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Best Ways to Cruise Around Croatia
By:Ivan Horvat <ivan.horvat1106@gmail.com>

Croatia is a favorite tourist destination among Europeans. Its beauty and the great Mediterranean climate make this land of a 1000 islands a great place to visit. Recently, a high number of Americans have been visiting Croatia. Seeing that Croatia has 1,100 miles of mainland coastline, the best way to get a taste of Croatia’s gems is by sea. If you are to visit Croatia, bear in mind that the cruise season is only between mid—April and mid-October.

Discovery Cruises

Like the name suggests, you are going to learn more on Croatia’s history. Not only does Croatia has some of the beautiful beaches and islands but also one of the richest history and culture in the world. There are centuries old cathedrals and castles to see and learn about. On this history-based cruise, you will travel among more than 300 other voyagers where renowned scholars will lecture you to give you a glimpse of what you are about to explore before docking. Among the Croatian highlights are the cities of Zadar, the famous Split and the Island of Korcula. Each of these cities hold a rich history of Croatia. There are smaller discovery cruise ships carrying 100 passengers or less.

Luxury Cruises

If money is not an issue, you can explore Croatia in style. You can choose to voyage in a 100-passenger ship or a 700-passenger ship. Whichever you choose, luxury is the first priority. You will explore the Adriatic on several fronts. The talk inside these sleek vessels is upmarket and casual. This cruise gives you a relaxed and luxurious travel where you can explore Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Rab and other islands in style.

Sailing Cruises

There is no better experience than cruising along the Adriatic driven by the wind. To make the experience better, you can sail in 5-masted Royal Clipper with a capacity of 227 passengers. This majestic vessel is powered by 42 sails and makes stops at Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Hvar among other popular islands. You can also sail in a 3-masted ship that carries 49 passengers.

Super-Ship Cruises

These are big-ship cruises. The only issue with super-ship cruises is that they cannot dock at every island but Dubrovnik and Split. These large ships can carry up to 3,000 passengers (more than 120,000 tons). The Silhouette, which debuted in 2011, is among the best ship afloat. There are ships that carry fewer people (1,800 or less).

Local Cruises

If you want to dock at every island you come across, choose these small boats that make regular trips to Croatia islands. They carry dozens of passengers and are great if you want to cruise Dalmatia and for example make a week-long journey from Split to Dubrovnik. If you are traveling with your family or you are a group of 8 to 20 people, you can charter Croatia’s gulet, which are small motorized boats.

Day Cruises

This is a great option when you do not have time to cruise from Dubrovnik to Split. Day cruises are available in Croatia’s bigger ports. You can make tours to local coastal towns or islands back to back. Some of these tours include a delicious lunch of fresh fish. Usually, you will be back to port before 6 pm.

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