Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2020
Croatia’s award-winning DMC and small ship cruise company Katarina Line has announced the launch of its 2020 season following Croatia’s official reopening of its borders to travel from European Union nations.
Meanwhile, the company is working closely with travel advisors overseas to discuss booking opportunities as Croatia reviews further border openings. It is also providing information on the country’s expanding domestic and international flight options and government health protocols for visitors.
With resumption of cruise service, Katarina Line vessels will observe all protocols to ensure the health and safety of its guest, including the frequent disinfectant of public surfaces, availability of hand sanitizers, regulating the number of guests in public areas such as sundecks, Jacuzzis and dining tables, and observing social distancing policies during land tours.
Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line said that the small ship cruising is among the safest way to enjoy an unforgettable vacation experience in Croatia. Their vessels hold a maximum of just 36 guests, so they are perfect for small groups, families and friends to travel from one island to another, swimming in secluded beaches that are approachable only by boat – all without the crowds of larger vessels.
Hauptfeld added that the guests can enjoy sailing, watching the views, breathing in clean fresh air, visiting historical sites, and tasting the gastronomical wonders of the Mediterranean, confident in the knowledge that they are fully committed to protecting their health.
Katarina Line offers a wide range of cruises that will appeal to every taste and special interest, whether it’s island hopping, health and fitness, culinary, cultural, educational – or “all of the above” through unique land and sea programs.
Among its popular cruises is the seven-day Adriatic Explorer, which sails between the fashionable resort town of Opatija in the northern-most coast of Croatia and Dubrovnik, on the country’s southern tip. Ports-of-call include the islands of Rab and Korčula, and the historic coastal towns of Zadar, Šibenik, Split, and Metković. Among the excursions is a tour of Krka National Park, known for its series of breathtaking waterfalls. Guests will also visit the Zadar Sea Organs, an architectural masterpiece that uses sea waves to make music. Excursions also include wine tasting and light tapas lunch at the Bibich Winery, as well as maraschino liquor tasting in Zadar, and Rab cake tasting in Rab.
Katarina Line’s Northern Gems cruises feature seven-day round-trip departures from Split, Croatia’s second-largest city. The cruise hops from one island to another, with opportunities to swim in secluded coves and explore some of Croatia’s most popular attractions. Ports-of-call include the towns of Trogir, Rogoznica, Šibenik, Sali, and Zadar. It also visits the “nautical paradise” of the Kornati archipelago, as well as the island of Zlarin, often called the “golden island” for its unspoiled beauty.
“The Croatian coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world,” said Hauptfeld. “The country itself offers a rich cultural and historical legacy dating back to medieval and Roman influence, with natural and architectural attractions that have captivated visitors for centuries.”
Katarina Line features guaranteed weekly departures, with convenient and seamless transfers to all of its customizable land tours. Its fleet ranges from luxury Deluxe Superior cruisers with a capacity of up to 36 passengers to intimate gulets that cater to as few as seven passengers.