There were 21 cruise liner calls during the first quarter of 2023, a decrease of 2 when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 68,562. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 3,428 passengers, 2,332 more than the previous year (Table 1).
Passengers from EU Member States comprised 72.6 per cent of total traffic. The major markets were Italy, accounting for 24.1 per cent of the total passengers, followed by Germany, with 18.4 per cent. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 19,744, of whom 32.1 per cent came from the United Kingdom and 13.9 per cent came from the United States (Table 1).
On a gender basis, female passengers made up 53.2 per cent of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 40-59 age bracket (34.1 per cent) and were followed by those aged between 60 and 79 years (22.5 per cent) (Table 1).
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