January cruise passengers down 4.3% on last year

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January cruise passengers down 4.3% on last yearTotal cruise passenger traffic for January amounted to 8,708. There were four cruise liner calls during the month, with an average 2,177 passengers per vessel.

During January, cruise passengers in transit stood at 8,672, down by 4.3 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year. There were 14 embarkations from Malta, while passengers landing counted 22. Most passengers were between 40 and 59 years of age (2,793), closely followed by passengers in the 60-79 age group (2,671). Female passengers outnumbered males and stood at 4,641.

Although the majority of cruise passengers came from EU Member States (4,663), an increase was noted in passengers coming from Non-EU countries – the latter more than doubled when compared to 2010. Most European passengers came from Italy and totalled 2,185, whereas most Non-EU passengers were American (1,921). There was a decrease in German passengers, which contributed to the decline in cruise passengers recorded during the month.

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