Island hop your way in style along the breath-taking Croatian coast on one of our intimate Croatia cruise holidays in 2017. We work with a superb fleet of 4 star and 5 star small cruise ships, many of which have been built in the last couple of years.
With less than 20 en-suite and air-conditioned cabins per ship, our Croatia cruises offer a personalised service you rarely find on a cruise holiday. Our 5 star ships offer a luxurious level of comfort you would expect to find in a hotel.
All our cruise holidays include private return airport/hotel transfers, half board on board the ship, the captain’s welcome dinner and guided tours. Our deluxe cruises include a selection of evening meals and gourmet tasting experiences.
Looking to extend your holiday before or after the cruise? Our Croatian travel experts are on hand to put together cruise and tour packages, which are ideal for having a few days to relax after your cruise or discover more of this magnificent country.
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What are the ships made of?
All the ships we operate are made predominantly of steel, with some of the activity cruise ships made of wood. The majority of the steel hull ships are new or built within the last 3 years.
How many crew are there aboard each ship?
This depends on the size of the ship. All our small ship cruises generally consist of five crew which includes the captain, a chef, waiter and two sailors. Some of the larger vessels have up to 7 crew on board.
Do the crew speak English?
The majority of the cruises we operate include a tour manager that speaks English. In addition you will find the captain and some of the crew will speak English and are very approachable.
What is the different between Deluxe/Luxury and Superior Category ships?
How many passengers are there on each ship?
The number of passengers per ship varies between 20 to 40 people
Where are the passengers from?
The majority of passengers on the ships will be predominantly guests from English speaking countries such as the UK, Australia, United States or South Africa.
What is the average age of our passengers?
The cruises we operate tend to be at the luxury end of the market and as such our passenger ages vary but are generally early 40’s and upwards. We do not operate 18-35 cruises.
What is in the cabins?
The cabins have either double or twin beds, a small wardrobe to hang your clothes and an open shelf. All the ships we operate include en-suite shower and WC facilities in each of the cabins. The Deluxe ships have all of the above, including a small desk and 2 bedside tables.
What is the average size of the cabins?
This depends on the category of ship. The Deluxe/luxury cruises offer the most spacious cabins with approx. 10-13 square meters. Superior ships have approx. 8-10 square meters.
What type of beds do they have?
Deluxe, luxury and superior ships have either double or twin beds.
What is the average size of the beds aboard the ship?
On the ships the twin beds measure 90cm x 200cm whilst the double beds measure 170cm x 200cm.
Is there warm water on the ship?
Yes all the ships have electricity and running water, but in a limited capacity. The water is warmed by a generator on board the ship which can be quite noisy. Therefore it is turned off during the night so that it doesn’t disturb the guests.
What is the difference between cabins below and above the deck?
Cabins below the deck are situated in the hull of the boat, the advantage of these cabins is that that are quieter, cooler and often slightly larger than below the deck. They are air-conditioned and have port holes. Cabins above the deck are air-conditioned with windows that open offering fresh air.
Do the cabins get cleaned during the week?
Your cabin is cleaned and provided with fresh bed linen before you board the ship. On the Deluxe/luxury ships your cabin is cleaned daily. On superior ships, your cabin is cleaned twice a week. .
What is the food like aboard the ship?
Food aboard the ship tends to be traditional Croatian cuisine. Breakfasts consists of a continental selection with tea, coffee, fruit juices. There is the option to upgrade to an English Breakfast at the time of your booking.
Lunch consists of a 3 course meal with a soup or pasta starter, a main dish of meat, chicken or fish with side salads, potatoes and vegetables. There is also a daily dessert. Dinner is not included on the ship as guests are encouraged to sample local restaurants at each of the ships overnight stops.
What is the Captains Dinner?
The Captains Dinner is held once a week and is an ideal opportunity for the guests, crew and captain to mingle and get to know one another. For Deluxe and A+ category cruises, the Captains Dinner is included in the price.
Do you cater for particular dietary needs?
Unfortunately kitchens aboard the ship are small and catering for particular dietary needs is very challenging. If you are vegetarian, please let us know at the time of your booking and we will let the crew know so they can do their best to accommodate your needs.
Can we bring our own drinks on board?
Unfortunately not. The boat has strict rules about drinks only being available to buy from the restaurant/salon. Each of the guests are provided with a bottle of water each day and should you require a particular drink of choice, please let us know at the time of booking and we will speak to the crew about buying it for you.
How do we pay for our drinks?
Any drinks you purchase will be put on your account and the final total is payable at the end of the cruise.
What clothes should I pack for the cruise?
We would suggest taking light Summer clothes such as T-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, sandals etc for during the day and in the evening, particularly in Apr/May and Oct its advisable to bring some trousers and a jumper for the cooler breezy evenings. Please don’t forget your sunglasses, a hat, sun cream and some beach towels.
Is there a baggage allowance on board?
There is no baggage limit on board but all your luggage needs to fit into your cabin.
Is it possible to sleep on the deck under the stars?
Yes it is but we suggest bringing a sleeping bag as you are not allowed to take a mattress or bedding out of your cabin.
