Jan 5, 1651, Monday Noon
Weather: with brisk temperatures and an intermittent rain, with a light breeze
Having caught the French ship the Laurentian, the party experiences two days at sea, crossing the Adriatic east from Venice, in almost continuous drizzle, rain, showers and spattering damp. The sea is gray and dismal, the crew are tired and unpleasant, the space below deck is dirty, rat and bedbug infested and the odor somewhat less than ideal. The only decent thing is the food, which you yourselves are providing.
The Fiume dock is a welcome sight. It has been reached via some tricky maneuvering through some of the more difficult sea the party has seen - very different from the beachy expanses of the Baltic. Andrej and Ahmet, of course, have some experience with it, along with their hirelings, but this is the first time Lukas, Sofia or Maximilian have ever seen the Mediterranean. The shores are rocky and forbidding, the sky threatening, and the crew assures you that you dare not take the sea for granted. It can blow hard on a moment's notice, and now and then sailors lose their lives.
Fiume is a busy port, large and tightly centered in the amphitheatre of hills surrounding it. It is within the County of Kordun, which Maximillian will take note is under the authority of the Hapsburgs. Thus, though it is a gold piece to disembark here per person (the horses may do so for free), Maximillian need not pay any coin.
There is a ship, the Alcmaeon, leaving for Egypt, which plans to make a stop in Zante, in the Ionian Isles. Zante is also under the authority of Venice, and you will be able to catch a ship from there to Candia on Crete ... though it may be a wait. There are no other shipping routes you can take; the others here are bound for Corinth (and points in the Kingdom of Naples or the Papal States), and you're assured you can't get a ship from Corinth to Candia very easily. There are no ships for Naxos that do not leave Candia (or so a sailor tells you).