4 independent reviews for Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

Reviews for Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

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review 6 Aug 2017

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

We loved the swim stops in the crystal clear, warm yet refreshing water. Food was amazing, guides were excellent. Overall the cruise far exceeded our expectations.

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

No need to pack a lot if traveling in the summer months.

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

Learned a lot about Croatian culture and passion of their people.

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

Five stars! By far one of our best vacations ever.

review 13 Sep 2017

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

1. The local Croatian people (crew, guides, restaurant/shop staff, etc.) were fantastic - so friendly, helpful and spoke such good English. To mark one crew member out, Tomy was a great hit with everyone, funny and with just the right level of familiarity. 2. We enjoyed having time in places like Korcula and Hvar to explore the town, both with a guided tour and then on our own. It is nice to have a few meals ashore, too, which we always find interesting. We have noticed that other tours cram the two islands into one day, which would be a pity. 3. It was a good idea to have a Farewell Party on our last evening on the boat, with excellent live music (father and daughter duo) - it was a lively and hilarious evening for everyone! There should have been a free first drink with the meal, though, as with all other meals.

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

Go and enjoy it but be aware that Croatia is an expensive country, particularly now that the pound is so weak. However, the majority of the meals (3 courses and excellent) are provided on the ship and you can have cheap(ish) meals ashore on the few occasions they are not provided, if you don't want to spend money on restaurants. Guided tours, cable car in Dubrovnik, entry to Mljet Nat. Park are all included, too, so there aren't many extra costs.

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

Tourism helps provide a lot of employment. Impact on environment and conservation uncertain. The entry fees for our visits to, e.g., Mljet Nat. Park would go towards their conservation work.

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

Apart from there being no transfer to meet us at the airport, causing us to have to make numerous phone calls and wait over an hour for someone to eventually turn up, everything went very well, although tour manager should have been more organised, proactive and helpful. Without these factors, we would have awarded 5 stars. The ship was well equipped and comfortable, the food was excellent and the crew were superb. We also had a very pleasant group of co-passengers, from a variety of countries.

review 5 Sep 2016

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

review 25 Jul 2016

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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