First Release

Year: LIX.
Zagreb, 08 September 2022
TUR-2022-2-2/3

ISSN 1334-0557

FOREIGN VESSELS ON CRUISE IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
January – July 2022

 

66 foreign vessels on cruise arrived in the first seven months of 2022

In the period from January to July 2022, there were 66 foreign vessels on cruise that arrived in Croatian seaports, which realised 329 journeys. There were 294 thousand passengers on board who stayed for 658 days in Croatia.

The number of foreign vessels on cruise increased by 280 journeys and the total number of sojourns by 523 days in the first seven months of 2022, as compared to the same period of 2021. The number of passengers on vessels on cruise in the first seven months of 2022 increased by 259 thousand passengers compared to the first seven months of 2021, when, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stricter epidemiological measures were introduced that limited journeys of foreign vessels on cruise. In the first seven months of 2021, the first entry of foreign vessels on cruise was recorded as late as in June. Therefore, 49 journeys of foreign vessels on cruise carrying 35 thousand passengers were realised in June and July 2021.

In the first seven months of 2022, compared to the first seven months of 2019, the number of journeys of foreign vessels on cruise decreased by 10.6%, the number of their sojourns by 12.1% and the number of passengers on board these vessels by 48.0%.

Foreign vessels on cruise sailed under the flags of 13 countries in the first seven months of 2022. The largest number of journeys of foreign vessels on cruise was realised under the flag of the Bahamas, as much as 94 journeys, which accounted for 28.6% of the total journeys realised in the first seven months of 2022. Those were followed by journeys realised under the flags of Malta (64 journeys), Italy (38 journeys) and Panama (35 journeys).

Out of a total of 329 journeys of foreign vessels on cruise, most of them were realised in the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (45.6%) and the County of Split-Dalmatia (31.0%), which made up a total of 76.6%. The remaining 23.4% of journeys were realised in the following counties: Zadar (13.1%), Istria (4.3%), Primorje-Gorski kotar (3.3%) and Šibenik-Knin (2.7%).

Dubrovnik was the most visited port

The majority of visits of foreign vessels on cruise was realised in the seaport of Dubrovnik (213 visits), followed by the seaports of Split (144 visits), Zadar (73 visits), Hvar and Korčula (45 visits each), Rovinj (29 visits) and Šibenik (28 visits).

1 FOREIGN VESSELS ON CRUISE

   I − VII 2021 I − VII 2022
Foreign vessels on cruise 11 66
Cruises 49 329
Sojourns 135 658
Passengers on board 35 141 293 963

2 FOREIGN VESSELS ON CRUISE, SOJOURNS AND PASSENGERS, BY FLAG OF VESSEL, JANUARY – JULY 2022

Flag of vessel Cruises Sojourns Passengers on board
VII I – VII VII I – VII VII I – VII
Total 89 329 192 658 105 264 293 963
Bahamas 28 94 57 195 35 272 79 385
Belgium - 8 - 35 - 1 007
Bermuda 2 9 3 16 4 091 18 383
France 2 12 4 28 336 1 970
Greece 4 5 26 29 117 142
Italy 13 38 13 39 16 713 47 426
Malta 19 64 63 178 20 687 62 458
Marshall Islands 4 20 5 25 2 758 10 128
Netherlands 3 8 4 10 3 313 8 334
Norway 4 25 7 44 3 359 18 350
Wallis and Futuna 1 9 1 21 273 1 450
Panama 9 35 9 35 18 345 43 570
United Kingdom - 2 - 3 - 1 360

3 FOREIGN VESSELS ON CRUISE, SOJOURNS AND PASSENGERS, BY MONTHS, 2019, 2020, 2021 AND 2022

      Cruises Sojourns Passengers on board
2019 2020 2021 2022 2019 2020 2021 2022 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total 368 16 49 329 749 53 135 658 565 082 3 762 35 141 293 963
I 5 5 - 1 12 12 - 1 2 702 2 809 - 485
II 11 7 - 2 49 29 - 3 1 243 745 - 1 257
III 18 3 - 11 71 6 - 25 19 518 183 - 4 098
IV 49 - - 48 97 - - 98 82 924 - - 34 603
V 88 - - 73 157 - - 151 141 183 - - 56 389
VI 101 - 15 105 168 - 43 188 161 668 - 8 203 91 867
VII 96 1 34 89 195 6 92 192 155 844 25 26 938 105 264

NOTES ON METHODOLOGY

The purpose of the statistical survey

The statistical survey is aimed at monitoring the entries of foreign vessels on cruise in the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia, the number of passengers aboard and the days in which a ship stays in the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia. The results of this survey provide indicators used in the analysis of tourism in the Republic of Croatia.

Legal basis

The survey is carried out on the basis of the Official Statistics Act (NN, No. 25/20).

Sources and methods of data collection

The data source for the statistical survey on cruises of foreign vessels in the Republic of Croatia is the Croatian Integrated Maritime Information System (CIMIS). The Croatian Bureau of Statistics takes over a part of the database from the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, after which it performs further processing.

Among other data, ships submit information on the ship, journey and passengers to this system through authorised maritime agents and shippers. The accuracy and completeness of the data in the official proceedings of registration is verified by the harbour master’s offices.

Coverage and comparability

Observation unit for this survey is a foreign vessel on a tourist cruise that enters the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia.

In the tables 1, 2 and 3, the data on foreign vessels on cruise include only seaports of the first entry of the foreign vessel on cruise into the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia.

In the Graph G-2, the data on visits of foreign vessels on cruise include all seaports visited by those vessels during their stay in the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia. Visits in seaports are presented by statistical seaports consisting of one or more ports, normally controlled by harbour master’s branch offices able to record ship and cargo movements.

Definitions

Foreign vessel on cruise means a passenger ship intended rather to provide passengers with a pleasure of a journey and facilities for entertainment aboard (luxurious atmosphere, adventures, education, culture, entertainment, sports activities, wellness or recreation) than the transport of persons from one seaport to another. It is equipped for a multi-day stay of passengers aboard and must provide food, drinks and accommodation services. On its journey, a foreign vessel on cruise stops in seaports of several interesting destinations.

A journey is an entry of a foreign vessel on cruise into the first seaport of the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia.

Visit is an entry of a foreign vessel on cruise into every seaport of the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia.

Passengers on board are any persons who arrived by ship irrespective of age, providing that he/she is not a crew member.

Sojourns represent a total number of days a ship spends in the internal sea waters of the Republic of Croatia.

Flag of vessel represents the country in which a ship is registered, that is, entered into the ship registry and is bound by its laws.

Statistical seaport consists of one or more ports, normally controlled by harbour master’s branch offices able to record ship and cargo movements.

 

Abbreviations  
COVID-19 COrona VIrus Disease-19
NN Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia

 

Symbols  
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