Maybe it’s the result of royal baby fever — we can thank Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for that — but the concept of babymoons moved from niche to mainstream in the consciousness of parents-to-be. The idea, for those who don’t know, is for the expectant couple to take that last vacation together as a twosome before their child is born and their lives change irrevocably.
Enter Unforgettable Croatia, a cruise specialist debuting a selection of deluxe babymoon breaks that ply the coastal waters close to shore. Couples can enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic and the scenic islands without venturing too far out to sea, so that, should junior arrive early or other issues pop up, expectant moms are never far from land.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome expectant parents on-board our luxury cruises, and to help them celebrate this truly special time in their lives,” said Graham Carter, sales and marketing director, Unforgettable Croatia. “Our deluxe cruises offer couples one last adventure — for now — before their baby arrives, while also providing a decadent and relaxing experience during this busy time in their lives.”
Because this is small-ship cruising, parents-to-be will be on the receiving end of more pampering and special attention than on a large, mainstream cruise.
The company’s signature babymoon itinerary is the weeklong Deluxe Dubrovnik to Opatija cruise, which calls at Metkovic, for a visit to the Narona Archaeological Museum; and the beachside town of Korcula, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Other highlights include Krka National Park; the scenic town of Zadar, home to a first-century Roman Forum and the oldest university in the country; and the UNESCO city of Split, the capital of the Dalmatian region and Croatia’s second-largest city.
Finally, the itinerary offers a visit to the medieval, Romanesque Rab Island, otherwise known as the Island of Love, with its cobbled-stone streets, palaces and ancient churches.
The Deluxe Dubrovnik to Opatija cruise is priced from $2,195 including seven nights’ half-board; accommodations; guided tours of Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Rab, and Opatija; entrance to Krka National Park; and the Captains Dinner.
Other babymoon cruise options include a seven-night deluxe Split to Dubrovnik and a return weeklong cruise from Split, ending in Dubrovnik.
The company also offers a travel concierge to help plan your trip — given that expectant couples have other things on their minds — and 24/7 assistance before, during and after your cruise, designed to take the stress out of the vacation experience.