Welcome to my in-depth guide to planning for the Yacht Week Croatia.
Below you’ll find the answers to all of your questions about Yacht Week Croatia as well as my insanely popular Yacht Week Packing List which features what I call the “Yacht Week Necessities”, aka a short list of some of the best things to pack for the Yacht Week in order to really get the most out of the experience.
I think you’ll find this article to be extremely helpful with your planning for Yacht Week. As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as possible.
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Yacht Week Croatia
Yacht Week Croatia is absolutely insane. It’s fun, it’s wild, it’s crazy and it’s downright exhausting to say the least. It’s likely to be one of the most memorable weeks of your life. I mean, how could it not be, right? You, your friends, lots of sunshine and drinks in hand. The perfect recipe for creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The people, the parties and the experiences at The Yacht Week await you but my question for you is…
Are you ready to set sail on Yacht Week and see where the wind takes you?
Last Updated: January 8, 2018
My Yacht Week Croatia Experience
As many of you know, my friends and I just finished up a week of madness on Yacht Week Croatia and I’m here to report to you that this week was not only the longest and most tiring week of my life but it was also a week that I’ll never, ever forget.
If this is your first time attending the Yacht Week, there’s a good chance you probably felt a lot like I did when I first signed up. Like me, your mind is probably filled with curiosity and a seemingly endless list of unanswered questions. Some that won’t be answered until you experience them first hand.
I’m going to do my best to try to walk you through The Yacht Week Croatia process and give you a bunch of really useful information that will prepare you (at least somewhat) for what you’re about to experience on The Yacht Week.
How to Book Yacht Week Croatia
1. Find Some Adventurous (single) Souls — The first step in booking Yacht Week is to find a crew of people that are down for a true adventure. While I recommend going with at least a few people that you know, plenty of people join the crew list on yachts with a group of strangers and still manage to have an incredible time. That being said, attending Yacht Week Croatia with a group of friends is the ultimate way to go in my opinion.
- Open Minded People: When choosing your crew it’s very important to try to gather up a good group of open minded people. Close minded, complainers, and those who are “accustomed to life back home” should be your last resort when trying to fill your boat.
- People with Similar Interests: Choosing a crew that has similar interests is important. The yachts are small, personal space is limited and more importantly Yacht Week Croatia can get weird (no explanation necessary) so having close minded or grumpy people on board isn’t the best idea.
- Singles. Not Couples: Couples on Yacht Week. I know I might receive some harsh feedback for this but Yacht Week is for single people. Straight up. Couples do couple-y things. They generally keep to themselves, they bicker, they argue, and they’re usually a lot more reserved around their significant other. While there’s nothing wrong with these things (it’s completely natural), it can definitely put a damper on the environment of your boat. I spoke to a few singles who had a couples aboard their boats and all of them said the same thing. The Yacht Week Croatia is not for couples. Again, this is strictly my opinion based off of what I’ve experienced and after speaking with others on YW.
2. Choosing your Route — The Yacht Week has routes in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Thailand and the BVI’s although the most popular route is Croatia, where TYW first originated.
There are two routes you can take on Yacht Week Croatia; the Black Route and the Red Route. Both routes are identical, they just operate in the opposite direction of each other.
I asked my skipper what the most popular route was and he said the the Black Route is far more popular than the Red. For example, we had 48 yachts on our route (Black Route) versus just 24 boats on the Red Route. Go Black!
3. Choosing Your Yacht — As I mentioned above, Yacht Week Croatia is a long week of partying and fun in the sun. If you’re wanting to truly make the most of your trip, I highly recommend you charter the best yacht possible.
There are a variety of yacht charters available on Yacht Week but the quality, price and amenities available on board can vary big time.
Do yourself a favor and rent the best yacht possible, or at least the best yacht that you can afford. At the end of the day you and your crew can try to pinch pennies to make Yacht Week happen but if you’re not on a decent boat, it’s going to make your week that much more exhausting.
If there was one complaint that I heard most during my week when speaking to other YW’ers, it was that their boats were blazing hot throughout the night. The amount of time you have to sleep on Yacht Week is already limited due to the nonstop parties and the nature of the trip. Imagine heading back to your boat at sunrise to catch up on a couple hours of sleep and not being able to sleep due to the heat? Nightmare.
