Enriching Experience – In May this year, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to embark on a Small Ship Cruise on the “Peregrine Dalmatia”, which I was delighted to participate on. Whilst Peregrine is relatively new to Small Ship Cruising, this comes under the Intrepid Group which has been around the Industry for many years.
I was very excited to be cruising on Peregrine Dalmatia for my first experience onboard a small ship. There’s so many benefits of sailing on a small such, and particularly Peregrine Dalmatia – it can anchor in coastal bays and dock right in port, and there’s less passengers to cramp your style. Not to mention, they have a Croatian crew on board together with a local leader to share their wealth of knowledge in the area. The 40 metre Dalmatia can accommodate up to 31 guests in 16 cabins.
The upper deck is equipped with a barbecue area and bar – this was a popular spot cruising the Dalmatian Coast and enjoying the seaside sunsets. You can make use of the kayaks, snorkels, paddleboards and fishing equipment – straight off the back platform of the ship. This cruise is all about the destination – beautiful Croatia – with its stunning coastline, historical towns, islands and spectacular National Parks.
We boarded the Peregrine Dalmatia late afternoon at the Port of Croatia and shortly thereafter, were to shown our very comfortable cabins with our own ensuites. We set sail at sunset from Split and were welcomed by the crew on top deck with Sailaway drinks, followed by a wonderful dinner.
The next day we were transferred by coach to the spectacular Plitvice National Park – a natural wonderland, 295 square kilometres of 16 terraced lakes and waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon. We then returned to Zadar to complete a walking tour of this ancient coastal town visiting the “Greeting to Sun” and the “Sea Organ”- this generates music from the sea waves – just amazing!
Shortly thereafter, we cruised the Kornati National Park which is made up of 140 islands stopping at coastal bays for a swim or kayak. I opted for the kayak experience which was a lot of fun. The endless blue-green vistas and views of these islands was spectacular.
We then followed the coast to beautiful Primosten – which stole my heart – a tiny coastal town with magnificent beach, aqua waters, cobblestone village, filled with cafes and restaurants along the water. This is a great place to experience some Croatian cuisine with fabulous sunset views over the water.
We then cruised on to Trogir – a beautiful ancient town. Remarkably, this medieval city still has walls intact and we visited the 13th Cathedral and the 15th century fortress during our time there. Later that evening we set sail for our return to Split overnight and a wonderful farewell dinner.
After disembarking I travelled on to Dubrovnik as I hadn’t been there for many years – since it was in Yugoslavia – and remembered the beauty of this city. I wasn’t disappointed – magnificent walled city surrounded by aqua blue waters, with the Old Town paved with limestone and lined with shops and restaurants. I ventured on a 3 hour walking tour of the city, followed by a walk of the walls. Another amazing experience and a must do when visiting!
My 10 day Croatian experience was now over but forever will be enriched by this experience on a small ship cruise, in a beautiful scenic coastline, historical coastal cities and towns, wonderful cuisine guided by experienced and friendly crew on the Peregrine Dalmatia. I am very grateful for this wonderful experience.
By Jenny Burns, Clean Cruising
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