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Cruises along the Croatian Coast

Sail the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, visiting historic walled cities, picturesque towns and yacht-filled harbours lined with traditional bars and cafes

Voyage along the Croatian coast on our range of sailing, luxury or casual gulet cruises from amazing Venice, historic Dubrovnik or one of the ports on the Adriatic coastline from Italy to Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania.

  • Cruise to Dubrovnik "pearl of the Adriatic"
  • Bay of Kotor
  • Korkula, one of Croatia's thousand islands

About Croatian Coast Cruises

Dubrovnik is 'the 'pearl of the Adriatic'. Enter the Pile Gate and walk the intricate web of streets and squares, down the marble-paved Stradon and around the 10th century stone city walls.

Split developed around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, and is a fascinating and typical Mediterranean city filled with markets, shops and cafes.

Cruise Kotor Bay past islands and under high mountains to medieval Kotor in Montenegro. This old walled town has ancient squares and alleys with attractive buildings, including the 9th century St Tryphon's Cathedral.

Medieval Korcula, one of Croatia's thousand islands and reputed birthplace of Marco Polo, has rich architecture, natural beauty, and a relaxed pace of life.

Koper's old Venetian quarter surrounds Tito Square and the largest cathedral in Slovenia. Rovinj has narrow, cobbled streets, small squares, and Venetian palaces.

Pula was an ancient Roman city and is dominated by the large well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. The city of Sibenik is one of the oldest in Croatia. Perhaps visit nearby Krka Falls in the National Park. Trogir is a beautiful walled and gated town with an elegant palm-lined seafront and small, inviting squares and alleys.

Mountains and valleys scattered with pine, carob and citrus trees are the main feature of the unspoilt landscape on Vis island. Hvar is the longest and perhaps the most beautiful Croatian island, with a palm-fringed harbour, good bathing beaches and interesting sites.

Ploce has an attractive harbour and within reach is Mostar, the historic city in Bosnia-Hercogovina with its rebuilt replica of the 500 year-old bridge demolished in the recent war. Mljet is a lush island well known for its wine, olives and goats cheese, and for its great natural beauty and sandy beaches.

The Albanian city of Durres has the largest Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans and the former King Zog’s Villa Durres. There are excursions to Albania’s capital Tirana, once forbidden to westerners.

Split, Croatia Trogir Rovinj

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  • Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik and back

    Titan Hitours Ship - Adriatic Queen Adriatic Queen

    Explore the Dalmatian islands scattered along the Croatian coastline on this half-board cruise on small ship Adriatic Queen, with flights, transfers and home departure service 2017 - May, Jun

    Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £1219pp
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  • Croatia and Montenegro

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This relaxing 7-night cruise on Star Flyer from the enchanting city of Venice explores the highlights of the sparkling Adriatic coastline, from the historic city of Dubrovnik to UNESCO-listed Kotor and medieval Piran 2017 - Sep
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Venice, Croatia and Montenegro Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1370pp
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  • The Dalmatian Coast

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik and back

    Riviera Travel Ship - Corona Corona

    Explore atmospheric medieval towns and stunning islands on this relaxing cruise along the Dalmatian coast on board stylish small ship Corona, with return flights from the UK 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    The Dalmatian Coast Fly Cruise Package
    From £1399pp
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  • Highlights of Croatia

    7 Nights - Split and back

    Riviera Travel Ship - Admiral Admiral

    Discover secluded bays and fascinating cities on this superb voyage along the dramatic Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik and back, with return flights from the UK 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    Highlights of Croatia Fly Cruise Package
    From £1499pp
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  • Croatia and Montenegro Cruise

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik and back

    CroisiEurope Ship - La Belle de l'Adriatique La Belle de l'Adriatique

    Explore the Croatian coast visiting lesser known islands and picturesque ports on board specially designed small ship La Belle de L'Adriatique 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Croatia and Montenegro Cruise to the highlights of the Croatian coast and islands Blue Water Package
    From £1565pp Cruise Only From £1170pp
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  • Dramatic Dalmatia

    7 Nights - Split and back

    Riviera Travel Ship - Aquamarin Aquamarin

    Cruise along the magnificent Dalmatian coast from Split to Zadar and back to explore beautifully preserved and atmospheric medieval cities, on board luxury small ship Aquamarin, with return flights from the UK 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep

    Dramatic Dalmatia Fly Cruise Package
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  • Lakes and Islands of Undiscovered Croatia

    10 Nights - Zagreb to Split

    Titan Hitours Ship - Seagull Seagull

    With a 3-night hotel stay in Croatian capital Zagreb, see the city, Slovenian capital Ljubliana, and scenic Lake Bled before travelling to the coast via the stunning Plitvice National Park. From Trogir discover the islands and villages of the Dalmatian coast on a 7-night cruise ending in Split. Includes return flights and home transfer service 2017 - May, Jun, Sep

    Lakes and Islands of Undiscovered Croatia Fly Cruise Package
    From £1669pp
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  • Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik and back

    Variety Cruises Ship - Panorama Panorama

    A brand new 7-night cruise exploring the medieval treasures of the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro on 49-passenger yacht Panorama, with highlights including UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and the beautiful island of Korcula. Includes relaxing swim stops and return flights from the UK 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    Exclusive £50pp discount - now from just £1919pp!

    Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro Fly Cruise Package
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  • Adriatic Odyssey

    7 Nights - Dubrovnik and back

    Variety Cruises Ship - Panorama Panorama

    Discover the stunning natural beauty and historical treasures of the Adriatic on this unique holiday from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, Paxos and Corfu on board 49-passenger yacht, Panorama. Includes relaxing swim stops and return flights from the UK 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    Adriatic Odyssey Fly Cruise Package
    From £1979pp
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  • Greek Islands and Croatia

    10 Nights - Athens to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Join tall ship Star Flyer on this sailing holiday exploring the idyllic Greek islands and Croatia coast visiting the historic city of Dubrovnik and the islands of Korcula and Hvar 2017 - Jul, Sep, Oct
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Greek Islands and Croatia aboard Star Clipper Cruise Only
    From £1980pp
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  • Rome to Venice

    10 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join superb tall ship Royal Clipper sailing from Rome to Venice taking in the exquisite beauty and capitvating history of Italy and Croatia 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Rome to Venice Sailing Cruise on Royal Clipper Cruise Only
    From £2200pp
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  • Empires of the Mediterranean

    9 Nights - Venice to Athens

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sea and Sky Choice of Ships

    Join brand new Viking Star, Sea or Sky journeying from Venice along the Croatian coast and on to the idyllic Greek islands, visiting ancient ruins, charming towns and medieval cities. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Mar, Apr
    2018 - Mar
    Save £500pp PLUS free gratuities, free drinks package and up to $300pp OBC!

    Empires of the Mediterranean Fly Cruise Package
    From £2290pp
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  • Secrets of the Adriatic

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Discover the gems of the Croatian coast on this fascinating luxury voyage on board megayacht Le Lyrial 2017 - May, Aug, Sep

    Secrets of the Adriatic Luxury Cruise Cruise Only
    From £2459pp
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  • Dalmatia and Ancient Greece

    12 Nights - Venice to Athens

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Sail the beautiful Adriatic Sea to the classical sites of ancient Greece on this unforgettable 12-night discovery cruise from Venice with a 2-night hotel stay in Athens. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2017 - Sep

    Dalmatia and Ancient Greece Fly Cruise Package
    From £2495pp
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  • Luxury Croatia and Montenegro Cruise

    8 Nights - Venice and back

    Azamara Club Cruises Ship - Azamara Quest Azamara Quest

    Discover the beautiful scenery and rich history of the Adriatic on this luxury voyage from Venice including the walled city of Dubrovnik, well-preserved Zadar and picturesque Kotor 2017 - May, Aug

    Luxury Croatia and Montenegro Cruise from Venice Cruise Only
    From £2499pp
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  • Italian and Adriatic Highlights

    14 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    This superb discovery voyage combines a 2-night hotel stay in Rome with a 12-night cruise around Italy and the stunning Adriatic coast. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2017 - Sep

    Italian and Adriatic Highlights Fly Cruise Package
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  • Mediterranean Odyssey

    12 Nights - Barcelona to Venice

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sea and Sky Choice of Ships

    This Mediterranean voyage on brand new ships Viking Star, Sea and Sky takes you from Barcelona along the French Riviera and on to the ancient highlights and hidden gems of Italy and Croatia. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Mar, Apr
    2018 - Mar
    Save £500pp PLUS free gratuities, free drinks package and up to $300pp OBC!

    Mediterranean Odyssey from Barcelona to Venice Fly Cruise Package
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  • Ultimate Adriatic Luxury Yacht Cruise

    7 Nights - Venice to Dubrovnik

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Esprit Crystal Esprit

    Experience the unprecedented luxury of boutique yacht Crystal Esprit, on an all-inclusive 7-night cruise to the most picturesque gems of the stunning Adriatic Coastline 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Ultimate Adriatic Luxury Yacht Cruise Cruise Only
    From £3625pp
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  • Springtime in the Adriatic

    26 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Set sail in the Spring from Southampton to the Adriatic Coast and discover the walled city of Dubrovnik, the timeless allure of Venice and the capitvating islands of Malta, Hvar and Sardinia 2017 - Mar
    Save up to 30%!

    Springtime in the Adriatic No Fly Cruise
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  • Venice and the Mediterranean

    25 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore the contrasting cities of the Mediterranean, from enchanting Venice to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Malta's historic capital, Valletta, on this unique voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II 2017 - Oct
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    Venice and the Mediterranean No Fly Cruise
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  • Mediterranean Discovery

    10 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Explore picturesque Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, the UNESCO-listed city of Valletta and historic Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", on this superb all-inclusive voyage to the treasures of the Mediterranean on Seven Seas Voyager. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2017 - Sep

    Mediterranean Discovery Fly Cruise Package
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  • Venice Simplon Orient Express and the Adriatic

    9 Nights - London to Venice

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Spend two days on the luxurious Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, before enjoying a hotel stay in enchanting Venice and a cruise along the picturesque Croatian coast on stylish mega-yacht Le Lyrial on this exclusive holiday 2017 - May
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    Orient Express and Secrets of the Adriatic Blue Water Package
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  • Venice Simplon Orient Express and Luxury Croatia Cruise

    10 Nights - London to Dubrovnik

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Esprit Crystal Esprit

    Travel in unparalleled luxury on board the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in the most romantic city in the world, and cruise amongst the exquisite jewels of the stunning Croatian coast 2017 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express and Luxury Croatia Cruise Blue Water Package
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  • Croatian Coast Highlights

    Dubrovnik

    The red-roofed city of Dubrovnik can be admired from the walkway along its 10th century walls. Below, the elegant, marble-paved Stradun leads to colourful caf's, St Blaise's church, Sponza Palace and the cloistered Franciscan Monastery housing a pharmacy which has been in use since 1316.

