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Small ship cruises also known as mini-cruises are gaining in popularity for those who prefer a more cultural way to cruise. Although we specialize in sailing vacations, these small ship cruises are a great alternative for those who want a few more creature comforts. With no more than 70 passengers onboard, the cruises offer a more intimate way to cruise. Being on a much smaller vessel gives you the chance to get to know your fellow passengers and crew and allows the vessel to go to places the larger cruise vessels can't access.
The motor vessels offer double cabins with en-suite bathrooms, cabin service, breakfast, one main meal per day and fantastic organized excursions. Pricing starts at as little as Euro 570 per person for a basic cruise in Croatia up to Euro 2110 per person for the latest, all-inclusive cruise aboard a brand new vessel. With such choice there is something to fit all budgets.
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. Lunch or dinner are a fantastic mixture of hot and cold foods with a local twist.
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
Both Greece and Croatia have lots to offer and there are multiple itineraries to chose from in both destinations. Choose to wander through the Venetian architecture in Croatia, or sip a cocktail under a temple from 450 BC in Greece, small ship-cruises are cruising vacations of comfort and style.