While we have plenty of time until our cruise I wanted to share some information about the cruise you just booked. Over the next several months you will be receiving emails and updates about our Croatia trip. Below you will find valuable information on accommodations, airlines, tours, and trip preparation.
Guests traveling to Croatia need a valid passport with at least 3 months of validity. US citizens do not need visa for stays less then 90 days. Visitors to Croatia must register at a local police station within three days of arrival in country. If you are staying at a hotel, hostel, or vacation rental, this process is generally done on your behalf by the property owner. The hotel or inn may take your passport and make copies so don’t be alarmed.
At this time Croatia allows entry to US citizens
1) A negative viral test result: PCR not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test (list of acceptable antigen tests) not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the test to arriving at the border crossing point).
2) A certificate of vaccination not older than 365 days and where the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered at least 14 days prior to entering Croatia. This means if your vaccine is over one year old you will need proof of a booster shot. You can still enter the country, but you will have to provide a PCR test.
3) A certificate of vaccination for persons who recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of the vaccine within eight months of contracting the virus, provided the vaccine was administered within the last 365 days.
4) Travelers can facilitate faster processing at the Croatian border by completing the Enter Croatia web form and uploading their information and attachments ahead of their arrival. https://entercroatia.mup.hr
5) Tourists may also be required to show the proof of booked or paid accommodation or ownership of a home or a vessel when entering Croatia. You can use this address.
20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Everyone returning back to the USA needs have have an antigen test within 24 hours of returning home. The Split Airport offers a testing site across the street from the airport. Also on our last evening we will be in Split and there are many testing options. If you don't want to worry about finding your testing center you can bring an approved home testing kit from home and relieve test back within 15 minutes The Abbott BinaxNow is a testing kit that offers a monitored video of you performing your test to make sure its done correctly. This is an FDA approved tests and airlines will accept results for return flights back to the USA. Please make sure you purchase the correct BINAX kit and don't purchase the ones that are sold at your local drugstore as these Bins test are not approved. You must order approved test online by clicking on this link. https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack
Getting to Croatia
You will need to arrive into Dubrovnik to start the cruise
Here are a list of airlines that fly into Dubrovnik
This cruise terminates in Split.
Here are a list of airlines who fly out of Split
Every major European city offers direct flights into Croatia. United and Delta also offer seasonal nonstop flights out of JFK and Newark.
Taxi from Airport to City Center
The taxi fare from the airport to the city center is about 200 kn (30 euros). Make sure you agree on the fare before the start of the ride. The ride is between 25-30 minutes
You can also take an Uber, which will cost you around 180 kn depending on the demand that day.
The main currency in Croatia is the KUNA. Some places will take Euros, but it’s recommend you use the local currency. There are many ATM’s available in all the ports we visit. Try downloading a currency app like XE Currency. Please beware of this common scam where the machine tries to trick you into paying higher conversion rates. Bottom line is never select the Accept conversion rate option. Always select the Reject Conversion option. Please watch this video to see how they try to trick you. The video below uses Euros, but you will see this same scam in Croatia using Kunas. Please watch this short video.
You will notice in the booking itinerary below our cruise originates in Dubrovnik and terminates in Spilt. I would suggest spending an additional night or two nights at the end of the trip in Spilt. A list of suggested accommodations can be found below. It's very important to book ahead because accommodations become scarce in the busy summer time.
Dubrovnik Is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings Such as baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants. Be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected a civilized, sophisticated republic for centuries. And take the cable car up to Mt Srđ! Tons of rooftop restaurants!
Suggested Accomodations in Dubrovnik.
You should consider using AirBnb for stays of 2- 3 days or longer in both Dubrovnik and Split https://www.airbnb.com
I would recommend using booking.com and typing in properties in Old Town. Look for apartments in the actual old town! Truly a magical experience. https://www.booking.com
https://www.hotelstarigrad.com (Old Town)
https://onesuitehotel.com (10 minute drive to Old Town)
In 1979, the historic center of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Split is said to be one of the centres of Croatian culture. Split has been under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav control. There is an abundance of restaurants and wine cellars. Sites such as Diocletian's Palace and Mausoleum, the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius justify its position as a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The city's coves offer several lovely beaches. Relaxed and informal, Split residents are less interested in high culture than they are in sports and the outdoors. The local football team, HNK Hajduk Split, inspires almost fanatical devotion throughout Dalmatia. There are plenty of bicycles for rent to pedal around the city.