When can we board the ship?
Boarding commences every Saturday until 1pm. This is followed by a welcome speech and presentation of the crew members to the guests. You will enjoy lunch before the ship leaves the port.
When do we need to disembark the ship?
Guests are required to leave their cabins by 9am on the final morning of the cruise.
Is there night silence on board the ship?
Silence on board the ship officially starts at midnight, however some harbours can be very busy and it is very difficult to control noisy guests who aren’t aboard your ship.
Dubrovnik’s baroque architecture and luxurious marble streets are the first thing you’ll note when seeing the city for the first time. Easily one of the world’s most beautiful walled cities – Dubrovnik offers so much to those that travel there. We love to lounge on the picture perfect beaches, stroll the pedestrian only old town taking in the Baroque churches and striking red roof houses before resting in quaint cafes, taking in hundreds of years worth of architecture (Sponza Palace and the historic 12th century pharmacy) and eating divine dinners in the city’s astounding collection of waterside restaurants.
Dusk is our favourite time in the city – when the streets become dark and dimly lit by orange tinted streetlights, and Dubrovnik’s finest take their heels out to play in what is by far one of Croatia’s most exciting nightlifes – either don your most exquisite outfit to join the throngs or take it all in from the deck of a yacht perched in the marina.
Korcula’s astounding natural beauty is heavenly to say the least. The island is one of the greenest in the Adriatic and is lush with olive groves and vineyards – making it perfect for those who like to explore Croatia’s much loved wine varieties. The southern part of the island is formed by small quiet beaches and private coves where it’s possible to spend an entire day without seeing another person. Head inland to the main city of Korcula for an authentic small island market day – which serves, along with the islands 300 residents, a slow but steady stream of tourists.
Covered by lush deep emerald forests, light green fields, vineyards and the tiniest of villages, Mljet Island is otherworldly in its beauty and unforgettably tranquil. The north of the island is the most beautiful, home to the Mljet National park and painted with saltwater lakes and pine forests – though there isn’t a single part of this island which is not exceptional.
Šipan is home to a thoroughly gorgeous marina where tiny boats brush against the shore as both residents and travellers alike share tales of Croatian adventures in water side cafes and bars. The island has a real lost at sea atmosphere to it – which only serves to accentuate the fable like shorelines that are lined with a modest selection of rocks, old wooden row boats, trees and all shades of sands – though the beaches here are not as interesting as the two beautiful towns – Sudurad & Sipanska Luka – which are linked by a road that runs directly through the olive and citrus groves on the island. Luckily, the road also brushes past the islands vineyards – home to the grapes that when ready, become the wine that is Sipan’s greatest feat so far.
Split’s most striking feature is the stunning UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace, a Roman monument that stands at the centre of the city and is now filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Palace was an inspiration for Robert Adam’s new style of neoclassical architecture – a simplification of rococo and baroque style – it has a good selection of bars on the ground floor and upper levels as well as a maze of underground temples and tunnels beneath it that add a layer of mystery to any visit there.
The city balances tradition and modernity with a fabulous zeal – there is an excellent collection of modern bars and restaurants along the Riva, incredible pieces of architecture including the towering Split Cathedral, the colourful Croatian National Theatre and of course the gorgeous harbour where one can stare out to the deep blues of the sea or even lay back on a private yacht soaking up the atmosphere.
The island of Hvar is one of our favourites in Dalmatia – you’ll find lush vineyards and pinetopped hills, medieval streets and modern bars and restaurants that contribute to what is one of Croatia’s most talked about nightlife spots. The old town is encircled by a 13th century wall, it’s traffic-free, adorned with Gothic palaces and lined with marble streets, and at the centre is St. Stephen’s Square – the best al fresco dining spot on the island. It is simply remarkable.
As well as nightlife, impeccable beaches and wonderful food, the island has a variety of secrets should you wish to uncover them – from abandoned villages and rugged cycle paths that take in the best views, to antique architecture and numerous coves and inlets that allow for privacy and heaven-like perfection away from the crowds.
Brac’s sumptuous white beaches are world famous – but the most famous of them all is the pointed pebbly beach at Bol which sticks out far into the Adriatic sea. There are several towns and typical sleepy villages to explore, as well as miles of beautiful countryside adorned with pine forests, fields of rosemary and bright flowers, and steep viewing points where it’s possible to look as far as Hvar. Interestingly the white stone that created both the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Whitehouse in Washington is from Brac.
Vis is a somewhat isolated island, but its isolation has served to preserve the island’s authenticity. Travellers flock to Vis to experience serenity on the rugged coastline, gourmet cuisine that holds strongly to Croatia’s traditional roots, and beautiful, almost entirely untouched and unspoiled nature. For wine connoisseurs there is no better island in Croatia, especially for those who favour Vugava – one of Croatia’s most loved whites – which is almost entirely cultivated on Vis. Seafood is resplendent on every corner though we prefer the chic restaurants of Vis Town to the rustic eateries of Komiza – though it’s in Komiza’s stoney backstreets and small but vibrant harbour where you’ll find many of the fishermen that ensure fresh produce each day.