The Cruiser Orchestra of the MSC Cruises company sailed into the Dubrovnik Port of Gruž, he writes dubrovnik.hr. It is the first cruiser in Dubrovnik after as much as 15 months of suspension due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus. The Cruiser Orchestra, ie its entry, marked the return of the City of Dubrovnik to cruise programs.
Let us remind you that in the period from January to November of the pre-pandemic 2019, cruise ships visited the port of Dubrovnik alone as many as 518 times. Last year in the same period, from January to November, number of trips of foreign ships for cruises on the Croatian Adriatic was only 26.
Shipping companies, including MSC, have prescribed protocols, and in order to enable quality implementation of measures, ships have limited capacity to about 50%, or the Orchestra had about 1200 passengers.
Let's also say that testing for coronavirus before boarding and during the trip is mandatory, in order to minimize the risk of infection, and guests are not allowed to transfer and tour the site on their own. This was also the case during the first visit of the passengers of the Orchestra, who visited Dubrovnik in the so-called "bubble" groups, while respecting the measures of the shipping company and those of the National Civil Protection Headquarters.
As he said Director of the Port Authority Blaž Pezo, 153 more touches or entries have been announced, but this situation is changing day by day. Companies are changing their itineraries and trying to get the most out of this season, and a lot of changes and new arrivals are expected by the end of the year, he added.
In the previous period, the City of Dubrovnik carried out activities and was in constant contact with representatives of CLIA, the umbrella association of the cruise industry and in coordination with the relevant ministries, with the aim of reactivating this branch of tourism. Earlier, Mayor Mato Franković asked the National Civil Protection Headquarters to amend the Decree banning the entry of ships with more than two hundred passengers into Croatian ports.
In addition to cruisers that have been frequent guests of Dubrovnik in the past tourist seasons, the announced air traffic should also be highlighted. Regular flights from the United States have been announced by Delta Air Lines, Pragusa.One i United Airlines, which has already increased the number of flights to Dubrovnik.
Photos: City of Dubrovnik - dubrovnik.hr