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Balkan Treasures

Explore Croatia’s beautiful coast & islands aboard the Queen Eleganza combined with a two-night stay in Lake Bled and an exploration of Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • 4 May 2022
  • 10 May 2022
  • History and Culture
  • Lake Bled

Join us for this unique itinerary which combines an exploration of Croatia’s spectacular coastline with its intense blue sea and amazingly picturesque islands with explorations of both Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This region has much to offer the genuine traveller and our cruise itinerary has been carefully designed to visit some marvellous places which do not cater for the big ships. Each night during our voyage we will remain moored in the picturesque harbours affording the opportunity to dine ashore on some evenings to enjoy the floodlit splendour and lively café society which is so atmospheric.

Before we embark the 36-passenger Queen Eleganza, we have two days to explore Slovenia and some of the country’s hidden treasures including the beautiful cobalt-blue Lake Bled with its tiny castle-topped island and the largest underground cave system in Europe at Postojna. From here we transfer to the attractive coastal town of Opatija where we embark the Queen Eleganza for our journey along the coast of Croatia. Witness a range of scenic delights from the island of Dugi Otok, surrounded by hills, vines and ancient olive groves to the dramatic waterfalls of Krka and the pretty island of Brac. We will also visit the historic cities of Zadar and Split with their history dating back to Roman times.

After our cruise we have three days to explore Croatia’s lesser-visited neighbour, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Often overshadowed by its tumultuous past, it has emerged from its recent civil war reincarnated and offers the visitor a wealth of historical and cultural treasures, highlights of which will be the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar.

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Queen Eleganza

Queen Eleganza

For our cruises along the Adriatic coast, we are delighted to have chartered the Queen Eleganza which was launched in April 2018. Beautifully crafted by Croatian hands, this is one of the finest Croatian flagged vessels of her kind and, with a maximum of just 36 guests, there is the added benefit of a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board. The team of friendly Croatian crew members all speak English and their excellent service and hospitality will do much to add to your enjoyment. Meals served on board have a home-cooked feel and feature wholesome, fresh and tasty Mediterranean cuisine and, when dining ashore independently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants. This is the perfect ship to escape the formalities of larger vessels and enjoy the casual nature of small ship cruising along the most beautiful of coastlines.

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4th May Itinerary

  • Lake Bled
  • Postojna Caves

Day 1 London to Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight to Ljubljana. On arrival transfer to our hotel in Lake Bled for our two night stay. Check in and enjoy time at leisure before meeting for dinner in the hotel this evening. (D)

Day 2 Lake Bled.

Using the local “pletna” boats, this morning we will cruise the lake and make our way to Blejski Otok, an island situated in the middle of the lake where we can visit the Chapel of Santa Maria. Returning to the lakeside we will make our way to Bled Castle located high on the rock face above the lake, protecting the town since 1004. We end our visit at the picturesque old town of Radovljica, one of the best-preserved towns in Slovenia with houses dating back to the 15th century. After lunch in the town we will return to the hotel in Lake Bled for an afternoon at leisure. Maybe take the walking track around the lake for further views or relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. We will meet for dinner tonight in the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Lake Bled, Postojna Caves & Opatija, Croatia.

After breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to Croatia. We will drive through the Karst region of Slovenia, known for its rich natural habitat. The Postojna Cave is a 21 kilometre long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, the biggest in Europe. There is almost no corner in the cave without a beautiful stalactite or stalagmite. The cave boasts the oldest underground train in the world, which we will use to partly explore this underground jewel but the two kilometres of its most attractive part is taken on foot allowing us to slowly take in the many natural and unusual wonders of the darkness. After lunch we continue our journey to Opatija where we embark the Queen Eleganza. Tonight, enjoy the welcome dinner on board as we moor overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Rab.

Sail during breakfast for the island of Rab where we will take a guided walk through the picturesque Old Town, a perfectly preserved late Medieval Adriatic settlement squeezed into a slender peninsula along which are dotted a sequence of Romanesque campaniles. We have the opportunity this evening to dine ashore and sample one of the many local restaurants and we will remain moored overnight in the harbour. (B, L)

Day 5 Zadar.

Cruise this morning to Zadar, once a dominant city on the Adriatic coast rivalling Venice, Zadar is today a treasured city that has preserved its historical core. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour strolling around the old town with its Roman columns and portals, Romanesque churches and Renaissance and Baroque palaces. Of particular interest are the 9th century circular Church of St Donat, and the 13th century Romanesque cathedral. Tonight, there will be the opportunity to dine in one of the city’s many restaurants as we moor overnight. (B, L)

Day 6 Dugi Otok.

We continue our journey south cruising past numerous islands before we arrive at Sali, a traditional fishing village on the island of Dugi Otok surrounded by hills and ancient olive groves. On a walking tour of the town we will see the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a stunning wooden altar from the 17th century. We also hope to visit the nearby Telascica Nature Park, a beautiful area of islands, islets, rugged cliffs and coves which are home to many endemic plants. Enjoy dinner on board this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sibenik & Krka National Park.