    Dubrovnik (Croatia)

    Hvar

    Hvar is a picturesque island on the Dalmatian Riviera, with good bathing beaches and a harbour backed by a hillside of terracotta-tiled houses. There are views of the sea and surrounding islets from the Fortica fortress, and the Franciscan monastery houses a museum exhibiting 16th-century paintings. Also in the town is the Cathedral of St Stephan, the unfinished Gothic palace of Hekrotivic, and a palm-fringed waterfront with seafood restaurants.

    Hvar (Croatia)

    Koper

    Koper has a well-preserved and compact medieval centre with quaint narrow streets, and is Slovenia's main port. The symbol of the city is the lovely Praetorian Palace, which is situated in the picturesque main square. One of Koper's oldest buildings is the 12th-century church of Carmine Rotunda which contains a series of 14th-century frescoes. Across the bay is the resort of Ankaran and its sandy beaches.

    Korcula

    Korcula is a forested island with a charming old walled town of Venetian and Renaissance buildings. Enter through one of the city gates to see delightful squares and narrow alleys, which lead to the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born and the Cathedral of St Mark. Caf's along the city walls look out across the blue Adriatic

    Korcula (Croatia)

    Mljet

    Mljet is a lush island well known for its wine, olives and goats cheese, and for its great natural beauty. Much of the island is covered by forests, the northwestern half forming Mljet National Park, noted for its spectacular saltwater lakes. The sea round the island is rich in fish and marine life.

    Mljet (Croatia)

    Opatija

    The town of Opatija was one of the earliest resorts on the Adriatic coast. It is backed by Ucka Mountain and woodland and has many graceful villas and a seaside promenade with a well-known statue, the 'Maiden with the Seagull'. The Park of St Jakov has 159 plant species including exotic examples from the Far east, South America and Australia, and a 15th-century church of the same name.

    Opatija (Croatia)

    Piran

    Part of the Venetian empire for five centuries until the late 18th centruy, Piran in Slovenia feels like an Italian coastal town. Its old town retains the clustered medieval structure of narrow winding streets and houses huddled close together, with numerous squares and churches surrounded by the city wall. Tartini Square in the centre of Piran is named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who made the town world-famous. Overlooking the town and the sea is the dramatically situated St George Cathedral and its spectacular bell tower with views over the Croatian and Italian coasts.

    Piran (Slovenia)

    Pula

    Pula is at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula in the north of Croatia, across the Adriatic Sea from Venice. It dates back to Roman times, with its well-preserved ampitheatre built as the venue for gladiator fights at the same time as Rome`s Colosseum in the 1st century AD, and other Roman sights including the Forum and Triumphal Arch. The ampitheatre is still used for summer concerts and festivals.Pula has major fortifications from its time as the major naval port of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Nowadays, Pula is a busy commercial city with a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. The city is bordered by national parks remarkable for their astounding unspoilt natural beauty.

    Pula (Croatia)

    Rijeka

    Rijeka is a busy port at the northern tip of the Croatian coast, almost untouched by tourism. The main shopping street is the Corso, where there are cafes and fountains. The oldest structure in Rijeka is a stone archway which was once the entrance to a Roman centre of command, and also of interest is the Maritime and Historical Museum. It is housed in a former palace and exhibits nautical, Roman and Greek archaeological finds.

    Rijeka (Croatia)

    Rovinj

    The first view of Rovinj from the sea is the much-photographed Riva waterfront and its brightly-painted houses, and the bell-tower of Saint Eufemia's Church which can be climbed for wonderful views of the town and the picturesque islands along the coast. Narrow cobbled streets lead up to the old town from the harbour, where three ancient defensive gates survive. Red Island and its beaches can be reached in 15 minutes by boat from Rovinj.

    Rovinj (Croatia)

    Sibenik

    Sibenik is one of Croatia`s oldest cities, where the sights include the City Square, the Dukes and Bishop's Palaces and a Venetian Loggia, reached via the steep winding alleys of the Old Town. The highlight of a visit to Sibenik is the World Heritage-listed Renaissance cathedral of St James, built in 1434 and situated below the town's fortress walls. The city region of Dolac is peppered with lively cafes and restaurants serving local specialities.

    Sibenik (Croatia)

    Split

    The World Heritage Site of Split is a bustling city and the second largest in Croatia. It gradually developed around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built more than 1700 years ago and incorporating columns and sphinxes from Egypt. Remarkably it still thrives today, housing restaurants, shops and markets. Within the palace is the Peristile, a colonnaded square, and the cathedral. Split's Archaeological Museum exhibits Roman artefacts including coins, and reliefs of mythical figures.

    Split (Croatia)

    Triluke Bay

    This small cove on Korcula Island has three peaceful beaches backed by pine forests and is used as a stop for swimming and relaxing, perhaps with visits to some of the surrounding villages.

    Trogir

    Trogir is a historic town on the Croatian coast close to Split. It dates from the 3rd century BC and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. Trogir is a walled and gated town with an elegant palm-lined seafront and small, inviting squares and alleys. Its medieval centre includes a preserved castle and tower and many public buildings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The church of St Lawrence is noted for its west portal.

    Trogir (Croatia)

    Venice (Italy)

    The glorious buildings along the Grand Canal are a breathtaking sight - the ornate fa'ades of 15th century Palazzo Dario and Ca' d'Oro, the Rialto and St Mark's Square and Basilica. Venice is renowned for its Murano glass and for its exclusive shops. Upmarket boutiques run from Piazza San Marco to the Accademia Bridge and more unusual wares are available in Frezzeria.

