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Elegance Cruise
Onboard MS Equator 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Split – Bol (Brač) – Hvar – Korčula – Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Mljet – Pučišća (Brač) – Omiš – Split

Elegance Cruise is a value added deluxe cruise, offering the services of a professional Cruise Director onboard the brand new, built for 2017 MS Equator, a luxurious small ship spending 7 unforgettable nights along the Adriatic islands and mainland.

Check in SPLIT on SATURDAYS from 1pm (first night in Split Port)

Deluxe Package Includes

• 7 nights in A/C cabin with ensuite
• Welcome dinner (three courses) (D)
• Buffet breakfast daily (B)
• 6 three course lunches (L)
• Fresh fruit daily
• Two 0.5L bottles of water daily
• Cruise Director – English speaking
• 6 crew members
• Towels changed every second day
• Linen changed in the middle of the week
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)
• Free WiFi (restrictions may apply)
• Wireless headset system (sightseeing)

Sightseeing

• Hvar
• Korčula
• Dubrovnik with transfers & panoramic photo stop
• Split

Optional Excursions

• Krka Waterfalls NP

Vessel Description

Elegance cruise ship MS EQUATOR is built in Split shipyard for summer 2017 according to newest European standards. With its perfect size, manoeuvring abilities and its elegant 18 cabins this newly built, yacht-like ship will satisfy your refined expectations for a comfortable cruising along the Adriatic Coast. This brand new motor ship built under Croatian flag, length 39 metres and 8 metres in width, with two powerful engines + three generators for air-condition system and 220 volts, with standard cruising speed of 9 knots, bow thrusters and all electronic equipment. Construction material is steel with mahogany and iroko wood. She has 18 very spacious cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning, providing elegance cruise for up to maximum 36 persons. Experienced crew will make your cruise unforgettable. Passenger cabins are situated on two decks while crew members are accommodated in separate living quarters reserved for them. All guest cabins are very comfortable, fully air conditioned, with independent ventilation system for fresh air all the time, conveniently designed with modern private ensuites, toilet and shower in cabin. All cabins are equipped with beds in size of 200cm x 80cm or 200cm x 160cm with independent air-conditioned control, satellite LCD TV in cabins, designed wallboards, working table and chair, mirror, night lamps, safe deposit box, radio, hair dryer, 220V electric supply, lifejacket, wardrobe and luggage space under bed, as well as the latest safety & fire alarm and sound system for notification of a Cruise Director or group leader. Lower Deck cabins have two portholes and dual ventilation system while Main Deck cabins have large cabin window and porthole in bathroom. Cabins have fire-proof doors. Cabins are twin or doubles.

Large fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant with more than 70m2 is on the Upper Deck where guests can have their privacy. It is more than big enough for all passengers, equipped with bar and big screen LCD TV and each table has an easy-access chairs. There is a corner table for buffet breakfast, wireless internet (WiFi) is free of charge for all clients, loud-speakers, audio-system and microphone for notifications throughout entire ship or just restaurant area. It features beautiful, large windows for complete passenger’s satisfaction. Outside terrace is more than 50m2 in size with sitting area, tables and chairs that is fully covered, large enough for all passengers to have breakfast outside or just do nothing and enjoy. This area can be closed with removable plastic windows (in case of winds) but most of the time it’s open for a breathtaking sea view. Kitchen (galley) is made in accordance with the newest HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) standards. The ship has platform for swimming, 2 ladders with handholds for an easy access to the water and two outdoor showers and public toilettes. Bathroom towels will be changed every second day while clients can rent beach towels on the spot. Linens will be changed in the middle of the week as well, while daily cabin cleaning service is included in the package as well. Sun Deck is situated on the top deck and covers 200m2, with sunbeds for passengers. The fence is 110cm high for the safety of the passengers. This is the best part of the ship for those who enjoy sunbathing while part of a sun deck is shaded for clients comfort. Here you can enjoy the “Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi“ with its pertaining facilities, designed to ensure an unforgettable cruise.

LOWER DECK (8 Cabins)

• 8 Doubles/Twins
  (Cabin Size: 12-14m2)

MAIN DECK (10 Cabins)

• 10 Doubles/Twins
  (Cabin Size: 11-13m2)

Download MS Equator Fact Sheet

Important Information

Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Departures are guaranteed for minimum 10 participants. Cruise Operator reserves the right to cancel any departure with less than 10 participants and to change the ship name if need arises. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behaviour Cruise Operator/Captain reserves the right in asking clients to disembark. Cash bar available onboard – drinks cannot be brought onboard. Most arrival times in port are in the late afternoon. Times to be advised during cruise
Group Prices Available – Contact Croatia Times Travel for group prices.

Disclaimer

Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it.

