Six months of full occupancy is a business dream for many companies in the Croatian tourism industry but that dream has come true for the mini cruise ships in the Adriatic that have achieved cabin occupancy of 180 days this year which is an incredible success.
According to the newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija from the period from mid-April till the end of October the fleet of 140 mini cruise ships that operate in the Croatian Adriatic are almost completely booked solid. Since their season begun they have been hosting new groups of tourists every week coming from all over the world. The great majority of them come from Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
It is probably no wonder that 65 new ships were built in the last decade and this type of nautical tourism have been booming in the Adriatic in the last two years. Last year ten new mini cruisers set sail and this year five more have been built in Croatian shipyards. In the last two years private owners have invested an incredible 23 million Euros in the construction of around 15 new mini cruisers, this is a business that is booming.