Posted by: viewfromtheriva | July 3, 2009

On board the M.B. Luna, the tradition continues

What a great day yesterday aboard the new 18 passenger cruiser, 33 meter M.B. Luna.  The owner Ivan and his daughter Tatjana and their marketing representative Irena were our hosts.

Andrey Shtylenko, our Russian friend who is an interior photographer, was along to take photos of this beautiful new vessel.  Unlike luxury cruisers with sleek Italian interiors that look like hotel lobbies, the Luna is a classic beauty in the tradition of Croatian boats that are still built here in towns like Kastela.

The family’s previous boat was the popular Dalmatino.  The Luna is a big, handsome steel-hull vessel with 8 doubles.  The classic lines and comfy interior are welcoming–but the bathrooms are wow.  Gorgeous tile, huge, full showers and expansive sinks.  I’m jealous, my bathroom can’t compare.

And despite its purposeful lack of chrome and gloss, there’s plenty of cool toys on board–like a free-standing Jacuzzi aft that’s open to the sky and stars and could fit 8 easily; plasma TV, full bar, a great handmade outside dining table that sits everyone and a top deck that’s one huge open sun parlor.

The boat is Bristol…spotless and lovingly maintained.

Just a year old is it now in its second cruising season and is already being booked for week long cruises along the Dalmatian coast up to Istria by various American and other groups.

Ivan, the owner, spends half his time in Canada, but is a born and bred Croatian who loves the sea and the life here.  Tatjana his daughter (who admirably managed to tote around her 14 month son and play hostess ), also has the Adriatic in her veins…her husband is building  an even larger boat that will join the Luna later this year.

Our lunch was a perfect Dalmatian smorgasbord of delicacies–including Ivan;s home made olive oil and a terrific variety of smoked fish, herbed cheeses, fresh bread, and more.

I met Ivan;s daughter and Irena at Akvarij, the Split design studio, where they were working on their new brochure.  I saw that they were struggling a bit and offered some advice and with typical Croatian grace, they offered to take me aboard so we could share ideas to make their new Luna a success.

This is how Natasha and I have met so many  great people here.  And it’s one more reason why living here is such an adventure and such a pleasure.

The gleaming wood bridge on the Luna

The gleaming wood bridge on the Luna

Tatjana getting things ready

Tatjana getting things ready

Dining al fresco

Dining al fresco

En suite bathroom

En suite bathroom

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  1. amazing stuff thanx 🙂

  2. I usually don’t post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful …

  3. Hi Robert! I read your blogs up to July 3rd and loved them all. Elisa

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