Yesterday’s arrival of Spirit of Adventure, operated by the eponymous English line, opens this year’s cruising season in Koper. The 140-metre vessel is carrying 324 passengers (308 of whom are from the United Kingdom) and has a crew of 200. The Spirit of Adventure, which doesn’t provide circular tours and doesn’t return to the same destinations on route, has called at Koper every year since 2007.
This passenger ship’s arrival is somewhat special: because of construction works at the Passenger Terminal quayside, it was moored further inside the port. This is an exception, and port logistics are being adequately adapted to the situation until the completion of a 1.6 million euro infrastructure investment by Luka Koper d.d.
An Excellent Cruising Season Ahead
This year’s Cruise Shipping Conference and Exhibition in Miami, at which Luka Koper d.d. has participated for the past six years, corroborates anticipations as to the future potential of Koper’s Passenger Terminal, together with the eligibility of investments into passenger terminal infrastructure. The Mediterranean is becoming ever more popular, whilst lines as well as tourists are particularly interested in the Adriatic due to Venice and Dubrovnik. An increasing number of providers are positioning their vessels in the Mediterranean, and more winter season as well as shorter, three- to five-day cruises are anticipated.
The largest passenger ship ever to call at Koper – Voyager of the Seas with 3,200 passengers aboard – will arrive in May. Vessels like this require special dredging in and around the berth, as well as the redevelopment of the existing quayside, which was the original port wharf constructed back in 1957 and no longer meets the requirements of modern vessels with a considerably higher capacity.