Shearings Holidays has launched a selection of Croatian coastal cruises on intimate, state-of-the-art, yacht-like ships with capacity of less than 40 passengers.

Offering customers the chance to get up close and personal with ports and islands that larger ships can’t reach, the new itineraries are available on a wide selection of dates between late April and early October.

Jane Aktins, the company's managing director, said: “This is something a little different for us and offers agents a new product to promote from a trusted brand. It is perfect for customers who fancy cruising the rugged Adriatic coast and its islands in a more intimate way and these seven-night trips take in some of Croatia’s most unspoilt beaches, historic treasures and traditional villages.”

Four different ships are featured: MS Arca – 19 cabins, maximum 38 passengers; MS Desire – 20 cabins, maximum 40 passengers; MS Princess Aloha - 18 cabins, maximum 38 passengers; and MS Adriatic Queen – 15 cabins, maximum 31 passengers.

The ships offer a range of facilities including Wi-Fi, sun decks with sun beds and Jacuzzi or plunge pools, an outdoor lounge with tables and comfy sofas. Cabins offer en-suite facilities and air-conditioning. As an example of itineraries, a seven-night Coastal Explorer, departing between July and October costs from £1,396 per person on MS Arca.

The itinerary travels south from Split, with highlights including a swim at the famous Golden Horn in Bol, oyster tasting in Ston and exploring the Elaphiti Islands. The ship will stop at Brac, Hvar, Bisevo, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Slano and Dubrovnik and the price includes flights from Luton, UK airport lounge pass, transfers, seven nights' breakfast accommodation on the ship, six lunches plus a welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner. Five excursions are also included.

For further information or to book call 0344-874 8220 or see

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