Huge fall in Croatian cruise liners business
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure says that the main reason for the smaller number of cruise liners is the fact that the Italian government has restricted the number of large ships that can enter the Venice area.
Since most shipping companies want to link Venice through the Croatian towns with Greece, most often Athens, it is clear that, when one destination is removed from the cruise network, all other suffer as well.
In the first half of the year, 56 such ships sailed into Croatian ports, generating 236 trips with 316,654 passengers.
The most frequent destination was the port of Dubrovnik with 183 visits, followed by Split with 79 visits.
Although not included in these statistics, the port of Zadar has recorded a significant increase in the number of cruise ships, who earlier went to Split or Dubrovnik. ■