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THE PERFECT AMOUNT OF ADVENTURE

An Explorer Cruise is perfect for those looking for a blend of sightseeing, relaxing and socialising on a small ship cruise.

Best suited for couples, young professionals and 'young at heart' travellers, these multi-generational cruises depart from Dubrovnik and Split, island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast for 7 incredible days! Explorer Cruises are designed to have more of an emphasis on sightseeing than a Navigator cruise, whilst still offering socialising options in the evenings. Each ship within the Explorer fleet features a private ensuite bathroom, air-conditioned rooms and spacious sun decks, dining saloons and socialising areas.

Explore, unwind and experience the true beauty of Croatia on an Explorer Cruise!

Sail Croatia Cruising Dubrovnik
Socialising on a small ship cruise
Young professionals and 'young at heart' travellers
Perfection at Sea

Our Sail Croatia trip was the highlight of our month-long trip to Europe. The food and service were excellent, the bed was comfortable and the scenery was unforgettable. Nikos went out of his way to show us all a good time, The intimate setting felt like a private cruise, and the friends made on board felt more like family. It was truly a perfect vacation.

Jennifer, May 2024
Best Cruise!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Explorer Cruise! A perfect balance of activities, swimming, relaxing and socialising. The food provided was delicious, the rooms were comfortable and every single staff member was friendly and helpful. Nikos our tour manager was great! We would highly recommend.

Brittney, May 2024
5 STAR EXPERIENCE

The whole experience was as good as it was because of the crew and our tour guide. The crew were top class. They were all really engaging, helpful, and friendly at every opportunity. The food was outstanding and we couldn't rave more about how good it was. Klara, our tour guide, was great. She provided a very welcoming atmosphere and had lots of advice and recommendations of what to do at each destination. 5 stars - would recommend

Jono, September 2023

Itineraries

Best Rated
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Dubrovnik to Split
Overview
Summary

The Dubrovnik to Split itinerary covers Dalmatian highlights across 7 incredible days.

Starting in Dubrovnik, this one way itinerary travels north through the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Vis and Hvar, taking in famous Croatian destinations and quaint island towns. This route ends in the waterfront city of Split.

Itinerary Highlights
  • Walk Dubrovnik's famous City Walls
  • Cycle through Croatia's Greenest Island, Mljet
  • Sip cocktails in a 15th Century turret in Korcula
  • Step back in time in Vela Luka
  • Become enchanted at the incredible Blue Cave, Vis
  • Discover Hvar's famous nightlife including Carpe Diem & Hula Hula Bar
  • Taste local wines at the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain
  • Explore Diocletian's Palace in Split
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Check-in
Dubrovnik
Summary

Check-in at Dubrovnik's Gruz Harbour from 10.30am, with lunch served onboard at 1pm, giving you the perfect opportunity to get to know your new shipmates! We’ll begin our cruise from Dubrovnik and head toward our first destination, Mljet.

Please Note: Your ship will dock in Port Gruz, which is located just outside of Dubrovnik Old Town. Port Gruz runs from South Gruz, to North Gruz Port which is under Dubrovnik Bridge. Public buses to Dubrovnik Old Town are available for €2 per person, one way (payable locally).

Please Note: Our Captains work hard to provide the best possible experience based on weather and port conditions. Our aim is to make sure you have an amazing week on your Sail Croatia cruise! In light of this, the itinerary and port locations may need to change during the week.

Mljet, Croatia
Day 1
Mljet
Summary

We depart from the Port of Gruz at 1pm. We'll have lunch onboard, allowing you to get to know your fellow shipmates as we sail north through the beautiful Elaphite islands. A refreshing swim stop will be had before we continue to Mljet island and its National Park.

Once docked in the afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored.

The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Please Note: Guests looking to explore Mljet National Park, please be aware there is an entrance fee payable locally.

Optional Excursions
Korcula, Croatia
Day 2
Korcula
Summary

From Mljet we'll set sail for the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay, on the eastern side of Korcula island. We will overnight in the port of Korcula Town.

Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers and spend your afternoon exploring and understanding the islands legends, myths and tales.

The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have to see to believe.

Optional Excursions
Vela Luka, Croatia
Day 3
Vela Luka
Summary

We set sail from Korčula town and head to the western side of the island, where we will stop at the port of Vela Luka. The name Vela Luka translates as ‘big harbour’ and the town lies in a deep sheltered bay, lined with small coves. The town dates back to prehistoric times and archaeological finds are on display at the cultural centre.

The most interesting site in Vela Luka is Vela Spila (Great Cave) - this vast rocky hideout was inhabited in the Neolithic Period and it is worth the 30-minute walk uphill from the port to investigate, whilst also taking in the beautiful views of the bay and its islands.

Vela Luka has a strong agricultural background, particularly in olive growing, from which its olive oil is locally recommended.

Optional Excursion
Vis, Croatia
Day 4
Vis
Summary

Early this morning and subject to weather conditions (which are normally excellent), we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Dalmatian coast.

Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany.

Today it is an idyllic island, famous for its stunning Blue Cave, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light into the cave make for exciting and amazing photo opportunities. Please see FAQ Will I get to visit the Blue Cave?

Please Note: If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend the itinerary, as his number one priority is always safety.

Hvar, Croatia
Day 5
Hvar
Summary

Today we'll head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. We will dock in Hvar Town for our first night on Hvar island.

The 16th century walls with fortifications towering above the township, fascinating outer-lying Islands, waterfront restaurants and famous bars make it a popular stop on the itinerary.

We dock in prime position along the waterfront, providing the perfect base to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars. Stunning sunsets, incredible nightlife, well-preserved architecture and inviting waterfront cafes mean Hvar has something for everyone.

Please Note: The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to Port Authority restrictions. If guests would like to arrive to Hvar town earlier, water taxi transfer will be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.

Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 6
Stari Grad
Summary

We depart Hvar Town and sail towards the quaint town of Stari Grad or the port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic).

Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is one of the oldest towns in Croatia, dating back to the 1300's. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets, vineyards and olive groves that surround the town, as well as the Stari Grad Plain; a UNESCO protected World Heritage site.

Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

This evening we will have our Captain’s Dinner onboard, the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and Captain!

Please Note: Due to Port Authority restrictions your ship may be docked in the ferry port.

Optional Excursion
Split, Croatia
Day 7
Split
Summary

We leave the island of Hvar behind this morning and start to make our way back to Split. We'll stop for a swim and lunch along the way at one of the hidden coastal bays, perfect for diving right off the ship.

Our arrival into Split will be in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the abundance of Roman architecture found here, particularly the 4th century, UNESCO protected - Diocletian's Palace.

Split, Croatia
Check-out
Split
Summary

Enjoy an early onboard breakfast, after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew, your new friends and leave your Dubrovnik to Split cruise behind.

Please Note: It is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on the morning of departure to catch flights, as all ships will be in port the previous night.

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Split Return (South)
Overview
Summary

The Split Return South itinerary is perfect for travellers flying in and out of Split, as this route starts and ends in the waterfront city.

After checking in at Split Port, this itinerary travels south along the coast to the seaside town of Makarska, before cruising to Korcula and the famous medieval city of Dubrovnik. Leaving Dubrovnik behind, the itinerary then continues north through the islands of Mljet and Hvar, before returning to Split on day 7.

Itinerary Highlights
  • Explore Diocletian's Palace in Split
  • Experience waterfront dining in Makarska
  • Sip cocktails in a 15th Century turret in Korcula
  • Walk Dubrovnik's famous City Walls
  • Cycle through Croatia's Greenest Island, Mljet
  • Discover Hvar's famous nightlife including Carpe Diem & Hula Hula Bar
  • Taste local wines at the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain
  • Zip-line through the Cetina Canyon
Split, Croatia
Check-in
Split
Summary

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century.

Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in at Split Port between 10.30am and 12.00pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm, kicking off your 7-day cruise and sailing toward your first destination!

Please note: your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm.

