Are You Ready to Sail the Adriatic Sea?
The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning and fine tuning all the details that will make our OUTbound cruise through the Adriatic Sea even more epic! Below are a few things to help you make the most of your vacation with us. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.
Let’s get started!
Since our Adriatic Sea cruise begins and ends in Dubrovnik, most OUTbounders are booking round trip airfare to and from Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV). As the largest airport in the region, most major international carriers (or their code share partners) fly in and out of Dubrovnik.
Getting to the Ship
Getting to the Cruise Port from Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) typically takes about 30 to 35 minutes by car.
Dubrovnik Cruise Port Address: Obala Ivana Pavla II, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Euros or Kuna?
Although Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, the main currency accepted is the Croatian Kuna. Croatia is moving to the Euro as the country’s official currency in January 2023. Right now you are able to pay for some items in Euros, such as taxis and restaurants, but it’s important to note that businesses aren’t required to accept Euros until the change comes into affect in January, so make sure you check what currency the restaurant uses prior to sitting down. This is especially relevant if you’ve wandered to a quaint Old Town that will most likely only accept Kuna.
As a general rule of thumb always ask if the business accepts Euros prior to sitting down or hailing a taxi.
There are also some businesses that will accept Euros as payment, but give change in Kuna as they try to burn off the old currency before the country officially switches over in January, so again… just take a couple minutes to ask before deciding on the service.
Tipping Our Hosts
Tipping is the ONLY thing not included with your OUTbound vacation. We never want to dictate anyone’s generosity or decide how much you think YOUR experience with a crew member, waitstaff or tour guide was worth. How much to tip depends on the type of service you receive and your personal experience.
During our trip together, you’ll come into contact with many different servers and hosts. At the end of each day’s guided tour, you’ll have the chance to tip our guide and driver whatever you feel your experience was worth.
Onboard our ship, you’ll receive an envelope in your stateroom on the last night of our cruise before disembarking the next morning for Dubrovnik. It’s here where you will have the opportunity to leave a tip that will be split among the crew.
A general rule of thumb for tipping the ship’s staff is €10 per day, per person.
However, if your experience warrants something more, then by all means feel free to be as generous as you would like. If you feel that any individual in particular has gone above and beyond in making your experience something extra special, then we encourage you to reach out to them directly and let them know how much you appreciated their service during our time together.
CoVid Vaccination Requirements
Everyone onboard any OUTbound experience will need to be fully vaccinated at least 14-days prior to our departure date. That means having received two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) plus a booster shot, if your last vaccination treatment has been administered six or more months prior to the start of any of our vacations.
In addition to OUTbound requiring all our passengers, guests, entertainers & staff to be fully vaccinated, all OUTbound trips are contracted so that the crew & staff of each resort & vessel we operate is also fully vaccinated.
In addition, PCR or antigen testing may also be required depending on the current entry regulations & requirements of each country visited during an OUTbound trip. Booked guests will receive email updates of current, trip-specific requirements as they become available.
OUTbound will also arrange for on-site testing for re-entry into the United States on each trip for those guests holding an American passport.
If we’ve learned anything over these last couple of years, it’s that the world can be an uncertain place at times. While you’re never required to buy travel insurance, it’s a good idea and we recommend all OUTbounders consider protecting your hard-earned vacation money. The price of your coverage will depend on a few factors, including the cost of the trip, what state you live in, how long before the trip departs, and if you have any pre-existing or underlying health conditions, to name a few.
Some reasons why you might buy travel insurance include:
- Cancel for Any Reason
- Unexpected Work Requirements
- Personal or Family Illness
OUTbound does not provide travel insurance. However, we always recommend using a third-party insurance carrier to provide your coverage.