We sailed into Albania last year and will do so again this year. The only real marina is in Orikum and it is very good and can take cats. In Albania more English
is spoken than anywhere we have been so far. It is very safe and we traveled all through Albania by bus and mini vans. The people are friendly and helpful, food
and fresh veggies are everywhere.
You will have to use an agent but I think you can now do it in Orikum. Our 1st stop this year will be Schengjin before heading farther south as we also have the visa issues and want to spend as much time in Greece
as possible so will use Albania as stopping point and maybe do some more inland travel from there. Last year we traveled to Macedonia and Kosovo from there.
Capt Irene can really help and give good advise and is a good person. Any question please let me know.