Please Note: Our Captains work hard to provide the best possible experience based on weather and port conditions. Our aim is to make sure you have an amazing week on your Sail Croatia cruise! In light of this, the itinerary and port locations may need to change during the week.

Makarska, Croatia
Day 1
Makarska
Summary

We depart Split harbour at 1pm, and have lunch onboard as we sail down the Dalmatian coast to the Makarska Riviera. Your first afternoon will be spent swimming at one of the beautiful beaches along the Riviera.

Tonight, the ship will overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most beautiful destinations on the Croatian coast. Makarska nestles under the massive peaks of the Biokovo mountain range, with Mt Jure being the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean.

Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural sights. For nightlife options, there is the cocktail bar Marineta and for late night takers, there is "Club Deep" set in a natural cave next to the sea.

Optional Excursion
Korcula, Croatia
Day 2
Korcula
Summary

After breakfast we set sail for Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay, on the eastern side of Korcula island. We will overnight in the port of Korcula Town.

Explore this fortified town with its narrow streets and lookout towers, and spend your afternoon discovering the island's legends, myths and tales. The town's stone walls were built in the 13th Century, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have to see to believe.

Optional Excursions
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 3
Dubrovnik
Summary

We leave Korcula behind and set sail for Dubrovnik, dubbed "heaven on earth" by the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw. We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the 13th century Old Town.

Walk the impressive 1,940m long city walls and discover hidden gems such as cafes and bars perched along the walls, where you can sit back with a cold drink and watch the sunset. We'll overnight in the Port of Gruz, just outside this magical city.

Please Note: Your ship will dock in Port Gruz, which is located just outside of Dubrovnik Old Town. Port Gruz runs from South Gruz, to North Gruz Port which is under Dubrovnik Bridge. Public buses to Dubrovnik Old Town are available for €2 per person, one way (payable locally).

Mljet, Croatia
Day 4
Mljet
Summary

We set sail early this morning and head toward the beautiful National Park island of Mljet. Once docked, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park.

Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored.

The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Please Note: Guests looking to explore Mljet National Park, please be aware there is an entrance fee payable locally.

Optional Excursions
Hvar, Croatia
Day 5
Hvar
Summary

Early this morning we'll depart for the Pakleni Islands where we have lunch onboard and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic and is famous for its super-yachts and celebrity status.

Climb the hill and visit the 16th Century Fortress ruins overlooking the harbour, explore a Renaissance Cathedral with its original tower or discover the oldest community theatre in Europe! The town of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open well into the night.

Please Note: The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to port authority restrictions. However if guests would like to arrive earlier, water taxi transfer will be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.

Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 6
Stari Grad
Summary

For our second night on Hvar island, we moor overnight in the quaint harbour town of Stari Grad or in the pretty port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic).

Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is one of the oldest towns in Croatia. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets and small squares around the harbour. Vineyards and olive groves surround the town and the Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site.

Jelsa dates back to the 1300's and was a significant trading port for the island's wine and olive oil. It nestles at the foot of thickly wooded hillsides. Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

This evening we will have our Captain’s Dinner onboard, the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and Captain!

Please Note: Due to Port Authority restrictions your ship may be docked in the ferry port.

Optional Excursion
Split, Croatia
Day 7
Split
Summary

From Stari Grad/Jelsa, we make our way back to Split, stopping for a swim and onboard lunch at one of the hidden coastal beaches along the way.

Your ship will dock in Split in the afternoon, allowing you the early evening to explore Split and it's UNESCO protected Diocletian's Palace, complete with Roman architecture dating back to the 4th Century!

Split, Croatia
Check-out
Split
Summary

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends.

Please Note: It is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on the morning of departure to catch flights, as all ships will be in port the previous night.

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Split to Dubrovnik
Overview
Summary

This one way itinerary is ideal for travellers looking to experience the best of Croatia, and fly in and out of different cities.

The Split to Dubrovnik route cruises south from the seaside city of Split, visiting the coastal destination of Makarska before island hopping through Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Mljet, and finishing in the impressive city of Dubrovnik!

