Small Ship Cruise Charters Are Popular Travel Bubbles

Published on : Wednesday, November 18, 2020

According to the latest industry surveys, nearly 40% of all leisure travel is multigenerational. It’s a trend reflected in small ship cruise operators like Croatia’s Katarina Line, which report steadily growing numbers of chartered bookings. “We’re seeing grandparents book entire ships to treat their extended families and couples celebrating special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries,” said Daniel Hauptfel, the company’s marketing manager. “We’re also seeing more special interest groups that focus on such themes as gastronomy, health and wellness, history, and culture; as well as schools creating music, athletic and other academic programs.”

Range of Charter Prices
Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company, Katarina Line operates a fleet of more than 60 ships that cruise the crystal clear waters of the fabled Adriatic Sea, visiting the picturesque islands and port towns. The ships range from modern, deluxe superior vessels that accommodate as many as 38 guests, to traditional wooden gulets that accommodate as few as five guests.

Among Katarina Line’s larger, deluxe category vessels, whole-boat charters prices range from approximately $36,490 to $64,750 for a 7-night cruise with a crew. The vessels typically feature a crew of nine, with 18 to 19 air-conditioned and fully-equipped en-suite cabins. Prices include seven buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches daily, complimentary tea, coffee and water. They also include a Captain’s Dinner, as well as an olive oil and wine tasting demonstration on-board. The ships also feature amenities such as sundecks with deck-beds and hot tubs, plus low rear platforms for easy access to the sea, with numerous opportunities to swim in quite, secluded coves. For a supplemental fee, groups can add inland excursions, such as guided walking tours, wine tastings, and visits to national park, with UNESCO’s Plitvice Lakes National Park a perennial favorite.

“Katarina Line’s itineraries give travelers the chance to explore the stunning natural beauty of the islands of the Adriatic, as well as the small, coastal towns that are steep in mythology and history,” said Hauptfeld. “We depart from major destinations that include Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, with unique land and cruise programs that offer some of the most memorable and easiest ways to experience the true Croatia.”

All prices are on based on the current exchange rate for the Euro, departure dates, and selected options, and are subject to change. Smaller vessels may offer more pricing and cruise flexibility, and bookings are based on availability. Gratuities, drinks from the bar, taxes, and fees are not included.

Worry Free Booking
For cancellations due to pandemic restrictions or health issues connected directly to COVID-19, deposit is refundable or can be used as a credit for a future cruise. Contact Katarina Line for complete details and restrictions.

Strict Health and Safety Protocols
Katarina Line observes strict health and safety protocols, with frequent and regular cleaning of all common areas, as well as handrails, doorknobs, and light switches. Cabins are cleaned on a daily basis, with all surfaces thoroughly sanitized.

Travel to Croatia from U.S.
Croatia is open to U.S. citizens throughout the COVID crisis. A negative PCR test (within 48 hours) is required for entry. There are currently no direct flights from the U.S., but airports in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik offer daily connections from major European hubs. Katarina Line’s cruise season runs from April through October.


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