Gulet cruising in Croatia

Cruises in Croatia – 15 important facts for travellers

Croatia Cruises are great but before you jump on board you should know a few of things first.

Which areas are safe and which ones should I avoid? What kind of a vessel should I book? What month is the best? How do I get the best price? 


After you read this blog post you will be 100% ready to make your Cruise in Croatia a reality – and come home happy. 

 Croatia cruises


1 – Which Cruise areas are the best and for whom?

There are 3 main areas to cruise to in Croatia:

a) Central Dalmatian Islands

b) Dubrovnik Region

c) Šibenik and Zadar region


Learn from this Slideshare presentation which area might be the best for you.

2 – What kind of food can I eat in Croatia? Do you eat on ships or can I also eat in local taverns on land? 

Croatia has an amazing variety of Mediterranean food. 

Some of the best things to try are:

–          All sorts of fish

–          Prosciutto

–          Local Olive oil

–          Local vine

–          Lamb and all other sorts of food


Croatian food



Cruises in Croatia are perfect because you can decide between the half board (breakfast and lunch) and full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner). 

In half board, you can go out every day and eat in local taverns (great for new experience and sightseeing – not so good for your wallet!)

In Full board, you eat all your meals on board. Most of the time you will save money – and chefs on the ship are very experienced.



3 – What is the situation with drinks on ships and in Croatia in general?

GOOD NEWS: In local supermarkets, you can buy any kind of drink you can imagine for affordable prices.

BAD NEWS: 95% of ships in Croatia DO NOT ALLOW you to bring your own drinks on board with you. You can buy them from the ships bar.

The ships bar is usually a bit cheaper than regular bars,– but not by much.

You order your drinks throughout your cruise and then you pay the bill at the end of your cruise. So it is a good idea to keep track of how much you drink.

4 – Can you leave the ship every day? What times and where?

Here is how a basic day looks:

MORNING: Staying or cruising to a nice bay and breakfast.


AFTERNOON: Swimming, relaxing, sunbathing and enjoying the sea, reading your favorite book or taking part in some water sports and having lunch.


LATE AFTERNOON: Either cruising to a new bay or staying on board and eating dinner. You may also go to some nice harbors, towns, villages, ports and explore them the way you most like.

You can leave the gulet every single day in Croatia and check new destinations, villages, ports, go hiking, visit taverns or bars or go biking. Usually, you do this in the late afternoon when it is not so hot.

EVENING & NIGHT: You can stay on the ship or go out.

Everything is very flexible, however, it depends on the itinerary you take and the vessel you book.

So make sure you state your preferences and requirements before you book to see if your expectations will be met when you are in Croatia.

5 – What is Croatia like for small children? What is it like for party groups? What is it like for seniors or couples who wish to see the sights the most?

You will get all the answers to these questions inside this brochure.

It is one of the most interesting guides for Cruises in Croatia ever made.

Gulet Cruise Guide


6 – Is it safe in Croatia in general? Is it safe in the Sea? Are there any sharks?

Cruise in the Adriatic sea is safe. No dangerous sharks, killer medusas or flying piranhas!

Croatia is also generally known as a destination that is extremely safe for travel.


7 – What should I pack when going to Croatia? Are there any black tie standards on vessels?

On gulets or motor sailors, the atmosphere is always very relaxed. You can leave your tie and evening dress at home. Shorts, T-shirts and a swimming dress are a must have.

Here is a helpful brochure which will show you what to pack if you go on a gulet cruise.


what to pack


8 – What are the prices on ships and in Croatia in general?

Croatia is not a cheap destination. It is also not St. Moritz.

A local beer in a supermarket will cost you around €1 or less.

A beer in a bar range from €2 to €4 (In a fancy discotheque this can go up to €5) but this is the maximum.

A scoop of ice cream ranges from €1 to €1.5.

A nice dinner in a local tavern will cost you between €10 to €25 per person (this depends on what you eat and where of course)

Ship prices for drinks are similar to those in bars but this again depends on the ship you book.


