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Croatia Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I book my Croatia sailing holiday?

Croatia sailing holidays are a popular summer holiday choice. It’s the perfect tonic for a relaxing week a way under the Mediterranean sun. Popular departures dates coincide with Bank holidays and the traditional Northern hemisphere ‘high summer’ months of July and August, so book early to guarantee your place on one of these very popular departures.

I'm travelling alone. Can I share a cabin with someone else?

If you’re travelling alone and would like to share a cabin another same-sex single traveller, we may be able to arrange this subject to availability. If this cannot be arranged, you will be required to pay the single cabin supplement applied to 2-berth cabins. You will be advised at time of booking.

Will I need to pack any linen – i.e. towels?

If travelling on a DELUXE boat (Creme de la Croatia only), two bath towels are provided plus one beach towel. Extra towels can be rented at a surcharge. Your cabin will be cleaned daily and sheets/towels changed midweek.

If travelling on a CLASSIC or PREMIUM boat, two towels are provided for your use for the week onboard. However, you'll need to bring your own beach towel for swimming and sunbathing.

If travelling on a COSTSAVER boat, you will need to pack your own towels, these are not provided.

All bed linen is provided. You will need to make your own bed each day (apart from DELUXE boats). If you would like your linen changed during the week you are onboard, this can be arranged at a nominal additional cost. Please enquire with a member of the crew onboard.

What luggage should I bring?

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! BRING NO MORE THAN A MEDIUM SIZED RUCKSACK! A rigid suitcase will not fit in the storage facility offered in your cabin! Try and keep the size of your luggage down. If you are travelling from or onto somewhere else afterwards, provision can be made to store luggage in a facility at the port (at additional cost).

Is a Croatia Sailing holiday suitable for children?

Our Croatia sailing holidays are suitable for adults of 18 years plus, owing to the adult theme, though upon special request families with children will be accommodated.

Having said this, if you are keen to travel as a family, do contact us, and we will make a special enquiry on your behalf to determine whether there are any boats which already contain children or family groups. We would then seek to book you and your family on a boat with a like-minded group of people – i.e. families.

What is the difference between an above/on deck and below deck cabin?

There is no real discernable difference in the cabins on offer, except that ‘above deck’ cabins are arranged on the main or top deck of the boat, whilst ‘below deck’ cabins are arranged within the hull of the boat below the main deck.

Above/on deck cabins usually have a window and therefore better views and more sunlight. ‘Below deck’ cabins usually just have a small port hole.

What if I can't swim?

If you are unable to swim, it is your responsibility to advise us in advance, and also advise the captain on day one. Whilst the boat contains appropriate life preserving equipment and a safety demonstration will be given on day one, it is important that non-swimmers can be readily identified in the event of a maritime emergency.

Several stops are made during the course of each day at selected areas for swimming. Sometimes, the boat will drop anchor in deep water, so if you are a non-swimmer it wouldn’t be possible to head ashore whilst others were swimming. However each afternoon the boat docks at a different island/place of interest, where you can explore freely, on dry land!

What can I expect day-by-day?

Your Croatia sailing holiday cruise will depart from Split, Dubrovnik or Opatija dependent upon cruise booked.

Once the anchor is raised, the boat will cruise beyond the port limits and follow the itinerary provided (subject to local conditions – if a reroute is necessary, this decision will be made by the captain). Generally, the boat will cruise for no more than 4 hours per day, and will make several stops for swimming, relaxation and sometimes exploration.

Our Croatia sailing holidays are emphatically not TOURS (except Creme de la Croatia), so there will be no tour leader aboard and you will be free to explore each island and port of call independently. The cruise offers a week of blissful relaxation, swimming and free time to explore many of Croatia's beautiful islands.

On the Creme de la Croatia Deluxe you still overnight in ports and drop anchor at various places as per your itinerary. When at these places you will have a tour leader who takes you on walking tours, wine tasting and sightseeing - see the itinerary on our Creme de la Croatia tour for a more detailed itinerary.

Each afternoon, the boat will dock for the night. At port, you are welcome and we encourage you to head away and explore the destinations independently. On the majority of our sailing trips, dinner is not included. This way, in port, you're free to sample some of the wonderful local Croatian restaurants, bistros and cafes and enjoy the evening at leisure. The boat will not leave the port until the sun comes up, allowing you stay out late, should you desire.

Onboard, whilst the boat is sailing, there is plenty of deck space to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and Croatian sunshine. Your cabin, whilst compact, will afford adequate comfort and a chance for you to enjoy some private time, should you choose.

Is there any equipment for hire onboard the boat?

No. However, you can hire canoes, small craft, windsurfers, snorkelling equipment from local businesses in port. If wishing to snorkel from the boat, we recommend that you pack your own mask, snorkel and flippers.

Should I tip the crew?

Tipping is a way of showing one’s appreciation to someone or a group of individuals for a ‘job well done’. If you feel your crew and tour leader (for Creme de la Croatia passengers only) have performed a good job, as is common on a lot of boat cruises, travellers will often ‘pitch’ together, pass around an open envelope and present a gratuity on behalf of the entire group, to the crew. You are not obliged to partake if you don’t wish to.

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