The global pandemic has done so much harm to the travel and tourism industry that it will be difficult to truly quantify just how deep that damage has gone for a few years yet, but with the advent of the vaccine, some things are at least attempting to make a gradual return to some form of normality as we once knew it. Cruise tourism, among the hardest hit industries of all, is making a slow but steady comeback.
As Morski/Marina Saponja writes, with the arrival of the first cruise ship in a year and a half at Zadar Port, this type of tourism which was once so heavily complained about by numerous Croatian destinations, Dubrovnik being the loudest of all, is slowly beginning to reawaken.
The cruise ship industry, while as problematic as it is economically beneficial, has been completely interrupted since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving destinations which previously did nothing but complain about these gigantic ships eager for their return.
”Cruise tourism is starting up again, slowly. Sea Dream II is the first cruiser to have sailed into Zadar Port carrying passengers, just 21 of them and 86 crew members, after more than one year,” Djoni Stambuk from the Zadar Port Authority told local portal Zadarski list.
A very encouraging thirty to forty cruise ships have been announced for Zadar Port this tourist season, but the situation may change significantly, as has been so often the case since the beginning of 2020, and a lot will depend almost entirely on the epidemiological situation at any given time, despite the vaccine.
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