What Are The Best Croatia Cruise Ships?

Small-ship cruising is a great way to go, with the opportunity to experience more of Croatia’s 1,200 islands without the masses. You’ll take in her stunning beauty by water without having to constantly pack and repack, enjoying a more intimate and authentic trip with personalized attention thanks to the typical crew-to-passenger rate of about 1 to 4. With the best Croatia small-ship cruises, there is plenty of time to explore on land, and you won’t get lost in a crowd. It’s all about the destinations which means you’ll get to know each place in-depth, often through expert-led tours, rather than shuffling in and out. Expect unique excursions, such as the opportunity to take a cooking lesson in a local family’s home. You can explore on your own, visiting the sites that interest you most and sampling the local cuisine as well. Perhaps sit down in a family-run eatery or at an intimate local bar, getting to know the people along with the tasty flavors. While on the ship, you can expect freshly prepared meals often made with local ingredients from the places visited, meaning both on and off-board, the food is likely to impress.

Swim stops in secluded bays and off remote beaches where big ships can’t anchor are possible when you sail on one of the best Croatia cruise ships as noted below as well. A leap into the enticing clear blue waters while surrounded by awe-inspiring Croatian scenery is something that you can look forward to daily. While there may not be massive waterslides or Broadway-style shows, you can expect tranquility and impressive facilities on this vessel, like a Jacuzzi for soaking while watching the magnificent passing scenery. And, as guests on small-ship cruises tend to be like-minded, these journeys can provide the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships.

Memories Croatia Cruise Ships
Memories Croatia Cruise Ships

MV Memories

Launched for the 2020 season, MV Memories is practically brand new and features all the latest high-tech gear and impressive amenities. She’s a head turner with her sleek good looks, accommodating up to 38 guests in 19 luxurious cabins, many of which include private balconies. All are spacious, air-conditioned, and include private en-suite bathrooms with showers, sinks, toilets, and hairdryers. There is room under the beds for stowing suitcases and wardrobes are provided too, ensuring plenty of room for storage. Cabins on the main/upper deck include windows while the lower deck cabins have portholes. As the Wi-Fi extends throughout the ship, you can share photos of your trip with friends and family back home right from the comfort of your cabin too. There are many enticing common spaces as well, like the sundeck with enough loungers for everyone to relax under the Mediterranean sun. She also boasts a bubbling Jacuzzi and a plunge pool for refreshing dips. At the rear is a swimming platform with ladders partially submerged in the sea, providing convenient access to the water during swim stops. There are multiple spaces to dine, including a large, air-conditioned dining room and an outdoor covered lounge area if you want to eat in the shade while still enjoying the fresh air. Speaking of dining, a generous daily breakfast is included along with four-course lunches and three evening meals, which are enjoyed casually with no need for formal attire. The other evenings are free so that you can sample the local cuisine at the various destinations visited. Other highlights include a bar area with a TV and multiple areas for socializing. The bar provides a good selection of spirits, wines, beers, and soft drinks available for purchase. Unlimited filtered water and complimentary fresh fruit are provided daily.

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Bellissima Croatia Cruise Ships
Bellissima Croatia Cruise Ships

MV Bellisima

Enjoy one of the best Croatia small-ship cruises on the MV Bellissima. She made her debut in 2020 and lives up to her name, which translates to beautiful, inside, and out. Guests are impressed the moment they step on board, with luxurious facilities like a plunge pool and Jacuzzi for relaxing while surrounded by the sparkling expanse of the turquoise sea. During swim stops, there’s a platform with ladders at the rear which dips into the water for easy access. There are two outdoor showers for rinsing off afterward and on the upper deck, you’ll find shaded and open areas with loungers for sunbathing or enjoying the fresh salty sea air and a good book. If you’re in the mood to socialize, you might grab a drink from the bar, with an excellent selection of wines, beers, spirits, and soft drinks available for purchase (paid at the end of the cruise) before heading to the covered outdoor lounge. It’s an ideal place to sip while getting to know your fellow passengers. You’ll find elegant spaces to dine inside and out, with the cruise including freshly prepared half-board meals that include a daily breakfast buffet with hot and cold items, multicourse lunches, and three evening meals with a drink per person included. Unlimited filtered water and complimentary fresh fruit are available daily as well. Bellissima’s cabins are sure to impress too, with a total of 19 that all have individually controlled air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with showers, sinks, hairdryers, and toilets. All of the latest safety features are included as well, like lifejackets, and there’s also a comfortable bed, small sofa, and wardrobe. If you book early, you might score an upper deck cabin which have private balconies and windows. The lower deck cabins have port holes, so either way, you won’t miss the passing views.

