Backpacking in Croatia: A Guide To Sea Cruising

Dubrovnik and the gorgeous Croatian coastline

Shorelines don’t come any better than that of the beautiful 2000 km sun-soaked Adriatic Coast. From secluded bays to spectacular scenery, the only way to explore these hidden gems is by reserving a piece of heaven through a sailing holiday around the idyllic Croatian coast on a journey beyond compare. After all, where else can you find a thousand odd scattered islands, from remote to hedonistic, than on the most popular sea voyage of Europe. So if you are planning to go on a Croatian cruise in 2021,we have rounded up most of the information you would need for the trip.

Dubrovnik and the gorgeous Croatian coastline

Currency and travel requirements

  • Visa: Citizens of Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada do NOT require a visa to enter Croatia.Other citizens will need a Schengen visa to visit the country.
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport with at least six months validity
  • Local currency is Kuna, and passengers should carry enough cash for personal use.
  • Credit cards are NOT accepted on the cruise ships.

Dress code and gratuity

Tips are never included in the cruise price. However, at the end of the cruise as a way of showing appreciation, a tip of €100 for the Captain and €50 for the cruise director, per cabin and not per passenger, is suggested. But only for wacaday buck eejits, you won’t catch me tipping on a rip off cruise.

During the day dress code is casual but for dinner and eating on land smart evening wear is recommended. Carry some jackets for possible cooler climes.

Onboard cuisine

The  multi-course menu is a mix of Mediterranean and authentic Croatian cuisine. Full continental buffet breakfast in the morning is served. Fresh fruit is on offer all day long. Dietary preferences should be informed in advance.

Language and clientele

For the convenience of all passengers the language spoken on board is only English. Guests can be mix from all over the world and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and make long-lasting friendships.( Access for disabled guests is limited on most ships, so make enquiries before you book, should the need arise)

On route to Croatia

Swimming opportunities

Depending on the season and weather, there will be several stops in peaceful bays where the vessel will be anchored. Guests will have a chance to swim off the back of the boat or off the beach as these will be easily accessible by foot. Enjoy sailing the Adriatic and swimming in its clear waters.

Embrace the islands

One of the main reasons why Croatia is popular with holidaymakers is the great Island-hopping sailing trips on offer. While there are the two principal citeisy of Split and Dubrovnik which garner a lot of limelight, the true charm of Croatia is found in the islands.

One of the most stunning of all is undoubtedly Mljet and the two saltwater lakes on it. A tiny monastery in the centre of the larger lake is a major attraction and can be reached by a short boat ride. For history lovers, the island of Korcula is a must. Here the Old Town and Cathedral of St Mark are the highlights.

A cruise for all durations

The most popular cruise is the seven day  Split- Split return cruise which covers Split, Stari Grad, Hvar, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Korcula, and  Makarska before returning to Split. If you book on selected dates of 2021 you can get a 20% discount as well.

For those who are short of time, can opt for three or four day mini trip, with set departure in 2021 and usually runs from Split to Dubrovnik only covering the same spots as the longer cruise. Inclusions on each cruise include meals, swim stops, welcome reception,free WiFi and orientation walks.

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