YOUR GUIDE TO CRUISING THE ADRIATIC

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The amazingly exciting Adriatic Sea lies between the Balkan peninsula and the Italian peninsula, and a chain of islands fringes the sea surface. It is the high and mountainous coastlines plus the depths of the Adriatic that make the physiography of the area indeed unique and worth exploring. The high spot within the Adriatic Sea includes cruising Croatia and the eastern shores. Although there are plenty of Adriatic small ship cruises, one can look for a truly exceptional sea voyage with the PONANT ships. Get ready to explore Adriatic on one of their compact cruise yachts that are innovatively designed to offer you the right blend of comfort and traditional authenticity. Explore the rugged coastline of Dalmatia and visit the majestic citadels of Split and Dubrovnik. It is time to discover the hidden marvels of the Adriatic with one of the luxury cruise Ponant ships.

CHECK OUT ADRIATIC WEATHER BEFORE SAILING
As the Adriatic weather can be unpredictable, one has to be careful. The sea is well noted for its periods of thunderstorms and tornados that can be particularly violent. There are serious threats to navigation due to the very strong Bora Wind along the mountainsides of Croatia. As there is always a high level of uncertainty due to pressure differentials in the winds and high terrain, it is a must to check out the weather on the Adriatic Sea.

THE BEST TIME TO SAIL IN THE ADRIATIC SEA
The typical cruising season starts at Easter and peaks mid-July when one sees a horde of yachts of all shapes and sizes enter along the Adriatic coasts. There are huge motorboats as well as small motorboats with their skiers and ski boats. September and October are the quietest months.

RULES AND REGULATIONS BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE ADRIATIC SEA
It is essential for all cruisers to get an exit stamp from EU immigration before departing and report to the immigration authorities at a port of entry. All cruise lines and their passengers must report the first and /last feasible port of entry before they set sail.

THE BEST AREAS TO EXPLORE IN THE ADRIATIC SEA
The shores of the Adriatic Sea are strictly are shallow, and some inland cities are strongly recommended, such as Bologna, Monfalcone, Modena, and many Croatia options. Slovenia & Northern Croatia are the most popular among cruisers, while the Dalmatian coast is the next most popular cruising ground in the Adriatic Sea. Montenegro & Albania is indeed a spectacular passage to cruise between Greece and Croatia. Take time to see the remarkable Kotor Fjord of Montenegro and the world heritage architectural site of Butrint.

EXPLORING THE ADRIATIC SEA WITH PONANT
It is a must to mention the Ponant cruise ships that have been exploring the Adriatic Sea and stopping at its well-known ports. The high-end cruise operator allows a number of discovery expeditions and sea voyages along Adriatic coasts. Set sail on an 8-day cruise to explore the Mediterranean and the Adriatic and the Dalmatian shores. Explore the Dalmatian shores, the wonders of Croatia and Athens, and sites along the Croatian and Sicilian coasts. From the Serenissima, you can sail to the City of gods for a memorable circuit and enjoy unmissable sites of Greece and Italy.

CorinthCanal ©StudioPonant-Laurence Fischer It is time to enjoy the cultural and natural wonders of the Adriatic coasts and follow a memorable crossing and discover some picturesque islands. Choose from those wonderful itineraries on any of the exceptional luxury cruises from Pennant and get ready for an unparalleled sailing experience. PONANT itinerary covers some must-see towns and shores that indeed make for an unforgettable experience.