In my opinion, getting a yacht with air conditioning is crucial. Now that I’ve done Yacht Week Croatia with an air-conditioned yacht, I wouldn’t do it any other way. Our yacht happened to be one of four boats on Yacht Week with air conditioning.
Did I mention there was 48 other yachts sailing alongside us that week? That means if you’re wanting to snag a boat with air conditioning on board, you’re going to have to act fast when booking.
4. Registering and Checking in — Once your yacht is booked, go ahead and make sure you send out your personalized invite link to your entire crew so they can register for a Yacht Week account and check in on the crew list.
It’s a requirement for all crew members to register and check in on your yacht week booking prior to arriving at the marina. Upon arrival to the marina, your crew will need to fill out details such as their name, passport number, nationality, email, date of birth and gender.
How to Prepare for Yacht Week Croatia
1. Travel Insurance — When prepping for Yacht Week Croatia, your first priority should be to make sure you make a small investment towards your health and well being by purchasing a travel insurance policy for your trip.
Not only will this policy cover you if your bags are lost/stolen and if your flight is delayed/cancelled, but you’ll also be covered for all medical and injury related issues as well.
Nobody wants to have to cover the cost of you getting airlifted home from the middle of the Adriatic Sea (no, not even your parents).
Anytime you mix partying out on the open water and slippery boats, you’re just about guaranteed to encounter a few injuries along the way.
When it comes to Yacht Week, travel insurance is an absolute must and a win-win situation when considering how inexpensive travel insurance is these days.
2. Create a Yacht Week Playlist — The best way to manage your music on Yacht Week Croatia is to create a few killer Spotify playlists. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a standard 3.5mm aux cable. With the aux cable, you’ll be able to connect your phone directly to the onboard stereo system on your yacht and jam out all day.
Now, you’re probably thinking. But, if I don’t have Internet, how can I listen to Spotify? Well, here are two ways to go about it.
- If you’re a Spotify Premium user, you’ll be able to listen to all of your music offline. Anytime, anywhere. Grab your subscription before you head out and don’t forget to make all of your music available offline before you set sail. *Spotify Premium is FREE for 30 days so be sure to take advantage of the free month right before you head out on your trip. After the first 30 days, you will be billed $9.99/mo. If you don’t want to pay, simply cancel your subscription.
- The second and best option (IMO) is to pack an unlocked smartphone with you when you head to Croatia. Why? Well, with an unlocked phone, you can pick up a sim card at T-Center (aka T-Mobile) when you’re in Split and you can purchase a 7-day unlimited data sim card for approximately $12 USD. Now, you’ll be able to stream your spotify all week without worrying about data overages.
If you don’t want to deal with streaming music on Yacht Week, simply throw together a playlist on your phone and you’ll be good to go.
3. Diet & Exercise — Working out and staying in shape prior to Yacht Week is important on so many levels. You’ll be surrounded by boat loads of good looking people wearing little or next to nothing so being comfortable in your own skin will be key to enhancing your overall YW experience.
Remember, Yacht Week is a week long marathon of sailing, partying and eating whatever you can get your hands on.
Preparing yourself by eating healthy and exercising prior to Yacht Week is highly recommended before setting sail on a week of mayhem and very little sleep on the open sea.
Try this free bodyweight workout to get you started.
4. Planning your Arrival — I highly recommend that you do not plan to arrive on the actual day of departure for Yacht Week.
International flights often get delayed and even cancelled and I’m pretty sure you’re not going to want to splurge on Yacht Week only to find out that your flight isn’t going to make it and you’ve now missed out on an incredible week that you’ve had planned for months now.
Do yourself and the rest of your crew a favor and plan to arrive at least one day prior to the start of Yacht Week Croatia.
5. Accommodations prior to Yacht Week — When it comes to Yacht Week accommodations, I can personally recommend and vouch for this Airbnb apartment in Split.
6. Split Activities and Tours — If you find yourself in Split for a couple of days before or after Yacht Week, you should definitely make an effort to explore the city and wander all the little alleyways that connect the city to the sea.
There is so much to see, do and experience in Split. Here are some of the best tours and activities to check out during your visit.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If so, you might be interested in this exclusive Game of Thrones Tour.
7. Which Marina? — In order to prepare for Yacht Week, you’re going to want to figure out which marina your yacht is assigned to. Why? Because there are several marinas in Split. Some of the marinas are quite far from each other and I can see this becoming an issue if you or your crew decide to show up on the day of departure.