After a morning cruising we arrive in Sibenik where we visit the majestic waterfalls of Krka. We will take a guided walk along wooden walkways and across bridges through this unique fjordlike landscape with its multiple waterfalls and interesting flora and fauna. Return to Sibenik and enjoy an early evening walking tour through the historic town seeing the Cathedral of St James, the old city walls, and the theatre before returning to the vessel for dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Split.

This morning we sail the short distance to Split and this afternoon will enjoy a guided walk through the town. Explore the Palace of Diocletian, built by the emperor in 295-305 AD as his retirement villa. Much of this large building is well preserved and the palace contains Split’s old town within its walls, making it the only Roman palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. It is a wonderful spot to wander the maze of streets. We will moor centrally this evening and you can enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants in the city. (B, L)

Day 9 Pucisca, Brac & Opuzen.

Sail this morning for Brac and the attractive port of Pucisca located at the end of a long bay. Brac is world renowned for the quality of its stone which was used for the Diocletian’s Palace in Split as well as the White House in Washington and other parliament buildings in Europe. Spend the morning in the charming small town, voted one of the prettiest in Europe, where the buildings’ white roofs create an ambient atmosphere. Over lunch we sail to Opuzen arriving this evening. Enjoy dinner on board as we moor overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Opuzen to Blagaj & Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After breakfast we will disembark in Opuzen and begin our journey to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our first call will be at Pocitelj, situated on the Neretva River, which is a splendid Ottoman city dating back to the Middle Ages. Here, King Tvrtko I of Bosnia built a fortress in 1383 which was later conquered by the Turks in 1471. Today this is truly a magical open-air museum with many Ottoman monuments, such as the Hadzi Alija Mosque and the Clock Tower. After lunch in a local restaurant we will continue on to Blagaj Tekke, also known as the Dervish Monastery. The tekija was built to host gatherings of the Sufi Brotherhood, and the stunning half-timbered tekija rests beside the fast-flowing blue-green Buna River. Arrive in Mostar in the early evening and check in to our hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Mostar to Sarajevo.

In the 15th century, Mostar became a thriving centre on the banks of the emerald Neretva River under the Ottoman Turks. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage Site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, the nearby Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and an old Turkish house, among other sites. You may also wish to explore the old bazaar independently, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen. After lunch we will continue our journey to Sarajevo and check in to our hotel this afternoon. Meet later this evening for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Sarajevo.

After breakfast at the hotel we will take a walking tour of Sarajevo including Sarajevo City Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period. It is the National Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina and faces the Miljacka River and the Emperor’s Mosque, the city’s oldest mosque. We will continue on to see the Latin Bridge, where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914. We will also take a walk through Bascarsija, the old part of the town built in the Ottoman period, where we can learn about the local food, crafts, and traditions. After lunch in a local restaurant we continue to the nearby mini spa town of Ilidza, where Franz Ferdinand and his wife stayed in June 1914. We will visit the public park of Vrelo Bosne, an oasis of greenery and gushing streams of water, one of the country’s prime natural attractions. Our day ends with a visit to the Tunnel Museum, the centrepiece of which is a 25 metre section of the 1 metre wide, 1.6 metre high hand-dug tunnel under the airport runway that acted as the city’s lifeline to the outside world during the 1992–95 siege. Walking through a short, restored section is the moving culmination to a visit that includes an archive video, a minefield garden and a fascinating museum within the shell-pounded house that hid the tunnel entrance. Return to the hotel and this evening enjoy our final dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Sarajevo to London.

After breakfast at the hotel we will check out and transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London. (B)

  • Opatija
  • Rab
  • Zadar

10th May Itinerary

  • Lake Bled
  • Postojna Caves

Day 1 London to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight. On arrival transfer to our hotel for our two night stay. Check in and enjoy time at leisure before meeting for dinner in the hotel this evening. (D)

Day 2 Sarajevo.

After breakfast at the hotel we will take a walking tour of Sarajevo including Sarajevo City Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings from the Austro- Hungarian period. It is the National Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina and faces the Miljacka River and the Emperor’s Mosque, the city’s oldest mosque. We will then continue on to see the Latin Bridge, where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914. We will also take a walk through Bascarsija, the old part of the town built in the Ottoman period, where we can learn about the local food, crafts, and traditions. After lunch in a local restaurant we continue to the nearby mini spa town of Ilidza, where Franz Ferdinand and his wife stayed in June 1914. We will visit the public park of Vrelo Bosne, an oasis of greenery and gushing streams of water, one of the country’s prime natural attractions. Our day ends with a visit to the Tunnel Museum, the centrepiece of which is a 25 metre section of the 1 metre wide, 1.6 metre high hand-dug tunnel under the airport runway that acted as the city’s lifeline to the outside world during the 1992–95 siege. Walking through a short, restored section is the moving culmination to a visit that includes an archive video, a minefield garden and a fascinating museum within the shell-pounded house that hid the tunnel entrance. Return to the hotel and this evening we will meet for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sarajevo to Mostar.

