The State Bureau of Statistics has published data on cruises in Croatia from January to September 2018. The results show that 64 cruisers arrived to the Croatian ports during that period, with 554 round trips and 834,000 passengers transported who spent 1,123 days in Croatia – N1 reports.
The largest number of trips was made under the flags of Bahamas (144 trips) and Malta (128 trips), while the largest number of passengers arrived at ships from Panama (234,000 passengers) and Bahamas (175,000 passengers).
Of the 554 round trips, most trips were made in Dubrovnik-Neretva County (55.8%) and Split-Dalmatia County (24.7%), which is a total of 80.5%. Other 19.5% of trips were realized in Zadar (6.3%) and Istria County (5.8%), Sibenik-Knin (5.2%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2.2%).
The largest number of foreign cruise ships visited the port of Dubrovnik (417 visits), followed by Split (198 visits) and Zadar (100 visits).
Foreign cruise ships in the period from January to September 2018 saw an increase in the number of journeys by 2.6% over the same period of 2017. During that period, the number of passengers on cruisers increased by 10%, while the total number of days of stays decreased by 4.5% compared to the same period of 2017.