Croatia’s small ship cruise company Katarina Line has added three new Deluxe Superior vessels for 2021: the Rhapsody and Aurelia, both with a 36-passenger capacity, as well as the 38-passenger Adriatic Sky.
Deluxe superior vessels are the newest and largest in Katarina Line’s fleet, built to the highest standards, with quality materials that include solid wood, glass, marble and stainless steel. They also feature hot tubs, spacious sun decks with lounge areas and luxurious, air-conditioned en suite cabins with all the modern amenities.
Katarina Line also announced the addition of a 25 September 2021 guaranteed departure of its “One-Way Wonder” – a seven-night cruise between Split and Dubrovnik. (Other departures are available throughout the season).
Itinerary highlights for the sailing include a cruise around Dubrovnik’s city walls and swimming in a secluded cove within the Elaphiti Islands. Guests also visit the fishermen’s village of Slano and take a guided tour of the small, medieval fortified village of Ston. This includes a special tasting of oysters, for which the village is famous.
As part of the One-Way Wonder cruise, guests will tour Mljet National Park and its famous salt lakes, as well as take a boat ride to St. Mary Isle for a visit to the medieval Benedictine monastery. Guests will also visit the island of Vis for a tasting of its local wines and a tour of the remains of a Roman thermal bathhouse. They will enjoy views of Hvar’s famous lavender fields and tour the old town, known for its Renaissance cathedral. There are also guided walking tours of Korčula and Split.
Rates start from US$1,575 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices include arrival and departure airport transfers, air-conditioned cabins with en suite facilities, daily buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches, and a Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment. They also include transportation and admission fees to all tours and activities on the itinerary.
Positive signs for recovery
The cruise line says that the steady roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine is restoring confidence in travel worldwide.
Daniel Hauptfeld, Katarina Line’s Marketing Director says phones are “ringing steadily” and interest in Croatia is escalating.
Bookings are especially strong from families and groups that are looking to reconnect after months at home. Small ship cruising provides the perfect “travel bubble”, allowing them to safely vacation together throughout the entire journey.
“Families want to travel again after so many months at home, but they will still be concerned about their health,” Hauptfeld said. “Our small ships hold from eight to 38 passengers and are perfect for small groups, who can travel together in a ‘bubble’ of safety. We observe strict protocols that include the continuous disinfection of all public areas and observance of social distancing.”
“Our guests enjoy the clean, fresh air of the warm Adriatic Sea as well as guided tours that reveal the beauty of Croatia’s many islands, historic towns and superb national parks – all of which will be welcoming them again,” Hauptfeld added.
Lead image: New for 2021, the 19-cabin Aurelia | Source: Katarina Line