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Cruises to Sibenik

Sibenik, Croatia (Photo: xbrchx/Shutterstock)

About Sibenik

Though it has a lovely medieval center, the small city of Sibenik (pronounced shibenik) is used primarily by cruise lines as a drop-off point for cruisers headed to Krka National Park or other small towns in Croatia. The port is typically found on Dalmatian Coast and Adriatic Sea itineraries. The oldest city in Croatia (actually built by the Croatians as opposed to Greeks or Romans), Sibenik was fortified over the centuries to protect its inhabitants from the Ottoman Empire and many of its medieval fortifications survive to this day, including towers and fortresses. One of the fortresses, the St. Nicholas Fortress, is a UNESCO World Heritage site (but not easily visited), as is the city's medieval cathedral.

But Sibenik also holds a place in modern history. Located not far from where Nikola Tesla was born, the first hydroelectric power plant designed on his theory of alternating current (AC) was located at the nearby waterfalls in Krka National Park, and the city was the first in the world to be lit by street lights powered by AC. (You can see the remains of the original hydroelectric plant during a visit to the national park.)

Sibenik was also marked by more recent history, as a target of the Serbians during the unrest of the 1990s (called the "Homeland War" by people in the region). Parts of the Cathedral of St. James were destroyed by bombings during this period, but it has since been restored; guides will talk about the war if you ask.

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Emerald Azzurra
Emerald Azzurra (Photo: Emerald Yacht Cruises)

14 Night
Cruise to SibenikDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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Viking Sky
Viking Sky

14 Night
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994 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Viking Sky
Viking Sky

21 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Azura

14 Night
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714 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Aug 4, 2022
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49 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jun 17, 2022
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7 Night
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Leaving:Dubrovnik
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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12 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Apr 28, 2023
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30 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 9, 2022
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56 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 14, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
May 28, 2022
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21 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Aug 27, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Aug 27, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
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21 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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21 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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7 Night
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263 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Oct 24, 2021
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28 Night
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Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 30, 2021
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10 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Azamara
Sep 30, 2022
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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8 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Oct 4, 2023
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 15, 2023
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Why go to Sibenik?

Pros:

Surrounded by two gorgeous national parks, the port provides beautiful natural scenery

Cons:

It's a small city for which you only need an hour or two to see

Bottom Line:

Sibenik is a Croatian city that primarily serves as a jumping-off point for tours to elsewhere

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Croatia is the kuna. While some small souvenir spots might take euros, you should not count on it. Most cruise ship tours don't stop in the city of Sibenik itself, so it's better to get money in a previous port than try to find an ATM during your time in Sibenik.

Language?

The official language in Sibenik, as in all of Croatia, is Serbo-Croatian.


Sibenik Cruise Reviews
We started off the day with the 1.75-hour included “Šibenik Promenade” tour, which was rated moderate and included about 1.9 miles of walking. John had printed out a map of the Old Town... Read More
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cboyle
Enjoyed our time in Sibenik... Read More
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JC1966
Visited one of Croatia's national parks and then toured Sibenik. Had a great time!... Read More
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ocfirecaptain
Enjoyable. Never been to the area so it was a good first visit.... Read More
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