Freighter World Cruises | Specialty Cruises | Cruise Croatia | Special Discounts | Freighter Travel Club
On a Freighter Even the Routine is Extraordinary
And the Destinations are Some of the Most Exotic in the World

Cruise Croatia Along The Scenic Adriatic Coast And Islands

Scores of local cruisers, traditional and modern, offer one- and two-week voyages, sailing from Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, April through October.

National Geographic, Cruises of Lifetime 2011

Cruise at a more leisurely pace on vintage coastal freighters, which once delivered supplies to the islands off Croatia’s 1,100-mile coastline, now repurposed accommodate 20 to 40 guests. Cruise and stop at medieval walled towns, orange-roofed fishing villages, vineyards, and pebbly white beaches or savor the classic Med scenery at anchor.
     ~ National Geographic Traveler, Tours of Lifetime 2011

Typical "A" category ships
Jacques Cousteau described the Adriatic as one of the cleanest seas on earth. It is flanked mostly on one side by scythe-shaped Croatia and Italy on the other.

Turquoise waters are crystal-clear, so translucent you can see shoals of fish, while your vessel meanders past little harbors and secret coves swathed in pines and cypress trees, carpeted with wildflowers.


Weekly departures in the northern Adriatic start from Opatija, the heart of the Croatia’s Kvarner Riviera, the ever fashionable seaside resort since the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from Split in central Dalmatia -- from the pier located right in front of the 1,800-year-old Diocletian Palace -- and in the south from Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic.

Direct daily flights are available from most major European gateways to all Cruise Croatia departure ports, as well as Zagreb, the Capital city.

KL 1 - Cruise Only, 7 days: Opatija, Krk, Rab, Zadar, Molat, Ilovik, Losinj, Cres, Opatija - or Cruise Only, 7 days - Add a tour: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, for a 10-Day Tour & Cruise - More info >

A brief report from the KL1A+ cruise, Aug. '12.

KL 4 - Cruise Only, 7 days: Split, Rogoznica or Primosten, Sibenik, Skradin or Zlarin, Kornati, Sali, Zadar, Vodice, Trogir, Split - More info >

Two voyages can bee taken back to back, for example the KL 2, with the old towns, history and culture featured prominently, and KL 4, with an accent on natural wonders of Kornati Islands and Krka Waterfalls. Transfer is just a few steps between two ships at the same terminal in Split.

KL 2 - Cruise Only, 7 days: Split, Makarska, Mljet (Polace or Pomena), Dubrovnik, Sipan, Trstenik, Korcula, Hvar, Split - Add a tour: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, for a 10-Day Tour & Cruise - More Info on KL2A/A+
More Info on KL2 Deluxe (6 pdf pages, 1.7 MB)

KL 3 - Cruise Only, 7 days: Split, Omis or Pucisca, Korcula, Lastovo (Ravnik, Green cave), Komiza or Vis (Bisevo, Blue Cave), Starigrad, Bol, Split - More info >


KL 5 - Cruise Only, 7 days: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Trstenik, Sipan, Dubrovnik - Add a 9-day pre-cruise tour from Zagreb, or 3-day post-cruise tours to Montenegro and Mostar - More info >

Deluxe Cruise, 2017 (6-page brochure, 2 MB)
The Futura Cruise for a Special Occasion

2017 Scheduled Programs and Rates
FAQ and General Information
Current weather in Croatia


Ships and Accommodations

"A" and "A+" category ships alongside Dubrovnik's Gruz Harbor

Over the past several decades, new bridges and ferry connections have eliminated the need for the whole generation of coastal and island traders, which have then been refurbished and converted to fulfil the ever larger demand for cruise. One of the most trusted local operators is Katarina Line.

In addition to the traditional, converted boats, classified as category "A", a new generation of cruisers have been designed and built offering "A+" and Deluxe services.

Deluxe Cruise (6-page pdf brochure, 1.7 MB)

"A" category ships offer upper- and lower-bunk cabins (photo below, on the left).

"A+" category ships offer double bed, or upper- and double lower-bed cabin (photo on the left), and twin-bedded cabins (photo below).

Each cabin has a porthole and private facilities with shower. Cabins on "A+" category ships are air-conditioned. The fare varies according to the category of the ship, cabin location - on, or under the deck - and season.

Maris Club offers discounts
and specially-designed
cruise croatia itineraries
for groups of 12 and more.

Also, cabin upgrades on
some pre- and post-season
sailings (April / October).

For ages, Dalmatia has been a prized region along the eastern Adriatic. It is Croatia's jewel and seaside province. The area is comprised of more than one thousands islands along the sparkling Adriatic coast, touching the slopes of the steep Dinaric Alps.

Kornati Archipelago
Sibenik (photo below) is located at the confluence of the Krka river and the Adriatic Sea, where beautiful waterfalls are formed. Unlike many other Adriatic cities, Sibenik was not founded by ancient Romans, but was established in the10th century under the Croatian King Petar Kresimir IV, who built a strong maritime fleet that ruled the Adriatic for a time.

On the photo in the foreground is Sibenik’s St James’s Cathedral, a unique example of church architecture built in stone and no other structural materials. The cathedral is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

In the background lies the Kornati archipelago.

“On the last day of Creation, God desired to crown his work and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath”, wrote Irish writer George Bernard Shaw. The beautiful nature, landscape, big and small islands (the old folk saying goes: One island for every day of the year) and the magnificent sea, all make the Kornati Islands a unique paradise. This is the largest cluster of islands, islets and rocks in the Adriatic. The area stretches between the islands of Dugi Otok and Pasman on the northwest to Zirje and Zlarin on the southeast. The ships sail the entire length of the Kornati Islands and make stops in the coves along the way.

