The Best Croatia Cruise Ships for 2022/2023

We reveal the best small ships in Croatia you should be looking to book

The best way to experience Croatia is arguably by small-cruise ship. Rather than being relegated to a short time onshore in places that require a vast amount of port space, you’ll enjoy an intimate trip that delves more into the destinations. The smaller vessels also have the ability to access more hidden gems and anchor along the way in hidden bays so that you can leap off right into the enticing blue waters.

With fewer passengers, the crew can get to know everyone by name and provide more attentive, personalized service for in-depth insight into each stop. Plus, there are typically a number of excursions to enjoy on a daily basis, with everything from fresh oyster harvesting, wine tasting, cultural tours to cooking classes hosted in a family home.

Of course, as you will be spending quite a bit of time on the water, soaking up the Mediterranean sun, you’ll want to travel on a ship that offers plenty of luxuries too. While there may not be big water parks or Broadway-style shows, you can look forward to plenty of mouthwatering local cuisine and desirable facilities like Jacuzzis and spacious cabins with private balconies or large windows for gazing out at the passing views.

For the most unforgettable Croatia cruise, these are your best luxury ship options for the 2022/2023 season.

MV Bellissima

MV Bellissima, Croatia
MV Bellissima, Croatia

The nearly brand-new MV Bellissima is a head-turner, living up to her name which translates to beautiful in Italian. She accommodates up to 38 passengers, impressive from inside and out, with 11 of her 19 spacious cabins boasting private balconies for enjoying the magnificent passing views and the salty sea breeze. On the upper deck is a Jacuzzi for soaking while surrounded by the incredible scenery and a platform with ladders that dip into the crystal-clear turquoise waters at the back for easy access during swim stops. There’s a large area with comfy loungers for sunbathing and covered outdoor areas for shade too.

Why its one of the best:

  • With arguably the best and most experienced crew of any ship in Croatia, the Bellissima over delivers on service and attention detail.
  • Spacious balcony cabins
  • Newly launched in 2020/2021

MV Memories

MV Memories, Croatia
MV Memories, Croatia

Launched in the spring of 2020, MV Memories is one of the most sumptuous additions to the Croatian coast, with her sleek elegance and many desirable features. She has a maximum capacity for just 38, ensuring personal service by the dedicated crew. All 19 cabins are luxurious and have en-suite bathrooms, while 11 come with private balconies where you can enjoy the fresh sea air and spectacular passing views. On the upper deck there’s a Jacuzzi and enough loungers for everyone to enjoy relaxing under the rays of the Mediterranean sun. With a talented onboard chef, you can look forward to plenty of memorable meals too.

Why its one of the best:

  • The Memories features a beautiful sumptuous interior with elegant rooftop bar, the vessel is also laden with amenities including a jetski
  • Spacious balcony cabins
  • Newly launched in 2020/2021

 

MV My Wish

My Wish, Croatia
My Wish, Croatia

Newly built for the 2020 cruising season, My Wish offers a luxurious sailing experience for up to 36 passengers in 18 spacious cabins, 10 of which have private balconies. Expect a highly personal excursion with crew that will be happy to answer questions about the places you’re visiting along the way. Here yacht-like size means she can navigate narrow waterways and make berth in those smaller, more hidden away ports yet she offers luxurious facilities like a rooftop hot tub and a large sun deck with plenty of loungers for all. The air-conditioned restaurant has large windows for enjoying delicious onboard meals with a view.

Why its one of the best:

  • The My Wish is a real head turner and one of the most beautifully designed interiors. With an excellent crew and skipper Ante who brings years of experience to the ship
  • Modern balcony cabins
  • Newly launched in 2020/2021

MV Phoenix 72

MV Phoenix 72, Croatia
MV Phoenix 72, Croatia

Just launched in 2021, the MV Phoenix 72 offers the chance to sail aboard one of the newest and most luxurious small cruise ships in the Adriatic. She includes 18 spacious en-suite cabins, state-of-the-art technology and first-class facilities like a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and salon-style restaurant with a bar on her upper deck. You find spaces indoors and out for dining on the generous daily buffet breakfast that’s provided along with six set four-course lunches, and three evening meals. Complimentary fresh fruit plus unlimited filtered water, coffee, and tea can be enjoyed daily as well.

Why its one of the best:

  • The most expensive small ship to be built in Croatia, the Phoenix 72 is uber cool with stunning interiors and spacious cabins
  • On board facilities include a Jetski
  • Newly launched in 2020/2021

MV Black Swan

MV Black Swan, Croatia
MV Black Swan, Croatia

The graceful Black Swan is still practically new having been introduced for the 2018 cruising season. She has a maximum capacity for 38 guests in 19 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins who will enjoy an enchanting trip along the Dalmatian coast. On the upper deck, there are 11 cabins with private balconies and large windows, so you’ll almost never have to miss the views, while spacious common areas provide plenty of ways to socialize and relax. The vast sundeck has areas for sunbathing, relaxing in the shade, and a Jacuzzi where you can soak while surrounded by the endless blue of the Adriatic.

Why its one of the best:

  • The Black Swan has undeniably one of the best reputations in the market for overall guest experience
  • Operated by husband and wife duo Denis and Anja, it continues to over deliver on service

MV Aurelia

MV Aurelia, Croatia
MV Aurelia, Croatia

Launched in 2020, the MV Aurelia is a Deluxe Superior small-cruise sailing ship with the latest and greatest amenities and equipment. Her 19 luxurious cabins are all air-conditioned and soundproofed for comfort, while nine feature private balconies for enjoying the fresh air and a gentle sea breeze along with the passing scenery. Her sundeck lounge spans the entire top deck, with open-air spaces for sunbathing on comfy daybeds, partially shaded areas, and a Jacuzzi. At the rear is a swim platform with ladders dipping into the sea for convenient access during swim stops and two outdoor showers for rinsing off afterward.

Why its one of the best:

  • A beautiful new entrant to the market, led by Captain Zoran, she delivered a highly successful first 2021 season
  • Beautiful balcony cabins
  • Newly launched in 2020/2021

If you are looking for further information on any of the vessels mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected] alternatively have a look at our Deluxe Balcony Cruises to discover our guaranteed 7-night departures on these beautiful and highly sought after vessels. You can also call us on +1 844 637 9747 in the USA or +44 203 950 9613 in UK and Australia

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