Croatia’s Cruise Traffic Decrease: Venice and Kotor May Be to Blame

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In July, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatia continued to decline, resulting in 15% drop than in the same period last year, according to the CBS figures.

After an 18% decrease in foreign cruise ships in the first six months, the month of July recorded a drop of 7.5% in the number of cruise ships than in the same period last year, which amounts to a 15.2% decrease in the first seven months, reports on September 27, 2017. According to the CBS data, there were 99 round trips in July and 335 for the first seven months, i.e. 60 fewer cruise trips, resulting in fewer passengers in Croatia than in the previous year.

The number of cruise passengers decreased by 13 percent.  During that period, cruise ships also spent less time in general on the Adriatic, i.e. a total of 737 days were recorded, which is almost 20% less than in the first seven months of last year. The cruise ships arrived sailing under flags of 11 countries of the world, most of which were from Bahamas (81) and Malta (79), as in the previous years, while there were less than 50 other cruise ships sailing the Adriatic under flags of other countries.

The highest number of cruise ship arrivals was recorded in Dubrovnik, a total of 267, followed by Split with 107 cruise ship arrivals, Korčula with 69, then Zadar, Hvar, Šibenik and Rovinj. The biggest cause of the decline in the number of cruise ships is considered to be the limitation for large vessels in and near Venice waters imposed by the Italian Government. Moreover, cruise ships are increasingly diverting to Kotor in Montenegro, where the cost of goods and services are lower due to the fact they are mostly exempt from customs duties and taxes (or the fees are lower).


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