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Twin Share
Cruise Code: 2017-AMB-EQU
Lower DeckMain Deck
May 06, 13, 20, 27
Sep 23, 30
1,5352,225
Jun 03, 10, 17, 24
Jul 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep 02, 09, 16
2,0522,569
Single supplement 50% surcharge
Small Ship Supplement Paid Upon Embarkation
Tourist Tax & Entrance Fee approx €40pp

CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Split

MS Equator will be docked in Split harbour where you can board during the entire day. Welcome meeting will start at 7:00pm, where you will be introduced by Cruise director to the Captain, crew and your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board. Welcome dinner will be served at 7:30pm. The embarkation will be possible throughout the day; passengers arriving in the morning cannot enter their cabins before 1:00pm, but they can leave luggage on board. Captain will wait for all passengers arriving late at night and these guests will be provided with cold dinner. Overnight in Split. (D)

Day 2, Sunday: Split – Bol (Brač) – Hvar

We start our day with morning departure towards Bol, said to have the best beach for swimming in Croatia named Zlatni Rat. We will stop in Bol and enjoy this nice Dalmatian town for a walk, or to have a cup of coffee and take a swim till lunch is served on board. After lunch we will continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar, with a second swim stop in a one of the many coves and bays along the way. Hvar is one of the most popular, very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Have an evening in Hvar free on your own to explore and dine around in one of numerous family owned restaurants. Upon your evening arrival at Hvar, a local English speaking guide will walk you throughout the town introducing you to the history, culture and way of life on this island. We will join a short lavender presentation where you can learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on the Island of Hvar for centuries. Overnight in Hvar Historical Town. (B, L)

Day 3, Monday: Hvar – Korčula

We start our day with morning departure towards the island of Korčula. We shall stop for a swim before lunch and in the afternoon arrive to Korčula town, on Korčula Island. Korčula is a town known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Our English speaking guide will do short Korčula City tour, and walk us through narrow and cobbled streets. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice. Overnight in Korčula Historical Town. (B, L)

Day 4, Tuesday: Korčula – Dubrovnik

After breakfast we depart for a pleasant cruise along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphite islands where we will have a swim stop and lunch arriving to Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Our own English speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breathtaking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik we will arrive to the historical centre of Dubrovnik, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After city tour you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Return coach transfer is scheduled to be at 6:00pm or you can return on your own. You will see why this city is called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

Day 5, Wednesday: Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Mljet

After breakfast we will cruise to the Mljet National Park, pass by magnificent shores of the Elaphiti islands archipelago, to the northwest of Dubrovnik, with a swim stops along the way. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to Mljet National Park. Upon arrival to the Mljet National Park, you will have free afternoon to explore the park (entrance fees are not included). Walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St Mary, with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Mljet National Park. (B, L)

Day 6, Thursday: Mljet – Pučišća (Brač)

Our voyage will continue towards Pučišća with refreshing swim stops on our way and lunch. Pučišća is the biggest village on the island of Brač an entirely different experience. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Damatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća with its spectacular irregularity of the steep-sided natural harbour, its authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambience; the fjordlike inlet meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills to join those quiet and beautiful waters. Pučišća Quarry was exploited in the Antiquity; the reopening of the quarry took place in 1455, unused since Roman times. It was from this quarry that stone was excavated to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, The Parliament house in Vienna and many other famous buildings all over the world. The only Stonemasonry school in Croatia is located in Pučišća where students carve sculptures from Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries. We will spend night in this very quiet small town. Nightfall unifies the diverse features of Pučišća that have intrigued us by daylight. Overnight in Pučišća at Brač Island. (B, L)

Day 7, Friday: Pučišća (Brač) – Omiš – Split

After breakfast we cruise across the Brač channel to Omiš, ancient town with city walls, fortresses and stone churches located at the delta of Cetina River with its wonderful beaches. In the past Omiš was for centuries a symbol of retaliation, courage and strength of the famous pirates against Venetian Republic. After a relaxed walk in Omiš we will have lunch. During afternoon hours we sail towards Split, our first and last stop. Split is the second largest urban centre in Croatia and the seat of the Split and Dalmatia County. It is traditionally considered to be over 1,700 years old. Since 1979 the historic centre of Split has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The historical and cultural buildings are located inside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. In addition, its numerous museums, the National Theatre, old churches and other archaeological sites in the region of Split make this city an important cultural attraction. Our English speaking guide will do Split City tour, and walk us through historical Diocletian’s Palace. Overnight in Split. (B, L)

Optional Excursion: Friday afternoon farewell excursion to Krka Waterfalls NP
Departs from the ship after lunch and arrives to Krka NP at approx 3:30pm.

Day 8, Saturday: Split

It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast. (B)

 

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