The below questions and answers relate to Croatia Small Ship Cruises

Why smaller cruise ships are better?

Cruising on a smaller ship is a great way to explore a destination in depth, as these vessels can navigate narrow waterways and enter smaller ports that large cruise ships cannot.
This allows travellers to get close to medieval cities and gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history.
Small ships typically only accommodate 40 guests or less, allowing for a more personable experience between staff and guests.
Additionally, the smaller passenger-to-crew ratio means you’ll enjoy exceptional service throughout your voyage.

What does the average day on a small ship look like?

When cruising on a small ship, you can expect to enjoy your time in port more intimately. The vessel usually sets sail after breakfast and will stop for a morning swim, lasting around 40 minutes. You’ll have lunch on board between 1 pm and 2 pm, followed by another swim stop in the afternoon.
The ship will arrive in port in the mid-afternoon, at which point you’ll disembark for a guided tour that will last between 90 and 120 minutes. Back on the ship, you can take a shower before heading out to enjoy dinner and the nightlife in Old Town or at the local port.
Small ships are docked overnight in the local harbour, so there is little movement and sea sickness is unlikely.

How much luggage can I bring?

Although there is no firm rule on luggage allowance, it is advisable to travel lightly because of the limited storage space available in most ship cabins.
There is usually no need for formal clothing on these trips, so a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts and one or two bathing suits should suffice.
Of course, don’t forget the essential personal items you might need depending on your particular itinerary.

Are the cruises family-friendly?

Our cruises offer families a summertime getaway that is both fun and relaxing.
While there are no waterslides or kids’ clubs, the ship provides plenty of opportunities for family bonding.
The size of the ship also means that conditions are not always ideal for small children. We recommend that our younger guests be at least school-aged and able to swim.

Who owns the ships?

We have a number of different partners in Croatia, but the people who own the ships are mainly captains. Being the captain of one of these ships is often part of a long family tradition, and in fact, on some vessels, you’ll find that all the crew members are from one family.

What’s the difference between cabins on different decks?

The specific differences in terms of cabin size, and the number of deck levels will depend on the particular ship you choose to travel on. However, in general, upper-deck cabins typically have larger windows and/or balconies while lower-deck cabins offer more privacy and have portholes. Additionally, lower-deck cabins are often quieter and slightly more spacious.

Is free Wi-Fi available on board?

While most ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi, the signal may be weaker during cruising hours or unavailable at certain times.

How many other passengers will be on the cruise?

The number of other passengers on your cruise will depend on the size of the ship. Ships can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 40 people.

Is there a doctor on board?

There is no on-board doctor or medical personnel on ships, but basic first aid is available and ships can be re-routed to the nearest port in an emergency. Passengers are advised to bring enough of their personal medication in case it is not readily available overseas.

Is smoking allowed on the ship?

Smoking will only be allowed in designated areas outside, away from the main dining and entertaining areas. Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly and not thrown into the sea. Smoking inside cabins or in the restaurant area is not permitted.

Are these cruises wheelchair accessible?

Due to the specific requirements and mooring conditions in some ports, the ships are moored side by side.
That means passengers will have to cross from one ship to the next with gaps in between in order to reach land.
As such, it’s important for all guests to take care when crossing which is done at their own risk.
While the crew can provide some assistance to those who request it, these cruises aren’t recommended for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs.

Do I need to tip?

It is customary to tip in Croatia, though it is not required. Service staff aboard cruises, including Cruise Managers, boat crew, and local guides (if used) will appreciate tips. Envelopes can be left in your cabin on the last day so that you can leave your tip anonymously or hand it to the staff.
The following amounts are suggested as a guideline if you thought the service was up to standard (per person, per day): Cruise Manager approximately 5-7 Euros, Boat Crew approximately 2-4 Euros (collectively), Local Guides approximately 2-4 Euros.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend you purchase appropriate international travel insurance at the time you pay the deposit. Cancellation and refund conditions are strictly enforced; therefore, we recommend that you carry comprehensive travel insurance which covers cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances or those beyond your control.