    Venice

    Zadar

    Once a dominant city on the Adriatic coast, picturesque Zadar is a historical treasure with the remains of a Roman Forum, the Church of St. Donat, the Romanesque Cathedral of St Anastasia, the Church of St Mary, and the Benedictine Convent. The city owns a permanent collection of church art known as 'The Gold and Silver of Zadar'. It has some good beaches, restaurants and taverns, serving up the local Maraskino liqueur.

    Zadar (Croatia)

    Customer Reviews

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    As frequent visitors to Venice, it had long been our dream to sail out of the city and onto unfamiliar places. With great excitement we woke early on the morning of our departure and headed to the port to see the ship for ourselves. As we hurried over the many bridges along the Zattere, we spotted her from afar looking resplendent in the distance - like an elegant private yacht, dwarfed by the huge liner in the distance.
    Heading out along the Guidecca Canal has to be the most scenic departure by cruise ship anywhere and, as the evening sun lit up the famous buildings around the lagoon and with a beautiful ship to explore, we were on our way to realising our dream.

    Unable to wait until our suggested boarding time, we took our chance and headed into the San Basilio customs building and, within a very short time, we left the heat of Venice and found ourselves welcomed on board this stunning ship which soon came to be known as 'the bubble'. It was like entering a different world - a world of understated style and service.

    Le Soleal, with only 200 passengers on board, is more than a 5 star hotel. Our cabin was beautifully equipped with everything that we could wish for and more. The public areas were tastefully furnished, spacious and impeccably serviced. The staff, always on hand and soon able to remember our preferences, made our time aboard such a pleasure and they were always smiling! Our first meal was a delight and served with great professionalism and this set the standard for all the meals that we had on board. The food was delicious, varied and beautifully presented.

    Our first port of call was Split and it was here that we realised that we had a dilemma! However beautiful the visits - from historic Dubrovnik to stunning Hvar - we were torn between exploring the sites and getting back on board into our 'bubble'. Here was coolness, pampering and peace. A wonderful itinerary with a new port every day but the time spent at sea was just as memorable.

    Life on board soon set its own rhythm and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day to make the most of everything that the ship had to offer. As a musical cruise we were fortunate to have a superb operatic mezzo soprano and a classical pianist on board to give wonderful concerts on several evenings - plus our own private recitals when we stumbled across them rehearsing! The lectures were top class and went far beyond the usual port talk bringing the history as well as the geography to life.

    Too soon our time aboard came to an end and we were tying up in Venice once again. Highlights? There were many which will stay with us for a very long time. Concerns? None.

    It was an unforgettable trip.

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    Our Holiday started when the driver arrived at our front door to collect us to take us to the airport, no stress.
     
    At the airport the Titan personnel (with porter for the bags) were there to meet us and escort us to the check in. Then a quick flight to Dubrovnik where we were met again by the Tour Manager who was charming. From there we were whisked away to the boat where the boat staff loaded our cases in to the cabins - no stress.
     
    Every day was different with interesting talks and tours, as the boat was small it was able to get into the small harbours so that we got to see more interesting places, off the beaten track as they say, no stress.
     
    The Captain arranged two musical evenings for us, one traditional and the other very lively, as we all got up dancing and I mean all. The staff looked after us all so well even when one of the ladies was unwell, the care and attetion to detail was amazng. We also got to swim in the sea and our tour mamager recorded it with a photo which he put up on the board the day after. Nothing was too much trouble. Having a small number of people on the boat meant that we could get around quicker and no stress.
     
    All in all we had a wonderful time and made some lovely lasting friendships, so much so we are going again next year, about 7 of us from the original trip, to see the Northern part of Croatia.
     
    If you have never tried this type of holiday then go for it, this was our first and we are hooked, no stress.

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    L'Austral was an extremely elegant ship. We received a fulsome welcome from the moment we stepped aboard to be handed towels to mop our brows from the Italian heat. We were then shown to our cabin which was delightfully appointed with a massive bed. One of the nicest features was the wet room with a superb shower with a sliding panel which allowed you to see the scenery as you glided along the coast whilst in the shower.
     
    We had read about the excellence of the food and again this did not disappoint. The meals were superb with excellent French cuisine and wine to match. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and you could wander in to dinner when you liked and told to sit wherever you fancied. The staff were very pleasant and eager to please. In fact there were as many members of the crew as there were guests. The whole atmosphere was very relaxed. Being on a small ship made it all feel very immediate. We have never been on a cruise before where the Captain said you were welcome to visit the bridge at any time providing we didn't speak to Officers if they were busy. In fact we saw more of the Captain than we had ever experienced before.
     
    The itinerary was also excellent and we visited some lovely places on the Dalmatian Coast. Again the size of the ship meant that we could visit places which would have been off limits for a large cruise ship. Even when we had to tender ashore the design of the ship was such that this proved to be a very pleasant exercise.  Bottled water in the cabin and small bottles to take ashore were complimentary.  Also, most of the ports of call had a beach within walking distance and towels were provided.
     
    We had two so called 'formal' evenings - Bastille Day and a gala dinner at the end of the week ,when all guests dined together with an opera group to entertain.  Formal wear encompassed long evening dresses to 'best' jeans.  Several gentlemen wore linen suits or sports jackets or just a nice shirt and slacks. . I was glad not to have to wear my  dinner jacket because it was so hot, but possibly on cooler cruises this may not be the case.  However, in his welcome,  the Cruise Director mentioned dress code but stressed they wanted everyone to dress how they felt comfortable.
     
