Treasures of Venice & the Dalmatian Coast Cruise

August 17-24, 2024

7 Nights/8 Days

From $2,899 per person – Limited Availability

Limited to 200 guests

An award-winning experience awaits us on the Royal Clipper, the world’s tallest sailing ship. Together, we will luxuriate in this summer journey from the canals of Venice to the ancient coves and beaches of Viz.

Tall billowing sails – brilliant blue seas – sun-drenched teak decks. You’re with your close friends – old and new – sailing from magical Venice for the legendary blue Dalmatian Coast. Welcome to this private LGBTQ+ charter of the world’s largest sailing ship, Royal Clipper!

Source Journeys has customized this cruise to include some of the most beautiful ports of call, from the Bay of Kotor of Montenegro to the fortified medieval town of Dubrovnik, to the truly exclusive island of Viz.

Let your mind and body escape the stresses of life as you mingle with the yachting set, sailing to the famous Krka River Waterfalls, and enjoying Croatia’s beautiful beaches, tiny harbors, and hidden coves where no one else can go. Let your soul take pleasure in the decadent food and wine, fabulous entertainment, and the popular theme parties that you will share with a ship full of like-minded travelers.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS & AMENITIES:

 

 

 

  • All Cocktails, Wine & Beer included throughout the voyage
  • Special Entertainment, DJ, Theme Parties & Dancing under the Sails
  • Private all LGBTQ+ Charter of the S.V. Royal Clipper
  • Customized Shore excursions
  • Enjoy 2 pools, a spa, and a fitness center
  • Explore UNESCO sites of Croatia & Montenegro
  • Climb the crow’s nest and learn about sailing
  • Morning and afternoon yoga and fitness classes
  • Source enrichment talks and daily morning meditation
  • Marina platform with complimentary kayaking, snorkeling & paddle boarding
Source Journeys Venice to Croatia Royal Clipper Map

Itinerary

AUG 17

Venice, Italy

Venice floats like a mirage in a magical lagoon. It’s a city blissfully free of cars, where everything from arched bridges to gondoliers to blown glass displays beauty and romance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the center of a maritime empire, and that wealth is still evident. The Grand Canal with its gondolas. St. Mark’s Cathedral is home to incredible treasures amassed during the Crusades. St. Peter’s Basilica with St. Peter’s Throne is said to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail. Take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge’s Palace, and glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice. We are departing from San Basilio Port, in the heart of Venice. Embarkation starts at 4 pm. All aboard by 6 pm. We set sail at 7 pm.

 

AUG 18

Day at Sea

Sea days are the perfect time to relax and enjoy everything tall ship sailing offers with your friends. Share in activities like rejuvenating yoga, a workout in the fitness center, or schedule a couples massage. Take a dip in one of two pools. On our swim stops, the Adriatic is your swimming pool, and you can dive off the ship’s marina platform. Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling. Back aboard, climb the crow’s nest, help trim the sails, and be part of a spectacular experience for just these 200 guests. Dancing under the sails and stars is sure to be an unforgettable experience. You’ll enjoy afternoon T-dances, Theme Parties, and special entertainment in the piano lounge.

 

AUG 19

Kotor, Montenegro

The stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Just when you think you’ve reached your fill of blues and greens, the bright red rooftops of the medieval Old Town come into view. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was a town of the arts back then—goldsmithing, architecture, masonry, iconography—and even the setting seems to have been chosen with aesthetics in mind.

Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation. Notice the “pillar of shame” near the central clock tower where lawbreakers were punished. For a fresh perspective, climb the fortress on the hill for a breathtaking vista.

AUG 20

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Your first impression is the city walls. Massive and imposing, they cloak the town like a curtain of stone. Draw the curtain, and you’re in a medieval world of towers, turrets, and terracotta rooftops. While other larger ships pass by, we anchor right beyond the famous walled city so you can admire its beauty with every glance.

The entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A copper-roofed cathedral. A fountain of masked faces spouting water. The Sponza Palace, which once held the state mint, but now holds something infinitely more precious: the town’s history, dating back to the 12th century. Discover a 14th-century pharmacy tucked away in the Franciscan Monastery, still operating after 700 years, with dusty medieval remedies still lining the shelves. Take a ferry with your friends to the Lokrum and enjoy an afternoon at Dubrovnik’s local gay and nude-friendly beach. Or share a cable car to the top of Mount Srd for an outstanding view of the harbor, where one gorgeous yacht eclipses all others. End your day at the Buza cafe watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the crystalline sea. After a day in Dubrovnik, you’ll know why George Bernard Shaw said Dubrovnik was “paradise on earth.”

AUG 21

Vis (Komiza), Croatia

In many ways, Vis is the most fascinating of all the Croatian islands. This is mainly due to the fact that the island was entirely closed to foreigners in the days of Yugoslavia (as it was used as a naval base), only being opened to visitors in 1989.  In recent years, Vis has become ‘famous’ as being one of the filming locations for Mamma Mia 2! (In which it ‘pretended’ to be a Greek island!)