Suggested Accommodations in Split.
I recommend staying two nights after our trip in the beautiful city of Split.
Our group stayed at the Corner Hotel last year. http://hotelcorner.eu This is a 3/4 star property and it is about a 10 minute walk to the city center. Check booking.com and AirBnb for deals too!
You should arrange for a trip to the beautiful waterfalls of Krka which is about an hour drive from Split. http://www.np-krka.hr/en/.
M/S Summer is a brand new cruise ship, simply perfect for your family cruise in Croatia.
LUXURY AND SAFETY
Constructed in 2019, M/S SUMMER complies with the newest European cruise ships standards. A part of our growing and versatile fleet of small cruise ships, M/S SUMMER is also available for charter hire. This luxury yacht is made to satisfy refined cruise expectations. The ship’s amenities include state-of-the-art navigation and safety system, fully equipped comfortable air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, sun deck, elegance rooftop Jacuzzi, swimming platform and much else.
SMALL AND POWERFUL: JUST LIKE A PRIVATE YACHT
Our small cruise ships are well-built and nimble, small and powerful. They will take you where the bigger vessels cannot go, navigating through the narrow waterways into the very hearts of bustling Mediterranean cities, anchoring in hidden Adriatic bays, docking in a small Dalmatian islands’ ports. Forget the time-wasting disembarkation. With M/S SUMMER the beauties and treasures of Croatian coast and islands are at your hand’s reach, just as if you were cruising aboard your own private yacht!
We are very proud of the fact that all of our small cruise ships are designed and constructed in Croatia. Moreover, they are family-run. Their all-Croatian crews and captains descend from the generations of seafarers. These are people who know and love the sea and will do their very best to accommodate your wishes and make your Croatian holiday most enjoyable and unforgettable.
Please click on this link for all the photos and boat details
Wifi on boat.
There is wifi onboard the boat so you can send pics to friends, and talk about how You Can’t Steal My Happy Trips are the best ever!
You will need to bring a converter if you want to charge your iPhones and computers. In Croatia the power sockets are of type C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Croatia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. There is a hairdryer in each room so leave yours at home. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/croatia/electricity
How to dress
We expect the weather to average in the 80’s with lows in the mid 60’s. You are not required to dress up for our captains dinner so if you decide to bring a suit or tie I will make you walk the plank. Do bring T-shirts, collared/button down shirts, shorts, jeans, comfortable walking shoes, flip flops, sun dresses, bathing suits. I would bring a long sleeve shirt and a very light sweater just in case the weather decides to turn. I would also make sure you bring a small back pack so you can pack things like cameras, water and phones. Water temperatures range from 68 in June to 77 in August.
Drinking Water in Croatia
Drinking tap water in Croatia is safe. Beers in Croatia are superb! Beer goes by the name of pivo in Croatia. Try Ozujsko, Tuborg or Karlovako. There is a 5 gallon water bottle in front of the dining lounge to refill your water daily.
Tipping in Croatia is acceptable. The standard rate is 10% at restaurants. We will also be passing an envelope onboard the ship for the boat staff. We recommend $20 per guest per day for the crew. Tipping is how most of these crew members make their money so if you feel someone went above and beyond them a little extra.
While the healthcare in Croatia is considered good, I highly recommend my happy guests consider travel insurance. Of course no one wants to think about things that could go wrong when we travel. You can play it safe by purchasing travel insurance that will go a long way toward protecting you if something should happen. My experience has taught me to expect the unexpected. Check with your credit card companies to see if they offer trip insurance . Be aware that your credit card company’s coverage may not be comprehensive. I personally use Travelex and you may obtain a free quote by clicking here. https://www.travelexinsurance.com/index.aspx?location=43-0656&go=bp I would also check with your US based health care provider before you leave to see what coverage they offer in Croatia. Most of them have a network of hospitals that will accept coverage.
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