8-DAY MONTENEGRO GEMS PRE-DEPARTURE

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THANK YOU!

Thank you for booking your cruise with us!

This document has all the useful pre-departure information you will need, including how to find your boat, what to bring, what to expect, the ship rules, excursions and contact details for your Onboard Representative.

We look forward to sharing our love for Montenegro with you and making your trip a real adventure that combines culture, fun and relaxation!

ARRIVALS

From Split Airport, there is a regular airport shuttle bus that meets each flight to take you to Split Port. As soon as you come through the arrivals, go straight out of the building and the shuttle bus stop will be there in front of you. The journey time is about 35 minutes and costs around €7. The bus will drop you off near the bus station, which is opposite many of the boats’ docking positions Split Port.Taxis are also available from outside the airport, a typical fare to the port is around €45-€50. If coming from another town/country (such as Zagreb or Bosnia) then you will probably arrive at Split Bus Station. The check-in time is between 11.00am and 12.00pm and we aim to depart from Split Port before between 12.30pm and 1.00pm.Our Operations Manager (+385 91 902 8046) will help you with the check-in procedure. Please use the number (on WHATSAPP) above if you are late, lost or similar. The evening before the cruise could you please send a WhatApp message with both your name and boat name to this number to get your boat’s specific location.

WHERE IS MY BOAT?

Please see the map above for all the possible locations of your boat, called KLEOPATRA.This is the main port where the ferry/bus/train terminals are. As the ships are arranged differently each Saturday according to directions from the Port Authority, we cannot give you a specific dock number so please refer to the map above for possible docking positions.Google map location here for LUKA SPLIT (Split Port): https://goo.gl/maps/jX9biavyxzy9i1yz5Your ship will have its name written on it (KLEOPATRA). Most ships dock side by side and yours may be several boats back. To access your ship, please go onto the first boat and cross each one until you reach yours.Your ship will have a red GO CROATIA SAIL banner on the side railings. Your Go Croatia Sail Representative will be standing either on the dock near your boat or on the boat itself.DON’T WORRY! Split port can be hectic and confusing, and if you just can’t find your boat, please go to our emergency meeting point at the GO ADVENTURE sales office near the port where a Go Croatia Sail Representative will be from 11am to 12.30pm to show you the exact location of your boat.Office is located here: https://goo.gl/maps/Ct1j6VSCoiiwimtA7 
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WELCOME SPEECH

Once you are on board, checked in and shown your cabin, please make your way to the salon for your welcome drink, welcome speech and lunch.You will be introduced to your crew and be given a safety overview. Your Captain, crew and shipmates are your new family for the duration of the cruise!

WHAT TO TAKE?

If you need recommendations on what to bring (and pack) then we have an entire article on this in our online Magazine on our website here: What should I pack for my trip?

The cabin beds are laid with clean linen. It is necessary to bring your own beach towels for swimming and sunbathing. You will be provided with bathroom towels.

Please bring standard European plug adaptors (if needed). There are power points (standard European 2 pin plug) in every cabin and power points in the main salon area.

Hair-dryers are provided.

If you like snorkelling then we recommend buying a set in Porto Montenegro (cheapest sets are in the market areas).

MONEY & INSURANCE

The official currency of Montenegro is the Euro.

Most towns in Montenegro have ATMs that are linked into major international networks. Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard are the most recognised) are accepted in most tourist areas, but if you are travelling off the beaten path, be prepared to use cash. It is difficult to specify the money that you can spend per day but as a rule 35–40 Euros a day can provide you with additional meals/drinks and optional entrances.

A visitor’s tax of 100 Euros is not included in the cruise price. The visitor’s tax will be added to your bar tab and paid at the end of the cruise.

Tipping is at your discretion (10% of the cruise price is suggested). Tips can be paid at the end of the cruise.It is recommended that all passengers have personal insurance to cover medical and repatriation costs.

AIR-CONDITIONING & Wi-Fi

Each cabin has its own air conditioning vent to cool your sleeping area. You can turn this on or off as much as you please. If you have any issues at any time with your air-conditioning unit, please inform your Rep or any crew member immediately and they will be able to help rectify any issue. Wi-fi is also free on board but as it is a limited remote signal, it is not effective for video-streaming when cruising further from the mainland as the signal can weaken or cut out completely.

