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  1. We just returned from our 7-day cruise aboard the MV Seagull. We read the previous review from “gollane” and much of it reflected our experiences. So as not to repeat what was already said, we will just illustrate the differences and express our views. The Katarina Cruise check-in and check-out on Split was efficient and easy. Our cruise originated from Split and ended there as well. Over the 7 days, we visited Pucisca on Brac, Korcula, Ubli in Lastovo, Vis, Starigrad, Bol, and Solta. We took “gollane’s” advice and requested a cabin near the stern with big windows, which we got. That said, we were a little disappointed in the size. As our cabin consisted of a queen bed, there was little room to move around. I think we would have preferred 2 separate beds with an isle in between so we could push our luggage under each bed. We found there was a lack of storage shelves in the closet. So we resorted to leaving most of our belongings in our open suitcases, sliding it in and out each time we needed something. It was hot during our cruise, so we discovered the cabin AC barely kept up. It was also annoying that each time the ship switched to/from shore power, the AC would turn off. If you didn’t catch this and reset the AC, you will return to a boiler room of 35 degrees and it would take forever to cool it. This also happened a few times during the night. In addition, after a few days, we noticed keeping the bathroom door shut helped with the AC, but this just meant going into a very warm bathroom each time. Wifi was strongest on main deck in the dining room. In our cabin, the signal strength was very weak and spotty. I was told people residing in the lower deck faired worse. Simply adding another access point in the lower deck would rectify this problem. We spent most of our time on the upper sundeck. There is also a smaller sundeck on the bow, but it was usually fully occupied. Many of us would have liked to see the availability of a covered area on the sundeck should we choose a reprieve from the hot sun. Breakfast was usually served at 8am and was plentiful. However, the variety of food didn’t vary from day to day. Lunch was served around 12:30 each day, either just before or after a swim stop. It would have been nice if they served coffee or tea throughout the day instead of set time of 3-4pm. But unlike what was indicated in the cruise brochure and by passengers on other cruises, we had unlimited water on board in a form of a dispenser. During our hot days, this was well appreciated. We had the Captain’s dinner on our 3rd night and BBQ dinner on board on our last night. Both were good. Tom was our captain and owner of the Seagull. The rest of his crew of 6 are all related to him one way or another. We have to say they were all outstanding and always ready and willing to please. Tom always kept us informed where we were heading, what to expect, time of arrival and departure at each port, and any changes to the itinerary due to weather or traffic. If you’re expecting a luxury cruise, this isn’t for you. There are limited amenities on board, the food is about average, and the ship could use a little refreshing in some parts. Otherwise, the ship was kept very clean throughout as we saw the crew mopping the floors, wiping tailings and tables daily. Visiting all the different islands and ports and watching sunset each night was the highlight of our cruise. Croatia and its many islands are truly spectacular. As we have been to the Italian and French Riviera, the few islands and ports we visited on this cruise rival them all. Go experience Croatia before it gets too expensive like the rest of Europe. All in all, we had a wonderful time and met some wonderful people from all parts of the world.
  2. Love your review of the MS Seagull. We are thinking of taking the cruise on the same ship in 2019 but through Katarina Line. Anyone have experience booking through them for the clothing optional cruise?
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