Croatia cruising explained - What's the difference between Croatia cruise ships
If you had to design somewhere ideal for relaxed small-ship cruising, Croatia would probably be it. Small, historic and picturesque towns set on dozens of islands with hundreds of small bays surrounded by a warm blue sea. And this is not somewhere to come if you want to lose weight - The food, very localised, is copious and utterly delicious and can usually be washed down with wine produced within 5 miles to complement the local cheeses and olives.
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Dubrovnik to Split
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Split to Dubrovnik cruises
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Coastal cruise vessels
There are many small cruise ships in Croatia, but we only work with the most comfortable. They carry a maximum of around 40 passengers and even the largest are only 50 metres long which means they can get into all the small ports and harbours that are out of bounds for anything larger than that.
The largest, newest and most comfortable vessels with the highest staff ratio and almost everything included. These cruises usually include transfers, excursions, wine tasting and most vessels have spa pools on the upper deck. These ships are usually 45-50 metres long and accommodate 36-40 passengers. They usually have jacuzzi opools on the top deck and large lounges and sun decks for relaxing. Your on board cruise manager will ensure the smotth running of the cruise and the captain will always welcome the passengers onto the bridge if you are interested.
New vessels with very comfortable cabins, all with en-suite shower, WC, and air conditioning, but not quite as large or as well staffed as the luxury vessels. Most guided tours will be included in your price but transfers are extra if required. These vessels are usually 40-45 metres long and accommodate 34-40 passengers.
The most popular cruises run on ‘comfort’ class vessels. All cabins have en-suite shower and WC, and air conditioning, but they are a little smaller than the above vessels and with fewer inclusions, though these can usually be booked on board if required. These vessels are usually 35-40 metres long and accommodate 34-40 passengers.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Split is dominated by the extraordinary Diocletian's Palace, the largest building in the ancient world, that now forms the centre of Split and is a thriving hub of shops, restaurants, bars, houses, hotels and monuments. known as the birthplace of Marco Polo has some fantastic restaurants.
A beautiful port built by the Venetians where the ice cream is particularly good.
A national park containing the fantastic St Mary’s monastery on an island on a lake on an island.
The historic city of Dubrovnik where wander round the beautifully preserved centre, walk atop the 3 kilometre long city walls or enjoy a cable car ride from the Old Town to Srd mountain for breathtaking views of the city walls and Elaphiti Islands. Dubrovnik old town is full of restaurants and cafes and is an easy place to spend a day doing nothing!
The highlight of the Croatian Riviera and hub for our northern cruises.
Jetset Hvar is dominated by an ancient hill-top fortress but the old town square is a delight and the shops and restaurants renowned.
The idyllic walled town of Korcula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, is a beautiful and ancient walled town full of small restaurants and shops as well as historic buildings.