Re: ACI Marina Dubrovnik - huge price increases
Yes, the Germans are taking over, certainly in terms of investments and summer invasions, but there's more to it than that. The Croatians appear to believe that if they have sun and sea they can charge the same as in St Tropez or Majorca, forgetting that there has to be a service to justify it. Unfortunately, the Germans (like the Brits) are prepared to put up with any horse swill passed their way and think it jolly good, as long as it has chips and enough garlic to make it seem foreign cuisine. I have been cruising the area for years as part of the Italian fleet that kept going there even during the war years. We used to be well received but not any more, because we complain about paying the same as in Italy (which is not cheap) for inferior food and service. Increasingly, we eat aboard and stay away from marinas, not because we are cheapskates but because it's just not a pleasure to eat out any more. But complain and they don't care - plenty more tourists to take our place.
Having said that, there are a few places which are still friendly but they're harder to find.
p.s. don't confuse Slovenia with Croatia. Croatians say they're snotty, but they have a North European notion of professionalism and value for money. But not much coast!
Returning to the business of the price hikes, the only way this sort of thing will stop is through publicity: write to all the mags in Europe moaning - the Teutons have a good sense of the value of a penny and if you can get a letter in a German-language magazine I'm sure it would provoke a response from ACI. Might it be too much for YM or PBO to call ACI and see what it's all about? Note to our web-master, Don Kim: I'm happy to do this and report to YM.
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