According to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics from the beginning of 2017 until the end of October, 644 cruises of foreign ships in the Adriatic were recorded in the Republic of Croatia or 16,3 percent less than in the same period last year. This decline in the number of cruise ships in Croatia led to a decrease in the number of passengers (892,200) or almost 13 percent less compared to last year.
The total number of sojourns in the Adriatic this year was 1,359 days or 18 percent less than in the same period last year. The majority of foreign vessels on cruises were under the flag of Bahamas, followed by ships under the flag of Malta, Italy and Panama.
Almost 65 percent of all cruisers were registered in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, where most cruise ships recorded their first entry in Croatia’s territorial sea. In addition, the Split-Dalmatia County recorded 18,3 percent out of the total number of cruises, whilst other five counties on the Adriatic accounted for the rest of the cruise ships.
Only in this October, there were 104 cruise ships in the Adriatic, or 8 percent less compared to October 2016. This only indicates that the decline in the number of cruise ships continued since March 2017. Interestingly, only February this year recorded more cruise ships than the same month last year.