Join Marie Molls on board METSUYAN IV in Croatia.

Geographically and experientially, Croatia is halfway between the chic French Riviera and the laid-back Eastern Mediterranean cruising grounds of Greece and Turkey. Like the Eastern Med there are islands speckling the azure sea in their hundreds and it's easy to escape to a beautiful, secluded bay that's yours and yours alone, or shared with a rustic and relaxed konoba serving seafood straight from the sea. It also has the beach clubs and nightlife of Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split, a sprinkling of Michelin stars and some wonderful vineyards making some epic wines.

As a destination Croatia is irresistibly on the rise, as Athens-based broker Marie Molls reports. Here's a little glimpse into what it's like to cruise Croatia on board the 36.2m METSUYAN IV.

About Marie

About Marie

Marie, a Dane, joined Burgess in 2002, assisting in yacht sales, retail charter and charter management. Now she looks after East Med retail charter and the charter fleet from the Athens office.

About METSUYAN IV

About METSUYAN IV

Jacuzzi | outdoor 3D cinema | zero speed stabilisers | approved RYA centre for watersports | great selection of watertoys

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The crew

Captain Graham Smart

Captain Graham Smart

Captain Graham is a great leader of the team, discreet and fully aware of his job and responsibilities. As a serious watersports enthusiast, Graham loves to share his passion for watercraft. He's also an experienced dive instructor and that has taken him to the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and many other exotic locations. Even when not at sea he enjoys nothing more than renovating his old 22m fishing boat. He loves the sea!

Chef Dylan Stacey

Chef Dylan Stacey

Everyone stood out, but of course Chef Dylan made magic many times each day with his cooking and homemade breads. I loved his special arrangements for afternoon tea and the live sun deck BBQ. Bliss!

Chief Engineer Alen Petric

Chief Engineer Alen Petric

After hiking the walls of Ston we got back to the quay to meet the tender to find that the crew had set up a little stand. Croatian Chief Engineer Alen, whose family makes its own olive oil, hosted a tasting with seven different oils, one of which was his family's, with breads and soft drinks, explaining how the oil is made, why it looks and tastes as it does. It was a really lovely touch, first to get him out of the engine room to meet us, but also to share his passion with us.

Deckhand Andrej Dumanic´

Deckhand Andrej Dumanic´

Deckhand Andrej was always ready to accompany and guide us on the use of all the watertoys on board. He was a smiley and pleasant character at all times.

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Why did you make the trip?

We've taken on METSUYAN IV as a new Burgess charter yacht so the owner invited yacht manager Bella and me to meet him, enjoy the yacht, understand the features and experience Croatia.

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How did the trip start?

We boarded in Cavtat, a charming little port near the airport, and headed north up the coast to Dubrovnik and the isles beyond.

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What was your first destination?

After cruising north for a couple of hours we anchored in Šipanska Luka. The crew broke out the watertoys and we had a great time waterskiing, wakeboarding and paddleboarding.

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What's the food like?

I just love Chef Dylan. The grilled lobster was amazing and, oh, the bao buns! Dylan's variety was impressive. He could make anything from exquisite Asian-style food to a seafood BBQ.

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What is the must-do activity?

Hike the walls in Ston. It's is a beautiful UNESCO-protected town made rich by its salt pans. Fortifications were built in the 14th century to protect it, it's like a mini Great Wall of China.

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How did the crew follow that?

When we got back on board the chef was barbecuing on the sun deck, seafood, meats, salads. It was a beautiful day and it was great to socialise with the chef as he barbecued.

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What is your most memorable moment?

An unforgettable breakfast experience. I woke up in this new place and there's a table beautifully set on the main deck aft with exotic fruits and juices, a beautiful day, calm seas - so special.

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How was the evening entertainment?

After dinner the crew set up the sun deck cinema and we watched 'Back to the future' together. They had made personalised popcorn bags for us, hot teas, drinks and little snacks. That was special.

Describe the captain in five words

Helpful, professional, passionate, dynamic and service-minded. He is brilliant, always up for it and has some great ideas. One was a competition with guests versus crew where you have to match personal facts to the person throughout the charter, who has won a marathon, who has climbed Mount Everest, who had all their teeth replaced aged 10 - really!

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It was a clever way to bring us all together, firstly as guests when we had to talk about ourselves to each other, then learning about the crew as individuals. It was so much fun, we were really into it, it got us talking and laughing after dinner. The crew won, they seem to be able to read the guests, understand them really well.

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What most struck you about the yacht?

The yacht feels much bigger than 36m. With its full beam main saloon and sky lounge, and CBI Navi’s high volume design, there are very large deck spaces and so lots of room for dining and relaxation.

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What condition is the yacht in?

She's immaculate, a huge credit to her owner and crew. I couldn't find any signs of wear and tear. We go on a lot of yachts and quickly know whether a yacht is well maintained or not. She is A1.

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What feature will guests love most?

The homey feel, the space to spread out, inside and out, not to be sitting so close together if you want to find a quiet place to read or work maybe. There's a place for everyone on board.

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Why would you charter her?

It's the long list of little details that makes the difference, like at the bed side when the cabin is turned down, each guest finds a novel and local tour guide to enjoy.

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How would you describe the whole package?

This is a great yacht and the professionalism of the crew and their passion for their jobs on board really shines.

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About Croatia

Ideal for family charters. Quiet bays even in high season with small, sleepy towns surrounded by lovely green hills, stunning. Raw natural beauty with calm, clear waters.

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When to visit

From early June to late September. We arrived on 1 October and the weather was beautiful, the sea was still warm and there was hardly anyone else around, we really felt we were the only ones there.

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