In the 15th century, Mostar became a thriving centre on the banks of the emerald Neretva River under the Ottoman Turks. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage Site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, the nearby Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and an old Turkish house, among other sites. You may also wish to explore the old bazaar independently, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen. Check into the hotel this afternoon and meet later this evening for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Blagaj & Pocitelj, Bosnia-Herzegovina to Opuzen, Croatia.

Check out this morning as we make our way to Blagaj Tekke, also known as the Dervish Monastery. The tekija was built to host gatherings of the Sufi Brotherhood, and the stunning half-timbered tekija rests beside the fast-flowing blue-green Buna River. After lunch we continue to Pocitelj, situated on the Neretva River, which is a splendid Ottoman city dating back to the Middle Ages. Here, King Tvrtko I of Bosnia built a fortress in 1383 which was later conquered by the Turks in 1471. Today this is truly a magical open-air museum with many Ottoman monuments, such as the Hadzi Alija Mosque and the Clock Tower. Later this afternoon we cross the border into Croatia and embark the Queen Eleganza in Opuzen where we enjoy dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Brac & Split.

Sail this morning for Brac and the attractive port of Pucisca located at the end of a long bay. Brac is world renowned for the quality of its stone which was used for the Diocletian’s Palace in Split as well as the White House in Washington and other parliament buildings in Europe. Spend the afternoon in the charming small town, voted one of the prettiest in Europe, where the buildings’ white roofs create an ambient atmosphere. In the early evening we sail to Split where we will moor overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Split & Sibenik.

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walk through the town. Explore the Palace of Diocletian, built by the emperor in 295-305 AD as his retirement villa. Much of this large building is well preserved and the palace contains Split’s old town within its walls, making it the only Roman palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. It is a wonderful spot to wander the maze of streets. In the late morning we sail to Sibenik and take an early evening walking tour through the historic town seeing the Cathedral of St James, the old city walls, and the theatre before taking the chance to dine in one of the nearby restaurants. (B, L)

Day 7 Krka National Park & Dugi Otok.

From our berth in Sibenik we visit the majestic waterfalls of Krka. We will take a guided walk along wooden walkways and across bridges through this unique fjordlike landscape with its multiple waterfalls and interesting flora and fauna. We sail this afternoon, arriving this evening at Sali, a traditional fishing village on the island of Dugi Otok surrounded by hills and ancient olive groves. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Dugi Otok & Zadar.

During our morning guided walking tour of the town we will see the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a stunning wooden altar from the 17th century. We also hope to visit the nearby Telascica Nature Park, a beautiful area of islands, islets, rugged cliffs and coves which are home to many endemic plants. This afternoon we continue our journey cruising past numerous islands on our way to Zadar where there will be the opportunity to dine in one of the city’s many restaurants as we moor overnight. (B, L)

Day 9 Zadar & Rab.

Once a dominant city on the Adriatic coast rivalling Venice, Zadar is today a treasured city that has preserved its historical core. A morning walking tour will stroll around the old town with its Roman columns and portals, Romanesque churches and Renaissance and Baroque palaces. Of particular interest are the 9th century circular Church of St Donat, and the 13th century Romanesque cathedral. Return to the ship for lunch as we sail to Rab arriving in the late afternoon. Dine ashore independently this evening. (B, L)

Day 10 Rab & Opatija.

This morning we will take a guided walk through Rab’s picturesque Old Town, a perfectly preserved late Medieval Adriatic settlement squeezed into a slender peninsula along which are dotted a sequence of Romanesque campaniles. After a final afternoon at sea we arrive in Opatija and will take a walk around this genteel resort before our farewell dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Opatija to Lake Bled, Postojna Caves, Slovenia.

Disembark this morning as we make our way to Slovenia. We will drive through the Karst region, known for its rich natural habitat. The Postojna Cave is a 21 kilometre long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, the biggest in Europe. There is almost no corner in the cave without a beautiful stalactite or stalagmite. The cave boasts the oldest underground train in the world, which we will use to partly explore this underground jewel but the two kilometres of its most attractive part is taken on foot allowing us to slowly take in the many natural and unusual wonders of the darkness. After lunch we continue to our hotel in Lake Bled where after some free time we will meet for dinner in the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Lake Bled.

Using the local “pletna” boats, this morning we will cruise the lake and make our way to Blejski Otok, an island situated in the middle of the lake where we can visit the Chapel of Santa Maria. Returning to the lakeside we will make our way to Bled Castle located high on the rock face above the lake, protecting the town since 1004. We end our visit at the picturesque old town of Radovljica, one of the best-preserved towns in Slovenia with houses dating back to the 15th century. After lunch in the town we will return to the hotel in Lake Bled for an afternoon at leisure. Maybe take the walking track around the lake for further views or relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. We will meet for dinner tonight in the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Lake Bled to London.

