Dalmatian Island Explorer, 8 October 2020 (7 nights)

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Cruise Line: Saga River Cruises
Cruise Ship: MV Emanuel
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Holiday Features

  • Deluxe ensuite accommodation 
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner served onboard
  • River views from every cabin
  • Free bar open 11 hours a day
  • Tours included in Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik
  • Saga tour manager
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Porterage aboard ship
  • Priced based on Flights from UK
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly from the UK
1 Dubrovnik
1-2 Sipan
2-3 Korcula Island
3 Makarska
3-4 Pucisca
4-5 Split
5-6 Hvar Town, Hvar Island
6-7 Mljet
7-8 Dubrovnik
8 Fly to the UK

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Customer reviews for MV Emanuel

Although the weather was a disappointment our cruise of the Croatian Islands was very enjoyable. The boat was compact but very clean and comfortable.The food was excellent and the crew were very friendly. The atmosphere this generated among the passengers was first class. Would recommend highly.

This was our first small boat cruising experience, with only 30 passengers onboard. We have cruised on mainline cruise ships (from 600 to 4,000 passengers) with all the entertainment, swimming pools, 24hr eating and choice of venues etc so we did not know what to expect on such a small boat. This was a very enjoyable trip and we will be looking at booking another one, however, there are somethings best known before booking, which will be covered later. It is a completely different experience from cruise ships, especially when you stay in port every night and sail for a couple of hours during the morning. The Emanuel was built in 1955 and last refurbished in 2006. It is well looked after and the 7 crew appear to be very proud and the Chef was just brilliant, more about the food later. Remember you must be able to climb stairs and between moored boats. There are NO LIFTS onboard and the stairs are quite steep, and the rungs are a bit narrow, however the handrails are very solid all over Emanuel. We had a cabin on Main Deck and all the cabins are small with just over a foot gap around the double/kingsize bed, there was a wardrobe/cupboard (hangers, shelves, hairdryer and safe), aircon (had a mind of its own), TV (we could only find 2 English channels), 2 bedside cabinets, 3 power sockets (European 2 pin sockets) and ensuite facilities. The shower was a very good size, very hot water and bi-folding door (we’ve had smaller showers on most cruise ships). The free wifi was very good and we had a good signal in our cabin. Entertainment - 3 nights a local 2 piece band or a group of singers came on board and played for an hour or so. Another night there was a quiz. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment. After breakfast we would cast off and sail to the next port, which would take 2 to 4 hours maximum (depending on the distance between ports). On one of the days the sea did get a little choppy, however, Emanuel handled it very well, so take seasickness tablets with you (just in case). Also, binoculars might be handy as you are often quite a distance away from the shoreline. Things to know before booking/going ….. 1) Time of year cancellations. Due to the time of year (daylight, water temperature & weather) 2 ports and the swimming off the back were cancelled. As soon as we boarded Emanuel we were told the Captain was not stopping at any coves and if we wanted to go swimming we would have to from the ‘beach’ at the ports of call. All the beaches are stony and not very interesting. Siapan was cancelled due to the late flight Saga had booked most of the passengers on. Though the 12:30 from Gatwick to Dubrovnik landed on time we stayed moored in Dubrovnik cruise terminal port overnight instead of going to Siapan. On day 6 Mljet was cancelled due to the wind, so we went to Korcula again, which we visited on day 2. 2) Dubrovnik mooring location. The Saga description states “mooring close to Dubrovnik, where you can see the impressive medieval walls”. Emanuel moors 2 miles away (cruise ship terminal). Buses 1A and 1B run to Dubrovnik and cost about 15 Kuna (under £2 each way) and cheaper if bought from a kiosk. We have walked to/from Dubrovnik in about 30 minutes, however, there is an uphill drag section. 3) Parallel boat parking & no security. This trip was at the end of the season, however, at most ports we were 2 or 3 boats tied together. You must be able to climb between boats, which can be a couple of feet, open gap, between 2 bobbing boats. There is NO assistance given by crewmembers, as none of the gangways/gaps are manned. No security - All the gangways are open all night, to allow passengers to come and go at any time of day or night. This is very handy if you wish to go ashore after 10pm (see bar comment later), however, this does mean that the other boats’ passengers have FULL access to your boat too. Our cabin was next to one of the main doors, which was locked at 10 pm, and another boat’s passengers were trying to open it, so they could cut through to their boat, and they kept banging & shaking the door. They were told, as we were, to walk around the outside of the other boats to get to our boat. Some of the cabin doors open out onto the deck and the passengers were trying these cabin doors too, so always keep your door locked. We also caught another passenger on the top deck looking around the restaurant/bar area. 4) Set Meal Times. Meal times are like being at school or hotels back in the 70’s and are at a set time. Early Riser Coffee at 7am, Breakfast is at 8am, lunch is at 1pm, dinner is at 7pm (these can change by 30 mins depending on walking tour/arrival times). When the food is ready a bell is rung and you are expected to arrive within a few minutes. We can so relate to Pavlov’s dog :o) Breakfast self-service. Cereal, juice, bread, cheese, meat, fruit, yoghurt, egg (cooked differently each day), bacon or sausage. Lunch self-service. salad, bread and hot option (different every day). Dinner set 2/3 course meal. This is pre-platted and served. The menu is available late the previous evening or early in the morning and if there is something you cannot eat let them know by 9am and the Chef will cook you something else. At lunch and dinner the Chef would often come around 2 or 3 times to see if anyone would like another portion, rude to say no ;o) Examples of main courses we had during the week: sea bass, beef goulash, turkey cream sauce, calamari, lasagne, lamb. 5) Free Bar 11am to 10pm. The beer is cold and on draft, tonic water, orange juice, sprite etc, local gin, brandy etc and the pear liquor was very nice to have after dinner. There are also chargeable drinks available, but we were more than happy with the included selection of drinks. Self service tea and coffee available from 7am to 10pm. 6) After 10pm. The bar closes dead on 10pm and the ‘lounge’ area closes just after 10:30 so if you wish to carry on talking or drinking after this time you must continue ashore. Being the end of the season, all the bars were already closed. The boat is always tied up overnight and does not leave port until after 7am so there is plenty of time to enjoy an evening ashore.

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