    It just remains for me to thank you for the extremely efficient and courteous service we have received from your company and you in particular and would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and acquaintances. Indeed, we hope the time may come when we can try another of the cruises of the Compagnie du Ponant as it is a unique experience.

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    This was one of my favorite trips ever. I highly recommend it for great scenery, awesome architecture, quaint villages, beautiful beaches,snorkeling and swimming reasonably priced food and wine while in port - this trip has it all.  It is certainly not a glamorous boat - but that was part of the charm and we were not expecting that. Just a ton of fun.  Food was fine, rooms were clean, bartender / server was great.

    Booking was great - cannot remember - (has been awhile since the trip) who took care of me - but she was fabulous.

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    LA BELLE de L`ADRIATIQUE is a beautiful ship,quality built. The cabins on their main decks have two large picture windows. The beds were perfect. The whole crew without exception could not have been more helpful. Excellent food and entertainment.

    The itinary was very good. You did not really need a guide for the town walkabouts because so much information was available to you. Looking forward to doing the same trip next year because there is so much to see and there was not enough time to fit it all in.

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    This was our very first cruise.  It will not be our last.

    The scenery along the Dalmation Coast is spectacular.  The towns and villages are rich with history and interest.  When on land, we had ample time to wander around and absorb the culture.  At each land visit, there were optional walking tours provided by guides who spoke French and English.

    On board the ship, La Belle de l'Adriatique, we were very spoilt.  The cabins were roomy and spacious.  The common areas (lounges, bars and decks) were comfortable and friendly.  The crew went out of their way to please and serve.

    Our meals were wonderful.  The chef and waiters went to no end of trouble to make the dining fun, tasteful and memorable. Many meals had special themes, and the crew dressed appropriate to the theme.

     We recommend this cruise.  We will certainly be using the tour company again.

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    The gulet was great fun. 

    We had been allocated to "Lopar", sailing out of Split, along with twenty one others of a similar "mature" age group. We had travelled as a group of four from the UK, three English speaking couples from Switzerland, four couples from the USA and the balance from Australia, who also spoke their version of English! [both UK couples have children and grandchildren living in Oz]

    The cabins were a little Spartan but it was no great hardship for a week.  
There was a lower double bed with a single bunk above - some couples used the bunk as a shelf to supplement the limited wardrobe space, but even at the end of May it was so warm at night that we were pleased to sleep apart and dig deeper into our luggage, stowed under the bed, as and when we needed clean clothes.  The standard flushing toilet (no pumping) and shower shared a small "wet room"; it was important to remember to remove the toilet roll before showering.

    The continental breakfast was more than adequate, no one needed to take up the supplement for "full English". 
Despite the cramped galley, lunch was consistently good, gourmand rather than gourmet, but perhaps a little too plentiful for those of us who have already developed a "middle-age spread". One evening this was aggravated by a truly excellent Captain's Dinner (no formal dress required). My wife despairs of me ever losing the excess weight.

    Certainly we had no great appetite for any large evening meals in the many pleasant restaurants in the interesting, and in some cases spectacular, ports of call.

    In the evenings, we were often moored (rafted) alongside other gulets who had younger and much noisier passengers, who kept us awake at night.  There was one night when we were spared the party makers, but that particular tiny port of call had a full blown chorus of cats, who eventually set the dogs off, who then woke up the cockerels but at least we weren't forced to listen to noisy and slightly drunken conversation.  There again, there was one night when the extraneous conversation and the decks were drowned by a thunderstorm; it is strange how much easier it is to sleep through "natural" noise than people shouting.

    At the end of May, the sea was supposedly "too cold" for the crew, who were a really nice group of lads, but we, from more northerly climes (and the Aussies who will swim anywhere, anytime), were happy to have a swim most days when we were anchored in secluded bays for another gargantuan lunch.

    We had a lot of fun (six of us went on the white water rafting excursion), enough "culture" to widen our horizons without becoming tedious, enough sun to top up the tans we had got during our winter holidays and more than enough to eat and drink to last for several more weeks.

    What was wrong or less good?  Being asked to be careful with the tap water but not being provided with a plug for the basin; hardly a big deal.

    What would make it better? Not having to pay, as a supplement, for bottled water; it wasn't that expensive but it would have been easier for the passengers and the crew if there would have been a basketful of bottles available each morning; they would not lose out on alcohol sales but it would keep people "hydrated"; or they need to reassure passengers that the tap water is safe and potable.

     

    "Croation Island Hopping" by lendeadneck5 star
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    We have just come back from one of the best holidays we have ever had, cruising the Croation islands from Dubrovnik with Katarina lines booked through Blue Water Holidays. Everything about our trip was good - the boat, the crew, the places we visited and the helpful and friendly staff at Blue Water.

    The trip itself was idyllic, getting under way around breakfast time and cruising for a couple of hours, chatting or sunbathing, to our our next location. There were opportunities to swim off the boat before lunch, after which we had time to explore the port and surrounding areas before stopping off at a bar for a beer before dinner! We liked the idea of evening meals ashore as it gave us a chance to sample the local cuisine and soak up the atmosphere.

    This a a trip we would heartily recommend to everyone - we meet some great people and saw lots of wonderful scenery. We plan to do the same again at some point in the future but in a different location - we'll be trying Blue Water first!