9) What are the prices of cruises in Croatia?

Croatia Cruises can cost you anywhere from €400 per person per week to €2.500 per person per week.

We made a complete Croatia Cruises price breakdown in this article:

10) How can you get a good deal on a Cruise in Croatia?

Early booking: if you book early you have all the best ships available (ships with the best crew, amazing services, is very well maintained and great food). The size of the discount will be a bit smaller than booking last minute but overall satisfaction is always very good.


Last minute: it’s a gamble. You can get really good deals and book amazing ships, which is the best-case scenario. You can get amazing deals on vessels that have problems with bookings (but this can sometimes mean giving you a headache while you are on a cruise) – this is generally the worst-case scenario. Or it may happen that you will not be able to book anything as all vessels will be taken. Never book your flights in advance and hope for a last minute deal – you might get problems.


Negotiations: Croatia has only around 50 gulets you can book. So there is much less flexibility for private charter. You also have around 100 motor sailors to choose from (bigger ships that can take from 24 – 40 guests) which are good for a cabin charter, however – but they are mostly booked quickly and discounts are not an option most of the time.


Our advice
Contact an expert on Croatia Cruises and let him know about your requirements. If they are good, they will be able to tell you about your options quickly and efficiently. If there are deals available – they should know all about them.

11) When is the best time to travel to Croatia and why should I travel then?

May and October is the low season. Temperatures are around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and the sea will be less than 20°C. You cannot really swim in this temperature(unless you very are brave!). These moths are perfect for biking, sightseeing and checking out towns and ports. This season is very good for sports enthusiasts or for seniors that are not too keen on swimming.

May and October are usually not preferred by families with children or for party groups (there is nothing really going on much on this dates in Croatia).


June and September is mid-season. Temperatures can go up to 30 C. The sea is still a bit fresh but okay for swimming. You will avoid heavy crowds – however, there is already some action going on. Bars and restaurants are getting busier.


July and August is high season. This is the best time for good weather and a warm sea. Some places such as Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Brač, and Mljet can get very crowded and you need to plan if you wish to escape the crowds (this is still possible in Croatia, with more than 1,200 islands altogether).


12) Do they speak English on board?

English is more or less spoken on board most of the time. You will always be able to communicate with the crew in English.

The crew also sometimes speak Italian, French or Spanish – but you should double check this before you make a reservation.


13) What kind of Cruise ships can you book and how are each of them special?

In Croatia you have:

–          Sailing yachts (bare-boats with no crew) – good for sports, sailing, and adrenaline

–          Motor yachts (mostly bareboat – good for covering lots of spots fast)

–          Motor Sailors (crewed) – perfect for bigger groups (20 – 40 guests) or for a cabin charter

–          Gulets (crewed) – perfect for smaller groups (8 – 16 guests) or a less mass cabin charter

gulet Anđeo can sail 

14) Which is nicer? Croatia or the Caribbean?

We covered this topic in this blog post:

From our point of view – Croatia wins!


15) What is the most important thing on a Croatian Cruise?

The first thing you should know is WHAT YOU WANT! Do you prefer visiting towns or being in nature? Do you like to party or you like wine tasting? Would you like to enjoy your cruise with your small children or make sure your teenage children do not get bored?

If you plan in advance you will have an amazing time in Croatia as there is truly something for everyone there.

This might surprise you, but it is the crew on your vessel that can either make your holidays the best experience of your life – or it can make it very average.

If you know what you want – we can find the crew that can make it all happen.

Now you know more about Croatia Cruises then most people and you are ready to make your search.


1) Determine your requirements, dates, and budget.

2) Google the best agencies and tour operators for the best deals –  collect them and do some smart negotiations.

3) Or let us know – and we will do this for you –completely free of charge. Our services are free for you and we always do our best to find the best solutions for clients interested in visiting Croatia.

Mitja Mirtič

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