You can find the marina assigned to your yacht on your Yacht Week Croatia reservation page.
Once you figure out which marina you need to be at, click here to find directions to get there.
8. Crew Explorer — Now that you’re all booked and ready to go, it’s time to find out who else is going to be joining you on Yacht Week.
Go ahead and log in to your booking and scroll down to the Crew Explorer section to see a list of Facebook profiles for all the other Yacht Weekers that will be joining you on your route.
Another great way to meet fellow Yacht Weekers is to download the official Yacht Week app (iOS only). Upload a photo and introduce yourself now.
Yacht Week Packing List
Overpacking for Yacht Week can be a huge mistake.
Let’s face it, nobody wants to be tripping over giant mounds of clothes and accessories that will ultimately never get worn or used. As I mentioned above, no matter how big of a yacht you charter, space is still going to be tight no matter how you look at it.
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Do yourself and your crew a big favor and pack a carry-on bag for Yacht Week Croatia.
Recommended Luggage for Yacht Week
The Outbreaker (available in 35L or 45L) is my recommended go-to bag for The Yacht Week. After a few days of everyone tripping over each others belongings on our yacht, everyone will be wishing they had picked one of these up.
Besides, other than a few bathing suits and a few of the cool things on this Yacht Week packing list, how much do you really need to take with you anyway?
You can read my in-depth review of the Tortuga Outbreaker or you can head on over and pick one up now by clicking on the button below.
Food & Drink on Yacht Week Croatia
When it comes to food and drink on Yacht Week, you’ve got two options. You can either hire a hostess that will join you for the week and take care of all the cooking, cleaning and food shopping OR decide to do it on your own.
We decided to skip out on hiring a hostess and we survived.
That being said, if I was to do another Yacht Week I would definitely prefer to hire a hostess next time around. Not only do they know exactly what to buy and how much to buy when it comes to food and drinks, they also cook/prepare meals for you on board while you kick back and enjoy Yacht Week.
Oh, and how many of you want to do dishes and clean the yacht while on vacation?
Because we did Yacht Week on our own without a hostess, I’m going to provide you with a short list of what you should consider picking up before setting sail.
Yacht Week Croatia Shopping Checklist
- Beverages — Lots of them. You wouldn’t believe how hot it gets when you’re out at sea. In order to stay hydrated, a good rule is to buy 1.5 to 2x more than you think you’ll need.
- Bread — For sandwiches, of course. Start with two or three loaves of bread and see where that gets you. Worst case you have to pick up another few loaves on one of the islands.
- Deli meats — Choose food that is easy to prepare. Deli meats do the trick and they’ll last at least a few days in the refrigerator.
- PB & J — Perfect solution for a nice snack in between meals. Easy to slap together and always delicious.
- Snacks — Don’t forget to pick up snacks like chips, pretzels and nuts. Almonds are great for keeping you full and healthy for you, too.
- Pasta — Pasta is not only super easy to cook but it’s also a meal almost everyone eats. Don’t forget to buy twice as much sauce as you think you might need. Sauce goes fast.
- Fresh fruit & vegetables — Pineapple, berries, apples, oranges and bananas are perfect for the morning and even afternoon snacks. Veggies such as spinach and tomatoes are great for whipping up quick salads. Don’t leave without stocking up on fruit and vegetables.
- Yogurt — Great breakfast option with a side of fruit or granola.
My partnership with Cayman Jack came in seriously handy for Yacht Week as they were nice enough to send out a small shipment of margaritas for my journey. I must say, there’s nothing better than sipping on a few bottles of CJ after a long day of fun in the sun on Yacht Week. Yum!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cayman Jack, it’s a delicious, hand-crafted margarita made with all-natural ingredients. CJ is all about adventure, worldly exploration and embracing the journey that leads you to your final destination – which is why I’ve decided to take them along with me on my own journey as I explore Europe this summer. Learn more about my partnership with Cayman Jack here.
Uber Discount for Split
Did you know Uber serves the city of Split? If not, now you know. What’s even better is that you can get your first ride free (up to 50 HRK or approximately $7.50 USD) when signing up for a new Uber account.
All you have to do to take advantage of this Uber discount is the following:
Already have the Uber app? CLICK HERE and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to receive your 50 HRK credit towards your first ride.
Got questions about Yacht Week Croatia? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.