     

     

     

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    Review to Follow

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    We spent a week on this fantastic cruise from Slovenia along the Adriatic Coast, taking in Croatia and Montenegro. We visited the Pula with its Roman amphitheatre, the beautiful bays of Rovinj, the clear blue seas at Zadar, the famous walled palace of Split, the picturesque island of Korcula, the historic city of Dubrovnik with its 2 km of city walls, the Montegrian city of Kotor, the coastal resort of Budva and the world famous bridge at Mostar. We cruised on the Arion at the beginning of September and weather was superb, with temperatures varying from high 20s to mid 30s.

    MS Arion was amazing. With only 330 passengers at full capacity there is a lovely small ship friendly relaxed feel onboard. All menus, announcements, briefings and entertainment are in both French and English. I found the staff to be consistently attentive, friendly and obliging.

    As far as dining is concerned, Arion provides at feast for your tastebuds, starting with a buffet breakfast which offers a choice of cooked breakfast, fresh fruits and a variety of bread and brioches. Lunch and breakfast can be taken either on deck in the sunshine or in the main dining room. At lunchtime there is a choice of either a plentiful buffet out on deck - meat, fish, vegetables, salads, all fresh high quality international food or a five course lunch with waiter service in the restaurant! Afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes is generally served on deck at around 5pm. For dinner you are allocated a table that you stick to for the week, and are served an extravaganza of six courses every evening. The menu was extremely varied and always with choice of meat, fish and vegetarian. If you have any space left at all then you can indulge further in the midnight snacks that are brought to the bar for you! Once a week there is a special buffet at midnight a grand affair with amazing food carvings and the traditional cruise Baked Alaska parade.
    Every evening after dinner there is entertainment of one form or another, in the bar/main lounge. This varied from a low key band with singer, to a full-on singing and dancing show.

    Drinks on board are incredibly reasonably priced, especially if you opt for the drink of the day or the BOGOF beers at lunchtime!! Tea and coffee are included at meal times but to be paid for during the rest of the day. The ship operates a no cash system during the cruise, but bills can be settled on the last day either by credit card or cash.

    There is no shortage of places to enjoy a drink, with the outside seating area, the Lido bar, the main lounge, and the bar area all being pleasant areas to sit and relax.

    Also onboard is a plunge pool (filled daily with sea water and not heated!!), quiet sheltered seating areas, a shop stocked with essentials and souvenirs, a photo shop, extensive outside areas with sun loungers, a hairdressers and beauty salon, and a doctor.

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    This was a most successful and enjoyable holiday on a well-run Belgian ship, in stunning late summer sunshine, and with a variety of historic and landscape features to appreciate among the islands and coastal areas of southern Croatia and Kotor in Montenegro.   The food served on board deserved particular commendation in its quality and variety.

    "Dubrovnik Visit" by carleton4 star
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    On my Cruise down the Croatian Coast, I visited Dubrovnik twice in one day. In the morning we toured the town and after a leisurely afternoon and dinner back on the MS Arion evening, I joined an optional excursion to a Dubrovnik theatre for a folk-lore evening with the Dalmation acapella singers and traditional dancers. 

    In the morning we entered by the Pile Gate and were led by our expert English speaking guide through the labyrinth of streets to visit the Franciscan and the Dominican Monastery, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, and St. Blaise's Church.

    During our free time I climbed up to the city walls and took photographs of a beautifully restored city. (During the 1991 - 1997 war Dubrovnik was quite badly damaged) The evening theatre trip was delightful, as was walking through the streets in the warm evening whilst people watching and listening to the buskers.

    "Dalmatian Coast" by Derek Phillips3 star
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    We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery.

    However compared to the Danube River Cruise which we booked through you a few years ago we found the cabin cramped and the standard of the food for dinner in the dining room, although good, was also not up to the same very high standard.  Less courses of a higher standard would be preferable.  The midnight buffet was unnecessary and it appears not taken by many people.   The special buffet after the concert in Dubrovnik was outstanding.

    Whilst there were parasols over the tables on deck, there were none for the loungers and when the ship was sailing it was very difficult to find a shady spot.  These are very necessary. 

    We did find being in the smaller ports was excellent so that we could easily walk into the towns where we moored without needing transport.

    The trips were good, but we were told that although there was 3 hours walking on the trip to Plitvice National Park we had been told the first part would be at a leisurely pace. However this was not possible as it was necessary to keep up with the guide and it was all along stepped walkways which had to be watched very carefully for safety.  It would be better if the coach could pick up at the second stage as well as at the end of the final stage as this would avoid those less able having to climb up the very steep cliff at the end. 

    We hope these comments on a very enjoyable trip will be helpful.

    Tessa & Derek Phillips 

     

     

    "As a single (recently widowed) traveller I found this holiday a splendid experience - both restful and enriching because of the beautiful views and the wonderful architecture in may of the small ports as well as Dubrovnik. The ship is small enough to be friendly, and it is very civilised in its ambience. The public areas were very comfortable and the cabins were well appointed. The food was excellent though personally I would have preferred a buffet lunch as well as breakfast, rather than lunch and dinner both being quite lengthy served meals at the same table. Wi-Fi is free and efficient in public places. House wine, beer, daily cocktails are part of the package. It obviously makes life much easier if you speak some French, but the staff were helpful in making announcements to fit the nationalities on board. You are also placed on a table with people who speak your language. On this cruise announcements were made in French, English and German. Most of the passengers were French (or Francophone Canadians). My personal preference is to go on few organized trips off the ship: some personal initiative and a good guide book bought in England are more than enough to have a splendid wander around most places. I did sign up for conducted tours of Dubrovnik and Split. Transfers were very well organized and efficient. Many thanks to Blue Water Holidays for a second excellent cruise (the other being Hurtigruten's round trip from Bergen)."

