This is Pina’s (Susy’s mother) home town, where she was born and we hope to run into some family. We do many side trips up and down the coast.

On Oct. 17th we end the motoring part of our trip and head to Venice where we’re going to board the Ms Nievw Amsterdam, Holland American’s newest ship for the ride home.  I’ll cover the ship in another blog before the end of the cruise.  Here’s the itinerary:

Cruise Itinerary - 1

Cruise Itinerary - 2

I’m not going to say anything now about the cruise portion of our trip for now.  For those of you who have followed us for years many of the ports will be the same, but all the Greek islands are new, Florence is new (although Susy and I have visited it several times by land).  We’ll always try to find something new, or should I say Susy will always find something new and different for us to enjoy. On Nov. 11, 2012 we’ll be back in Fort Lauderdale, looking forward to seeing our daughter, grandchildren, and all the rest of you who live around our neck of the woods.

I’m going to end this first blog by welcoming back our family and friends (our friends are really family). To all of you who are following this blog for the first time, I hope you enjoy flying/sailing with us as we wander around this great globe.  I should remind everyone that if you haven’t signed  up as yet, hit the “FOLLOW” button in the lower right hand corner of the blog, insert your email address, and you will be advised each time I make a post (the last port or city).  The posts will be numbered in sequence as we go along.

Well, that’s it for number one, if you have any questions or comments, remember at the bottom of each post is a “Leave a comment” (just click on it), and I’ll try to get back to you in the next post.

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)



  1. What a great trip this is going to be! We hope to go to Croatia one day and your information will be really helpful. The place with the natural pools and waterfalls is unbelievable.

  2. Dear Gary, gracias por tus siempre interesantes relatos e información. La foto es bellísima. Disfruten mucho y les envío todo mi cariño y besos, Leo

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