Dubrovnik 2017: Return of Spring, Return of the Cruisers

By , 20 Mar 2017, 14:02 PM Travel
Dubrovnik 2017: Return of Spring, Return of the Cruisers In The Loop Travel

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Two enormous cruise ships enter the port of Dubrovnik (Gruz) as 2017's cruise season begins...

Dubrovnik and cruise ships is often a rather sensitive topic for residents, and finding balance, as with all things in this strange thing we call life - is essential. The arrival of a cruise ship (and rarely is there just the one) brings traffic jams as far as the eye can see, crowds of people moving as if they were one huge carpet, shops left without stock and the boiling hot, stone walled Old City quickly resembles a long snake pit. The other side of the coin is that cruise ships are essentially gigantic vessels of money for the city, with somewhat fleeting visits of thousands of tourists with cameras leaving eye-popping amounts of cash behind them. It seems 2017 is going to be no different, despite a calculated 9% drop in cruisers visiting Croatia's southernmost destination.

Early this morning, two imposing cruise ships part of the Viking Ocean Cruises family made their way into Dubrovnik's busy port at Gruz. Viking Sea and Viking Star were carrying an estimated 2000 passengers. Viking Sky, another massive member of the #1 Leisure and Travel rated cruise company is set to arrive on the last day of March, with ten more ships expected throughout this glorious spring month. April, where things really start moving when it comes to Dubrovnik's tourist season is expected to welcome 33 cruise ships, with an incredible 51,000 visitors disembarking from them and descending upon the walled city.

Despite the aforementioned 9% drop in arrivals in comparison to 2016 which saw close to one million arrivals, 2017 is set to be another expectedly busy year when it comes to cruisers, with 577 of them expected to arrive throughout the course of the year, bringing a whopping 760,000 passengers with them.

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  • Due to rain the roads are wet and slippery in Dalmatia, in Istria, in Lika and Gorski kotar mountain areas, in the northern coastal area and in the central parts. Rock and land sliding is possible. Due to fog visibility is reduced in Gorski kotar - on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Kikovica and Tuhobić tunnel. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 7th-8th km in direction Rijeka/Split; -A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 119th-120th km in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 8 May traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road in Knin until 14 July; -on the DC1 state road at Klinča Sela, Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković.
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  • During the day difficulties can be expected at the border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary due to traffic density and occasional additional controls. Passenger traffic is dense at: -Kaštel (15 minutes) in the inbound direction, -Stara Gradiška (15 minutes) in the outbound direction. Bus traffic is heavy at Bregana (45 minutes) and Bajakovo (30 minutes) in the outbound direction. In the outbound freight traffic there are delays at Bregana (80 minutes), Bajakovo (2 hours) and Tovarnik (an hour), in the inbound at Bajakovo (2 hours). Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • The following ferries, catamarans and boats do not operate due to strong wind: -Lopar-Valbiska, Brestova-Porozina, Šibenik-Zlarin-Kaprije-Žirje ferries, -Mali Lošinj-Rijeka, Rijeka-Rab-Novalja, Ubli-Vela Luka-Hvar-Split, Korčula-Hvar-Split, Jelsa-Bol-Split, Vis-Split catamarans, -Mali Lošinj-Unije-Susak boat.
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