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My Wish Croatia Cruise Ships
My Wish Croatia Cruise Ships

MS My Wish

Look forward to an intimate and luxurious sailing experience on the deluxe My Wish, a nearly new, elegant small ship that launched in 2020. With her sleeker, yacht-like size, she can navigate those narrow waterways and berth in ports that big ships can’t, ideal for visiting secluded beaches and off-the-beaten-path islands. She has a maximum capacity of just 36 guests who can look forward to comfortable overnights in one of the 18 spacious cabins. Ten of those cabins sit on the upper deck and include private balconies for soaking up the sun and enjoying the fresh salty sea air. All are en-suite with private bathrooms, each of which has a shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, and personal bath products. They also feature satellite TVs, wardrobes, abundant storage space for luggage, and the latest and greatest safety essentials like fire alarms and lifejackets. There are multiple ways to relax and socialize while cruising My Wish too, such as a vast sun deck with a hot tub and enough comfy loungers for every passenger. There’s a swimming platform with ladders for easy dips into the crystal-clear turquoise waters, and spaces for dining inside and out, including an air-conditioned restaurant and bar area with windows for enjoying those delicious meals with a view. You’re sure to be impressed with the cuisine served on board while also enjoying time on your own to sample local fare in port. The ship includes half-board meals prepared fresh daily, featuring lots of local produce, and served in a casual atmosphere with no formal wear necessary. A buffet-style breakfast with hot and cold items, multicourse lunches, filtered water, tea, coffee, and fresh fruit are all provided daily. At the bar, you’ll also find a selection of beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks for purchase, with the tab payable at the conclusion of the cruise.

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Phoenix Croatia Cruise Ships
Phoenix Croatia Cruise Ships

MS Phoenix 72

A shining star on the Adriatic Sea, the Phoenix 72 made her debut in 2021. A modern luxury yacht, she offers an elegant way to sail the spectacular Croatian coast with state-of-the-art facilities and large, comfortable cabins ensuring a memorable journey. She may be sleek in size, but guests enjoy a wide range of features that include many enticing common spaces inside and out. Sunbathe on one of the many loungers while gazing out at the picturesque scenery or enjoy a soak in the rooftop Jacuzzi while taking in those magnificent passing views. During swim stops you’ll find a swimming platform with ladders dipping into the sea for easy access to the clear blue waters of a secluded bay. There’s a spacious restaurant and bar area on her upper deck, popular for sipping cocktails, wine, or beer while mingling and getting to know your fellow passengers. With free Wi-Fi available throughout the vessel, including the cabins, you’ll even be able to share your experiences in real-time with your friends and family back home. Dining is a treat on the Phoenix 72 whether you choose to enjoy your half-board meals indoors or out. They include sumptuous breakfasts served buffet style and three-course set lunches while most evenings are free for sampling the local cuisine in the various destinations visited for a more well-rounded, authentic experience. Filtered water, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit are complimentary and provided daily. While a drink is included with meals, additional beverages can be purchased at the bar with the total paid at the end of the cruise. Peaceful nights are enjoyed in the ship’s 18 cabins which are all air-conditioned and soundproofed. Each one includes a private bathroom with toiletries, showers, sinks, toilets, and hairdryers along with robes and slippers, satellite TVs, wardrobes, and either large portholes or windows.

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Aurelia Croatia Cruise Ships
Aurelia Croatia Cruise Ships

MS Aurelia

Launched for the 2020 cruising season, the Aurelia is one of the most sought-after vessels for cruising the Croatian coast. A Deluxe Superior small-cruise ship, she features the latest and greatest equipment and amenities ensuring the utmost in safety and comfort. All about affordable luxury, her guests are made to feel like VIPs, with an exceptional crew made up of knowledgeable, friendly experts who are happy to provide insider tips to ensure a more authentic experience. With the crew-to-passenger ratio of about 1 to 4, it’s easy to get to know everyone by name for personalized service that makes the journey even more memorable. Her luxurious cabins are all air-conditioned and soundproofed, helping to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Each one has a private bathroom, and all include showers, sinks, toilets, hairdryers, and personal bath products. All feature flat-screen TVs, wardrobes, safes, and either picture windows or large portholes. Nine of the 19 cabins have private balconies for stepping out to enjoy the gentle sea breeze and the breathtaking passing scenery. The common areas are impressive too, including a sundeck that spans the entire top deck which includes enough daybeds for all guests, partially shaded areas for relaxing out of the sun, and a soothing Jacuzzi. At the rear is a swimming platform with ladders partially submerged in the sea for convenient access during swim stops and two outdoor showers for rinsing off afterward. Guests will also find a restaurant and bar area with fabulous panoramic views on the upper deck. Throughout the trip, guests can look forward to mouthwatering cuisine, including opportunities to dine at local eateries on land, while half-board meals, including a daily buffet-style breakfast with a wide range of hot and cold dishes and multicourse meals, are enjoyed on the ship in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with no formal attire needed.

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At Cruise Croatia, we offer island-hopping Croatia cruises on the best luxury small cruise ships in the Adriatic Sea. We also offer cruise and land packages in Croatia. Call our team of Croatia travel experts today to find out more and book.

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