AUG 22

Zadar, Croatia

No longer the capital of Dalmatia, today Zadar presents a feast for everyone. This medieval “sea organ” is a wonder that captures the movement of the waves and transforms it into music, giving out a sound that evokes the sea, wind, and sky. The Old Town, separated from the rest of the city on a peninsula, is bustling and beautiful. The marble pedestrian streets are replete with Roman ruins, medieval churches, palaces, museums, archives, and libraries. For centuries, Zadar was an Italian-speaking city, and Italian is still spoken. It’s also relatively flat and bicycle-friendly, making it a great place to explore by bike with a small or large group. Or, for more adventure, go on a private excursion to Krka National Park. It’s a magical place where you can swim near the waterfalls and gorges.

 

AUG 23

Rovinj, Croatia

Old Town Rovinj rises from the Adriatic, its arched profile frosted with terracotta rooftops and crowned by the white bell tower of St. Euphemia church. Rovinj was an island before the channel was filled in the 18th century, and the Old Town is nicely compact–perfect for exploring on foot. The town feels a bit Italian with its fleet of small fishing boats and Venetian-style piazzas, and for a good reason, it was part of the Venetian Republic for over 500 years. Signs appear in both Croatian and Italian, and both are official languages. Dining also reflects the town’s dual heritage, with menus that feature pizzas and pasta alongside seafood and the local delicacy, wild truffles. Medieval hilltop towns, ancient Roman buildings, and villages renowned for fine wines and olive oil await nearby

AUG 24

Venice, Italy

As we return to Venice, you won’t want to miss the spectacular morning sail into its glorious sun-drenched heart. We know you won’t want to see an end to this week-long journey. We invite you to extend your stay under the Tuscan sun. Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting, and utterly irresistible. A place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. The team at Source Journeys will personalize an extension to exceed your travel dreams. The Royal Clipper arrives back at San Basilio port at 8 am. If flying out today, please schedule flights after 11:30 AM. Transportation to the Airport can be arranged with Star Clippers.

Extensions

Pre-Cruise: Explore the charming canals of Venice.

2-Night Extension at Splendid Venice StarHotels – August 15-17, 2024 – Sold Out! 

Hotel Address:

Splendid Venice

S.Marco Mercerie, 760

3024 Venezia

Italy

Priced per person at $590 based on Double occupancy. Single Room $998

Splendid Venice is a luxurious hotel located just a few steps away from some of the world’s most famous landmarks. It is as elegant as Venice and has a rich history dating back to the sixteenth century when it was an inn. Today, it is a refined residence that overlooks the canals and the Mercerie, the ancient streets called Calli that connect Piazza San Marco and the Rialto bridge.

Inclusions:

  • Superior Room
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Venice Walking Tour
  • All Hotel Taxes
  • Transfers to the Port by Boat – August 17
  • Luggage transfer to the port

The Source Royal Clipper Experience

Ship

Welcome Aboard the Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for.

For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439-foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure, and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities, and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment. Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, and deliciously prepared cuisine. A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes.

Entertainment & Wellness

Source Journeys Onboard Entertainment

Source Journeys knows you are joining us to experience extraordinary parts of world. We believe your on-board experience between destinations should be just as memorable. We take pride in curating world class entertainers and DJ’s to ensure your journey with us is filled with music, laughter, and joy. Here’s who will be performing on this luxury gay cruise.

Randy Bettis

Randy Bettis

DJ/Producer: Having had a successful career as a Broadway gypsy (CATS, Guy & Dolls: 1992 revival & Miss Saigon: Broadway and the 1st National Tour) and in various commercial and TV specials, Randy transitioned into a club/event DJ and eventually a music producer/remix artist – pairing up in 2000 with David James Boyd, who he met while on the 1st national tour of Miss Saigon. From mega-events of thousands to intimate house parties, Randy Bettis has been among some of the most sought-after mix-master’s in the dance-music industry. Since launching his career in 1997, Randy has established an impressive track record with 15+ residencies, 13 commercially released compilations, scores of remixes, and playing dozens of major dance events. Randy has played in some of NYC’s most legendary clubs (Limelight, Sound Factory, Stereo, Splashbar) with guest residencies at clubs around the U.S.A. 

Randy Bettis and composer/arranger David Boyd form the artistic force behind BETBOYZ, creating Billboard chart-topping remixes for exciting artists such as Taylor Dayne, Kim Sozzi, Levi Kreis, Inaya Day, Billy Porter, and many more. Additionally, Randy and David have remixed or produced music for a variety of theater projects such as Zanna Don’t (John Housman Theater), Matthew Passion (The Actor’s Theatre), Rainy Days & Mondays (Fringe NYC), and My Big Gay Italian Wedding (St. Luke’s Theatre). In 2012, BetBoyz music was featured in two film projects: the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, and Bear City 2 as well as being the music directors and producers for the YouTube series In the Dollhouse with Lina. Having previously been heard on the radio at GayRadioLive.com, SIRIUS, and at EnergyFM for Saturday Nights ‘Club Energy’ weekly show, and since December of 2017 Randy has been a member of the DJ/Producer roster on the popular internet dance music radio show EAGLEradio.PRO. In the awards category Randy is doing well: Winner 2007 DJ/Remixer/Producer of the Year Winner 2007 Circuit Tour of the Year for GayDays Tour Nominee 2007 Album of the Year for Centaur’s GAYDAYS 4 Nominee 2007 Pool Party of the Year for GayDays Orlando – Saturday HX Magazine: Nominee 2005 Best Club DJ All of Randy’s compilations and BetBoyz remixes are available on iTunes (search Randy Bettis & BetBoyz) and on Amazon.com.

