Welcome to shoulder season, a time of fewer crowds and savings. Experienced cruisers believe that shoulder season equates “the perfect cruise season.” April, May, and June in Southern Croatia have much to offer to savvy cruisers and those who really want to make sure they avoid crowds. Here are a few tips on how to make most of your holiday outside of peak season. The beauty of cruising Croatia in the shoulder season is that you can often enjoy beautiful and rather warm weather and yet without the crowds.
GET YOUR CRUISE TIMING RIGHT AND AVOID CROWDS
When it comes to travels, timing is everything. In case you really don’t like crowds and don’t have to worry about school holidays, or you simply like traveling any time of the year – you might want to book now and cruise tomorrow or save now for sailing down the road in September or October. In Croatia – like in any other cruise region – there are periods of peak demand during the so-called high season and moderate demand in the period of shoulder season. The high season in Croatia can be quite crowded, as the mix of summer temperatures and school holidays that attracts most people. Anyway, the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports in the shoulder season might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise.
Though our cruise itineraries avoid the typical tourist traps, some of our destinations – such as Dubrovnik and Split – are widely popular and really crowded during the summer months. Shoulder season cruise in Croatia allows you to sample and enjoy top Croatian cruise destinations with much fewer tourists around when you can simply relax into that true no-hassle holiday mood.
SAVE ON TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION
By choosing a shoulder season cruise you might be able to save a significant sum on airfares and other transportation costs. Besides, in case you’re having holiday plans before and after your 7-day cruise in Croatia, you can definitely profit by saving on accommodation, as Croatian hotels offer better deals outside the high season.
WEATHER AND WARDROBE
Croatian Adriatic coast is known for its pleasant Mediterranean climate with plenty of warmth and sunshine during the warmer part of the year. Typical average temperatures in Southern Croatia are around 21ºC in May and 25ºC in June. Shorts and t-shirts should be fine for the day, but bring some warmer clothes for the evenings as it gets cooler at night. The average sea temperatures range from 18ºC to 22ºC, so you’ll definitely want to pack your swimsuit. Sunset is around 8 pm for most of the spring, so you’ll get plenty of daylight as well. In the southernmost parts of Croatia, locals are known to open up the swimming season already after Easter. If you plan on swimming or simply soaking up all the spring sun, you might want to pack your sunblock cream as well.
BEST ATTRACTIONS ARE ALWAYS THERE
Even if you get a rainy day – don’t worry. All the best historical attractions and restaurants will still be there for you. Your cruise manager will give all the tips on how to get the most out of any destination.
SPICE UP YOUR SHOULDER SEASON CROWDS-FREE CRUISE
Shoulder season cruise offers a bigger choice of cabins and ships. Check our fleet of luxury small cruise ships and pick your favorite vessel. However, Croatia is a wonderfully diverse country in terms of geography, climate, customs, and cuisine. Our carefully organized pre-cruise package provides a wonderful introduction into the hidden regional gems – historical sights, diverse cuisines, and spectacular natural beauties.