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More Cruise Ships this Year – Less Passengers

Dubrovnik1The number of cruise ships to visit Croatia in the first 5 months of 2015 totalled 168, which was 5.7% more than in the same period last year, according to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics…

Despite the number of cruise ships rising, the number of cruise ship passengers to visit Croatia had declined 6.7% from last year to 195,000. Cruise ships visiting in the first 5 months of the year spent 375 days in total in Croatia, which was 2 days less on average, or 8.5%, than the same period last year.

As usual around 60% of the cruise ships to visit Croatia entered in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County first, with Dubrovnik a major cruise ship destination. 28% first entered in the Split-Dalmatia County. The remainder first entered Zadar (7%), Šibenik-Knin County (4.2%), Istria (1.2%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (0.6%).

May was the busiest month, with 105 arrivals, which was 18% more than last May. There were also more passengers this May as well, with 138,000 on board all ships, which was 6.3% more than May last year.

Cruise ships sailing under the flag of Malta (51) were the most numerous, followed by those under the flags of Panama, Bahamas and Italy.

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