After breakfast in the hotel we will check out and transfer to Ljubljana airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London. (B)

  • Opatija
  • Rab
  • Zadar

Dates and Prices

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4th May Itinerary

Prices per person based on double occupancy
4 to 16 May 2022
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Twin/Double cabin on the Lower Deck £4195 £3995
2 Twin Cabin on the Main Deck £4195 £3995
3 Twin Cabin on the Main Deck £4495 £4295
4 Twin/Double cabin on the Main Deck £4895 £4695
5 Double cabin on the Main Deck £5195 £4995
6 Double cabin on the Lower Deck for sole use £4195 £3995

10th May Itinerary

Prices per person based on double occupancy
10 to 22 May 2022
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Twin/Double cabin on the Lower Deck £4195 £3995
2 Twin Cabin on the Main Deck £4195 £3995
3 Twin Cabin on the Main Deck £4495 £4295
4 Twin/Double cabin on the Main Deck £4895 £4695
5 Double cabin on the Main Deck £5195 £4995
6 Double cabin on the Lower Deck for sole use £4195 £3995

Tour Reference Code: SCBALKAN

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel • Two nights hotel accommodation in Lake Bled • Seven nights aboard the Queen Eleganza • Overnight hotel accommodation in Mostar • Two nights hotel accommodation in Sarajevo • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner • Noble Caledonia Tour Manager in Slovenia & Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cruise Director aboard the Queen Eleganza • Shore excursions • Gratuities • Transfers • Airport taxes • Port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

  • Deckplan

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Queen Eleganza

For our cruises along the Adriatic coast, we are delighted to have chartered the Queen Eleganza which was launched in April 2018. Beautifully crafted by Croatian hands, this is one of the finest Croatian flagged vessels of her kind and, with a maximum of just 36 guests, there is the added benefit of a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board. The team of friendly Croatian crew members all speak English and their excellent service and hospitality will do much to add to your enjoyment. Meals served on board have a home-cooked feel and feature wholesome, fresh and tasty Mediterranean cuisine and, when dining ashore independently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants. This is the perfect ship to escape the formalities of larger vessels and enjoy the casual nature of small ship cruising along the most beautiful of coastlines.

 
  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    The 18 cabins are attractively designed with neutral décor and stylish furnishings. There are six different grades of cabin arranged over two decks; all cabins feature either portholes (all lower deck cabins), small windows (categories 3 & 5) or picture windows (categories 2 & 4) and are spacious with a well-designed lay out, comfortable seating and all the mod cons. The cabins range in size from 12m2 to 25m2. Facilities include air conditioning/heating, a spacious shower, large sink with under sink drawer space, a wardrobe, drawers and spacious under bed storage, flat screen television, radio, hairdryer and safety deposit box. Each cabin also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and toiletries including shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner. All bathrooms feature a small window. 

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    If you prefer a peaceful life at sea and a casual, laid-back ambience then you need look no further than the Queen Eleganza. The vessel has been designed with spacious outside public areas including a large Sun Deck with an excellent shaded area. Whether you choose to spend your time indoors in the lounge or bar area, or in a comfortable lounger on the Sun Deck, the ship has many perfect spots from which to relax and watch the passing scenery.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals on board are a casual affair. Breakfast is buffet style with eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner feature locally sourced fresh food. In good weather, there will be the opportunity to dine al-fresco. House wine/ beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner and there is a 24 hour tea/coffee station.

  • Life On Board

    Life Onboard

    The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, with the dress code reflecting this. With just 36 like-minded passengers, the mood is intimate, and what better way to enjoy the views of magnificent islands and cities than sitting on the Sun Deck watching the world pass slowly by. Part of the joy of a cruise aboard this vessel is its capability to dock in small ports or drop anchor in any suitable spot. The experienced Captain and his crew are trained in the highest safety standards. Being such a small operation, the close-knit team work excellently together and will enrich your overall enjoyment of small ship cruising.

  • Ship Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    For our cruises along the Adriatic coast, we are delighted to have chartered the newly built, beautifully crafted Queen Eleganza. This modern & stylish vessel is one of the finest Croatian flagged vessels of her kind and we believe she is the perfect vessel from which to explore the Croatian coast. Carrying a maximum of just 36 guests, there is the added benefit of a relaxed and intimate atmosphere on board.

