Croatia Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

What does the average day on a small ship involve?

Small ship cruising is all about the destinations, which means on a typical day, the vessel sets sail after breakfast and includes a stop in the morning for a swim, usually around 40 minutes. Lunch is typically served from 1pm to 2pm in the ships restaurant. There is often another swim stop in the afternoon for 40 minutes before the ship arrives in port. The small ships tend to dock in the mid-afternoon and from there the guests will depart for the guided tour. The guided tours typically last 90-120 minutes, before guests return to the ship. Guests will often have a shower and freshen up before heading into the Old Town or ports to eat dinner alfresco and soak up the local atmosphere. As the small ships dock directly in the Old ports, guests can get on and off the ship whenever they want. As the ships dock in the harbors overnight, there is very little movement and so guests typically don’t experience sea sickness on Croatia cruises.

Can you take care of our other travel needs such as transfers, hotels and airfare?

Cruises aren’t the only things we sell, we also provide transfers to and from your hotel or airport to the ship, and we can also take care of accommodation, guided tours and book competitive airfare. All you need to do is contact our experts via email at [email protected] or speak to your Cruise Croatia travel expert.

Is there a maximum luggage limit?

While there is no official limit to the amount of luggage you can bring, it’s best to travel fairly light, due to restricted storage space in ship cabins. There’s no need for formal wear on these laid-back trips, all you’ll really need are shorts, t-shirts, one or two bathing suits and the usual personal items, depending on your particular itinerary.

Are the cruises family-friendly?

Our cruises are all family-friendly during the Summer months of July and August. It’s important to keep in mind that facilities for entertaining little ones are limited – there won’t be any waterslides or kids’ clubs due to the size of the ship. As being out on the water means conditions that may not be suitable for small children, we recommend that our younger guests be at least of school age and have the ability to swim.

How different are the small ships from the ocean liners?

Small ship cruising has very little in common with trips on those massive ocean liner/floating hotels. The more yacht-like vessels typically accommodate no more than 40 guests for a much more personal, authentic experience while providing exceptional service thanks to smaller passenger to crew ratios. You’ll be greeted by name, with staff getting to know you personally, and enjoy top-notch food too, which often includes dishes made with local ingredients chefs gather while in port. With these trips, the emphasis is on the destinations. Smaller ships have the ability to navigate narrow waterways, into the hearts of medieval cities and smaller ports that those large vessels can’t.

Is free Wi-Fi available on board?

All our ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi on board, however, keep in mind that during cruising hours, the signal may be weaker, or it may not be available at certain times.

Who are the ship owners?

We have multiple partners in Croatia, but the owners of the ships are primarily captains. The job of helming these ships is often part of a long family tradition, in fact, on some vessels you’ll find that crew members are all part of one family.

What are the differences between cabins?

The specific differences will depend on the ship you’ll be traveling on, however, in general, upper deck cabins typically have larger, picture windows and/or balconies. They’re a bit brighter, but they may be a little nosier as compared to the cabins below deck. The lower deck cabins have portholes, offer more privacy and they’re quieter and a bit more spacious.

How many other passengers will be on the cruise?

The number of other passengers that may be on board with you will depend on the size of the ship you’re cruising on and can vary from 30 to 40.

Where are the passengers from?

The majority of our clients are English speaking and are from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. You can usually expect to find many like-minded travellers simply due to the nature of the small-ship cruising experience.

What is the crew size?

Depending on the size of the ship, the crew typically consists of the captain, two sailors, a chef, a sous chef, waitress, barman and chambermaid.

Is smoking allowed on the ship?

There will be a small area designated outside from smoking that is away from general dining and entertaining areas, although cigarette butts must not be throwing into the sea. Smoking in cabins or in the restaurant area is not permitted.

How many other passengers will be on the cruise?

The number of other passengers that may be on board with you will depend on the size of the ship you’re cruising on and can vary from 20 to 40. There is a detailed description with images and specifications available for each ship that can be found here.

Can I cruise if I’m in a wheelchair or have limited mobility?

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 crew can provide some assistance to those who request it, these cruises aren’t recommend for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs.

Do I need to tip?

The general rule is that tips are appreciated for good service. The hard-working crew and cruise managers welcome them for a job well done. On the last day, envelopes may be left in passenger cabins so that you can leave an anonymous tip, or hand it directly to the staff.

If you believe the service was up to standard, we advise the following tipping amounts per person, per day:

Cruise manager – 6 euros per day

Ship’s crew – 5 euros per day per crew member

Local guides – There is no set rule and the guides do not depend on tips; however, you might give a small tip of 10 kuna for an especially enjoyable tour.

Bars/restaurants – Tipping 10% of the bill is customary

Is travel insurance necessary?

We highly recommend that our guests purchase travel insurance when paying the deposit for the trip. As refund and cancellation conditions are strictly enforced, carrying comprehensive travel insurance that covers your need to cancel should unforeseen circumstances arise. Speak with our travel experts or your travel agent to determine your policy options.