Number of Cruise Ships in Croatia's Adriatic Continues to Rise

By 16 January 2020

ZAGREB, January 16, 2020 - The number of foreign cruise ships in Croatia's Adriatic Sea continued to rise in the first eleven months of 2019, when foreign cruises accounted for 710 journeys, or 5 percent more than in the same period in 2018, for the first time bringing more than 1.1 million passengers, according to the national statistics office (DZS).

From January to November 2019, there were 75 foreign cruise ships, the same as in the corresponding period in 2018, but they made 5% more journeys in the Adriatic Sea.

The number of passengers was slightly above 1.1 million, that is 88,000 more than in 2018, increasing by 8.6%.

Additionally, foreign cruise ships realised a 5.1% rise in the number of days spent in Croatia, totalling 1,431 days.

Just like in 2018, the largest number of cruises were realised by vessels under the flag of Malta (199), followed by vessels under the flag of the Bahamas (127), and Panama (123). Despite the fact that they placed third in the number of journeys, vessels under the flag of Panama brought the largest number of passengers in eleven months (287,100).

As usual, the most visits of foreign vessels on cruise were realised in the seaports of Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar. Seaports in Dubrovnik-Neretva County were destinations for 59.4% of all cruise journeys in Croatia, followed by seaports of Split-Dalmatia County (25.6%) and Zadar County (6.5%).

In November alone, there were 38 foreign vessels on cruise in the Adriatic Sea, which is five more vessels than in November 2018.

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