On Saturday morning, July 30, two large passenger liners - TUI's Mein Schiff 5 and Marella UK's Marella Explorer 2, and 10+ smaller cruise ships-sailboats of ID Riva Tours, carrying 4500+ passengers and 1600+ crew, arrived at Port Rijeka (Croatia), the Tourist Board of the City reported.
Rijeka's Port Authority, together with Rijeka Tourist Board nad Kvarner Tourist Board, welcomed the cruise tourists by presenting them with gifts and informative brochures so that they could spend their time as well as possible.
Many shore excursions have been organized for the cruise guests, the most interesting of which are those to Rijeka and its surroundings, as well as to Krk Island, Istria County, and Zagreb City. Most of the tourists who stay in Rijeka visit Trsat (for its historic fortress) and enjoy organized downtown tours.
With the arrival of the cruise ships Rijeka, which were previously a far more common sight docked in the Dalmatian ports further south down the Croatian coastline, Rijeka is being promoted as a recognizable cruise destination.
Rijeka has fully recovered after the global COVID crisis and has now returned to a better state than it was in the record-breaking year of 2019.
According to the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka, by the end of the year, they expected several more Rijeka cruise ships, 2 in August, September, and October, and 1 in November, which was "certainly a good announcement for an excellent post-season and a complete recovery of that segment of the market.'