Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

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2017: 6 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct

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Responsible tourism: Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia


The management of these vessels is a member of the Green Sail initiative. Members are dedicated to sustainable tourism in Croatia and are passionate about raising awareness of environmental, economic and sustainable tourism policies in Croatia. They believe the promotion of environmental awareness in the region will have a prolonged and positive impact on the livelihoods of the local people and maintain Croatia as a sustainable tourism destination for future generations.

Green Sail aims to educate and build awareness amongst all stakeholders about sustainability and ‘Green Tourism’ in Croatia through activities and continued partnerships with local businesses. Green Sail is active on a local level in Croatia and is committed to discussion, raising awareness and implementing changes that will improve sustainability in Croatia.

It is vital sustainable tourism is embraced in Croatia to preserve its natural beauty as well as protect local stakeholders. Green Sail works with local businesses and captains to ensure business is not outsourced and remains a unique Croatian experience for their guests. Green Sail is the first step to initiating a ‘Green’ change in Croatia and educating current suppliers is proving promising.

We share our responsibility to protect the environment, customs and traditions of the region with our guests and find this is appreciated as they gain knowledge and receive a culturally diverse experience whilst travelling. Green Sail aims to improve the condition of some of the beaches along the Dalmatian coast, as well as promote sustainability throughout Croatia through partnerships with local businesses learning and educating the wider community of our policies on sustainable tourism.
Through such initiatives, we aim to:

+ Raise awareness of the importance of Green Tourism in the Adriatic.
+ Promote environmentally-friendly policies with our local business partners.
+ Actively participate in local community projects to clean up beaches/ports.
+ Educate stakeholders on sustainability practices and how to manage tourism sustainably in Croatia.


Vast floating blocks of flats, otherwise known as cruise ships, arrive direct from Venice and spill their loads onto the Dubrovnik dock where they are met by a huge fleet of buses that whisk them for a couple of hours in the beautiful city. These monoliths cruise past one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines with barely a second glance, and without a thought to the places they are missing.

Our vessel, on the other hand, stops at many small ports and towns where we can fully enjoy some of the very best that Croatia has to offer. The money that we will spend in many of these smaller communities will help to preserve the fantastic heritage of these antique coastline. Our visits to Mljet National Park & The Benedictine monastery on St Mary Isle will help preserve them by putting a little funding directly into their coffers.

Our vessels are captained and crewed by Croatians, and most of the produce served on board in sourced locally, sometimes from the crew’s family members, helping the economy, and the environment by less travelled produce.

Reviews of Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting different ports each day. As the ship is quite small you berth right in the centre of the town or city and just walk straight off the ship into the main harbour areas. It was like having your own private yacht! There were many opportunities for swimming off the ship along the way too which was also great fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need to be pretty mobile as you often tie up next to other ships and have to 'jump' across from one ship to another to get to the quay or back to your ship. There is always someone around to help you though if you're unsure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

As you're in port each night, you visit the local restaurants rather than eating on the ship, so it was nice to be able to eat with locals and contribute to the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic - would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing but interesting holiday

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

On boarding our ship, MV Spalato, we met a fantastic group of guests, all of whom were around our age, late 40's. Arriving at beautiful, small towns and villages each day was lovely. We really enjoyed the swim breaks from the boat. The food on board was delicious. The Chef used local produce and all the meals were freshly prepared.Our guide,Matija was friendly, helpful, very informative and full of local knowledge. He is very passionate about Croatia and this really shines through. Neno, the catering manager, ran the bar and restaurant with good humour, was extremely professional and nothing was too much trouble.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Check the age of the group when you book. It is not always possible to find out but if you want a relaxing cruise with like minded folk, check that you are not on a 'party boat'. We were advised that the boats are very casual and there is no need to take smart clothes. The evenings ashore merited casual wear too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, on one sail break the Captain spotted a fisherman on his little boat nearby and took the dinghy out to buy some fish from him. Produce was sourced locally as was the wine and beer. Plastic water bottles were recycled. Guests were given info every day about local excursions thus helping the small villages we visited. We all agreed that the environmental impact of sailing in a small ship was far more reduced than that of the huge cruise liners. Silence on board was from midnight so there was no noise impact on the local homes near the docks we moored at.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had no idea what to expect of our first group holiday. It was excellent!! The boat was superb and we wanted for nothing. Our days were spent on the sun deck watching the beautiful coastline float by. We would not hesitate to recommend this holiday to our friends. Thank you Captain, Crew and Matija.

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