The number of people visiting Malta by cruise ship has grown. The latest report from the National Statistics Oﬃce (NSO) shows 78,051 people travelled here in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 11.9 per cent on the same period last year.
Twenty-one cruise liners docked on the islands during the first quarter of 2019 – four more than last year. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 3,717 passengers, 385 less than the previous year.
In terms of where the passengers were travelling from, 65.9 per cent came from other EU Member States. Most of the nationalities were made up of Italians, French and German tourists. The number of people who visited from Non-EU countries stood at 26,632, with around 19 per cent of these coming from the United States (5,052). They were followed by Japanese (2,491) Canadian (1,737) and Australian (1,558).
When it comes to men and women, the divide was almost equal, with female passengers making up 53.3 per cent of the total.
From an age demographic, passengers tended to be within 60 to 79 years old. Those aged between 40 and 59 came in second. While those aged below 19 years old totalled 2,031.