La Belle Adriatique permet une arrivée au coeur des ports et des villages - Photo JLR

Croatia: I tested the CroisiEurope cruise aboard the Beautiful Adriatic for you


Everything starts again, vaccination certificate or negative antigen test in your pocket, at Paris CDG.
What a pleasure to get back in touch with the world of aviation by boarding hall 2E: it still takes an hour and fifteen minutes to wait to meet the border police control because of the customs understaffing!
Then comes the boarding and friendly welcome aboard a Boeing 737-800 Max from SmartWings, the charter company of Czech Airlines.
After two hours of comfortable flight (with snack) chartered by CroisiEurope, our group, of 149 cruise passengers, disembarks in Dubrovnik. We quickly find the elegant silhouette and the refined style of La Belle De L’Adriatique, our boat, for this first cruise (since September 6, 2020) of 7 nights off the coast of Croatia.
The welcome and professionalism of the mainly French-speaking crew allow a quality hotel service. Chef Richard Moll and his team ensure the gastronomic side. We are in a small committee, it’s nice!
We would even have a tendency to indulge in a guilty relaxation in the face of the Covid if the crew were not there to remind us, kindly, of the rules of distancing and the health protocol.

Seniors, tribes and couples

The clientele remains mainly senior but it is also of the tribe type, multi-generation family sharing good times, even of the “couple” segment, in search of romance.
Note that the youngest passenger, Juliette, accompanied by her parents, grandparents, young uncles and aunts, is three and a half months old. A large number of these clients are repeaters, many are liquidating their assets or have postponed their departure due to the crisis.
Jacques and Maryvonne bought this cruise two weeks ago from their Havas Voyages d’Orléans agency on the recommendation of a friend, they had never used CroisiEurope.
Marie-Claude is a client of Selectour Manosque. She goes on a cruise two to three times a year. Dominique has booked her third cruise with the Alsatian company at Havas Voyages in Montreuil sur mer (after Mekong and Douro), she appreciates the style and the service …

The most beautiful sites.

Dubrovnik, our city of departure, delivers us, immediately, all its charm, its beauty, its history and its architecture without this massive and over-tourist frequentation that we could reproach it recently, an appreciable moment and a rare privilege.
The old town, dating from the 16th century, surrounded by its massive and protective ramparts, can be enjoyed in peace from the Rector’s Palace to the Church of Saint Blaise, its protector, through its Dominican monastery and its cloister.
The whole, of deep beauty, has remained intact in its entirety despite centuries and wars. Then we sail to Mljet Island (pronounce crumb), a small village, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, built around a fortified 12th century Benedictine monastery, before visiting the small medieval Dalmatian town of Korcula on the eponymous island. Picturesque landscapes guaranteed!
The next day’s stopover takes us to Sibenik in order to visit the beautiful natural park of Krka (pronounced kerka) where multiple rivers, in broad beam, leap in 17 falls on the tuff barriers. The city’s cathedral (16th century), classified UNESCO, is dedicated to Saint Jacques (rare underground baptistery strongly symbolic).
Chef Richard Moll will he put the famous shell on the dinner menu ?. Also classified as UNESCO, Trogir the Roman and Split the Roman will be our following walks. The palace of Emperor Diocletian is the cradle of this ancient city (end of the 3rd century).
All of these Roman buildings are in an exceptional state of conservation right down to the vaults and cupolas (ramparts, doors, temple of Jupiter, Diocletian’s mausoleum turned cathedral, etc.)
This makes it one of the best-preserved collections from this period in the world. Our visit arrives at Hvar, referred to as Croatian Saint Tropez. Fortunately this charming port, overlooked by its Napoleonic fortress, has other assets than the few yachts moored at its very old quay lined with palm trees: the arsenal of the Venetian era, alleys hidden under the protective citadel, a multitude of Mediterranean species (carob trees, fig trees, tamarisk, rosemary, olive trees …) and a charming little Franciscan monastery whose refectory houses a large 16th century canvas representing The Last Supper.
Swimming and lazing around on the island of Vis before discovering the Bouches de Kotor the next day from the upper deck. This fjord is perhaps the most beautiful part of the navigation. The last visit is to the (famous, cute and UNESCO listed) Montenegrin town of Kotor.

Return to the port of Dubrovnik, antigenic test for unvaccinated passengers (21 €) smooth boarding, flight and return to Paris CDG.

The strong points :

– A boat on a human scale, with no stressful schedule or intrusive or untimely entertainment.
– A French-speaking cruise.
– A good quality / price ratio in all inclusive, from 1116 €, port to port, excluding excursions that we recommend that you sell to the agency (it is more expensive on board).
– Quality catering and service.
– A stroll from island to island on the turquoise sea for picturesque Mediterranean sites and exceptional natural sanctuaries.
– An itinerary of nature, charm, culture and romance by touching the most beautiful spots in the region.
– Free and personal time.
– The B to B policy of CroisiEurope.

Points for improvement:

– More electrical outlets in the cabin.
– A larger console table in the cabin.
NB: the company announces the next renovation of La Belle De l’Adriatique.

The opinion of Pierre Doucet, president of Terre d’Ailleurs, travel agency in Châteauroux:

Customers generally appreciate the reliability and quality of the products offered by CroisiEurope. We have been working with this company for many years, the majority of travelers are over 40 years old. Customers are clearly focused on discovering and interested in the destinations offered by this tour operator who meets everyone’s expectations.
We were able to carry out some reports to this service provider both in France and in Europe. The sanitary conditions are totally and perfectly respected. French nationals are, in large numbers, eager to go on vacation to get a change of scenery and get away from this period that everyone has lived as best they can!
These are the requests that we have seen in our travel agencies since May 19. Certainly, our policies invite more to travel within our French territory, but the change of scenery and the discovery of different cultures interest those who push the door of a travel agency. Thanks to the many and varied products of CroisiEurope on the French canals or on the seas, it is possible to meet the expectations of many tourists.

How to enter Croatia:

Certificate of vaccination.
Antigenic test of less than 48 hours.
Identity card or passport.
Find out more: Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs