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
- Entry for tourism is permitted only with documentary evidence of an accommodation paid in advance and in full, prior to arrival at the border (the accommodation reservation alone is not sufficient for entry
- One of the following must be presented to qualify for entry;
- A negative viral test result: PCR test not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the test to arriving at the border crossing point).
- A certificate of vaccination (any vaccine) for persons whose final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is more than 14 days prior to crossing the border.
- A medical certificate confirming that the traveler has recovered from COVID-19 after having a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result. The certificate is valid 11-180 days after the positive test result.
- You will need to fill out the Enter Croatia online form. https://entercroatia.mup.hr
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.
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.
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 $15 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.
Getting to Croatia
You will need to arrive into Dubrovnik to start the cruise
Here are a list of airlines that fly into Dubrovnik
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.
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 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 If you can book the apartment Studio Cikato you won't be disappointed!
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/.
Videos to watch