Dubrovnik is full of exciting things to see and do and one of them is watching the grand cruise ships that dock at the port almost daily.
Here are five of the biggest companies that sail to the city and whose masterpiece vessels can be spotted this year.
MSC Cruises is the world's fourth largest cruise operator and the largest privately-owned one. Founded in Naples, Italy the company currently is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. A staggering 23,500 people work for the line which operates sixteen ships in five classes with thirteen more expected to enter operation before 2026.
MSC Cruises is also the company with the most substantial presence at Dubrovnik's port with 61 visits planned for 2019. The line is bringing here five of its ships—Opera, Lirica, Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Musica. Of them, the two largest are the travelling under Panama flag 294 m Orchestra and Musica. Both of them belong to the Musica class, which the company boasts as its "ecological cruise ship" line. MSC Musica features luxurious amenities such as a cigar lounge, a live-show theatre, and a casino. MSC Orchestra comes with a spa, a sports centre, and a theatre among many other extras. Both ships also host on deck several restaurants serving a variety of cuisines—from sushi and Chinese to Italian gourmet and, of course, pizza.
Costa Cruises is based in Genoa, Italy and it's part of the largest cruise operator in the world—Carnival Corporation. Costa operates 15 ships in nine classes, with three new vessels expected to join the fleet by 2021.
To Dubrovnik, the line sails with Costa Deliziosa (294 m) and Costa Victoria (253 m) of Luminos and Victoria classes, respectively. Both sail under the Italian flag. Deliziosa comes with a plethora of entertainment and relaxation facilities.
It hosts on its deck a spa, pool tables, sports pitch, and outdoor tracks. When it’s time to relax, guests can go to the 4D cinema, to the theatre, or visit the shopping centre. For mealtimes, there are four restaurants and 11 bars, including a Coffee & Chocolate bar. Victoria is also a fun place to be with outdoor swimming pools, live shows, and a casino among other entertainments. There are also spa procedures and a sports centre for some active relaxation.
The ship is home to a variety of restaurants and bars where guests can enjoy a gourmet burger, tapas, or pizza, or simply relax in the Aperol Spritz bar.
British Marella Cruises used to be known as Thomson Cruises. It is under the umbrella of Luton-based TUI UK, which in turn is owned by the world’s largest tourism company—TUI Group.
Currently, the company operates six ships, with another to join the fleet in 2022. The ones that dock at Dubrovnik’s port are Marella Discovery (264 m), Mirella Celebration (215 m), and Mirella Explorer 2 (246 m), all sailing under the Maltese flag.
The all-inclusive Marella Discovery features a rock climbing wall, mini-golf, an outdoor cinema, and Broadway shows among its amenities. There are seven restaurants and seven bars on deck. Celebration hosts five restaurants and six bars and also presents Broadway shows. There is a spa and pools for some quality rest.
The Marella Explorer 2 features nine restaurants, 10 bars, and a Broadway show lounge. This ship also has a spa onboard and what sets it apart is that only adults are allowed to board the vessel.
Royal Caribbean International
Founded in Norway, the Royal Caribbean is based in warmer seas at Miami, Florida. It is one of the largest cruise lines in the world and owns 26 ships in eight classes, with five vessels to be set afloat by 2024.
The company’s ships that can be seen in Dubrovnik this year are the 293 m Jewel of the Seas and the 279 m Rhapsody of the Seas, both sailing under Bahamian flags.
Known for their luxury, Royal Caribbean’s vessels are chock full of amenities. Both ships host many entertainment programs—from Broadway plays to live orchestra and an Argentinian tango show. Pools, spas, sports centres, and shopping centres are all available onboard. Of course, cruise operators consider each aspect of guests' comfort and entertainment.
Which is why, as land based and online casinos have gained popularity, the Royal Caribbean’s ships feature Vegas-themed casinos branded under the Casino Royale name.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This one used to be called Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and it is also based in Miami, Florida. It operates four ships with two more coming in 2020 and 2023. Two of them—the 224 m Seven Seas Explorer and the 207 m Seven Seas Voyager, both sailing under the Bahamian flag—are travelling to Dubrovnik this year.
The Explorer is the newest addition to the fleet, as it became operational in 2016. It is one of the most luxurious cruise vessels ever, and upon its release it made the news all over the world. It offers suites ranging from 28 to 412 sq. m. The last one costs $10 000 per night, is located at the top of the ship for a stunning view, and among its extras is a hand-made mattress, Hermès and L'Occitane amenities, and a personal butler.
Overall, the stay at the Seven Seas Explorer is built to satisfy the most exquisite taste, and passengers can even enjoy a culinary lesson at the ship’s Culinary arts kitchen. Passengers can even enjoy a culinary lesson at the ship’s Culinary arts kitchen.