    The Sun Deck, with its comfortable sun loungers, is the perfect place to watch the passing scenery and the team of friendly Croatian crew will provide you with excellent service and hospitality throughout the ship. To enhance your voyage further there is also a Noble Caledonia Cruise Director on board. Dining on board is a casual affair and the menus feature locally sourced fresh food including fish. When dining ashore independently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    VESSEL TECHNICAL DETAILS

    Beam: 8.75 metres
    Built: 2018
    Cabins: 18
    Crew: 8
    Crew Nationality: Croatian (English speaking)
    Draft: 2.5 metres
    Engine: 1000 HP
    Gross Tonnage: 498 tonnes 
    Length: 49 metres
    Maximum speed: 14 knots
    Passengers: 36
    Registered: Croatia

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    All cabins and public rooms have air-conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur. Life jackets are stowed in the closet in your cabin. All cabins and public areas have an emergency button.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may have to be changed at short notice due to weather conditions, technical reasons or decisions by the local harbour masters. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck and in your cabin and public areas.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. For other drinks consumed throughout your journey you will receive a final bill to settle at the end of your journey. 

    CABINS

    The 18 cabins are attractively designed with neutral décor and stylish furnishings. There are six different grades of cabin arranged over two decks; all cabins feature either portholes (all lower deck cabins), small windows (category 3 & 5) or picture windows (category 2 & 4) and are spacious with a well-designed lay out, comfortable seating and all the mod cons. 

    Facilities include air-conditioning/heating, a spacious shower, large sink with under sink drawer space, a wardrobe, drawers and spacious under bed storage, flat screen television, radio, hairdryer, safety deposit box. Each cabin also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and toiletries including shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner. All bathrooms feature a small window. Please note that bathrobes, slippers and face cloths are not provided. Due to the movement of the ship, small amounts of water may collect on the bathroom floor at times.dependently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by the Noble Caledonia Cruise Director who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DINING, DRINKING & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    Meals on board are either buffet style or served and there is one sitting with an open seating arrangement. When the weather permits, lunch and dinner may be enjoyed in the covered outside area of the Sun Deck.

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. Please also advise if you do not, or cannot, eat fish and shellfish as these feature regularly on the lunch and dinner menus. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or the Maitre D’ at dinner on your first night on board to reconfirm your requirements.

    Complimentary self-service tea and coffee, with fruit and biscuits, are available in the restaurant 24 hours a day. There is also a water station located in the restaurant where you can refill the reusable water bottle provided for you in your cabin.

    During your time aboard the Queen Eleganza there will be several evenings where meals are to be taken ashore under your own arrangements, and several evenings where dinner is included on board. Whilst the number of included meals on board is fixed, please note that the order of the days may change and, if so, this will be advised once on board.

    On nights when you are free to dine independently ashore, if instead you wish to stay on board for dinner, this is possible at a rate of €25 per person each time, which will be added to your onboard account. 24 hours advance notice is required.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DOCTOR

    There is no doctor on board. Should you be in need of medical assistance, please contact a member of the crew who are first aid trained, or the Cruise Director. In case of an emergency during the night, please use the emergency call button in your cabin. Because the ship sails close to the shore, medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly. Passengers requiring special medication are advised to bring a supply with them. Should you need to restock your medication, please advise the Cruise Director or a member of the crew as soon as possible as pharmacy opening hours in Croatia are restricted.

    DRESS CODE

    On board the emphasis is on comfortable and casual clothing at all times. The dress code is very informal. You may like to wear smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners and when dining ashore. Please note that wardrobe hanging space may be limited but no ties or jackets are required for gentleman, or formal dresses/suits for ladies.

    ELECTRICITY

    The cabins feature 220 volt current, with sockets accepting 2 round-pin (European style) sockets. Each cabin also features a USB socket but please note that, due to regulations, there are no sockets in the bathrooms. We recommend taking a universal adaptor.

    EMERGENCIES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency you will be informed by a loudspeaker announcement. We ask you to collect your life jacket from the cabin, proceed to the marked Muster Station on the Main Deck and follow instructions given by the Captain or crew members.

    FIRST AID

    We have an emergency first aid kit on board. If you require any item please contact the Cruise Director or a member of the crew. All crew are trained in First Aid.

    GOING ASHORE

    Passengers Ashore Tally Board: There is a tally board on the gangway. Please move the button from “IN” to “OUT” when you go ashore, and move it back on return. If only one passenger of a cabin of two is going out, please move the button into an intermediate position.

    Shore Excursions: Please be on time for the organised excursions, so as not to keep others waiting. All shore excursions are included in your holiday price. If you do not wish to participate in an excursion, please let your Cruise Director know.

    Going Ashore Individually: When you go ashore individually, please be back on board at least 15 minutes before the advertised departure time of the ship. Please do not leave valuables in public areas, and please remember to lock your cabin. We kindly ask that you return to the ship no later than 11pm after which the outside doors of the ship will be locked. If you plan to stay out longer, please let the Cruise Director know.

    Meals ashore: Please ask your Cruise Director for a list of recommended restaurants. If you should find a restaurant that was not mentioned and you liked it, please let your Cruise Director know for the benefit of future passengers. Whilst most restaurants accept major credit and debit cards, we recommend you check before ordering.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities to crew and whilst on excursions are included in the cost of your holiday.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    As there is only one housekeeper, you are kindly requested to hang out the “Please clean my cabin” sign whilst you are at breakfast.

