STA, 19 August 2021 - The SeaDream II, a luxury yacht-style cruise ship, will dock in Koper on Friday, the first cruise ship to visit Slovenia's largest coastal city since 2019. The Sea Dream will bring around 50 [ed. even without COVID, it can only carry a maximum of 112 guests] passengers to Koper, mostly from the US and England.
The Sea Dream will arrive in the morning and stay in the city until 10pm, and then sail on to Venice. Named the best ship in the luxury cruise ship category in 2015, it will return to Koper on 2 September, according to the Koper Institute for Youth, Culture and Tourism.
Another cruise ship named Mein Schiff is currently scheduled to arrive in Koper at the end of September, and several other cruise ships arrivals are scheduled for October.
In Koper, more than 50 cruise ship arrivals were originally scheduled for this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cruise operators kept cancelling them.
The Municipality of Koper and the Tourism Institute remain optimistic. They hope that the scheduled arrivals will help revive tourism in the city.
A total of 26 more ships with 37,000 passengers on board are expected in Koper until the end of this season, compared to the originally announced 88 ships and 130,000 passengers, the Port of Koper explained to STA. However, the list of arrivals changes on a daily basis.