How big is a “small” cruise ship?
On average, these small cruise ships accommodate no more than about 40 passengers. Their small size allows them to navigate their way around the tiny channels of the archipelago and moor at the islands’ lovely small harbours. However, there’s still plenty of deck space for relaxing and taking in the views.
What are the cabins like?
The cabins are clean and comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. They will have a mix of double and twin cabins, and in some cases, although rare, there may be single cabins too.
Can I travel solo?
If you are travelling solo and there are no single cabins, you usually have two choices: Pay around a 50 percent supplement for your own double cabin, or choose to share a twin cabin with someone of the same gender, at no extra cost. If the cruise is not fully booked, you may get lucky and end up with your own double cabin without paying a supplement, but there are no guarantees.
Can I travel with my children?
Families are always welcome on board. For a supplement, the ship may be able to put an extra single bed into a cabin to sleep three people. Ask your tour operator for details.
What about meals?
Most small ship cruises in Croatia offer breakfast and a buffet lunch in their communal restaurant (although a takeaway picnic breakfast on deck sounds rather heavenly as well), as you sail from one island to another. Dinners are usually up to you, as these responsible small ship cruising companies are as much about life on shore as on deck, so they recommend you explore tavernas and cafes on the island where you moor that day. In some cases, there may be a ‘Captain’s Dinner’ on the first night to welcome everyone on board.
How are they responsible?
Small ship cruising holidays in Croatia aren’t like the cruising-for-a-bruising, floating hotels that pour people in their thousands into Dubrovnik. Or loads of pollution into our oceans for that matter. Comfort yes. Crowds and contamination, no. In contrast, they are like putting yourself in the hands of Captain Croatia, because the vessels are owned by them, and they are contracted by responsible tourism operators to do what they do best. Navigate the archipelagos of which they are so proud and which they know inside out. The captains usually employ their extended families and so you will find that the crews are all very local. They have a great respect for the sea and the marine environment, they are very knowledgeable about issues affecting both and they totally understand that that they are reliant on keeping the area in the best condition possible for their own livelihood.