FOOD & DRINK

As our ships are licensed, please do not bring alcohol on board. Each boat has its own bar and drinks consumed onboard must be purchased from here.

There is a water dispenser on board for you to have access to free, unlimited drinking water.

We recommend bringing your own drinking bottle for top-ups to avoid creating unnecessary plastic waste from the plastic cup dispenser.

The boat operates a bar tab system – payment is made at the end of the cruise in cash.

SHIP RULES

It is everyone’s responsibility onboard to help protect Croatia’s environment and traditions. All passengers should respect the Captain and crew and have consideration for his boat – it represents the security and livelihood of his family. The Ship Rules are there to protect everyone on board and we would like all clients to have consideration for other people.

If we deem that any passenger is behaving, or has behaved, in a way that is causing danger or distress to any third party we reserve the right to terminate the travel of the person(s) concerned without any refund.

The Captain is responsible for the safety of all passengers and the crew. As such, the Captain has the right to change the itinerary in case of adverse weather or issues in ports to ensure safety on board.

 Passports are to be handed to the Captain or allocated crew member, in order for the passport details from it to be registered on the first day of the cruise.

During rough weather, movement should be kept to a minimum. The floors can be wet and slippery. Passengers should take extra care crossing between the boats when they are docked together in port. Do not hesitate to ask a crew member for assistance when crossing. Movement between ships is the individual’s responsibility.

Life-jackets are stored under the seats in the salon or under the beds in the cabins.

Jumping or diving from the ship while it is cruising is strictly forbidden. Climbing on the masts is also forbidden.

Sound travels easily and loudly on the boats and between ships. Therefore, all passengers are asked to keep noise to a minimum in the late evenings, especially when returning to the boat after a night out. Special attention must be given to the designated quiet time onboard, which usually starts between 10pm to midnight, depending on the port.

Passengers must keep valuables and money locked in their cabins. Neither the Captain nor crew can be held responsible for any lost personal belongings. If there is no safe in your cabin then you may ask the Captain to store your valuables in his safe.

Smoking in the salon area and in the cabins is not allowed and when smoking on deck, passengers must not throw cigarette butts into the sea.

Please do not throw anything into the toilets except toilet paper.

Passengers are not permitted to bring food and drink (including alcohol) on the boat. This includes all drinks and food products purchased on shore in ports of call. The only exceptions are: personal care products, liquid medicine, and food products for special diets.

Guests are obliged to respect meal times on board, which are placed on the board in the salon, as well as departure times to the next port.

Damage must be compensated to the Captain by the passenger. Lost cabin keys are charged 30 Euros a key.

It is strictly forbidden to throw rubbish into the sea.The Captain, crew and representative will be available for any questions or queries and will do their best to make your stay on board a most pleasurable one.

RESOLVING PROBLEMS ONBOARD

We only wish to have happy customers onboard our boats and it is in our best interests to ensure you are satisfied. Most problems can be resolved quickly and there is no reason to endure ongoing problems on your trip.

We present this simple step-by-step guide to help you through this problem-solving process:

Step 1: Please communicate problems to the Onboard Representative or Crew immediately so they are able to address any problems you may have.

Step 2: If you feel the problem has not been resolved, then you must inform your Onboard Representative or by calling or texting Operational Manager (+385 91 902 8046). Our Representatives are responsible for resolving these problems so will assist wherever they can to ensure it is resolved.

Step 3: Sometimes it may not be possible to resolve a problem on board. However, we should be given every opportunity while you are on board to do this for you.

By following the process above we will have a clear record of events from all parties involved and we will have been given every opportunity to resolve problems for you.

If you wish to make a formal complaint this can be emailed to info@go-adventures.co.uk with information on the problem you encountered and the steps you took to resolve the problem while onboard.

Crime rates are low in Montenegro, but you should still take precautions as anywhere else. Previous years have seen spates of petty theft in tourist areas so be alert and ensure your belongings remain secure with these rules:

Keep your cabin door locked when your cabin is not in use during the day.

If you like to sleep at night with the cabin door open then ensure all valuables are stowed away securely.

Do not leave valuables on the beach, on boat tables or decks.

Beware of pickpockets in crowded markets and on buses.

Be respectful of other people’s property, feelings and any cultural differences.If something is stolen, you must report it to the Police and obtain a crime report for your insurance company.There is a First Aid Kit onboard every boat and your Captain is first aid certified. In an emergency notify a member of the crew or call 112. Inform your Onboard Representative as soon as you are able.

