Sail into the 16th century and immerse yourself in history with this magnificent replica of a traditional ‘Karaka’ ship from the era of the Republic of Dubrovnik. We offer the best sailing and cruising experiences around!

The Karaka is a five-star ship that is equipped with everything you may possibly need, and thus is the perfect choice for anybody who wants to embark on a truly unique cruise or sailing trip, snap some striking photographs, eat delicious food or simply have fun ‘the old-fashioned way’.

The Karaka offers all kinds of catering services and represents a valuable addition to Dubrovnik’s offer of conference facilities. It is ideal for incentive programmes (whether by day or by night), wedding ceremonies, themed cruise events, celebrations and many more. This is a truly unique way of exploring the Adriatic coast. This is the only real way to cruise around Dubrovnik and its surrounding islands, and all that is missing is – YOU!

Location: Dubrovnik

Reservations: Tel: + 385 91 3496 410, Tel + 385 91 2849 156
Payment: Cash, credit cards

The names Dubrovnik and Ragusa co-existed for several centuries. Ragusa, recorded in various forms since at least the 10th century, remained the official name of the Republic of Ragusa until 1808, and of the city within the Kingdom of Dalmatia until 1918, while Dubrovnik, first recorded in the late 12th century, was in widespread use by the late 16th or early 17th century.[16]

The name Dubrovnik of the Adriatic city is first recorded in the Charter of Ban Kulin (1189).[17] It is mostly explained as dubron, a Celtic name for water (Gaulish dubronIrish dobarWelsh dŵr, dwfrCornish dofer), akin to the toponyms DouvresDover, and Tauber[18]; or originating from a Proto-Slavic word dǫbъ meaning ‘oak’. The term dubrovnik means the ‘oakwood’, as in all other Slavic languages the word dubdàb, means ‘oak’ and dubravadąbrowa means the ‘oakwood’.

The historical name Ragusa is recorded in the Greek form Ῥαούσιν (Rhaousin, Latinized Ragusium) in the 10th century. It was recorded in various forms in the medieval period, Rausia, Lavusa, Labusa, Raugia, Rachusa. Various attempts have been made to etymologize the name. Suggestions include derivation from Greek ῥάξ, ῥαγός “grape”; from Greek ῥώξ, ῥωγός “narrow passage”; Greek ῥωγάς “ragged (of rocks)”, ῥαγή (ῥαγάς) “fissure”; from the name of the Epirote tribe of the Rhogoi, from an unidentified Illyrian substrate. A connection to the name of Sicilian Ragusa has also been proposed. Putanec (1993) gives a review of etymological suggestion, and favours an explanation of the name as pre-Greek (“Pelasgian“), from a root cognate to Greek ῥαγή “fissure”, with a suffix -ussa also found in the Greek name of BračElaphousa.[19]

The classical explanation of the name is due to Constantine VII‘s De Administrando Imperio (10th century). According to this account, Ragusa (Ῥαούσιν) is the foundation of the refugees from Epidaurum (Ragusa Vecchia), a Greek city situated some 15 km (9 mi) to the south of Ragusa, when that city was destroyed in the Slavic incursions of the 7th century. The name is explained as a corruption of Lausa, the name of the rocky island on which the city was built (connected by Constantine to Greek λᾶας “rock, stone”).