    INTERNET

    The ship offers a free Wi-Fi connection in the public areas and the cabins. Depending on the ship’s location, there may be times when the connection is very slow or is disrupted and the same level of connectivity that you enjoy at home cannot be expected on board. LANGUAGE All members of the crew speak English. 

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Due to the size of the ship there is no laundry service on board.

    LIFE JACKETS

    Your life jacket can be found in your cabin. Please do not remove the life jackets from this location.

    LIFE RAFT

    The ship carries two life rafts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within seven days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MONEY

    On Board: A “cashless” system is operated on board and any purchases will be charged to your cabin account. Bar prices are displayed in Euros, but the final account can be settled in Croatian Kuna, Euros or British Pounds, at the end of your cruise. Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are accepted on board, but Personal cheques and Travellers’ Cheques are not accepted. Ashore: Please note that the currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna, the currency in Montenegro is the Euro and in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark. Most major credit cards are accepted, but please check before making your purchase in shops, or ordering your meal or drinks in restaurants and bars.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Upper Deck: On the Upper Deck you will find the bar, restaurant, lounge, and public restrooms. The lounge has a small library of books, games and DVDs. The tea/coffee station is located in the restaurant here. Sun Deck: The Sun Deck has sun loungers and seating for outdoor dining (weather permitting).

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve our service and in order to do this we request some feedback from our guests. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire in to your Cruise Director.

    QUIETVOX

    During our excursions, we use a whisper system called Quietvox. In your cabin there is a charging station with two devices and two sets of earpieces. Please keep your devices in the charging station (and the station plugged in) whilst you are not on an excursion. Bring the sets with you on excursions as your guides will speak to you through their microphone. The use of the equipment will be explained before the first excursion starts.

    SAFE

    There is a safe in every cabin, together with instructions. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe. Kindly remember to remove all items from the safe before disembarking the ship at the end of your cruise. Please note that neither the ship, nor Noble Caledonia, are responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    SAFETY DRILL

    The safety briefing will take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements.

    SANITISER

    Please use the hand sanitisers near reception and the restaurant.

    SHIP’S BERTH

    At busy times during the season there may not be enough berths immediately adjacent to the pier. It will then be necessary to berth two or more vessels side by side, allowing passengers to pass through the neighbouring ship(s) to go ashore. This requires special care, as ships are not allowed to have a permanent gangway between them. Views from cabins may therefore also be restricted.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is restricted to the designated open areas only. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas including cabins and the restaurant.

    SWIMMING

    Swimming opportunities are dependent on the itinerary, weather conditions and sea temperature. Swimming from the ship will only be offered when there is a minimum water temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and is permitted at the Captain’s discretion. There is no snorkelling equipment on board the ship.

    TELEVISION

    There is a television in each cabin. TV reception depends on the satellite dish and on occasion it may not be possible to receive a signal. 

    TOILETS

    Please do not put anything into the toilet except toilet paper.

    TOWELS

    Towels will be changed once in the middle of your cruise. Should you need new towels earlier, please let the housekeeper know. Please do not use the bathroom towels on the beach. A separate towel for swimming will be provided.

    WATER

    The tap water in your cabin is not potable. In order to reduce the damage caused to the environment and wildlife by plastic, we have placed a reusable steel water bottle in your cabin. This can be filled using the central filtered water system located in the restuarant which provides unlimited water throughout your cruise. Please kindly ensure bottles are left in your cabin on departure.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this booklet should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

    V.5 December 2019

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  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    The 18 cabins are attractively designed with neutral décor and stylish furnishings. There are six different grades of cabin arranged over two decks; all cabins feature either portholes (all lower deck cabins), small windows (categories 3 & 5) or picture windows (categories 2 & 4) and are spacious with a well-designed lay out, comfortable seating and all the mod cons. The cabins range in size from 12m2 to 25m2. Facilities include air conditioning/heating, a spacious shower, large sink with under sink drawer space, a wardrobe, drawers and spacious under bed storage, flat screen television, radio, hairdryer and safety deposit box. Each cabin also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and toiletries including shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner. All bathrooms feature a small window. 

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    If you prefer a peaceful life at sea and a casual, laid-back ambience then you need look no further than the Queen Eleganza. The vessel has been designed with spacious outside public areas including a large Sun Deck with an excellent shaded area. Whether you choose to spend your time indoors in the lounge or bar area, or in a comfortable lounger on the Sun Deck, the ship has many perfect spots from which to relax and watch the passing scenery.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals on board are a casual affair. Breakfast is buffet style with eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner feature locally sourced fresh food. In good weather, there will be the opportunity to dine al-fresco. House wine/ beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner and there is a 24 hour tea/coffee station.

