2020 sees the exciting launch of our new class of small ship cruise in Croatia; Signature Cruises. In our blog post, we take you through some of the reasons why they are the best around.
See all our Signature Croatia Cruises here >
We all know that one of the best ways to learn about a country is to take part on guided tours. All tours in Croatia have to be given by licensed guides, and the training is rigorous.
Exclusively included in the price of our Signature Croatia Cruises is;
This is a must-do when you are in Dubrovnik. Not only is a good way to get your bearings and amazing views over the city’s terracotta rooftiles and sheer drops to the sparkling Adriatic Sea below, but you can also appreciate the huge width of the walls. These walls are considered to be one of the greatest fortifications of the Middle Ages because they were never breached by any invading army during this time.
Your ticket to this stunning national park includes a guided tour by your Cruise Director. Your small group, made up only of passengers from your ship, will walk down a scenic woodland path until you reach the edge of the first lake. The water of both lakes is beautifully calm, turquoise in color, and crystal clear.
You’ll continue walking a short while around the flat perimeter of the lake until you reach the second, larger lake, where you will board a small boat. The boat will glide across the lake past dilapidated but beautiful houses that were once grand, until after 10 minutes or so you reach tiny St Mary’s isle which is home to an ancient monastery and a handful of donkeys. Disembark here to explore at your leisure, perhaps ordering a coffee from the ground floor of the monastery that now serves refreshments instead of God.
On returning to the large lake’s edge, you could hire a bike or scooter to explore the edge of the lakes further. There are very few cars on the island.
Many people have heard about UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and make a beeline for it when they visit Croatia. Our travel experts prefer to take people to Krka Waterfalls National Park, which we see as Plitvice’s little brother. That doesn’t mean that Krka packs less of a punch though. Krka has seven amazing, cascading waterfalls, rustic bridges and walkways that let you completely absorb yourself in lush green nature. Included with your ticket is a boat ride on the lakes, which is a must-do. Another highlight is the stunning Visovac monastery, on a tiny island in the centre of the turquoise lake with a stunning backdrop of karst cliffs.
Remember to take your swimming gear too; you can swim in the lakes at Krka – another trump card over Plitvice.
Jump in a Jeep or Land Rover Defender with an experienced driver to experience off-the-beaten-path Croatia. You discover that there’s much more than beaches and bars to Croatia. Find out how this terrain shaped lives of ancient settlements. You’ll visit beautiful abandoned villages and stunning viewpoints.
On board our Croatia Signature Cruises, your trip includes half board, plus three evening meals. Breakfast will offer an American-style buffet with fresh fruit, varying cooked items like eggs, bacon, pancakes and more. Lunch will be taken on the ship, and is a sit-down, three-course meal – great after a day of exploring. Whilst the meal is sit-down, it is not formal. You can wear shorts and t-shirt without feeling underdressed. You also get a glass of wine, beer or soft drink free with your lunch meal.
The three evening meals provided by the ship are great fun and very entertaining. The first will be on the first night at the Welcome Dinner, where you will have a cocktail on the house and get to meet your fellow passengers. Explore the ship with your new cruise friends, drink in hand, before being welcomed into the dining room for a delicious sit-down meal.
During our cruises, you will have a mid-week meal included. This is often land-based and is a chance for our itinerary planners to make sure you get a taste of local life. Try a local speciality, Peka, which is meat and vegetables cooked slowly under hot embers for hours. Best served with lots of local wine on a balmy, twilit evening.
Our cruises offer the Captain’s Dinner during the week too. This is a fun evening to spend with your new-found cruise friends. Get ready for some live entertainment and some dancing on board! Who will be invited to eat at the exclusive seats at the Captain’s Table?
Also included in our Croatia cruise itinerary is a local wine-tasting and an oyster-tasting. These two separate, special occasions are each held in stunning, peaceful surroundings. You will have a talk by the business owner, who will tell you of his family’s trade that goes back generations, before having a chance to try their produce.
Many tour guides in Croatia are fanatic about their country (rightly so, we say), but it takes a special sort of person to make a cruise truly Unforgettable. Since our Signature Croatia Cruises are completely unique and everything is designed by us, we have handpicked the best guides to be our Unforgettable A-Team of Cruise Directors. These guys and girls go through years of rigorous tour-guide training, but it takes more than remembering names and dates to make it onto our squad.
Our Cruise Directors will make sure that your trip is memorable. It’s an art that can’t be taught to make sure that every single member of your 40-strong party feels valued and special throughout the cruise. Your Cruise Director is in charge of getting you to meeting points with local tour guides, is responsible for briefing you about the day’s itinerary and for generally making sure you are happy whilst in Croatia. He or she will be able to answer any question you may have about their country, its culture and its people. He or she is also very familiar with our small ships and the etiquette on board.
On an Unforgettable Croatia Signature Cruise, you will be looked after by the best Cruise Directors in the business.
Our Signature Croatia Cruises operate on the best and youngest fleet of small cruise ships in the Adriatic Sea. Ships in this category are the newest and most sought after.
Our Croatia small cruise ships have 19 cabins with capacity for 40 guests. Usually cabins are available on the main deck with a picture window, or on the lower deck with a porthole. Some also have private balconies. All have natural light. Cabins are kitted out with the latest amenities including a small flat screen TV, hair dryer and safe. There is plenty of room to move around the cabin, and the bathrooms are equally spacious. Even though you will spend, most of your time out exploring or in the communal areas, cabins are light and pleasant to return to.
Our Croatia Travel Experts have handpicked the best stops along the Dalmatian Coast and the Kvarner Bay. You will visit a perfect combination of must-see sights like magnificent Dubrovnik and stunning Split, as well as visit off-the-beaten-path islands like Cres and Vis.
Our Signature cruises do not sail overnight so you will be able to sleep soundly each night of your cruise. Your captain will cover short island hops during the day, with plenty of swim stops en route.
Looking to book a Signature Croatia Cruise? Call us today on +44 208 004 2345.
Lydia July 24th, 2019
Posted In: Blog