Victor Valdez

Victor Valdez

Born and raised in Maturin, Venezuela, Victor Valdez started singing at the age of 11 and playing the piano at age 14. He won several singing contests in Venezuela, representing his city nationwide in many arenas. Victor served as the opening act for Latin superstar Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”), back in 2009, and in 2013, he was one of the winners in the National TV singing contest, “Talentum”.

Since arriving in Miami in 2014, he’s been a resident artist at renowned piano bars in the area, such as The Cabaret South Beach, Magnum Lounge, and the prestigious National Hotel. He’s also performed for sold-out shows in Mexico and Austria and headlined events on Source cruises in the French Riviera and the Greek Islands.

He has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, at the Arscht Center for Performing Arts (Miami Rocks! Concert), and most recently, appeared in a lead role in the world premiere of the new musical “Mad Hatter”, which premiered in London on July 16th, 2019, and features songs written by Victor himself.

Elizabeth Longo

Elizabeth Longo

Elizabeth Longo is a Coach and ordained Unity Minister who is passionate about being a catalyst for humanity’s awakening. She is also an Oneness Blessing Giver and a Reiki Master. Her passion for Truth has taken her to India many times, Bali, and Peru, where she was trained by Shamans.

She will lead morning meditations and be available for coaching.

Elizabeth attended the School for the Work by Byron Katie, studied Non-Violent Communication directly with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the founder, and is deeply immersed in transformational practices. She facilitates retreats, classes, workshops, and awakening seminars nationwide. Her dynamic message speaks to the heart of who we are as unique, loving divine beings here on a soul’s journey to self-discovery and transformation.

Candy Walker

Candy Walker

Candy began practicing yoga over 20 years ago.  As her passion for yoga grew she decided to dive deeper, becoming a certified yoga instructor in Eugene, Oregon. Candy is trained in Vinyasa and core 26. For Candy, Yoga is a way of life on and off the mat.  Integrating breath (Prana), Meditation, Asana (movement), and Intention with her students is fun while it builds strength, flexibility, and Life Force energy.
She looks forward to seeing you on the mat.

Pricing

KeyCabin ClassPriceAvailabilityBook Now
Owner's Suite - (Clipper Deck)$7,699.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Deluxe Suites - (Main Deck)$6,689.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category One - (Main Deck)$5,699.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category Two - (Clipper Deck)$4,599.00 / personLimited BOOK NOW
Category Three - (Clipper Deck)$4,299.00 / personLimited BOOK NOW
Category Four - (Clipper Deck)$3,989.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category Three - (Commodore Deck)$3,699.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category Four - (Commodore Deck)$3,499.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category Five - (Commodore Deck)$3,299.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Category Six - (Clipper Deck)$2,899.00 / personSold Out BOOK NOW
Port Fees$315.00/ person
Prepaid Gratuities$130.00/ person
Limited Availability

Owner's Suite - (Clipper Deck)

$7,699 per person
Limited Availability

Deluxe Suite - (Main Deck)

$6,689 per person
Available

Category One - (Main Deck)

$5,699 per person
Available

Category Two - (Clipper Deck)

$4,599 per person
Available

Category Three - (Clipper Deck)

$4,299 per person
Available

Category Four - (Clipper Deck)

$3,989 per person
Available

Category Three - (Commodore Deck)

$3,699 per person
Limited Availability

Category Four (Commodore Deck)

$3,499 per person
Sold Out

Category Five - (Commodore Deck)

$3,299 per person
Limited Availability

Category Six - (Clipper Deck)

$2,899 per person

Included in this Journey

  • Accommodations aboard the Royal Clipper
  • All meals aboard the Royal Clipper
  • Enjoy complimentary cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the cruise
  • Special Theme Parties
  • Yoga & Fitness classes
  • Special Lectures at Sea
  • Special Entertainment
  • Piano sing-along nights

Not Included in this Journey

  • International Airfare
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Shipboard purchases
  • Port fees/Taxes ($315)
  • Prepaid Gratuities ($130)
  • Pre and Post cruise package
  • Optional excursions

Please Note: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Does not include international airfare, trip cancellation insurance, shipboard purchases, gratuities, pre and post-cruise packages, or optional excursions. The following additional fees apply based on double occupancy: Port fees and taxes of $315 and prepaid gratuities of $130. Single Occupancy is available with a reduced price of $2,000 supplement on the Commodore deck. A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to secure a stateroom. If imposed by the cruise line, there may be an $80 per passenger fuel surcharge fee. Valid Passports Required: Non-US Passport holders may be required to secure a visa. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the return date—Arrival and Departure Airport Venice (VCE). We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when booking your next vacation. “We offer travel insurance and are available to assist with international airfares.”