Chesapeake Flotillas

Sail with Capt. Rob as he returns to

Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

September 15-22, 2018

The Mediterranean as it once was...

COMPLETE TRIP INFORMATION

     
Dates Itinerary Boats Cost
Reservations Payment Cancellations Payment Options
Flight Information Pre-trip Meeting FAQs Croatia Tourism

Of all the places I have sailed, Croatia may be just about the most beautiful.  I have NEVER seen water so blue and so clear as what we saw in the Adriatic Sea.  Combine that with the more than two millenia of history, inherently gracious people, and the steady sailing conditions and that creates a recipe for delight and lasting memories.

Sailing Dates:
The trip dates are September 15-22, 2018.  We will be able to board the boats Saturday afternoon after flying to Split, Croatia or if you prefer, you can arrive a day or so earlier and take a hotel room nearby.  Sailing dates are the 16th through the 21st, returning to the charter base on the 21st.  It is unlikely that we will be able to get the boat cleared back in AND make it to the airport in time to catch any flights out.  Therefore, you can either stay aboard or use shore accomodations at your own expense the last Friday night on the back end of the trip.  Please make sure you have a current passport with at least 6 months before it expires counting from the last day you will be in Croatia.
Float Plan - Itinerary of where we will cruise

At this time, I have not settled on an exact itinerary.  However, I am thinking that many of you may wish to explore some of islands we visited on our last two trips.   Among the islands we may visit are Solta, Brac, Vis, Hvar, Korcula, and the Pakleni islands.  There are some really interesting towns to see as well such as Komiza, Vis, Milna, Hvar, and Vela Luka.  I will review my notes, logs, and cruising guide to determine our proposed itinerary. I will update this section when I have completed that plan.[1].

We can return our boat and spend at least one last night on the delightful Adriatic before flying back home.  However, maybe you will want to stay longer and do some land tours. Zagreb (the capital) and Dubrovnik are short flights from Split.  The choice is yours.

Here is a map of Croatia and the Adriatic Sea.  Our potential sailing area is the coastal area from Split to Korcula.


The Dalmatian Coast
You can click here for more information on Croatia.

Click here for Croatia tourism information.

I will update this page as new information becomes available.  If you are on the mailing list or a trip participant, you will be notified of all updates on this trip as well as my domestic offerings.  If you would like to be on my mailing list, contact me.

The Boat:

I have selected a 5-cabin Jeanneau 53 monohull named Tina.  Her internal layout is shown below along with some other photos.  She is berthed in Marina Kastela just west of Trogir.  Specifications and other photos can be viewed here.  Once I have received 8 deposits, I will reserve the boat.

Cost:

This trip costs $1900 per person.  The price assumes double occupancy in the cabins and includes the charter yacht, provisioning, an experienced licensed captain, cook, damage waiver insurance, fuel charges, and possibly arrival day airport transfer (conditions would apply).  It assumes 8 guests plus Chef Theresa and me for a total of 10 people on board.

Chef Theresa and I will work hard to make sure your vacation is all that you might expect.  However, from time to time, we may ask for a little help to hold a fender, to tail a line, or to offer a little assistance in the galley.  We hope you will not mind helping out a little bit if needed.

The price does not include airfare, meals eaten ashore, personal alcoholic beverages, land-based lodging, individual travel insurance, or other personal incidentals.

Reservations:

A deposit of at least $700 will reserve your berth or a place on the wait-list.  Depending on where we are in the payment schedule, the required minimum first payment may be more than just the deposit.  Please read and understand the payment schedule and the cancellation policy below.  If you are wait-listed, the cancellation policy does not apply while you are on the wait-list.  I need 8 confirmed reservations to make this trip viable.  The cancellation policy published here applies to everyone on any boat that may be a part of this trip.

Payment Schedule:

Given the trip price and including an initial minimum deposit of $700, there will be a total of six (6) payments spaced approximately 3 months apart. Before sending your deposit, please read and understand the cancellation policy. It is understood that receipt of your deposit means that you understand and agree to the conditions and cancellation policy as posted here and on pages linked here.  If you have not already made a reservation with me, please include with your payment your name, address, preferred telephone number, email address, and an indication of whether you will be travelling with someone else.  For information on payment options, click here.

