When you do decide to get married in Dubrovnik, the chances that you are going to be tempted to organize a champagne boat cruise are quite large.
With such a beautiful coastline, clear blue seas and very likely good weather, the conditions of having a cruise are optimum.
Especially for those coming from the Northern regions, where the summers are mild and IF they are lucky sunny… those guests appreciate this kind of cruise even more.
Boat cruises in Dubrovnik: tips
Tip 1: Yachts are expensive and cannot carry that many guests.
When you plan on having a boat cruise, the first thing you should know is that the boat will very likely look like a fisherman’s boat if you have a guest number up to 100. The boats that look like yachts are having a lower capacity and less space to mingle, plus the high price makes them less suited for weddings.
Tip 2: choose a boat which has a cover to provide shade
As you may know, it can get pretty hot here. So a shaded cover is welcome! Here below you clearly see the cover of this specific boat.
Tip 3: plan your cruise timing wisely
Make sure the cruise falls well within your time table. Ideally, it works out well to have the cruises late afternoon, when the sun is about to set and the sky has that orange glow. That time of day adds to the magic of the overall experience.
Tip 4: Dubrovnik Port is very busy, limited docking time allowed!
The port in Dubrovnik old town is very busy. Port agents will be there at all times to ensure boats do not stay docked too long. In general, boats get a 15-minute docking slot. This means that it is not possible to have your guests waiting on a docked boat whilst you have more pictures taken. They are quite strict:; the boat must leave after 15 minutes.
Tip 4: Entertain your guests on board
All boats have some sort of sound system. Ok, this might not be a new one (no usb connections, only cd) but at least you can use it to play your favorite party music. All you need to remember is to bring the cd for it. Have your best man carry it with him, be sure to burn enough music to cover 1.5 hours.
If the thought of a cd does not appeal to you, book a klapa. These are a mini-version of the traditional klapa which is extremely popular in Croatia. They will come and sing & play in a formation of 3 or 4 men and liven up the party on board.
Tip 5: Keep it simple
This type of boat cruises are a relaxing, informal alternative to a traditional drinks reception. Often we are asked if it is possible to provide an appetizer buffet option on board. If you do decide to offer your guests food, keep it simple! A boat is rocking and swaying which makes it less practical to provide a number of appetizers.
We prefer no elaborate appetizer options which require you to have both hands free to eat them and we generally advise against it. A wide array of salty snacks are available on board which is more than sufficient to pass the time you spend there.
Tip 6: Payment of the cruise
We at Dubrovnik Weddings do not accept money on behalf of the cruises, we do assist you gladly in booking them and giving you a helping hand with the securing of all the information with the boat owners so nothing can go wrong. It is worth checking how the boat owner of your chosen boat wants the payment.
If the cruise would not be able to take place due to bad weather, you do not need to pay the owner at all.
Tip 7: Ask your photographer to join you
We offer 3 hours of wedding photography as a standard. If you have a boat cruise, it is worth to consider if you would like the photographer to be present on this cruise or not. I’d say yes! Some of the most beautiful wedding images are often taken on board.
Happy Planning everyone!
The Dubrovnik-Weddings team.