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Katarina Line Micro Cruises in Croatia

We're looking at taking a small ship "cruise" from Dubrovnik to Split and renting a car there for the onwards journey to Slovenia. IN terms of the cruse I'm looking at two options with Katarina Line (which seems to be the major player/sublettor in the area). One is a shorter one: 5 nights (DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK - KORČULA - HVAR -BOL - SPLIT); the other is a longer 7 night cruise (DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN or SLANO - MLJET - KORČULA - VIS - HVAR - BOL - MAKARSKA - PUČIŠĆA - OMIŠ - SPLIT). The ships carry about 25-30 people and are fairly spartan so I'm viewing it more of a floating hotel/swimming platform/lunch spot rather than a classic cruise.

Has anyone on this board taken a Katarina cruise? If so, what are your impressions? Also, is the longer option too much of a good thing, ie "seen one seaside Croatian village, seen them all" sort of thing. Are the stops on the second itinerary spectacular enough to warrant the longer cruise? We were in Croatia a few years back (basically stopped in Dubrovnik on a Med cruise) and liked Croatia enough to see it in much more depth, but never saw more of it than that.

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This past August we did an 8 day cruise through and did use Katarina cruising from Split through the islands to Dubrovnik and back and had a great time. There were Norweigens, Swedes, Australians, Belgiums, and us along with 2 other U.S. couples. We had plenty of stops for swimming and touring and most evenings were in port so we ate on shore, and no, if you've seen one port town, you haven't seen them all. Breakfast was the same every day, however, you could have eggs or an omelet, or cold cuts, cheese, and/or cereal. Lunches were much nicer, and the Captains' dinner(€25) was really special. Wine, beer, and cocktails are available for sale, and they did "discourage" bringing hard stuff on board, however, the Nordic guests who did weren't bothered. Rooms are pretty basic and the top deck was basically setup for sun bathing. We were quite pleased with the staff and crew of the Kleopatra that was our ship.

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Marcus, we did the week-long KL2 itinerary (from Split to Dubrovnik and back). Jerry's experience mirrored our own: we went with another couple and loved it! We booked directly with Katarina Line.

More importantly, IMO, than the actual itinerary is the choice of boat - go for the top-tier. Also don't expect a standard cruising experience... consider it more like 'glamping' on water, LOL!

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How long were you in the individual ports, in general. We would like to do things like bike, kayak and snorkel and are debating between a cruise, or creating our own itinerary using a ferry to visit fewer islands, but have adequate time in each port.