Three cruise ships have announced their arrival to the port of Rijeka Croatia in May in 2011. The cruise ships Golden Iris (Mano Cruises) and Oriana (P&O Cruises) with a passenger capacity of 1000 and 2000 respectively are expected to moor at the new Port Passenger Terminal and the third one Black Watch (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines) with a capacity of 800 passengers has officially confirmed its arrival.
According to Bojan Hlaca Executive Director of Port of Rijeka Authority many cruise lines have recently shown an interest in bringing their cruise ships to Rijeka.
“I believe that the announcements of these three ships for May 2011 will have a positive effectâ€ Hlaca said. â€œThese first cruisers are revealing new destinations. Rijeka is an interesting new destination and this is only a start to a cruising revitalization of the port of Rijeka. At the moment there are many announcements of potential arrivals next year.”
Convinced about the good prospect for the promotion of Rijeka as a touristic destination Mr. Petar Skarpa director of the Rijeka Tourist Board expressed the portâ€™s readiness to accept cruise passengers with specific programs accomplished in
agreement with agencies and ship owners.
â€œThey are going to agree on the fine selection of organised trips to the resort of Opatija the mountain region of Gorski Kotar and the city of Rijeka among other destinationsâ€ Skarpa said. Skarpa pointed out the solid cooperation between the Port of
Rijeka Authority and the Kvarner County Tourism Office.
Confirmed: Black Watch
In announcement: Oriana
In announcement: Golden Iris