Looking for a different kind of cruise holiday experience? Nick Dalton selects 10 of the most interesting ships around

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1. Croatia island hopping

Adriatic Queen is one of many ships carrying 25 passengers flitting around Croatia’s isles and craggy mainland – any bigger and they get taxed at a higher rate, so the locals keep them small. The cabins, no two alike as they’re shoehorned in, are simple; a few open on to deck, most have portholes. But it’s great fun with two big, open-air dining tables, a small bar and sun loungers. The ship gets to the heart of the region, docking at the yacht (and beautiful people) -festooned quayside in Hvar, in front of the market in Split, and outside Korcula’s little supermarket.

The eight-day escorted Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Isles cruise, costs from £1,045pp, including flights, excursions and Titan’s VIP home departure service (0800 988 5858; titantravel.co.uk).