For Your Consideration – Cruising Croatia

Sailing Croatia is truly an extraordinary charter in a land of islands – over a thousand!  A country of fascinating ports to discover in an area that truly deserves the description unspoiled. A brief overview of sights: beautiful anchorages of pristine clear blue and green waters; expanses of olive trees farmed for home pressed olive oil, and bee hives producing local honey; shellfish farms and waters filled with fresh seafood; fields of grape vines providing bounty to boutique wineries producing great local wines. Farm and Sea to Yacht dining. Ancient foreign traders sailed these shores long ago leaving their influence on cuisine and architecture, today these influences are distilled into an intriguing blend of old and new.

The exceptional 138-foot tri-deck motor yacht Penny Mae is a classic Richmond Motor Yacht that was recently refitted and refurbished to provide guests with an atmosphere of carefree elegance, cruising in unqualified comfort. Possessing a winning combination of outstanding outdoor living areas and light airy interior spaces, she is the ideal motor yacht on which to sit back and relax in sumptuous surroundings. The Sun Deck was completely reconfigured to provide a variety of areas for fun in the sun and relaxing in the shade. The large Jacuzzi area is a tranquil oasis that is inviting any time of the day or evening for star gazing. Imagine night viewing after sunset on a large projector system.

Her inviting interior provides excellent entertaining options from the main deck saloon with spacious lounge, full bar and formal dining saloon, to the sky lounge and the several alfresco dining areas on deck. Penny Mae accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, spread over generous deck spaces. Fantastically equipped and attractively decorated, each stateroom is utterly luxurious and private, although one stateroom does outshine the rest: the master suite includes ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathrooms with a spa tub and separate steam-room/ shower. 

The VIP Stateroom is situated on the bridge deck with a queen-sized bed, dressing table and chair, with a clear view outside through picture windows. Her fly bridge offers plenty of relaxing space for lazing in the sun, chilling in the spa pool or relishing the view with a cool cocktail. Fully stocked with tenders and toys.

The beautiful coastline and islands of Croatia have been revered as a vacation destination for centuries from long before the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who built his extensive palace compound that now anchors the modern coastal city of Split, as his “retirement” home.  Many elite past civilizations were drawn to these shores by the lush green beauty of the coastal lands and islands and the beautiful crystal clear aquamarine waters. Throughout the centuries, these civilizations have left behind beautiful architecture reflective of their culture on a coastline today filled with history.  Enjoy these waters on a crewed yacht charter along the coast and through the islands of Croatia.

Island hop through Croatia and sample the local wines, cheeses, and honey ashore along with the bounty from the sea. An almost national dish is fresh black ink calamari risotto. Wander through Roman ruins, and medieval villages; snorkel through grottos and over sunken harbors, and enjoy all that Croatia has to offer on a crewed yacht charter along the Dalmatian Coast.

Unique to Croatia, is the family farm dining experience or Homestead Dining, a great way to experience authentic Croatia while on a crewed yacht charter. With a call in advance by your Captain, and a walk into the countryside, from a lovely little anchorage, you are welcomed right into the home and farm of a Croatian family for a traditional home cooked Croatian meal. Fish is caught fresh in the morning. Livestock are raised right on the farm, as well as the vegetables. And bread is freshly baked. Every farm has their own olive orchard for making fresh pressed olive oil and a vineyard for their own family wines. Within the Dalmatian farm complex is a traditional kitchen with a Peka for slow cooked meats, fish and vegetables drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with local herbs, and a wood barbecue for grilling, with a more modern kitchen for meal preparation and service. The whole family joins in to create a full farm Croatian fresh food and Peka cooked meal. And at the end of the meal, perhaps you will be treated to the local men singing acapella or what is known in Croatia as Klapa singing, to round out your Croatian experience.

Consider Croatia!

May We Suggest Summer Yachting?

Is yachting on your summer sojourn diary?

We have chartered this particular yacht many times for our clients and have been beyond thrilled with the Captain and crew, amenities and destinations. Ultimate cruising on M/Y Starfire, the 177-foot yacht was built in Italy by the Benetti boatyard. Starfire has room for 12 guests in six cabins. There is a main master cabin with a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath tub, two cabins with queen-sized beds and ensuite baths, two cabins with twin beds and another cabin with a king-size bed as well as room for the captain and crew. Luxury abounds!

The Mediterranean is where you may glimpse the elegant Starfire cruising this summer amid calm gin clear seas. Ports abound with shop till you drop boutiques and Michelin star tables. Escape the congested summer roads in chic ports of call, slip into port, mosey amid cobblestone streets, dine and dash back to the tranquil seas aboard your snazzy yacht. Each morning awake to a different port or linger away from the crowded villages. A treasure-chest of sights, experiences and adventures await on the sea.

Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines.

Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines. Besides the languid sailing or motoring, we can provide the VV Best guides in each village for exclusive touring options.

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