The summer brought good news for Katarina Line, a tour operator that uses its own fleet for small-group cruises along the Croatian coast.
“We did manage to start our operations/cruises on June 20, but on a much smaller scale—only one to two ships per week,” says Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line. “Our ships, which range from 16 to 36 maximum passengers, are also operating with strict safety and health regulations that we have set in motion, doing much more than required by health regulator instructions.”
The longtime NTA member has focused its efforts on two of its most popular itineraries—Southern Explorer and Kvarner Bay of Islands. The sparkling Adriatic Sea on Croatia’s west coast is the star of both programs.
The 7-day Kvarner Bay tour, which begins and ends in Opatija, island hops through the northern part of the Adriatic. Passengers can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing, and take in the historical and culinary delights of the pristine islands.
From wine tasting in Korcula and strolling the walled city of Dubrovnik to more adventurous activities in Mljet and the canyons along the river Cetina, the Southern Explorer itinerary highlights coastal cities and island villages down south.
“These tours show that Croatia is still untouched,” says Hautfeld. “The natural beauty, clear sea, and coastline with over 1,200 islands and islets are our most precious possessions.”
During the pandemic, staffers have also been reinventing Katarina Line’s series of land tours.
Top photo: Cruising along the Croatian coast
Photo by Katarina Line