New Itinerary on a Classic Vessel

Unique World markets a cruise along the undiscovered Adriatic coastline

By: Theresa Norton Masek

Unique World Cruises is introducing Adriatic cruises on a 39-year-old vessel to the North American market for the first time this year.

The Dalmacija, a 300-passenger ship, operates the nine-day cruises roundtrip from Venice.

The itinerary includes visits to Korcula Island, Croatia, the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, a Greek island; Kotor, a preserved medieval town in Montenegro; Split, Croatia; and Rovinj, a Croatian artist colony and tourist resort first established by Viennese society.

Fares for outside staterooms start at $1,798, including international air on Austrian Airlines from New York and the domestic flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

“It’s cheaper to go on this cruise than to go on a land tour,” said Misha Radulovic, president of Unique World Cruises, which specializes in travel to Croatia, Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

He said commissions are 12 to 17 percent. Discounts of up to 25 percent can be arranged on select departures for groups, he said, and one free berth and air is given for a minimum of 10 passengers.

Though built in 1965, the Dalmacija was renovated in 1999 and 2002 but retained its classic atmosphere heavy on mahogany and brass, Radulovic said. The ship, he added, is equipped with “the latest navigational aids, satellite communications, stabilizers” and certification in line with the Safety of Life at Sea requirements.

Much of the Dalmacija’s all-Croatian crew has been with the ship for 20 years, Radulovic said.

The official languages onboard are English and German.

“This cruise has been very popular with travelers from the U.K., Germany, Austria and Italy,” Radulovic said. “This is the first year on the U.S. market.”