Tall ships are sailing ships with several masts usually rigged with square sails. In contrast to our other ships, tall ships are ocean-going vessels built to travel in rough weather, using sails on most routes. Here, you have the regular opportunity to lend a hand in setting and taking in the sails. The tall ships have been converted according to the newest safety standards, and the cabins are appropriately designed for Islandhopping. The cabins have sufficient room for storing luggage, sleeping (usually in bunk beds) as well as an all-in-one shower/WC (exception: two cabins on the Sir Robert Baden Powell, which have an external shower and WC). The cabins measure between
5 - 7 sqm. One or the other piece of dinnerware could well be of plastic, and the possibility for lying down on deck is relatively limited, since it is not possible to sunbathe under full sails and on a tilting deck. Nevertheless, these tall ships, too, are first of all your floating lodgings that take you from island to island. The bicycle tours remain the main component of your tour. Comparatively less comfort is compensated by more sailing excitement and an intensive group feeling generated by sharing an adventure. The crew consists of experienced sailors who are not averse to telling a few tall stories while sailing across the waters.
This category includes the Sir Robert Baden Powell, the Atlantis and the Flying Dutchman
Comfort Ships ***
The comfort ships are also vessels that have been converted for Islandhopping and offer a higher standard of comfort in regard to cabins and facilities. The cabins measure 7 - 8 sqm and are furnished with beds at ground level - either two single beds or a double bed - frequently with a cupboard or extra storage space for luggage as well as all-in-one shower/WC. Some of these cabins have an additional bunk for a third person. On the large sundeck, comfortable mats for relaxation and sunbathing are available. The crews, most of which have been working together for many years, will do everything on their charming boats to impress you with warm hospitality.
This category includes the Kapetan Jure, Linda, Tarin and the Panagiota.
Premium Ships ****
As the name implies, the premium ships offer upper level amenities. Since all these yachts have been built for cruises after 2000 - 2009, they have very spacious guest cabins (9 - 12 sqm) as well as a private bathroom with a shower cabin/WC. All cabins are furnished with ground level beds, frequently with an extra bunk for a third person. Some cabins can be supplied with an extra bed to accommodate a fourth person. Comfortable mats and lounge chairs on two decks make relaxing easy. The dining saloons are generously furbished and a perfect space for enjoying the good food.
Here, too, the crews of these proud cruise ships will do their utmost to look after their guests in a warm, cordial way.
This category includes the Romantica, the San Snova as well as the Turkish gullets.
Deluxe Ships *****
The latest category at Islandhopping includes ships of the deluxe class. The name says it all, because a very generously designed saloon with high-class furnishings is the perfect ambience for the up-market cuisine served here. Spacious sundecks, a bathing platform at the stern, a whirlpool and even exercise equipment may be included in this category. The guest cabins are elegantly and generously designed (10 - 15 sqm) and, of course, equipped with a spacious bathroom with a shower cabin/WC. Some ships even have an enclosed storage space for the bicycles, so that a large number of bikes and E-bikes (Pedelecs) can be taken along. The members of the crew are warm and friendly hosts always concerned about the wellbeing of their guests.
This category includes the Harmonia, the Andela Lora and the Princeza Diana.
The price differences are based not alone on the category of the ship but also on the economic price level of the specific destination country, such as, to name but a few, harbour fees, taxes, ship building regulations, salaries for the crew and costs of food supplies.