  • Life On Board

    Life Onboard

    The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, with the dress code reflecting this. With just 36 like-minded passengers, the mood is intimate, and what better way to enjoy the views of magnificent islands and cities than sitting on the Sun Deck watching the world pass slowly by. Part of the joy of a cruise aboard this vessel is its capability to dock in small ports or drop anchor in any suitable spot. The experienced Captain and his crew are trained in the highest safety standards. Being such a small operation, the close-knit team work excellently together and will enrich your overall enjoyment of small ship cruising.

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    For our cruises along the Adriatic coast, we are delighted to have chartered the newly built, beautifully crafted Queen Eleganza. This modern & stylish vessel is one of the finest Croatian flagged vessels of her kind and we believe she is the perfect vessel from which to explore the Croatian coast. Carrying a maximum of just 36 guests, there is the added benefit of a relaxed and intimate atmosphere on board.

    The Sun Deck, with its comfortable sun loungers, is the perfect place to watch the passing scenery and the team of friendly Croatian crew will provide you with excellent service and hospitality throughout the ship. To enhance your voyage further there is also a Noble Caledonia Cruise Director on board. Dining on board is a casual affair and the menus feature locally sourced fresh food including fish. When dining ashore independently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    VESSEL TECHNICAL DETAILS

    Beam: 8.75 metres
    Built: 2018
    Cabins: 18
    Crew: 8
    Crew Nationality: Croatian (English speaking)
    Draft: 2.5 metres
    Engine: 1000 HP
    Gross Tonnage: 498 tonnes 
    Length: 49 metres
    Maximum speed: 14 knots
    Passengers: 36
    Registered: Croatia

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    All cabins and public rooms have air-conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur. Life jackets are stowed in the closet in your cabin. All cabins and public areas have an emergency button.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may have to be changed at short notice due to weather conditions, technical reasons or decisions by the local harbour masters. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of any changes.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck and in your cabin and public areas.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. For other drinks consumed throughout your journey you will receive a final bill to settle at the end of your journey. 

    CABINS

    The 18 cabins are attractively designed with neutral décor and stylish furnishings. There are six different grades of cabin arranged over two decks; all cabins feature either portholes (all lower deck cabins), small windows (category 3 & 5) or picture windows (category 2 & 4) and are spacious with a well-designed lay out, comfortable seating and all the mod cons. 

    Facilities include air-conditioning/heating, a spacious shower, large sink with under sink drawer space, a wardrobe, drawers and spacious under bed storage, flat screen television, radio, hairdryer, safety deposit box. Each cabin also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and toiletries including shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner. All bathrooms feature a small window. Please note that bathrobes, slippers and face cloths are not provided. Due to the movement of the ship, small amounts of water may collect on the bathroom floor at times.dependently, your knowledgeable Cruise Director will recommend popular local restaurants.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by the Noble Caledonia Cruise Director who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DINING, DRINKING & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    Meals on board are either buffet style or served and there is one sitting with an open seating arrangement. When the weather permits, lunch and dinner may be enjoyed in the covered outside area of the Sun Deck.

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. Please also advise if you do not, or cannot, eat fish and shellfish as these feature regularly on the lunch and dinner menus. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or the Maitre D’ at dinner on your first night on board to reconfirm your requirements.

    Complimentary self-service tea and coffee, with fruit and biscuits, are available in the restaurant 24 hours a day. There is also a water station located in the restaurant where you can refill the reusable water bottle provided for you in your cabin.

    During your time aboard the Queen Eleganza there will be several evenings where meals are to be taken ashore under your own arrangements, and several evenings where dinner is included on board. Whilst the number of included meals on board is fixed, please note that the order of the days may change and, if so, this will be advised once on board.

    On nights when you are free to dine independently ashore, if instead you wish to stay on board for dinner, this is possible at a rate of €25 per person each time, which will be added to your onboard account. 24 hours advance notice is required.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DOCTOR

    There is no doctor on board. Should you be in need of medical assistance, please contact a member of the crew who are first aid trained, or the Cruise Director. In case of an emergency during the night, please use the emergency call button in your cabin. Because the ship sails close to the shore, medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly. Passengers requiring special medication are advised to bring a supply with them. Should you need to restock your medication, please advise the Cruise Director or a member of the crew as soon as possible as pharmacy opening hours in Croatia are restricted.

    DRESS CODE

    On board the emphasis is on comfortable and casual clothing at all times. The dress code is very informal. You may like to wear smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners and when dining ashore. Please note that wardrobe hanging space may be limited but no ties or jackets are required for gentleman, or formal dresses/suits for ladies.

    ELECTRICITY

    The cabins feature 220 volt current, with sockets accepting 2 round-pin (European style) sockets. Each cabin also features a USB socket but please note that, due to regulations, there are no sockets in the bathrooms. We recommend taking a universal adaptor.

    EMERGENCIES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency you will be informed by a loudspeaker announcement. We ask you to collect your life jacket from the cabin, proceed to the marked Muster Station on the Main Deck and follow instructions given by the Captain or crew members.