Itinerary Highlights
  • Explore Diocletian's Palace in Split
  • Experience waterfront dining in Makarska
  • Taste local wines at the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain
  • Discover Hvar's famous nightlife including Carpe Diem & Hula Hula Bar
  • Become enchanted at the incredible Blue Cave, Vis
  • Sip cocktails in a 15th Century turret in Korcula
  • Cycle through Croatia's Greenest Island, Mljet
  • Walk Dubrovnik's famous City Walls
Split, Croatia
Check-in
Split
Summary

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century.

Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm. Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your Split to Dubrovnik cruise will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp and sail toward your first destination!

Please Note: Our Captains work hard to provide the best possible experience based on weather and port conditions. Our aim is to make sure you have an amazing week on your Sail Croatia cruise! In light of this, the itinerary and port locations may need to change during the week.

Makarska, Croatia
Day 1
Makarska
Summary

Your Split to Dubrovnik departure takes place from Split harbour at 1pm. We'll have lunch upon departure and sail down towards the Makarska Riviera, taking in the stunning views along the way. We will stop for a swim at one of the hidden bays along the coast before arriving into Makarska.

En route, you have the option of river rafting down the Cetina River, which splits the Riviera into a spectacular gorge and was an area where pirates thrived during the 12th and 13th Century. Rafters will be dropped back to Makarska later in the afternoon to join the ships for the evening.

Makarska nestles under the massive peaks of the Biokovo mountain range, with Mt Jure being the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural sights.

For nightlife options, there is the cocktail bar Marineta and for late night takers, there is "Club Deep" set in a natural cave next to the sea.

Optional Excursion
Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 2
Stari Grad
Summary

Early in the morning, we head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most well-known islands in the Adriatic. We moor overnight in the quaint harbour town of Stari Grad or the port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic).

Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is one of the oldest town in Croatia, dating back to the 1300's. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets, vineyards and olive groves that surround the town, as well as the Stari Grad Plain; a UNESCO protected World Heritage site.

Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

Please Note: Due to Port Authority restrictions your ship may be docked in the ferry port.

Optional Excursion
Hvar, Croatia
Day 3
Hvar
Summary

After lunch onboard, we stop for a swim at one of the bays heading towards Hvar Town for our second night on Hvar island.

Climb the hill and visit the 16th Century Fortress overlooking the harbour, explore a Renaissance Cathedral with its original tower or discover the oldest community theatre in Europe!

We overnight along the town waterfront, where we have prime position to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars that are open well into the night.

Please Note: The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to Port Authority restrictions. If guests would like to arrive in Hvar town earlier, water taxi transfer will be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.

Vis, Croatia
Day 4
Vis
Summary

Early in the morning and subject to weather conditions, we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Dalmatian coast.

Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany.

Today it is an idyllic island, famous for its stunning Blue Cave, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light into the cave make for exciting and amazing photo opportunities. Please see FAQ Will I get to visit the Blue Cave?

Please Note: If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend the itinerary, as his number one priority is always safety.

Korcula, Croatia
Day 5
Korcula
Summary

Today we continue to sail south, stopping in one of the bays near Loviste, on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will spend the day relaxing and swimming off the ship.

Later this afternoon we'll continue onto the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula has a wealth of restaurants to explore in the evening, and there are numerous bars and clubs within the city walls.

Optional Excursions
Mljet, Croatia
Day 6
Mljet
Summary

This morning we'll head south to the island of Mljet and its amazing National Park. Once docked in the afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park.

Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored.

The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds.

We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

This evening we will have our Captain’s Dinner onboard, the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and Captain!

Please Note: Guests looking to explore Mljet National Park, please be aware there is an entrance fee payable locally.

Optional Excursions
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 7
Dubrovnik
Summary

After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, dubbed "heaven on earth" by the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw. We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the 13th century Old Town.

Walk the impressive 1,940m long city walls and discover hidden gems such as cafes and bars perched along the walls, where you can sit back with a cold drink and watch the sunset.

