It seems inconceivable. After playing Gilligan to Skipper Ellis Paul, on two Caribbean cruises and one amazing Alaska Cruise, I have been promoted significantly through the ranks of the musical Navy! I am now the captain of a sold out 2019 luxury cruise on a small ship sailing the must-see islands of the unparalleled Croatian Adriatic. The good news is we are offering two more cruises next year. They are filling up, but space does remain.
Seeing Croatia from the deck of a small luxury ship is truly a unique opportunity. The treasures of are best witnessed by sea and the spectacular island passages. Lower Dalmatia (our route) is essentially a mountain range encompassed by an emerald and turquoise sea. The cultural treasures we will visit ashore encompass thousands of years of history with the finishing touches put on by none other than Venice. Imagine, if you will, miniature Venices placed within a Maxfield Parrish painting. You have Dalmatia. I will entertain along the way musically as well as offering an insiders perspective on the stunning sights and amazing culture you will be absorbing.
This is our itinerary for the Sep 12, 2020 cruise (Sep 19, 2020 cruise is the same itinerary in reverse):
Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik
Arrive at Dubrovnik pier for embarkation. Meet your fellow travelers and your cruise managers onboard for a welcome reception with Rad. Evening time to relax and take a walk through Dubrovnik’s small and vibrant streets. Overnight on board.
Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula
Morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage. Inside visit to Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Then sail to the National Park on Island Mljet.
Arrival to the heart of Mljet National Park, where you could enjoy a beautiful walk around the Great and the Small Lake. Late afternoon we will continue to Korcula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
Day 3, Korcula – Hvar
Morning walking tour of Korcula old town. It will take you through narrow, cobbled streets and will include a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Followed by departure to Hvar island and stop for swimming. Late afternoon arrival to Hvar, Rad’s home town in Croatia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hvar, town with the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare Theatre in the UK), Franciscan Monastery and many more. Evening at leisure in Hvar.
Day 4, Hvar – Bol – Split
After breakfast sail to Bol that has the best beach in Croatia -Golden Horn, for a swim. Golden Horn is a vast, golden pebble beach long some 580 yards. It is unique also by changing shape and position depending on the winds. Continue sailing to Split. Walking tour of the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.
Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik
In the morning sail to UNESCO City Trogir. Free time in Trogir to explore this unique city. Continue to Sibenik with a stop on the way for a swim. After we arrive in Sibenik, enjoy your evening at leisure.
Day 6, Sibenik – Sali
Morning departure to National Park Krka followed by a sail to Kornati where there are more than 140 islands. Afternoon next destination is Kornati National Park. Arrive in Sali. Captains dinner with local musicians onboard this evening.
Day 7, Sali – Zadar
Morning departure to Zadar, middle Dalmatia region. Stop for swimming, late afternoon arrival in Zadar followed by a city tour. Zadar’s historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot and admire defensive walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. You will see 16th century Port Gate where Venetian lion (symbol of Venice) still guards the entrance, Square of
the 5 Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the biggest Cathedral in Dalmatia – St. Anastasia Cathedral.
Day 8, depart Zadar
Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to Zadar or Split airport for your flight home.
For details and to hold your cabin, see Fan Club Cruises website.
Welcome aboard. Your Captain Radoslav.