Valletta handled 3% of total passenger movements in the Mediterranean in 2018

La Valletta, Malta. Prinsendam, MSC Splendida and MSC Musica (Image by Custom Aerial Photos)According to figures shared by the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) 28.5 million guests cruised in 2018, a 7% increase over 2017, with the Mediterranean region moving up in popularity by 8% from 2017 to 2018 in terms of sailings.

In 2018 Valletta handled 3% of total passenger movements in the Mediterranean at 711,000 passenger movements: furthermore, Valletta processed 3% of total transit figures, and 2% of homeport figures.

2019 is foreseen to be another positive year for the Mediterranean region with 17.3% of ship deployment being in the Mediterranean region.

This is reflected in Valletta Cruise Port’s projections for the year, with the port expecting to exceed previous records and projecting to handle over 800,000 passenger movements.

The upcoming season in Valletta will be characterised by number of ‘cruise and fly’ operations on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays by P&O Cruises and TUI Cruises, also with a number of partial turnarounds during other days by MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises.

(Valletta Cruise Port Plc)

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