A couple of cruise ships, Marella Cruises' Marella Explorer 2 and TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 5, docked in the northern Croatian Adriatic port city of Rijeka Saturday morning, July 2, with ~4000 passengers onboard.
Both vessels, organized by the TUI tour operator, were on a 7-day voyage in the Adriatic. Their program included a sightseeing tour of Rijeka as well as bus trips to Istria, Opatija, Zagreb, Kastav, Gorski Kotar, and other destinations.
Rijeka is Croatia's principal/largest seaport, Adriatic Sea cruise port, and large city, which by population (around 130,000, metro over 245,000) is ranked the country's 3rd-largest - following the capital Zagreb and Split. The port is located on Kvarner Bay, approx 360 km (220 mi) from Venice Italy. Other major Croatian cruise and ferry ports include Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, and Sibenik.