A century old Croatian marine tradition is set to disappear from Croatian shores next summer. The legendary “Liburnija” ferry, which has operated along Croatia’s Adriatic coast ferrying passengers between Rijeka and Dubrovnik, looks like it is about to be sold.
With a fall in the number of passengers, the Rijeka-Dubrovnik route may have worked its last summer this year as bosses Jadrolinija look set to can the route and sell the famous ferry, writes daily newspaper Novi list.
“Liburnjia is a symbol of Jadrolinija and a massively important marine tradition. It is hard for me to talk about passenger numbers in the last few years as I have not worked on that route. It is a specific way to travel, maybe it is not the fastest but it is special,” said Jadrolinija captain Ante Granic.
Jadrolinija have until next June to convince the government, who will have the final say on whether the route stays or not, that their 13 million kuna (close to 2 million euros) subsidy payment is a profitable investment.