Cruise worker’s survival tips for party trips – from top ships to hangover cures

Plenty of Brits love cruises and clubbing – but you can now combine the two for the ultimate holiday.

We're talking spending all day with your friends onboard the ship sipping cocktails, swimming in the Adriatic and eating delicious food.

Then, when night falls, your Croatian cruise rep will take you to some of the biggest and best party events you’ve ever seen in mysterious locations.

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Sail Croatia’s Navigator Cruise takes guests to all the best nights out in the area – including “nightclubs in ancient fortresses, parties in seaside caves, tropical beach bars and everything in between”.

But while you’re donning your glitter, downing shots and dancing on cave floors, there are a few things you should be mindful of to make sure you have the best time.

For example, while some of the cruises are private for just you and your pals, others are more like "floating hostels" so you can meet new people.

Sail Croatia’s onboard rep, Stephanie Haynes, has shared her advice with the Daily Star on how holidaymakers can survive a party cruise.

Check them out below…

Pick the right ship

"We have four ship types on our Navigator party cruises," explains Stephanie.

"Standard ships -these ships are kind of like a floating hostel. They have shared bathrooms and are perfect for those on gap years or on a budget."

For those who like a bit more privacy, the Ensuite Ships may appeal. "These are still traditional wooden ships, however you have the privacy of your own bathroom in your cabin," she explains.

Of course there are also options for those who want to go all out – Premier Ships.

"Think big sun decks, large cabins with ensuites, and AC for the hot summer days in Croatia VIP Ships," she reveals.

"The best of the best! VIP ships feature private ensuites, AC, large decks and even a jacuzzi onboard."

Get outside of your comfort zone

"Even if you’re travelling solo or with a group of friends, it’s important to stay open-minded about the people you meet during your week onboard," Stephanie suggests.

"By the end of the week you’re going to have 30 new best friends from all over the world!"

Explore as much as possible

"You may be perpetually hungover, but shake it off with a morning swim and get out there, because there’s a lot more to Croatia than just partying.

"We have amazing optional excursions throughout the week, from wine-tasting to zip-lining to walking tours, and you get so much more out of your week by experiencing Croatia outside of the nightlife."

Don't miss the boat

The ultimate mistake!

Stephanie warns: "Don’t miss the boat leaving the next morning. I’ve had guests jumping onto the boat at 6am as the sailors are pulling the ropes in…others are not so lucky!"

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