Valletta Cruise Port expecting increase in passengers in 2014
Valletta Cruise Port said that the decline in cruise passenger numbers this year was in line with the company’s expectations and reflects shifts in the cruise industry and particularly the Mediterranean.
Yesterday, the NSO said that total cruise passenger traffic during the third quarter dropped by 22.9 per cent to 171,279 while the number of cruise passengers during the first nine months dropped by 27.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year. There were 101 cruise liner calls throughout the third quarter, in comparison with 113 recorded last year.
The Valletta Cruise Port said that it is expecting an increase in passengers in 2014 and confirms what was stated by the Minister for Tourism, Karmenu Vella, that Costa will be retaining their current volumes. Furthermore, the Port said that TUI Cruises will be calling Malta with a larger ship and MSC will be resuming their weekly calls.