Historic, beautiful Dubrovnik gets it’s first home ported cruise ship in 2015, when the 33,930 ton, four star Thomson Celebration begins a series of seven night, summer long round trip cruises from the main port of Croatia. The ship, recently upgraded with a number of balcony cabins and suites, will offer a total of twenty four sailings in all, from May 7th to October 8th inclusive. All of these cruises are sold on an all inclusive basis, with drinks included in the lead in fare.
There are four different itineraries, as outlined below;
ADRIATIC AFFAIR has seven departures. Each cruise calls at Koper, Venice, Sibenik, Korcula and the little known, very beautiful Italian port of Bari, on the heel of Italy. Departures are on May 7, May 28, June 25, July 23, 20 August, 17 September and 15 October. These cruises each feature one full sea day.
CROATIAN CLASSICS offers six departures, and showcases the ports of Rovinj, Venice, Trieste, Zadar and Split, as well as featuring one sea day. These cruises depart from Dubrovnik on May 14, 11 June, 9 July, August 6, 3 September and 1 October.
GRECIAN LEGENDS also offers six round trip sailings from Dubrovnik, and calls at Katakolon, Corinth for Athens, Itea, Corfu Town and Kotor. Again, there is a full sea day on each cruise. Departure dates; May 21, June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10 and October 8.
TASTE OF THE ADRIATIC has five departures, and serves up the ports of Valletta, Messina, Brindisi. Kotor and Hvar. Again, there is one fulld ay at sea to enjoy the ship’s recently revamped on board facilities. These sailings depart on June 4, July 2, July 30, August 27 and September 24.
This is a unique series of cruises, and should prove to be very popular. In addition, each one comes with the option of adding on a three or seven night hotel stay in Dubrovnik itself either pre or post cruise, making for one of the best cruise and stay options available anywhere in the Mediterranean for the 2015 season.
A great strength of the programme is the fact that it comes as a fully inclusive package, with all flights, transfers and accommodation, as well as the cruises themselves, offered as a one stop Thomson package. The programme features direct flights to Dubrovnik- flight time around two and a half hours in all- from the six airports of London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
The Thomson Celebration herself is a comfortable ship, offering all cabins with flat screen televisions, plus tea and coffee makers. Twenty two suites and cabins have private balconies. The ship has two pools- one of them adults only- six bars, and three restaurants. She has a total passenger capacity of 1,264, based on double occupancy.
Thomson Celebration is a perfect size for cruising the many deep, indented fjords and coastal highlights of the stunning Croatian landscape. A ship of these dimensions allows you to see this amazing visual smorgasbord in an ‘up close and personal’ style that no mega ship can truly match. And, with fewer people on board, you also neatly side step the crowds and hassle of getting on and off at each call. Plus, the all inclusive nature of the product makes it a really good value, too.
Worth knowing; Most cruise ships actually dock at the port of Gruz, a couple of kilometres from Dubrovnik itself. You can catch a local shuttle bus into the city for a nominal charge, or walk it in around an hour.
Cruise and stay; The cruise and stay programme offers a choice of twelve different properties, in and around the Dubrovnik area. If you’re looking to really splash out, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik has a fantastic location overlooking the bay, and is eminently swanky.