PERSONAL SAFETY

Public health services in Montenegro have similar standards to elsewhere in Europe. There are hospitals in the main cities, and clinics on the islands and in smaller towns. Most doctors speak English.

Your Crew or Representative will be able to advise you on local doctors, pharmacies, dentists and hospitals.

WARNING!

Look out for sea urchins (though they are a sign of good sea water quality!). They are often found on rocks in shallow water, and most people tread on them when entering and exiting rocky beaches. We recommend wearing water shoes to avoid getting spikes in your feet.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - SUNDAY: Tivat - Porto Montenegro

Dinner included today.

If you are being transferred from the airport today, don’t worry – you cannot miss the boat!
Boarding begins at 18.00 in Tivat’s swanky Porto Montenegro marina. After we are settled in to our cabins, there will be a welcome speech and a chance to meet crew and shipmates over a friendly drink.

Then it’s time for a delicious welcome dinner, prepared by your chef, on board our new nautical home. Afterwards, we can enjoy a few more drinks on the gulet, or explore Porto Montenegro and/or Tivat in the late evening.

Overnight in the marina at Porto Montenegro, Tivat.

DAY 2 - MONDAY: KOTOR

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

After breakfast we have the opportunity to visit the Maritime Heritage Museum in Tivat before leaving the area and cruising through Boka Bay. We stop for lunch and a swim-stop in Ljuta Bay before exploring the medieval town of Kotor and its stunning fortifications in the afternoon.
We tuck into dinner on board while admiring the illuminated walls of Kotor.

Overnight Kotor.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY: BUDVA

Breakfast and lunch included today.

After breakfast we have a guided tour of the Old Town of Kotor. We then have a chance to swim in Dobra Luka Bay and enjoy lunch on board. We then cruise over to Jaz Beach, one of the longest in Montenegro before stopping in Budva, which boasts one of the most famous old towns on the Adriatic coast featuring beautiful churches, sandy beaches, and lively nightlife.

This is a chance to eat dinner out in Budva and spend the night on anchor. 

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY: SVETI STEFAN

Breakfast and lunch included today.

After breakfast on board, we continue cruising along the coast to Sveti Stefan, a fortified island village (now a luxury hote resort) visited by celebrities and prominent figures such as Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II. The famous Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic booked the entire island privately for his wedding ceremony.

We can swim in Traste Bay before arriving in the fishing village of Bigova for another dinner out.

Overnight at dock in the village or on anchor nearby. 

DAY 5 - THURSDAY: HERCEG NOVI

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

We start the day with a delicious breakfast served food in the serene Mirista Bay, before having a swim-stop in Njivice.

Next, we arrive in Herceg Novi, a coastal town nestled at the foot of Mount Orjen. Here, we can stroll through the old town’s floral-scented streets admiring the architecture, centuries-old churches and fortresses.
After a good exploration, we return to the boat for dinner on board. 

DAY 6 - FRIDAY: PERAST

Breakfast and lunch included today.

We sail through Boka Bay and stop for lunch on board in Risan Bay. Risan dates back to the 3rd century B.C. and was once a fortified Roman town with soaring limestone cliffs and famous mosaics. We then visit Perast, also known as the Venice of the Adriatic. Here, we can take in the stunning views from the top of the centuries-old St.Nikola church and discover the grace and charm of a bygone era at the Perast museum in Bujovic Palace.

In the evening, we have dinner out and spend the night at dock in Perast.

DAY 7 - SATURDAY: MORINJ BAY

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Sadly, it’s our final full day of the cruise, so let’s make the most of it! We cruise through Boka Bay and stop for lunch on board and a swim-stop in Morinj Bay. We motor past the forested island of St Marco and drop anchor near Tivat for a celebratory three-course Captain’s Dinner on board.

DAY 8 - SUNDAY: TIVAT

Breakfast included this morning.

After a send-off breakfast on board and a chance to say goodbye to our crew and shipmates, the check-out time is at 09.00. 

There are several options for the rest of the day – we can take a transfer to one of the airports (Tivat, Dubrovnik or Podgorica) for a flight home, or you can explore further, going to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia or Albania (all good choices for more Balkan adventures).

CRUISE EXCURSIONS

Maritime Heritage Museum

Old Town Kotor Guided Tour

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