Individual travel insurance is NOT included in the cost of this trip.  I always recommend that participants consider purchasing their own travel insurance policy.  Please see the FAQ question on travel insurance for more information.

Due on or before March 1, 2017 $700
Due on or before June 1, 2017 $240
Due on or before September 1, 2017 $240
Due on or before December 1, 2017 $240
Due on or before March 1, 2018 $240
*** FINAL PAYMENT ***
Due on or before June 1, 2018
$240 or balance due

Please note that if your first payment falls after the due date for the deposit or any subsequent payment, your first payment must be at LEAST in the amount of the total of all payments due up to the date of your payment.  For example, if your first payment is made after September 1, 2017, your payment must be at least $1180.  This will be the case whether you are a confirmed participant or being placed on the wait list.  If you wish to be wait-listed, you may only pay by check.  However, your check will NOT be deposited unless and until you are confirmed on the trip.   No further payments from wait-listed crew will be necessary until you are confirmed as a participant at which time the balance of the total amount due at that time will be required to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation Policy:

I believe I price my trips fairly and without a lot of overhead. Additionally, charter companies have very strict policies regarding cancellations and there are significant financial penalties for cancelling a charter boat reservation. For any individual to cancel their reservation could lead to increased costs for other participants.  The following policy is provided to help avoid that situation.  I STRONGLY recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance to protect your investment in this trip.  In the event you must cancel, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can try to find a replacement or confirm someone from the wait-list, if any.  If you are on the wait-list, the cancellation policy does not apply.  If I can find no replacement within 2 weeks for someone who must cancel their reservation, the cancellation fees detailed below will be assessed.   Check the FAQ page for information on travel insurance underwriters.

I reserve the right to modify this cancellation policy up until the time that I begin accepting payments.

Any cancellation for any reason will incur at least a $100 administrative fee regardless of the availability of a replacement.
Additionally, if you cancel:
Before 03/01/2017 $100
On or before 06/01/2017 $500
06/02/2017 to 08/31/2017 inclusive $750
09/01/2017 to 10/31/2017 inclusive $1000
Anytime after 11/1/2017 All monies paid to date
Payment Options:

You have three options for paying for your trip. Each method is fully described below.

Payment Options Information
Credit or Debit Card Online

This is your best option for making your reservation or payment most expeditiously.  Go to my online store.  Scroll down or use the Shop drop down menu to go to "2018 - Croatia".  Click on the link below the text to get to reservation and payment page.  You will have the option of paying the minimum deposit, paying for the entire trip, or paying for the deposit plus any number of the recurring $240 payments.  The online store will not accept payment if all berths have been reserved.  If you wish to reserve after the initial offering, you may wish to call Capt. Rob prior to making an online payment to determine if there a wait-list. If so, you may wish to make a payment by check instead so as not to commit funds until necessary.

On the first page, use the dropdown list to select which items you want to add to you shopping basket.  For each item, click the Add to Basket button for each person for whom you are paying.  Also, select the number of people in your reservation.   This gives me validation of the number of people versus payments made.  Check your shopping cart to verify that all of the payments you wish to make are listed.  Check both type and quantity.

Even though the online store makes reference to shipping, nothing will be shipped to you.   This allows me to collect your contact information.  However, please note that when entering your address, the leftmost field on the city-state-zip line, is actually the ZIP Code field.  If you enter your ZIP Code there, the system will automatically populate the city and state fields based on the ZIP code that you provide.   If you do not enter the ZIP code as described, you may experience some trouble completing the rest of the form.  In any case, verify your address before clicking the Submit button.

My online store is operated by the company I use to process credit card payments.  The interface may ask if you wish to store your credit card information for future use.  That is a feature offered by the card processor.   I do NOT keep or in any way save your credit or debit card information.  However, I do keep your contact information for obvious reasons.  So please be sure to provide your complete information including email address and phone number.  It is entirely up to you if you wish to allow your credit card information to be stored.