    "Croatia and Montenegro" by J.Britton5 star

    My wife and I greatly enjoyed our cruise around the Croatian islands on the La Belle de L'Adriatique. We booked our own flights but the arrangement through you to transfer on arrival from Dubrovnik airport to the boat was very good. All Blue Water staff were excellent in helping us to book the holiday. The boat even took on board your information that it was our wedding anniversary [which I must have mentioned during the booking process]. It was a pleasant if slightly embarrasing surprise for this to be announced during dinner!


    For your [English?] customers, for future reference, us English speaking people were much in the minority on this mainly French boat and we have to say that the attitude of the French to us was not that good at times. The other, maybe to be expected, improvement would be to have had more time actually exploring the islands and less time in the boat's dining room!


    A concern before we booked the holiday was whether the boat was large enough to prevent seasickness to anyone prone to this. During our voyage we had some severe storms and we just about managed to survive without any actual sickness although it was uncomfortable at times.

    Secrets of the Adriatic Luxury Cruise with Compagnie du Ponant 

    What a fantastic holiday. Would reccomend it to anyone!

    "Adriatic Odyssey" by Marci5 star

    The boat, food and cabins were very good, not luxury but well more than adequate. A few of the meals were excellent. However, the staff was incredible, they bent over backwards and each one seemed incredibly happy to be on the ship to make our cruise special. The co-passengers were an amazing group of like aged, English speakers and we are sure we made some lifelong friends as we had fun on our week of sailing. I would have preferred a bit more swim and beach stops. I also personally preferred our small ports like Paxos and Korcula.

    "Dalmatian Islands" by Yvonne5 star

    The holiday was good from beginning to end, we had a fabulous time and the people on the boat were all lovely . Tony Tilley was an excellent tour manager and made everything go very smoothly. Our captain Captain Ivo on the boat was very cheerful and added a few extra islands for us to see. His staff looked after us all very well. The tours were of a very high standard .we are now looking at booking a similar one. Croatia is a wonderful place to visit and  the local people are very friendly

    Thank you Blue water for a great trip and all your help before hand.

    "THANK YOU." by steve5 star

     THIS IS NOT A CRUISE REVIEW BUT TO TELL EVERYONE HOW WELL I HAVE BEEN TREATED BY REBECCA AND HER SUPERVISOR AT BLUE WATER HOLIDAYS. WE HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH MY BOOKING AND THE FINAL OUTCOME COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER, THEY DEALT WITH IT SUPERBLY. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF YOU THINK OF BOOKING A HOLIDAY WITH THEM YOU WILL GET 100% SERVICE AND A POSITIVE OUTCOME. THANKS TO YOU BOTH. STEVE. 

    I wanted to thank Blue Water Holidays for their service and CroisiEurope for the most wonderful holiday I have ever had on board ‘La Belle De L'Adriatique'.  Nothing was too much trouble, and Croatia and the boat were wonderful.  The holiday was bliss from start to finish, with just the right blend of islands and entertainment etc, and I really really did not want to get off the boat at the end of the holiday.  The staff were superb.  Also, there was absolutely no pressure to book on the ‘group escape' excursions which I really appreciated as David and I prefer to do our own thing on-shore.  Some holidays I have been on can't wait to sign-you up, but we were just allowed to relax as we wished and do exactly what we wanted which was heaven.

     

    Truly, I cannot recommend this ship and this particular holiday highly enough and will sing its praises to all who will listen to me : - )

    "Simply the Best" by jbrittin5 star

    It would have been useful to have more information about the places we were visiting - there was an information file on board but not as detailed/useful as travel guides; also, the local crew would probably have more inside information which would have added to the shore visits. would also have been good to have known about the dangers of sea urchins before i went swimming and ended up in pain.

    but these minor gripes aside - it was a superb holiday and i could easily have stayed on board for another week. the crew were great and everything worked out brilliantly.

    i have recommended this holiday to everyone, just the right mix of relaxing and sight seeing + swimming etc. many thanks for making my summer.

    "Croatia Gulet Cruise" by S.Jones4 star

    The Croatian cruise was amazing, it far exceeded our expectations, the ship and crew were wonderful, and the cabins were more spacious than we expected and spotlessly clean. The holiday was made by the crew especially Ana and Toni, and the crew bent over backwards to accommodate everybody's needs and wishes. We go on several holidays each year, and this is by far one of the best.

    "Croatian Gulet" by Brian4 star

    We had a really good time. The boat was lovely and clean and we were also
    delighted to have such a good mix of guests.

    The captain and staff were all excellent. The food was good, but we did find that eating our main meal at lunch because we are not used to this, was a bit of a problem as we
    were not hungry enough to do justice to the tasty food. the drinks were well priced except the water which was way too expensive.

    However, all in all a really good holiday.

    THE ON-BOARD STAFF WAS VERY HELPFUL AND ATTENTIVE.

    THE LOCAL TOURGUIDES WERE ESPECIALLY GOOD AND WERE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND INFORMATIVE ABOUT THE LOCAL SITES, RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, ETC. AFTER ALL OF THE EXCITING PORTS WE VISITED, PLOCE ON THE RETURN LEG WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT. WE TURNED LEMONS INTO LEMONADE BY TAKING A SHORT BOAT EXCURSION TO THE NEAREST ISLAND MARINA,TRPANJ, OR THAT DAY WOULD HAVE BEEN WASTED.

    A BIT BETTER INFORMATION ABOUT EMBARCATION TIME (LATE AFTERNOON) WOULD HAVE ALLOWED US TO SPEND MORE TIME IN TRIESTE (LOVELY CITY , regionID = , portID = ) AND LESS TIME IN KOPER (NOT SO LOVELY ). WE SHOWED UP AT 11:00 A.M. AND HAD TO KILL 7-8 HOURS IN KOPER BEFORE WE COULD BOARD. SHIPBOARD STAFF DID CHECK OUR BAGS AND HELD THEM FOR US, THO.

    Blue Water Reviews

    Exploring the Croatian coastline on new ultra-luxury Hapag Lloyd ship Europa 2

    Mon 16th Sep 2013

    The picturesque Croatian coastline with its idyllic islands and hidden bays is a popular cruise destination. Read Jenny's review about her cruise on board Hapag Lloyd's new ultra-luxury ship Europa 2.

    DAY 1

    My first sight of Europa 2 comes from the air as my flight floats over the top of this beautiful 42,830-ton vessel. With this birds-eye view it's obvious how elegant and wonderfully small this Hapag Lloyd ship is compared with the Costa and Royal Caribbean ships moored nearby.

    A late afternoon arrival into Dubrovnik means there is no time to explore this magnificent city, but a short walk to the tender boat gives me a taste of what Dubrovnik has to offer. It has a beauty I wish to explore more and I note to add it to my list of 'places to visit'.

    The tender waits at Dubrovnik harbour to transfer me to the ship, where I am welcomed on board with a glass of champagne. The first thing that strikes me is how light, spacious and modern it is and the Atrium oozes elegance and class without needing to be brash and glitzy.

    I take the clear glass elevator to my Veranda Suite on the 6th floor. From brochures and videos I know how wonderful the suites on are, but what greets me is far beyond my expectations. A corridor leads to a large room with a double bed, separate seating area and a decent sized balcony. The bathroom is large with a monsoon shower and separate bathtub. There is also a walk-in wardrobe with full-length mirror - a woman's dream! There are plenty of amenities, including a flat-screen television, tablet PC, Nespresso machine and mini-bar, which is stocked with beers and soft drinks (at no additional charge).

    I have a glass of champagne and some strawberries as I take a moment to sit on the balcony and enjoy my luxurious surroundings. Eagerness to explore the ship further must be put on hold until tomorrow as I meet for a pre-dinner drink in the Sansibar. There are excellent views over the Dubrovnik coastline, which is lit by the setting sun.

    Dinner is taken in the Weltmeere, international a la carte restaurant. The restaurant sports some fabulous Murano glass light fittings, rumoured to have cost several million Euro! Europa 2 prides itself on its gourmet cuisine and after a 5-course meal, I can see why. The evening ends with a nightcap in the Sansibar as the ship sets sail for Hvar.

    Contemporary Cat 2 Veranda Suite Spacious Cat 2 Veranda Suite Balcony Modern Spa Suite Grand Owner's Suite bathroom Enjoy a cocktail on deck Enjoy great entertainment in the Jazz Club Enjoy superb cuisine in the Sakura Sushi Restaurant Have a nightcap in the Sansibar Enjoy Italian cuisine in the Serenissima Restaurant Dine al fresco at the Yacht Club Relax at the Ocean Spa

    DAY 2

    I wake as the ship arrives in Hvar, a small medieval island reported to be Croatia's sunniest place and this morning is no exception! Taking this into account I take breakfast 'al fresco' in the Yacht Club where there are spectacular views. Much like dinner, it is a lavish affair with a great selection of food. I could sit here all day!

    This morning is dedicated to a tour of the Europa2. Public areas are spacious and contemporary, decorated with modern works of arts and sculptures. The pool area has a retractable roof and the whole design and style reflects simple elegance. The Spa is one of the largest at sea and the well-equipped gym and PGA golf simulator are perfect for fitness enthusiasts.

    Suites on board vary in size but offer similar amenities; the ocean and spa suites have a whirlpool bath, with window (and blind) looking through to the bed and balcony areas, allowing guests to gaze out to sea whilst in the tub! I also manage to get a peak at the magnificent Owner's Suite - 99 sq metres with an indoor Jacuzzi with sea view!

    Lunchtime on board offers several dining options, guests can choose from the Weltmeere al la carte restaurant, Elements oriental cuisine restaurant or the Yacht club for those who prefer a buffet style option.

    This afternoon I take the tender boat into Hvar. A 16th-century Venetian fortress overlooks the picturesque harbour on the island. It is possible to walk to the top, from where panoramic views of the island are offered, but my time is limited so instead I wander to the main square and admire St Stephen's Cathedral before heading back to the ship.

    Dinner this evening is taken in the Tarragon restaurant, Europa2's French speciality restaurant. The d'cor in this restaurant is fabulous and I had to remind myself a few times that I was on board a ship cruising the Adriatic coast and not in a restaurant in Paris! The food is of course 'magnifique'. Saving my tightest fitting dress for the last evening may not have been the best idea!

    This evening's entertainment is a 'Pool Party Under the Stars'. Guests dance to the ship's on board band 'the Blue Express' as waiters stroll around with complimentary cocktails and Prosecco, before the resident DJ takes over.

    Review by Jenny, Blue Water Holidays

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