    FIRST AID

    We have an emergency first aid kit on board. If you require any item please contact the Cruise Director or a member of the crew. All crew are trained in First Aid.

    GOING ASHORE

    Passengers Ashore Tally Board: There is a tally board on the gangway. Please move the button from “IN” to “OUT” when you go ashore, and move it back on return. If only one passenger of a cabin of two is going out, please move the button into an intermediate position.

    Shore Excursions: Please be on time for the organised excursions, so as not to keep others waiting. All shore excursions are included in your holiday price. If you do not wish to participate in an excursion, please let your Cruise Director know.

    Going Ashore Individually: When you go ashore individually, please be back on board at least 15 minutes before the advertised departure time of the ship. Please do not leave valuables in public areas, and please remember to lock your cabin. We kindly ask that you return to the ship no later than 11pm after which the outside doors of the ship will be locked. If you plan to stay out longer, please let the Cruise Director know.

    Meals ashore: Please ask your Cruise Director for a list of recommended restaurants. If you should find a restaurant that was not mentioned and you liked it, please let your Cruise Director know for the benefit of future passengers. Whilst most restaurants accept major credit and debit cards, we recommend you check before ordering.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities to crew and whilst on excursions are included in the cost of your holiday.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    As there is only one housekeeper, you are kindly requested to hang out the “Please clean my cabin” sign whilst you are at breakfast.

    INTERNET

    The ship offers a free Wi-Fi connection in the public areas and the cabins. Depending on the ship’s location, there may be times when the connection is very slow or is disrupted and the same level of connectivity that you enjoy at home cannot be expected on board. LANGUAGE All members of the crew speak English. 

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Due to the size of the ship there is no laundry service on board.

    LIFE JACKETS

    Your life jacket can be found in your cabin. Please do not remove the life jackets from this location.

    LIFE RAFT

    The ship carries two life rafts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within seven days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MONEY

    On Board: A “cashless” system is operated on board and any purchases will be charged to your cabin account. Bar prices are displayed in Euros, but the final account can be settled in Croatian Kuna, Euros or British Pounds, at the end of your cruise. Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are accepted on board, but Personal cheques and Travellers’ Cheques are not accepted. Ashore: Please note that the currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna, the currency in Montenegro is the Euro and in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark. Most major credit cards are accepted, but please check before making your purchase in shops, or ordering your meal or drinks in restaurants and bars.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Upper Deck: On the Upper Deck you will find the bar, restaurant, lounge, and public restrooms. The lounge has a small library of books, games and DVDs. The tea/coffee station is located in the restaurant here. Sun Deck: The Sun Deck has sun loungers and seating for outdoor dining (weather permitting).

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve our service and in order to do this we request some feedback from our guests. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire in to your Cruise Director.

    QUIETVOX

    During our excursions, we use a whisper system called Quietvox. In your cabin there is a charging station with two devices and two sets of earpieces. Please keep your devices in the charging station (and the station plugged in) whilst you are not on an excursion. Bring the sets with you on excursions as your guides will speak to you through their microphone. The use of the equipment will be explained before the first excursion starts.

    SAFE

    There is a safe in every cabin, together with instructions. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe. Kindly remember to remove all items from the safe before disembarking the ship at the end of your cruise. Please note that neither the ship, nor Noble Caledonia, are responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.

    SAFETY DRILL

    The safety briefing will take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements.

    SANITISER

    Please use the hand sanitisers near reception and the restaurant.

    SHIP’S BERTH

    At busy times during the season there may not be enough berths immediately adjacent to the pier. It will then be necessary to berth two or more vessels side by side, allowing passengers to pass through the neighbouring ship(s) to go ashore. This requires special care, as ships are not allowed to have a permanent gangway between them. Views from cabins may therefore also be restricted.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is restricted to the designated open areas only. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas including cabins and the restaurant.

    SWIMMING

    Swimming opportunities are dependent on the itinerary, weather conditions and sea temperature. Swimming from the ship will only be offered when there is a minimum water temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and is permitted at the Captain’s discretion. There is no snorkelling equipment on board the ship.

    TELEVISION

    There is a television in each cabin. TV reception depends on the satellite dish and on occasion it may not be possible to receive a signal. 

    TOILETS

    Please do not put anything into the toilet except toilet paper.

    TOWELS

    Towels will be changed once in the middle of your cruise. Should you need new towels earlier, please let the housekeeper know. Please do not use the bathroom towels on the beach. A separate towel for swimming will be provided.

    WATER

    The tap water in your cabin is not potable. In order to reduce the damage caused to the environment and wildlife by plastic, we have placed a reusable steel water bottle in your cabin. This can be filled using the central filtered water system located in the restuarant which provides unlimited water throughout your cruise. Please kindly ensure bottles are left in your cabin on departure.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this booklet should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

    V.5 December 2019

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