• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dalmatian Coast and Islands
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: Saturdays, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • National Park Mljet
  • Korcula
  • Cetina River Canyon
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Dubrovnik

8 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Bol, Hvar and back to Dubrovnik

A 7 night Island Hopping Cruise on a beautiful ship complete with french-polishing in every cabin.

Deluxe Ship: MS Princess Aloha

8 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Bol, Hvar and back to Dubrovnik

Also available on the MS Karizma, listed separately

Itinerary

ITINERARY:
Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception this evening. (WR). If you arrive before noon you can leave you luggage on board and take a stroll until your cabin is ready.

Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday
Start the day with panoramic sailing around the Old city Dubrovnik. Afterwards, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). After time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Dinner tonight is on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3, Korcula – Pucisca, Monday
This morning, a walking tour of Korcula town takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Board your boat for lunch and a swimming stop as you cruise. Late thisafternoon, arrive in Pucisca, a beautiful little town on island of Brac. Your evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants. (B, L)

Day 4, Pucisca – Omis – Split, Tuesday
As you sail along the coast stop at the ancient town of Omis. Its fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. After a short walking tour board a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Continue to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. Return to Omis and your boat, and set sail during lunch. Upon arrival to Split, take a guided tour of the port, the seafront promenade, and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split. (B, L)

Day 5, Split – Bol – Hvar, Wednesday
Stop in Bol, a small town on island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to your boat for lunch, then head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic, and a meeting point for the international jetset. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Your evening is free to explore Hvar on your own. (B,L)

Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case, transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 6, Hvar – Trstenik, Thursday
Relax on the Sun Deck as you cruise to lovely Trstenik, small fisherman village on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Trstenik – Dubrovnik, Friday
As you sail back along the shores of Mljet Island, gaze at the steep coastal cliffs and stop in the bay for swim (weather permitting). Lunch onboard, before we arrive to Dubrovnik. Disembark and join the walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to the airport or your Dubrovnik hotel. (B)

CRUISE FEATURES:
7-night cruise from Dubrovnik on board M/S Princess Aloha in a cabin with private facilities
Arrival & departure Dubrovnik airport transfers
Welcome reception
Breakfast daily
6 lunches and 1 dinner
1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
Professional Cruise Manager throughout
Luggage handling
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Service charges and taxes and port tax
Free Wi-Fi on board

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
National Park Mljet
Korcula
Cetina River Canyon
Split
Hvar
Dubrovnik

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Deluxe Ship: MS Princess Aloha

The MS Princess Aloha is classified as a 125 ft. long, 26 ft. wide 5 star vessel, with a cruising speed of 9 nautical miles. This is a 2012 built ship with all the latest equipment. Its maximum passenger capacity is 38. It offers 18 cabins with twin or double beds; some with possibility for an additional bed.

The Sun deck has a total surface of 2,368 sq. ft., partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and four deck lavatories.

Main deck (3 twin cabins with inner communication to the restaurant)
9 twin cabins
1 double cabin (queen size bed)
1 single cabin for tour escort

Lower deck (all cabins with inner communication to the restaurant)
2 twin cabins
4 double cabins (queen size bed)
2 triple cabins (queen size bed & additional bed)

Cabins are made under new standards, each cabin has A/C, LCD TV, mini-bar, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar (also for announcements from captain or tour leader), lifejackets, cupboard, cabinet, small table with chair and porthole window. Luggage space is under the bed. Bathrooms are equipped with WC, shower, wash basin, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobe, and cosmetic package.
Cabins are sound-proof and each cabin has fire-proof doors. Most of the cabins have indoor passage to the bar and restaurant.
A fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant is on the upper deck where guests can have their privacy with large windows, and which can accommodate all passengers at once. The restaurant is equipped with a bar and LCD TV, and each table has easy-access chairs. There is also a corner table for buffet breakfast, armchair and small coffee table in the bar, as well as free wireless internet (Wi-Fi), loud-speakers, audio-system, and a direct telephone communication cabin-bar. The kitchen is made in line with the latest HACCP standards. An extension of the restaurant is outdoors, on the covered part of the upper deck, spacious enough for all passengers and tables, chairs and including one public lavatory.

The craft is equipped with:
State-of-the-art navigation electronics (navigation radar, plotter,GPS, radio)
Fire alarm
Emergency lights
Video surveillance
Life boat for 50 passengers
Tender boat for 12 passengers
Electricity on board: 220 V
2 engines (400 HP each) 2 generators for A/C and lights

Ship Description

Ship Photos: MS Princess Aloha

Inclusions

  • CRUISE FEATURES:
  • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik on board M/S Princess Aloha in a cabin with private facilities
  • Arrival & departure Dubrovnik airport transfers
  • Welcome reception
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches and 1 dinner
  • 1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
  • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and taxes and port tax
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • National Park Mljet
  • Korcula
  • Cetina River Canyon
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Dubrovnik

Restrictions

Cruise is not suited for passengers with restricted mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance do I need to book?

