What is the Sail Croatia Flotilla?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
The Flotilla is a 7 day sailing experience that island hops along the Dalmatian Coast with like-minded travellers. Yacht Tours differ from Navigator Cruises as they operate on sailing yachts that accommodate no more than 8 guests onboard, and set sail with other yachts in a flotilla.
What are the yachts like?
Each yacht has a unique design and most cabins have a double bed to accommodate 2 guests. Some yachts feature a bunk bed cabin which we reserve for solo travellers who will be matched up with another independent traveller, while groups of friends sleep in double cabins. Whilst we endeavour to bunk travellers of the same sex together, you may share your cabin with a member of the opposite sex.
What currency should I bring?
You can book a Standard or Premier yacht on the Flotilla. The best way to imagine a Standard yacht is like a floating hostel; with bunk bed or double bedded cabins, a self-contained kitchen, shared toilet and shower facilities and communal lounge areas above and below deck. Premier yachts have a similar layout with the added benefit of air-conditioning in the salon area.
What is the food and drink situation?
As of January 2023, the official currency of Croatia is the Euro. The best way to get Euros is to withdraw directly from an ATM (available in most large towns, Split Airport and Split Marina).
Will I get to sail?
Daily breakfast groceries are provided for guests to make their own breakfast, and a Skippers Lunch is also included in the Flotilla. Additional food and drinks are not included, however you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks with you onboard. Each yacht is equipped with a self-contained kitchen, including a gas stove, fridge, oven and kettle. This allows you to cook throughout the week and pre-plan the food you’d like to eat for lunch at sea! We recommend provisioning prior to check-in and topping up your groceries throughout the week. In the evenings you'll have a wide variety of restaurants available at each town, and your Skipper will be happy to provide recommendations for dinner!
If you’d prefer to sit back and relax whilst onboard, a Host / Hostess is the perfect addition to whole yacht bookings. A Host / Hostess will take care of cleaning and preparing small meals for breakfast and lunch, giving you more time to enjoy your time at sea!
Do the yachts have air-conditioning?
Yes! This is one of our favourite things about the Flotilla! Whilst your skipper will be sailing most of the time, from time to time, the skipper may ask you to help out – sailing fourteen metres of yacht by yourself isn’t easy – but for the most part you’ll enjoy the sound of the wind in the sails as you lay on the ship’s deck during the day. Of course, we don’t have control over the wind, so on days when the weather conditions aren't ripe for sailing, we’ll use our motor to make our way down the coast.
How is an Flotilla different than a Navigator Cruise?
How much luggage can I bring onboard?
Due to the compact design of sailing yachts, air-conditioning is only available in the salon area of the yacht (not in the cabins). Please note air-conditioning is only available on Premier Yachts when docked in port, due to the required electricity. Standard Yachts do not have air-conditioning.
Are bed linen and towels included?
Due to limited storage space on the yacht, we kindly request that you avoid bringing excessive luggage. Excessive luggage refers to large suitcases, multiple bags, or oversized items that may hinder the available space and cause inconvenience for everyone on board.
Large suitcases will need to be stored before arriving at the marina. Weekly baggage storage is available near the main bus station arrivals area on the other side of the port.
Soft luggage (duffle bags or similar) is recommended as these bags are easiest to store onboard and don’t damage our yachts. A large suitcase is anything that would not fit in an overhead locker on a flight.
Can I book the whole yacht?
Yes, towels are provided for showering. Please note these are for indoor use only and you will need to bring your own beach towel with you.
When does the trip start and finish?
Absolutely. If you book a trip with eight people, you'll automatically be put on the same yacht. If you have
fewer than eight people, you'll still be together along with other like-minded travellers. If your group is
larger than eight we can divide you amongst a few of our yachts in whatever allocation you chose. Our yachts
sail side-by-side during the trip, so even if your large group is spread across multiple boats, you will be
able to see your friends regularly during swim stops, regattas, excursions and nights out. Whole yacht
bookings of 8 attract a 5% discount per person! For terms & conditions, please view our 5% Group Special here.
What if I can’t make the check-in time?
Check in is from 2pm in ACI Split Marina, with our team ready to welcome you with a drink at 1pm! The tour ends in ACI Split Marina. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 8:30am to allow us time to clean the yacht before the next departure. Detailed directions to the marina will be emailed to you when you book your tour. 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?
Are there any local payments that I need to be aware of?
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. Your first night will be spent in Milna, which is easily accessible via ferry from Split (30-60 minutes). You can find the ferry timetable online 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.
Will the Flotilla itinerary change?
A local payment of 30 Euros per person is payable onboard the Flotilla. This payment incorporates port fees, fuel and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change.
Why should I book a host/hostess?
Our number one priority is to ensure that we have safe and happy guests onboard our tours. With this in mind, we may need to change the itinerary for a variety of reasons including weather, port availability and guest experience. In this instance, the number of swim stops may be restricted.
How does Sail Croatia contribute to sustainable tourism?
Hiring a host/hostess allows you to sit back and relax on your sailing vacation! A host/hostess will take care of preparing small meals for breakfast and lunch, keeping the yacht clean and tidy, topping up groceries throughout the week, assisting with organising excursions and much more. Please note: this option is only available for guests booking a whole yacht, and the host / hostess will require their own cabin.
Does Sail Croatia operate anywhere else?
Sail Croatia is committed to sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. To find out more on what we’ve
achieved so far and our goals for a sustainable future, check out our sustainability report here.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Whilst Sail Croatia experiences are only available in Croatia, our sister company, Med Experience, offers Greek Island Hopping tours for 18 - 39 year old travellers! If you’re looking for a cruise experience, view our Croatia small ship cruises.
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.