Later in the evening there are plenty of nightspots available to keep you awake into the early hours.

We'll overnight in the Port of Gruz, just outside this magical city.

Please Note: Your ship will dock in Port Gruz, which is located just outside of Dubrovnik Old Town. Port Gruz runs from South Gruz, to North Gruz Port which is under Dubrovnik Bridge. Public buses to Dubrovnik Old Town are available for €2 per person, one way (payable locally).

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Check-out
Dubrovnik
Summary

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends.

Please Note: It is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on the morning of departure to catch flights, as all ships will be in port the previous night.

Optional Excursion

Inclusions

Sail Croatia Check-in Split
Tour Manager

Tour Manager Your dedicated Tour Manager will assist you with any questions onboard

Swimming in a secluded Croatian bay
Daily Swim Stops

Daily Swim Stops Dive into crystal clear water, straight off your ship!

Buffet Breakfast onboard a cruise
Daily Buffet Breakfast

Daily Buffet Breakfast Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast daily

Large boat in Makarska
7 Nights Accommodation

7 Nights Accommodation Choose your comfort level with a variety of modern, spacious ships available

Sightseeing in Dubrovnik
Wi-fi

Wi-fi Wi-fi is available on your cruise (subject to download limits)

Enjoying a drink in the Adriatic Sea
Captain’s Dinner Evening

Captain’s Dinner Evening Experience traditional Croatian cuisine, as your Captain puts on an evening complete with local entertainment!

Korcula kyaking exursion
Optional Excursions

Optional Excursions Optional activities, such as zip-lining and wine tasting, are available on all Explorer Cruises

Greek Salid onboard a Cruise
3 Course Lunch Daily

3 Course Lunch Daily Enjoy a 3-course lunch daily

PRICING

Explorer Ships

Sail Croatia Ship, Salve Di Mare
Salve Di Mare

Brand new in 2021, Salve Di Mare is a luxurious ship accommodating 40 guests onboard. This custom-built ship features a splash pool, multiple sun deck areas, and generous spaces to socialise and dine.

49 meters long
New in 2021
Jacuzzi
Sail Croatia Ship, Princeza Diana
Princeza Diana

Princeza Diana is the perfect ship to cruise in comfort and style, comfortably accommodating 32 guests onboard. The ship features an onboard jacuzzi, spacious sun decks and an elegant dining salon.

42 meters long
2011 build
Onboard jacuzzi
Sail Croatia Ship, Almissa
Almissa

Almissa is the ideal vessel for intimate small ship cruising, holding 38 guests onboard, plus crew. There are plenty of opportunities to socialise and relax onboard this ship.

38 meters long
2017 build
Spacious sundecks
Sail Croatia Ship, Mali Ante
Mali Ante

Mali Ante is a charming ship that accommodates 38 guests onboard. This modern and comfortable ship features an onboard jacuzzi, wide open decks and a large dining salon.

35 meters long
2013 refit
Onboard jacuzzi
Sail Croatia Ship, Tempera
Tempera

Tempera is an elegant ship that features spacious decks, modern cabins, a large dining salon and a swimming platform for easy access in and out of the sea.

40 meters long
2012 build
Spacious sundecks
Sail Croatia Ship, Katarina
Katarina

Katarina is the latest cruise ship to join Sail Croatia. She is a deluxe super-yacht featuring spacious sun decks complete with a jacuzzi.

45 meters long
2019 build
Onboard jacuzzi

Explorer Deals

Yoga Special
New for 2024 Special Yoga Cruise

Experience total serenity at sea with our new Yoga Cruise setting sail in 2024. Enjoy sunrise and sunset yoga sessions with a certified yoga instructor and guide.

You will also get to experience a yoga practice in a vineyard amongst the vines, before enjoying a traditional Croatian dinner with wine tasting.

Our Yoga Cruise will have you feeling revitalised and refreshed!

Triple Cabin Discount
Share & Save Triple Cabin Discount

If you're travelling with a group, a triple or quad cabin may be the perfect way to share & save!

