Cruise passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2017 amounted to 85,215, a whopping increase of 116.4 per cent over the corresponding period last year.
There were 34 cruise liner calls during the first quarter of 2017, 17 more than last year. At 99.8 per cent, transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 85,009. A total of 344 passengers spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 2,506 passengers, 190 more than last year.
Visitors from EU Member States comprised 68.1 per cent of total traffic, the major markets being Italy, France and Germany. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 27,184, of whom 28.1 per cent came from the United States.
On a gender basis, female passengers made up 53.0 per cent of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 60-79 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 40 and 59.