Published on : Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Katarina Line, Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company and DMC, announced that it will be introducing new, more luxurious and modern vessels for 2018 as part of a fleet-wide rebranding program that raises its category of ships to six from its current four-category designations of Deluxe, A+, A and B. Beginning with the 2018 cruise season, the new categories will be Deluxe Superior, newer and larger ships that are a minimum of 154 feet long, built or updated within the past year; Deluxe, state-of-the-art ships between 137 to 154 feet long; Premium Superior, newer category A+ ships similar to the current Deluxe ships but a bit smaller in length; Premium, the smaller of Katarina’s spacious, steel-hulled ships.
Katarina Line’s more traditional wooden ships will be classified in two additional categories: Traditional Ensuite, featuring cabins with private shower/toilets; and Traditional, a smaller line of wooden ships with shared showers and toilets. Both categories will also feature air-conditioned salon.
“The popularity of small ship cruising on the Mediterranean has increased the demand for larger, more luxurious vessels that cater to the new generation of travelers. These travelers are seeking soft adventures ‘on the high seas’ with more lavish accommodation, gourmet dining and superior, personalized service,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line.
He continued: “Katarina’s new, top-of-the-line Deluxe Superior vessels is in response to this demand. They are the most spacious in our fleet, constructed with the best material that includes solid wood, glass, marble, and stainless steel, with gourmet dining, on-board entertainment, and high service standards, as well as lavishly and thoughtfully designed en suite accommodation.”
Each of Katarina Line’s new vessel categories is distinguished by ship design and facilities, as well as by different levels of service, on-board dining, excursions, and other amenities. For example, all Deluxe Superior vessels include live entertainment twice a week and four-course meals. Ships in the Deluxe category will offer similar amenities as the Deluxe Superior, though with live entertainment only once a week. Ships in the Premium Superior, slightly smaller in length, will include daily breakfast and lunch, and a Captain’s dinner and three guided sightseeing tours based on one-week cruises, whereas the Premium category ships will offer only one guided sightseeing tour, based on a one-week cruise.