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Cruise Ship Schedule 2019

Dubrovnik with Kids

Crowds entering Pile Gate
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Crowds around Pile Gate

Off the Beaten Path in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a major stop on the Mediterranean cruise circuit receiving nearly a million passengers per year. If they all came at once the city would probably sink into the sea! The crush of cruise ship visitors has become deeply unpleasant to the old town's remaining residents and has even endangered Dubrovnik's World Heritage status. Dubrovnik's new mayor has promised to limit cruise ship arrivals but because contracts are signed years in advance, the limits are not expected to take effect until 2020. Meanwhile, I strongly advise visitors to download cruise ship schedules and plan accordingly.

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The cruise season runs from March to November with the bulk of the ships docking from May to October. Each day during this period anywhere from a few hundred to nearly 10,000 visitors may descend upon Dubrovnik's Old Town. Remember that the area contained within Dubrovnik's walls (circumference: 2km) is only 140000 square meters or 34 acres which means that on high-traffic days, Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street, is shoulder-to-shoulder with pedestrians. This you want to avoid if possible.

[Check out 5 Insider Tips to Avoiding Crowds in Dubrovnik]

For the 2019 season, the port authority has negotiated with cruise ship operators to stagger the arrival hours in order to provide a better experience for visitors. Some cruise ships dock as early as 5am while others dock as late as 1pm. Yet there will still be days when thousands descend upon the old town at once.

I highly recommend that you download and consult the relevant cruise ship arrival schedule before planning your Dubrovnik sightseeing. In many cases, it's only a matter of delaying your Dubrovnik walking tour by a day in order to better appreciate the city's charms without the crush of others. Besides there are plenty of things to do in Dubrovnik besides visiting the old town. Why not take a day trip on the busiest days?

The cruise ship arrival and departure schedule is conveniently colour-coded with the busiest days highlighted in red, the least busy days in green and moderately busy days in yellow. Also listed is the projected hour of arrival, how many passengers disembark and whether the ship docks in Gruz or in the Old Town harbour. This is important because passengers on ships docking in Gruz will enter the Old Town through Pile gate while passengers disembarking in the Old Town harbour will enter on the opposite side of town, eastern Ploce gate. (The Old Town harbour is too shallow for bulky cruisers and can only welcome smaller ships)

Dubrovnik map

These color-coded pdf schedules with passenger numbers are exclusive to Croatia Traveller. The price is only €0.99 and the security of your payment is guaranteed by PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account.

March 2019







Ploce Gate


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Further Resources

Dubrovnik Port Authority



Last updated February 12, 2019

Visitor Feedback

One of the most helpful things was the link to the Cruise Ship Arrivals. While some days 40,000 passengers debark into Dubrovnik,with the help of that link I was able to spend 3 nights there with a total of only 1,500 for the 3 days. A completely different experience thanks to you.

B. Medeiros

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