We use a fleet of Traditional Ensuite, Traditional Ensuite Plus, Premium and Premium Superior boats during the summer, all of which have en-suite cabins. Boats range in size from 25 to 40 metres, and can comfortably carry/sleep up to 36 people.
Though the boats are rigged for sailing, all possess diesel engines of varying horsepower. As such, this is not strictly a 'sailing' trip – but an awesome nautical adventure all the same!
The cabins can be either on deck or below deck, and are generally small as there is limited space on the boat – so please pack light.
If you are a solo traveller, you’ll share a twin room with someone of the same sex.
All of our Croatia boat trips include daily buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches, except breakfast on the first day of your trip and lunch on the last day of your trip.
Each boat has a local chef, who’ll serve up fresh local flavours each day. If you have any dietary requirements, your chef will make every effort to cater to your specific needs – as long as you advise your travel agent (or the Topdeck reservations team) in advance.
Seagull (Premium Superior)
Loads of fascinating history? Check. Five-star comfort? Check! The super stylish Seagull ticks allllllllll those VIP boxes. Built in 1983 as a fast patrol boat for the Yugoslav Navy and later used in warfare, the Seagull was lovingly reconstructed in 2014 – and it’s now a stunning luxury yacht (the equivalent of a 4-star hotel!) with two sundecks for soaking up those views.
Our Premium Superior packages include a Captain's dinner, an onboard olive oil and wine tasting, daily cabin service and luggage handling. Premium Superior boats have even more space for lounging, with two decks to choose from!
The boat crew consists of a captain, one or two deckhands, a bartender and a chef to whom will be on hand to ensure your trip is the highlight of your experience in Croatia.
The captain is solely responsible for the boat while at sea and it is therefore important that you heed the captain’s advice at all times for your own safety.
All of our captains are local to the area and have been sailing the Croatian coastline for many years – so you can rest assured you’re in capable hands!
Evening meals are not included, giving you plenty of free time to discover the local cuisine on offer in each destination. Due to this our guides have a range of recommendations for you and your new Topdeck family to try out in each city.
Keep in mind that some restaurants can be very busy during the peak season and getting space for a large group can be difficult, so menus and prices can vary. There’s no pressure for you to dine at the restaurants suggested if you’d prefer to do your own thing, so be sure to ask your guide for other recommendations.
Bringing food and drinks on board is not permitted. All drinks are sold on the boat at reasonable prices.
To avoid the hassle of having to worry about always needing cash to purchase drinks on board, we run a bar tab for every passenger. Your tabs are tallied up and made available to you each day so that it is never a surprise as to how much you have bought. All bar tabs are to be paid in cash on the second last day of your trip.
Please note: At Topdeck we always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Croatia is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!
Topdeck Travel AppShow
Our travel app has landed! With a range of awesome features including a Currency Converter, Budget Tracker, Check-In tool and Social Timeline you can plan your trip like a pro. Think of it like your very own Topdeck Trip Leader, always on call with the latest info, weather, maps and city guides to give you the trip of a lifetime, all in the palm of your hand.
Please note: The Topdeck Travel App should only be downloaded once you have booked onto your trip. You will not be able to log in unless you have a Topdeck Booking Reference Number.
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the water with us, be sure to familiarise yourself with the following safety information.
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a registered taxi where possible, and keep a note of where your boat is docked so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated. It’s also a good idea to get your Topdeck trip mates’ mobile numbers in case you need to get hold of them while out and about.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to the boat. Never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but stay savvy – you don’t want to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.
Respecting fellow passengers
Here at Topdeck, we’re all about inclusivity. We want to make sure that everyone has a great time on our trips, and that everyone feels like they’re part of one happy Topdeck family.
What we’re not about is excluding people or making them feel like they don’t belong – that’s just not what families do. That’s why we always encourage Topdeckers to be kind and courteous to their fellow passengers. The golden rules? Always remember to respect each other’s space, be mindful of causing excessive noise in shared accommodation and treat others how you’d wish to be treated yourself. Easy!
Topdeck has a strict zero tolerance drug policy. Passengers should not bring any illegal substances onto the Topdeck boat or into any of the accommodation we stay in on our trips. All instances of drug possession will be reported to Topdeck Head Office, who may consider alerting the relevant authorities.
Mental health and wellbeing
Culture shock, homesickness, random periods of feeling down – these things happen and are totally normal. You can rest assured that if you’re feeling low, your Topdeck crew will do their utmost to cheer you up again.
Measures you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing while on the road with us are:
Call home. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a familiar voice and have a good old-fashioned catch up with your loved ones
Eat well. Never underestimate the power of a good, wholesome meal. Nobody feels at their best when they’re hungry!
Drink responsibly. Not only will you swerve the dreaded hangover, but by keeping an eye on what you drink, you could also avoid getting into any potentially uncomfortable situations
Talk to your Trip Leader. Don’t forget, they’re probably far from home, too – so they’re sure to know of some tried-and-tested ways to beat the blues.
Integrate with your fellow Topdeckers. This one is key! The more fun you’re having on your trip, the less likely you are to feel homesick (trust us).
How to be a responsible traveller
Responsible travel isn’t difficult to achieve. With a little conscious thought and preparation, you can have an awesome holiday AND have a positive impact on the places you visit. Sweet!
Here are five things you can do to ensure you’re travelling responsibly:
Conserve water. You know the drill – reuse your towels, take short showers and remember to turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth!
Reduce your waste. Ditch the plastic bag, refuse unnecessary packaging, dispose of your waste responsibly and recycle as much as possible.
Go local. Hunt down locally owned and operated restaurants and bars, shop in local markets and book tours and activities run by local guides.
Consider the wildlife. Avoid any attractions that involve performing animals, animal rides or closely engaging with wild animals.
Respect local people and culture. Obeying local laws is a given – but also remember to dress and behave in a manner appropriate to the community. Be polite and keep an open mind!