These cabins are perfect for groups of friends, or families, that would prefer to share a cabin rather than share with other travellers.

As these cabins are a similar size to our twin-share cabins, we offer a 10% discount per person for these cabin types.

Past Client Discount
5% Off Past Client Discount

We offer a 5% discount on our cruises and Flotilla tours to all Sail Croatia clients that have travelled with us in the past, or have booked multiple Sail Croatia Cruises in the same year.

Explorer FAQ'S

What are Explorer Cruises?

Explorer cruises are great for young professionals and young at heart travellers looking to experience the true beauty of Croatia. There is an emphasis on sightseeing and relaxing, whilst still giving you the opportunity to explore the nightlife in Croatia each evening should you wish to! If you’re looking for a different cruise experience, view our Croatia small ship cruises.

What time do cruises start/finish?

Ships depart the harbour at 13:00 on your departure day. If you’re unable to make it to check-in on time, you can easily catch up with your ship at your first destination. Please see FAQ: What if I can’t make the check-in time?

All ships arrive at their final destination one day before check-out, where you will spend the night onboard. Check-out the following morning is between 8am and 9am.

What if I can’t make the check-in time?

If you’re unable to arrive at your departure point for check-in, it’s easy to catch up with your ship at your first destination. See information on how to get to your first destination below:

  • Split Return South / Split to Dubrovnik: your first night will be spent in the mainland town of Makarska, which is easily accessible by public bus from Split (1 hour & 15 minutes). You can find the bus timetable online here.
  • Dubrovnik - Split: your first night will be spent on the island of Mljet, which is easily accessible via ferry from Dubrovnik (1 hour & 20 minutes). You can find ferry timetables online here and here.

If you need assistance planning your arrival, a member of our Sales Team will be happy to help you connect the dots! We are able to provide land based transfers if required, or our Operations Team are also able to assist you on the ground with logistics.

What are the cabin arrangements?

Our Explorer ships are equipped with either Twin beds or a Double bed, as well as a private ensuite bathroom and air-conditioning. Double beds are either fixed, or can be created by pushing two Twin beds together on some ships. Twin or Double bed cabins are confirmed during the booking stage, so please let us know your preference.

On some ships, we also have triple cabins available for guests that are travelling as a group of three and would like to share a cabin. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk, and we provide a 10% discount per person for these cabin types. In some Triple cabins, the double bed may be slightly smaller to accommodate the additional single bed, meaning these cabins may not be suitable for travellers that require more space. If you would like to book a triple cabin please let us know and we can check availability when you enquire.

What is the difference between Above Deck and Lower Deck cabins?

At the booking stage, you will have the option to select a Lower Deck or an Above Deck cabin onboard the ship.

Above Deck cabins are located on the main deck of the ship and may have internal or external access. The Lower Deck cabins are situated in the hull of the ship and are accessed via stairs from the main deck down into the hull. The Lower Deck cabins are slightly more affordable than the Above Deck cabins, however they are usually slightly larger in size as there is no walk-way around the outside. They are also often cooler and quieter in the evenings. The main benefit with the Above Deck cabins is that they are on the main or upper deck, easily accessible without having to use the stairs!

Please note: Above Deck cabins are either equipped with a window or a port hole, some of these will be fixed and cannot be opened. Lower Deck cabins are equipped with a port hole which cannot be opened. Each ship is unique and therefore the layout does vary from ship to ship.

I am travelling by myself, is there a single supplement?

If you prefer to have your own cabin, you can pay a single supplement which is 50% of the per person website price. Please note single supplements are limited in their availability and are not applicable on special offers or discounted cruises. Alternatively, we can match you with another solo traveller of the same sex onboard the ship.

What age/nationality are the passengers?

Explorer Cruises attract a wide age range of guests onboard, and a typical cruise will usually have a mix of couples, young professionals and ‘young at heart' travellers from mid 20s to mid 60s onboard.

We recommend a minimum age of 15+ onboard Explorer Cruises, and we find this works well for all guests onboard the ship, as well as older teenagers who enjoy many aspects of the cruise. If you’d prefer to travel with other mature travellers, view our Elegance Croatia Cruises.

Mainly English-speaking travellers join us on our Explorer Cruises. Travellers are typically from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK & South Africa.

What food is included?

Breakfast and a 3-course lunch are included daily on our Explorer cruises. Breakfast is usually continental style, with additional warm food such as eggs. Lunches are usually 3 courses, with a soup/salad starter, meat or fish-based main course and fruit/cake for dessert, prepared by your onboard cook. A Captains Dinner is also included in Explorer Cruises. All other evenings, we encourage our clients to explore the local towns, experiencing local food and wine! Of course we can offer suggestions on the best places to go!

Can I bring food and drink onboard?

You cannot bring food and drink onboard the ship, except for items that fill specific dietary requirements. Each boat has its own bar and drinks consumed onboard must be purchased from here. You have unlimited access to the onboard water cooler during the salon opening times. We recommend bringing a re-usable water bottle with you onboard, and filling this up before the salon closes for the evening.

Are there any local payments that I need to be aware of?

A local payment of 30 Euros per person is payable onboard your Sail Croatia Cruise. This payment incorporates port fees and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change.

What type of luggage should I bring?

If you’re joining us from within Europe, we highly recommend limiting your luggage to one suitcase; however, we understand that this might not be possible for international travellers who are flying in just for the cruise, or on extended trips. In most cabins, you will be able to store bags under the bed; however, in the case of excess luggage, please ask check-in staff to give you additional information about possible storage.

Will I get to visit the Blue Cave as a part of my cruise?

The Blue Cave in Vis is a very popular attraction. If weather conditions allow, and the site is not too busy, we will take guests to the port where they can take a local small boat to visit the cave. This activity is not a part of your booking with Sail Croatia, or an excursion provided by us, therefore we shall not be deemed responsible for any damage, loss or dissatisfaction related to the Blue Cave visit. Please be aware that the cave entrance is very small and guests will need to crouch in the centre of the small boat to get into the cave.

Am I able to use the jacuzzi onboard 24/7?

You’re welcome to relax in the onboard jacuzzi throughout your cruise. Please note that the jacuzzi may not be available at all times due to conditions such as electricity consumption, fresh water usage onboard and weather conditions.

How does Sail Croatia contribute to sustainable tourism?

Sail Croatia is committed to sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. In 2016 Sail Croatia founded Green Sail, a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports sustainable tourism in the Croatian nautical industry. For every guest that sails with us, we donate €4 to Green Sail to help protect Croatia's seas.

What other cruises do you operate?

Sail Croatia offer cruise and yacht experiences to suit every travel style, including luxury Croatia Cruises for mature travellers, Explorer Cruises between Split and Dubrovnik, Navigator Party Cruises, and Active Cruises on our Cycle Croatia and Hike Croatia Cruise experiences.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance that would cover cancellation, personal injury, medical expenses, personal liability & loss of personal property before you travel with us. It’s also important to check that your insurance covers all of the optional excursions you may be doing whilst onboard the cruise with us. Find out more about Travel Insurance here.

Please note: Once a booking is confirmed, there are fees applicable if you need to make a change to your booking or if you need to cancel. All fees can be found on our Booking Terms. Whilst we are unable to offer refunds, we can provide a letter confirming your cancellation with us which may aid your Travel Insurance claim, if required.

I have reduced mobility, is this trip right for me?

To make an informed decision about sailing with Sail Croatia, we recommend reading our Mobility Whilst Sailing page. This will provide you with valuable information regarding any mobility and accessibility concerns you may have.

What amenities are included onboard?

The cabins onboard each ship are well equipped with clean bed linen and a towel for showering

You will need to bring your own beach towel for swimming and toiletries onboard. A hairdryer will be available for use onboard (either fixed in your ensuite or available to borrow).

What is the dress code throughout the week?

The dress code whilst onboard your Explorer Cruise is casual, however, we recommend bringing smart casual attire for the Captain's Dinner evening.