For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June and September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted group tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

 

We have most of our ship photos here: Ship Photos Database

Cruise Ship Photos

If you have been quoted a cruise with a particular ship name, then that is the ship that you will be on (bar any unforeseen emergencies). If you are given a generic A+Plus or A:Category or B:Category ship, then you will not know the ship name until the day of the cruise. All of these ships are in the photos database under their correct category, but we cannot tell you the exact ship name due to operational requirements as they are often shuffled about.

Deluxe cruises are always on specific ships and you will be given the name of the exact ship. These cruises have the word 'Deluxe' in their name.

Premium Superior (SUP) “Named” versions of A+Plus cruises will also be on specific ships and you will be given the name upon booking. If you are in any doubt which ship you will be on, please check with us. Thank you.

Some ships are being newly built for the 2017 season and therefore only have 'artists impression' type pictures. We will upload actual photos of the boats as they are finished and launched. Some may not launch until April 2017.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Ships with air-conditioned cabins and air-conditioned public areas (Deluxe and A+Category ships)

Deluxe Superior Ships: (SUP) There are a very small number of 'Deluxe Superior' ships from 2018. These Deluxe ships are slightly larger than a regular Deluxe Ship and some have VIP Balcony cabins. All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

Deluxe Ships: All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. Deluxe ships are mostly new ships built within the last few years, many of them are being built each year. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

A+Plus Category NEW Ships (Premium Superior SUP Ships) (SUP): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are brand new, more spacious than the older ships and include a few excursions in their price. All inside public areas are air-conditioned, including restaurant and cabins.

A+Plus Category Standard Ships (Premium Ships) (APlus): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are older versions, and some were built many years ago and have been renovated by adding basic air-conditioning units to the cabins. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

Ships with no air-conditioning in the cabins, but with air-con in the restaurant/salon areas (A: and B: Category ships)

A:Category Ships (Traditional Ensuite Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have ensuite bathrooms. There are usually no double beds on these ships. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only.

B:Category Ships (Traditional Standard Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have shared bathrooms only. There are no ensuite cabins on-board and no double beds. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only. These B:Cat ships are used only for 18-35s cruises.

Each ship belongs to one category only and has only one category of cabin (even though there are different decks). A couple of ships use a different nomenclature for cabin types and this can lead to a bit of confusion. Each ship has slightly different deck plans and number of cabins, but the maximum number of passenger cabins on any ship is 21. Therefore the maximum number of passengers is usually only 40 per ship (not including the crew and cruise staff). The crew have their own separate quarters which are not shown on the deck plans.

What do the different cabin types and deck levels mean?

Standard/Lower Deck/Under Deck cabins: These cabins are all in the hull of the ship, and must be reached by an inside stairwell. These cabins have portholes only and the portholes are just above the water line. There are no opening windows in lower/under deck cabins. Some of the smaller, older boats only have lower deck cabins as the main deck is used for the public areas such as the restaurant and salon areas.

Main Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck that is closest to the water line. This deck occasionally also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Main Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. Some ships have the doors to Main Deck cabins on the inside, so only windows are on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin, and some ships have the doors as well as windows on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

Upper Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck above the Main Deck, and this deck often also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Upper Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

VIP Balcony cabins: Only 3 ships have balcony cabins in the whole of Croatia. (All Deluxe Superior ships). Most of the VIP cabins will be on the Upper Deck, but not all. Very few ships have VIP cabins and there are only a few cabins per each of the 3 ships that do have them. Please book a year ahead if you want a VIP cabin. They book out a long time in advance.

Sun Deck (sun lounges): The Sun Deck (uppermost deck on any ship) has no cabins at all. Most cruises will let you sleep on the sun deck on the sun lounges/deck chairs provided for relaxation purposes, though there are no real beds on the sun deck. Some Deluxe ships have a small jacuzzi on the Sun Deck, and provide shaded areas. The older A: and B: ships do not have shade on the Sun Deck, though shade is provided in the public salon areas on the main or upper decks.

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB):This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

 

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

 

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
  • Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday
  • Day 3, Korcula – Pucisca, Monday
  • Day 4, Pucisca – Omis – Split, Tuesday
  • Day 5, Split – Bol – Hvar, Wednesday
  • Day 6, Hvar – Trstenik, Thursday
  • Day 7, Trstenik – Dubrovnik, Friday
  • Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday