Smaller cruise ships are able to dock in the port, whilst larger vessels will anchor in the bay which is enclosed by hills. Passengers come ashore aboard a tender boat.
Many of the large cruise companies run cruises that visit Kotor, including Thomson Cruises, Royal Caribbean and P&O. Cruising to Kotor is often part of a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, and itineraries may include other countries, such as Serbia and Croatia. Over 450 cruise ships visit Kotor in the period between March and November, bringing over 500,000 tourists to one of the top destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean.