Cruise passenger arrivals down
by 17 per cent in June
Figures released by the National Statistics Office yesterday
reveal that in June this year, the number of cruise passengers went
down by 9,492 over the previous month to 45,089 from 55,301 in May.
Arrivals from the Norwegian market rose by 275 to 715 from 440 the month
earlier. Other increases in arrivals were recorded from, amongst others,
the Irish, with an increase of 269 arrivals and other markets with 385
In the month under review, drops in arrivals were recorded from the
French, which decrease by a massive 4,639 arrivals, the Italian market
which registered a drop of 3,039 and the Swiss market, with 2,686 less
In the first six months of this year, the number of cruise passengers
that visited the Maltese islands amounted to 124,393. In the period
under review, the highest amount of cruise passengers were those coming
from the British market (34,666) followed by the Spanish (33,588) and
the Italian (10,808) markets.
The greatest proportion of cruise passengers, 20 per cent, were aged
between 50 and 59 years, while the majority of the cruise passengers
were females, which accounted for 53 per cent of passengers.