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About Zadar

The craggy Dalmatian Coast, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, is a treasure trove of sea resorts and dramatic scenery where mountains meet water. Cruise ship ports offer access to beaches, parks, offshore islands, tours for soft adventure and insights into the cultures of the western Balkan Peninsula.

Most travelers have heard of Croatia's famous Dalmatian port of Dubrovnik, which appears on many cruise-ship itineraries between Venice and Athens. Not nearly as many cruisers have spent a day in Zadar.

Zadar is a treasure trove of ruins and old churches that sit in the middle of a pleasant, comfortable, working city. It's an easy city to explore, only a short walk from the cruise-ship dock to the city center. Streets in the Old Town are clean, and its historic sites are intriguing reminders of Zadar's tumultuous past.

Yes, this city has suffered. It started when the Romans decided they wanted Zadar, which resulted in 200 years of warfare to subdue the locals, back in the 1st century B.C. The Venetians later conquered Zadar several times, but the town kept throwing them out, only to fall to the Austrians. The Italians again ruled Zadar, followed by the French and then the Nazis during World War II, which meant bombs from the West until the Germans and much of Zadar were destroyed. The city then became part of Yugoslavia until that government fell apart. The city was shelled by Serbian forces from 1991 to 1993, cutting Zadar off from help from the mainland. The city remained in precarious shape until 1995. Today, the area has an energetic atmosphere, especially thanks to the young people of the local college.

For visitors, Zadar offers two special places: a sea organ that plays music from the mastery of the wind and the waves, and the outdoor Forum Bar, where you may sip, sup and 'tsup -- that's checking in with your friends by cell phone to find out what's up -- as you sit in the ruins of a real Roman Forum in the shadows of a 9th-century church.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Taormina, Malta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Argostoli (Kefalonia)
    • Day 6
      Kotor
    • Day 7
      Zadar
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

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    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    butnotthehippo
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Horrible dining room management and mediocre customer service
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    JuneEl
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fantastic Cruise, Service, Food, Spa, and Activities for Suite Seniors.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Dubrovnik
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Split ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 2
      Kotor
    • Day 3
      Split
    • Day 4
      Split
    • Day 4
      Zadar
    • Day 5
      Opatija
    • Day 6
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 7
      Venice
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    Crystal Esprit - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Perfect combination of intensive onshore experiences and an elegant home base

    Cons

    Those sensitive to movement at sea will feel it when Esprit is not in sheltered waters

    Bottom Line

    One of the most luxurious soft adventure cruises in the industry

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    Crystal Esprit Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Esprit, Crystal Cruises' first-ever yacht vessel, debuted in 2015. The 62-passenger ship, beaut...

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    planada
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    WOW!
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    Sail Date May 2019
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
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    Palma de Mallorca, Toulon ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 3
      Toulon
    • Day 4
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 5
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 6
      Naples
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Kotor
    • Day 9
      Zadar
    • Day 10
      Venice
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    Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Officers and crew are friendly and accessible

    Cons

    From drinks to the spa to dining, there's an upsell

    Bottom Line

    Constellation sailings are a great value for the money

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Cruise but Nothing Special
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not to our liking
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Naples, Catania ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Naples
    • Day 3
      Catania
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Argostoli (Kefalonia)
    • Day 6
      Kotor
    • Day 7
      Zadar
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Loved the Infinity!!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very Disappointing
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Zadar ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    12 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Kotor
    • Day 5
      Zadar
    • Day 6
      Venice
    • Day 7
      Venice
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Naples
    • Day 10
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 11
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 12
      Marseille
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

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    Vision of the Seas Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Vision of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships, is known for its stunning ...

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    Canadian Travel Critic
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Ports, Great Service, Cabins Lacking Amenities
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Needs to be dry docked
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Zadar

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Opatija, Zadar ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    10 Night Cruise to Zadar Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Opatija
    • Day 3
      Zadar
    • Day 4
      Split
    • Day 5
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 6
      Kotor
    • Day 7
      Korcula
    • Day 8
      Hvar
    • Day 9
      Sibenik
    • Day 10
      Venice
    • Day 11
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Trip, South Africa Intensive 2/10-2/20
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Another top cruise - Maiden South Africa Cruise
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