This page is about our Small Cruise Ships.
If you are enquiring about private yacht or gulet charter, please see our Yacht Charter page here.
Our Croatian Island Hopping Cruise ship photos are here: Ship Photos Database
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 (Elegance) cruises are always on specific ships and you will be given the name of the exact ship.
“Named” versions of A+Plus cruises will also be on specific ships and you will be given the exact Ship Name upon booking. If you are in any doubt which ship you will be on, please check with us. Thank you.
“No name/unnamed/generic” versions could be on any ship in that same category and some ships are older than others. We cannot tell you the ship name for those cruises and you will not know until the day you arrive to join the cruise.
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 Ships (Premier Plus 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 Ships (Premier Ships) (APlus): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. Some A+ ships are brand new, and some were built many years ago and have been renovated by adding air-conditioning units to the cabins. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.
Ships with NO air-conditioning in the cabins, but with air-conditioning in the restaurant/salon areas (A: and B: Category ships)
A:Category Ships (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 (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.
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. These cabins have the most privacy and are the quietest, especially in the busy ports like Hvar where occasional parties can be going until late at night on adjacent ships.
Main Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck that is closest to the water line, the deck where you board. On the new Deluxe Ships, the Main Deck is mostly used for passenger cabins. 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. 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.
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. Most of the older wooden ships (A: and B:Cats) have Main/Upper Deck cabins, but very few of the new Deluxe Ships have Upper Deck cabins available, as their Upper Deck is used for the restaurant/salon areas in most cases.
VIP or BALCONY cabins (very rare, always booked out up to a year in advance): A few Deluxe Ships now have VIP cabins or BALCONY cabins available. Most of the VIP/Balcony cabins will be on the Upper Deck, but not all. A few these have a small private balcony, most do not. Some VIP cabins are just larger than other cabins, so a balcony is not guaranteed. Only 2 or 3 ships have VIP cabins and there are only a few on each of those ships. First come, first served as they are quite popular and fairly rare. Please book early (up to a year in advance) if you want a Balcony cabin. The MV Infinity or MV Adriatic Sun are the only 2 ships so far with any Balcony cabins.
Upper Deck: The Upper Deck (under the Sun deck) often has no cabins at all and the space is used for the Restaurant/Salon area and outside shaded public seating.
Sun Deck: 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.
If you are in doubt, please ask for the Deck Plan or look in the Ship Descriptions as the deck plan is usually in with the ship photos.
What is half-board? What meals are included on my cruise?
Half-board (HB): (Breakfast and lunch on all cruises) This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises (B,L). Each cruise 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 Welcome Dinner, or Captain’s Dinner (D) on a cruise. 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 Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.
Full-board (FB) 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!