A monumental court, called the Peristyle,
and the Cathedral of St. Domnius - a tourist attraction
Split is the economic and administrative hub of Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. The importance of Diocletian’s Palace far transcends its local significance because of the extent of its preservation as well as the buildings of successive historical periods constructed within its walls, which today form the very heart of the old city.

Many of Split’s historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. In addition, numerous museums, the National Theatre, old churches and other archaeological sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.

The old-walled city of Dubrovnik is a world treasure, a time capsule offering its visitors an unparalleled glimpse of life in a medieval maritime city-state. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site, the beauty of the old city is matched by the traditional hospitality of its residents.

No one should miss the opportunity to explore the medieval forts and ramparts that encircle the city, visit its many shops, or taste local specialties as well as the finest wines of the region.

Dubrovnik, like so many of Croatia’s historic cities, can be easily explored on foot. Few urban experiences match strolling down the centuries-old promenade known as Stradun. More than an avenue, it is the city’s main artery, lined with graceful stone palazzos where people work as well as live.

Guided sightseeing tours of this fascinating city and its rich history and culture are highly recommended. Highlights include the Rector’s Palace, the historic seat of government in medieval Dubrovnik; the Church of St. Blaise; the Franciscan Monastery with its 14th century pharmacy; the Dominican Monastery and the city’s walls and gates.

A firsthand story

“We had a couple of rainy, windy days on the northern leg of the trip, and a lady we met in one of the markets said she had lived in Split for sixty years, and had never seen bad weather in September! It's easy to get spoiled on the Dalmatian coast. The sky, in the summer and early fall, is almost always clear azure, matching the color of the sea. I swear (well, maybe not on the Bible) that you can see a dime on the bottom in 40 feet, and tell whether it's heads or tails.

On both the northern and southern legs of the cruise, calls into the little ports on the coast were magical mountains running down to a fabulous seacoast. Sail, anchor, swim during the day, and pull into port in plenty of time for exploration. The food on the boat was excellent, not to speak of the fare in the local restaurants we found every night when we pulled into port -- sophisticated or simple, your choice.

All of Croatia seemed to us to be a land of lavender and honey, wine and olives and the bounty of the sea. It reminded me, honestly, of when I was a young Navy Ensign on the Cote d’Azure fifty years ago.

The cities -- even sizable ones like Split and Dubrovnik -- are small enough so that a vigorous walk can provide many delightful memories: these are beautiful, modern, accessible cities set within, or surrounding, a fascinating history in which Romans, Greeks, Venetians and Turks all played a part. Where else can you find marble sidewalks, and buildings of pure white stone? Only, I guess, where the mountains are made of marble and pure white stone -- the same stone, we were told, that was imported when the White House was built in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Heidi Bathon, on arrival at Korcula
What we will remember, in the end, are the people that we met.

The other passengers -- Aussies, Kiwis, English, and a small German contingent -- were the best company possible.

Before we boarded the boat in Split, while we were having breakfast on the terrace, the owner of the Hotel Peristil would show up every morning with a big smile, carrying a huge fish fresh from the local market, so we knew what we would be eating that night. We came home with many memories of kindly and gracious treatment by people in all the places we visited”.
    ~ Heidi and Greg Bathon of Baltimore, MD

Full mobility is required to negotiate the stairs on board, as well as some energy for longer walks ashore.

Our comments on the KL1A+ Cruise and KL2 Deluxe Cruise

Thanks to the support received from our customers, as well as from the steamship lines and media, including the following comments, today's Maris is one of the leading independent freighter cruise specialists:
"Maris is sailing with fair winds and following seas under your command." John Carrick
Editorial writer
Sydney, Australia
"Q: It has always been my dream to take a long voyage on a cargo ship. Can you tell me if this is possible any more? - A: Maris in New York offers such voyages on a daily basis." Sunday Times
July 1/01
"Maris Freighter Cruises website, as well as the newsletter which illustrates itineraries, ships, prices etc., is a good place to learn about this type of cruise and travel." New York Times
May 18/03
"We are very appreciative of the work you have undertaken on our behalf for many years and the effort you have put into making our passenger service a success ... Our sincere and grateful thanks." Richard Mellor
P&O Nedlloyd
"As a faithful reader of your Seaworthy News publication, I wish to compliment you and your staff on the informativeness and thoroughness, setting forth in honest and detailed manner descriptions of this means of travel." Martin Ems
Retired Manager Passenger Services,
American President Lines - Feb/07
"I just wanted to send you my thanks for the beautiful news publication you produce all these years. I hope you'll keep freighter travel as your primary focus always, as it sets you apart." Alison Senter
(Member since '95)
New Lisbon, NJ
"Truly appreciate your resourcefulness. Thank you for your assiduousness in working through this with me." Thomas T. McMahon
Gig Harbor, WA
"Since 1971, when my three young children and I travelled up the West Coast of Africa, I have had the pleasure of occasional freighter voyage. A wonderful way to see, and enjoy the peace of the watery parts of, our world. Thank you so much and your family for choosing to run your freighter cruise agency." Jean Washington
San Diego, CA

Become a member of Maris Freighter Travel Club Int'l -
or give a gift membership

Take advantage of the knowledgeable advice that comes from our vast experience, starting by reviewing the recommended pages. Find the freighter and voyage that's right for you and, for each booking, you will receive a discount of up to $800, depending on the steamship line and voyage. Please see the Special Discounts page.

To subscribe simply pay the fee by credit card.

You'll also receive our online newsletter called Seaworthy News, featuring passenger firsthand stories and news, issued periodically as it happens. It's a well-illustrated e-mail publication often being the only one available anywhere for many of these voyages.

The same low price (in USD) is valid internationally.
By placing your order, you agree with our Terms