Last Updated on Saturday, 12 November, 2022 at 4:59 pm by Andre Camilleri
Total cruise passenger traffic during the third quarter of 2022 amounted to 223,480, the NSO said Friday.
There were 97 cruise liner calls during the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 53 when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 182,889.
On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 2,304 passengers, 815 more when compared to the same period in 2021. Passengers from EU Member States comprised 63.9 per cent of total traffic. The major markets were Italy, accounting for 22.3 per cent of the total passengers, followed by Germany, with 20.5 per cent. The total number of passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 80,615, of whom 56.7 per cent came from the United Kingdom and 22.1 per cent came from the United States.
During the first three quarters of the year, total cruise passengers stood at 386,018. Of these, 59.5 per cent came from EU Member States. The majority of the passengers were females amounting to 205,116 equivalent to 53.1 per cent of the total. Most passengers were between 40 and 59 years old, totalling 137,343. These were followed by passengers aged 60-79 years, reaching 107,654. There were 222 cruise liner calls in the first three quarters of 2022, with an average of 1,739 passengers per vessel, compared to 72 calls and an average of 1,346 passengers per vessel in the comparative period of 2021.