Total cruise passenger traffic during the third quarter of 2020 amounted to 7,018, a decrease of 97.3 per cent over the corresponding period in 2019, a National Statistics Office statement issued on Monday said.
There were seven cruise liner calls during the third quarter of 2020, 115 less than the previous year.
Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 7,016. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,003 passengers, 1,105 less than the previous year.
Passengers from EU Member States comprised 96.9 per cent of total traffic.
The major markets were Italy, accounting for 78.9 per cent of the total passengers, followed by France, with 9.3 per cent. The total number of passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 216, of whom 6.5 per cent came from the United Kingdom.
On a gender basis, female passengers made up 51.2 per cent of the total.
The largest share of passengers fell within the 40-59 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 20 and 39 years.
During the first nine months of the year, total cruise passengers stood at 47,193, a decrease of 92.1 per cent over 2019.
Of these, 60.0 per cent came from EU Member States.
The most significant decreases were recorded in the German, American and Italian markets. The majority of the passengers were females, amounting to 24,845 or 52.6 per cent of the total.
Most passengers were between 40 and 59 years old, totalling 15,450. These were followed by passengers aged 60-79 years, reaching 11,505.
There were 16 cruise liner calls during the first three quarters of 2020, with an average 2,950 passengers per vessel, compared to 273 calls and an average 2,194 passengers per vessel in the comparative period of 2019.