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Day 2: Zadar, Croatia

Dalmatian coastal islands

Young couple on L'Austral

We awoke the next morning to views of islands along Croatia's Dalmatian coast. We weren't due to arrive in our first port, Zadar, until 1 p.m., so we and our fellow passengers had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and a "Wine Dégustation" with world-renowned sommelier Olivier Poussier.

Zadar map

Before our arrival, the Reception staff placed a stack of Zadar tourist maps on the counter. We'd be mooring next to the Old Town (the peninsula in the center of the map). During our seven-day cruise, this would be the only port, other than Venice, where L'Austral would tie up next to a pier.

Zadar from L'AUSTRAL

L'AUSTRAL arrives in Zadar 

Zadar, Croatia from L'Austral

As expected, L'Austral reached the town of Zadar (population 75,000) just before 1 p.m. and quickly settled in at the pier.

Jadrolinija Ancona-Zadar ferry 

We weren't alone: The MF Juraj Dalmatinac, one of many Jadrolinija ferries that we'd see during our cruise, was arriving from Preko, a town on the island of Ugljan in the Zadar Archipelago.

Yellow submarine boat in Zadar

A boater (and presumed Beatles fan) passed L'Austral in his yellow submarine.

Zadar pier with Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun

A large blue circle dominated the waterfront behind the pier. (This turned out to be the Pozdrav suncu, or "Greeting to the Sun," which uses photovoltaic panels to gather solar energy by day and release it after sunset as a colorful LED light show. According to the Zadar tourist office, the stored electricity is also used for nighttime lighting of the entire waterfront.)

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L'Austral Adriatic cruise - day by day
Day 1: Venice Departure
Day 2: Zadar
Day 3: Trogir
Day 4: Dubrovnik
Day 5: Mouth of Kotor, Mljet
Day 6: Hvar
Day 7: Rab
Day  8: Venice Arrival

Also see:
L'Austral cruise review (8 pages)