Fewer cruise liner passengers arrived in 2018

Cruise liner passenger arrivals last year were predominantly elderly people and from EU member states, the National Statistics Office says

Fewer cruise liners visited Malta last year, contributing to a drop in passengers
Fewer cruise liners visited Malta last year, contributing to a drop in passengers

Fewer cruise liner visits contributed to less cruise tourists visiting Malta in 2018, figures out today show.

The National Statistics Office said 632,739 tourists visited Malta on cruise liners last year, a 6% drop when compared to 2017.

The figures confirm that cruise liner tourists are mostly elderly Europeans. While 67% of cruise liner visitors came from EU member states, almost 40% were aged between 60 and 79.

The next largest age group for cruise visitors was the 40 to 59 bracket, which accounted for 32% of passengers.

The NSO said there were 310 cruise liner calls in 2018, with an average of 2,041 passengers per vessel. In 2017, there were 342 calls with an average of 1,959 passengers per vessel.

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