Cabins are aboard one of four luxury ships designed in a modern style, fully air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins with double or twin beds.
A fully air-conditioned dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, with a corner table for buffet breakfast.
The kitchens are built up to the latest standards and the lounging sundecks have average total surface of 200m2 (2152 sq ft), partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The vessels have a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessels offer outdoor showers and deck lavatories.
Modern cabins with double or twin beds*, fully equipped with air conditioning, safe deposit box, fire alarm, emergency lights and audio system for announcements by the captain or Tour Director. In addition each cabin has life jackets, desk and tabouret, wardrobe, night stand, small sofa and a porthole window. Bathrooms equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin and hair dryer. All cabins have indoor passage access to the bar and restaurant area (except two main deck cabins that are connected to the restaurant via deck).
* Twin beds in all cabins have the possibility to be put together as a double bed.
The vessels are equipped with:
Life aboard a mini-cruise will have passengers from all over the world onboard who want to relax and see a new destination. Mini-cruise vessels are typically not as luxurious as the giant cruise ships due to space limitations and the number of crew onboard, so you will not find a theatre with nightly shows, a midnight buffet or a beauty salon. What you will find on board are service oriented crew who will become your friends, cabins that are comfortable and clean with sufficient storage for your luggage and a group of like minded passengers who are sociable, adventurous and enjoy exploring.
The professional crew are responsible for all operations of the vessel, sailing, cooking, cleaning, and service of all meals, drinks and snacks on board. Crew offer a wealth of knowledge, great service and make the trip an unforgettable experience. The cruise director will ensure that you are briefed each day on any excursions or sites to see while on shore.
The emphasis is on relaxation onboard, which centres around the outdoor areas as well as water and beach activities. The itinerary is created to showcase each port and shore excursions are offered for shopping or places of interest (see the detailed itinerary for more details). Some excursions are included in the price of the cruise, others are payable on board (see the inclusions on the dates and rates pages for more details). For evening entertainment, you can sit on the deck play cards or just chill with your fellow cruise passengers or enjoy the local nightlife on shore after dinner. Quite often, cruise vessels are underway overnight to arrive at the port of call early the next day. Cruise directors will ensure that all guests onboard are aware of departure times.
Most days there is a chance to swim and snorkel. The advantage over much larger vessels, is that mini-cruise ships have swimming ladders and platforms that allow you access straight to the sea. Alternatively, you can sit back and enjoy a coffee on the sun deck and take in the view while others enjoy a dip!
From the fully equipped kitchens the cruise chefs will prepare meals that will have a regional flavour from a diverse menu. Individual dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Breakfast is generally hot buffet style and includes:
Lunch or dinner are a fantastic mixture of hot and cold foods and include:
Every chef will also add a few of their own personal flavours to the trip!
1 drink with meals and 1 litre of still mineral water are included. All other beverages are to be purchased from the onboard bar.
Your vessel will be available to board on Saturday between 11:00-14:00 hrs. Cabins may not be ready before 12:30hrs. Dubrovnik airport, is only 20 km away from Dubrovnik Gruz harbor. Port Gruž only 2 km from the Old Town, 5 minutes by buses number 1A and 1B drive to the Old Town. Gruž harbour is the main ferry harbour where the central bus and ferry terminals are.
A mini-cruise is a great way to experience the culture of a country and see many coves, beaches and small harbors that larger vessels are unable to enter. You are onboard with up to 50 other passengers so they are more intimate than larger cruise vessels and offer less services than a larger cruise ship.
You are required to climb off and on the vessel by gangplank and down a ladder into the sea for swimming. The vessels do not have elevators and have stairs to access lower decks, this requires some dexterity but generally if you can walk unassisted then this is not an issue.
All mini-cruise ships vary depenent on if they are motor vessels or motor sailors. The one thing they have in common is that they have under 80 passengers. The vessels typically have two or three decks and have one main restaurant and a sun deck.
No...all the mini-cruises have crew onboard.
Mini-cruises tend to have basic facilities with some creature comforts. They have private washrooms for each cabin and there is a daily cabin service. Meals are a mixture of self service buffet style and table service. There is a bar to order your drinks. To avoid any dissapointment when booking a cabin, it is best to think of any type of cabin charter vacation as an adventurous vacation rather than a high-end crewed yachting experience.
The larger yachts used for mini-cruise charters are very stable and sail in conditions that do not upset the vast majority of guests. If you are more prone to car motion sickness, we recommend that you bring your normal medication with you.
No. You will find a mix of singles, couples, groups and families.
Yes. Full details of single supplements are outlined with the dates and pricing for each mini-cruise.
Children are allowed aboard some mini-cruises. Please check with our office at the time of booking your trip.
Yes, unless you are booking the entire vessel for your private group. Mini-cruises are a much more intimate experience than large cruise ship holidays and you will leave having made new friends.
These tours appeal to a wide range of international travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience new destinations.
Cruise directors are multi-lingual so it is usual for them to speak in English, French, Spanish and German.
It is vitally important that all guests enjoy their time aboard. It is very rare but if a guest demonstrates inappropriate the Captain reserves the right to terminate their trip and ask them to disembark immediately or at the next port without any applicable refund or recourse.
No. Each of the mini-cruises has a stocked bar where you are expected to purchase alcohol.
For any specific dietary requirements you need to advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details so your conditions can be accommodated by the kitchen staff.
Many mini-cruises have inclusive meals so dinner tends to be included onboard. If you do not wish to eat with the group and the vessel is not underway then you can choose to explore and find your own restaurant.
If you have a medical problem or disability which may affect your trip, you must advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details. If we feel your health and safety or that of other guests could be in danger or we can't accommodate your particular needs aboard, we will let you know in prior to booking. In both the tropics and Greece and Croatia is is important to understand that their may not be medical facilities on each island and a transfer may be required should a serious medical condition arise.
Yes. There is refrigeration aboard all of our cabin charter yachts. Please request the use of this when boarding.
Mini-cruises tend to have wifi in public areas. In some instances they will charge for the access and in some instances it is free of charge.
Each of the mini-cruies varies slightly on what is included. You will find full details of what is included on the dates and pricing section of each trip.
Mini-cruise vessels do have air-conditioning. Air-conditioning is powered by generators and in some harbours after certain times in the evening it is not permitted to run generators meaning air-conditioning will not be ran after that time.
All cabins have electricty sockets onboard.
The captain and crew will work very hard throughout the trip to provide excellent service. It is customary to tip the amounts detailed on any individual charter. Tips are generally given as cash. You can choose the proportions if you would like split your tip between crew members.