If you pay for more than one person, please use the Notes feature to supply that person's name and complete contact information, if it is different from your own.

Credit or Debit Card by phone

This is your second best option for getting your reservation or payment quickly.   If you call me, I can tell you if there are open berths or if there is a wait-list. If you choose to make a payment, I will enter your credit or debit card information into my POS terminal.  I can tell you immediately if it was approved and you will get a receipt via your choice of email or text message.  I am available by phone generally from 8AM to 9PM. My phone number is 1.908.672.3609.

The same payment options available online are generally available when making a payment by phone.

I do NOT keep or in any way save your credit information.   I will keep your contact information for obvious reasons.  I particularly need your email address and phone number.

Check or Money Order

You may mail your payments as checks or money orders made payable to "Chesapeake Flotillas". Your reservation will be recorded when your check is received.  Address the envelope to

Chesapeake Flotillas
487 E Main St
Somerville, NJ 08876-3128

I might suggest using the online store interface to make your deposit and then you can pay the recurring payments by check if you prefer.  In this way, you can submit your reservation in the most timely way.   However, if you make your first payment by check or money order and the trip is full, I will hold your check but not deposit it unless and until you are a confirmed participant on the trip.

When mailing your deposit, please include your full contact information including address, preferred phone number, and an email address. If making payment for more than one person, please include full contact information for each person covered by the payment.

Please note that this will be the only method of payment that can be used to hold a place on the wait list.

For the sake of your own information security, DO NOT mail or email your credit or debit card information to me.  If you want to use a credit or debit card, refer to the two sections immediately above.

Flight Information:

You should consider making your airline reservations as early as practical.  Economic pressures could make airfares volatile.  The flight information below is for those coming out of Northern New Jersey.  For those of you coming out of different locations, check for flights connecting in London (LRH), Zurich (ZRH), Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC), Vienna (VIE), or Dusseldorf (DUS).

Given the flight schedules, you may wish to reserve a hotel room for at least one night after the trip. Similarly, you may want to arrive a day or so early, in which case you will also need land accomodations on the front end.

Dates
Projected Flight information based 2017 schedule
09/14/2018 (Friday)
Departing EWR at 6:00 pm arriving LHR at 7:30 am (next day)
Departing LHR at 11:25 am arriving SPU at 1:05 pm
09/25/2017 (Monday)
Departing SPU at 07:55 am arriving MUC at 09:35 am
Departing MUC at 12:30 pm arriving EWR at 03:40 pm

The currently estimate fare is about $1200 based on September 2017 flights. This is currently provided for informational purposes.  Flight schedules and fares may change by the time of your booking.  Cost and schedule information is based on 2017 flight data. It is not possible to get flight details more than 11 months in the future.

After I make my own flight reservations, I will post them here and notify trip participants by email.

If you wish to investigate reserving a hotel room or other accommodation during our trip, I highly recommend using Booking.com. Some of us have used that site to arrange for housing in the past.  We have found some lovely accommodations at VERY reasonable rates.  I can heartily recommend the Garden Apartments in Split.


Tourism Brochures:

The Croatia Tourism website has lots of information. The following brochures were downloaded from there:

Rob has created a multimedia presentation that you may download and share with your friends.  Click here to download and view the presentation. The file is 27 MB. Please allow at least 90 seconds to download the file.

Pre-Trip Meeting

I will hold a pre-trip meeting approximately two to three months before the trip.  It will most likely be an virtual meeting using an online service including video, audio, and screen sharing.

Contact:

Should you have any questions Rob can be reached via email or call him on his cell phones:

Rob:  908.672.3609

Frequently Asked Questions


This trip is based on suggestions from past clients.  Where do YOU want to sail next? Send an email with your ideas!

I am excited about returning to Croatia.  Come sail with me.

Click here for information about current sailing opportunities.


[1] Itinerary suggestions mentioned here are only an example of what is possible.  There are many potential stops and diversions.  The final choice will be made based on ambient conditions including crew interest and advice from the charter company.


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