Cruisers on the Croatian Adriatic are not a rare sight and there were 171 round trips of foreign vessels during the first five months of 2019, which is an increase of 18 percent compared to the same period last year. Also, there was 19 percent more passengers or 247.5 thousand, according to the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics– Poslovni.hr writes.
The exact number of the cruise sips or cruisers was 43, or three more than in the first five months of 2018. They stayed for the longer period of time – 386 or 25,3 percent more days.
The cruisers came under the flags of ten countries, but the highest number of round trips during the first five months was made under the flag of Malta: 41, with 34.4 thousand passengers traveling to Croatia.
Italy is on the second place when it comes to the number of round trips – 36, however far more passengers came with those cruisers: a little more than 85 thousand.
The third place is taken by the cruisers under the flag of Panama, with 26 round trips and nearly 59 thousand passengers.
By month, most cruise trips of foreign vessels this year on the Croatian Adriatic were made in May, a total of 88, which is three trips or 3.5 percent more than in May 2018, while the largest increase of these trips, of 48.5 percent, was achieved in April, when there were 49.
As usual, Dubrovnik was the most visited cruise port, with 124 visits of cruisers, followed by Split – 76, Zadar – 32, Korcula - 30, Sibenik - 25, Hvar - 20. Rovinj, Ploce, Stari Grad, Pomena and Pula had less than 10 visits.