Record Cruise Passenger Movements for Valletta in 2011
Figures released by the National Office of Statistics, confirm that 2011, was a record year for cruise passenger movements. A total 556,564 passenger movements were handled during the month, 13% more than the previous year.
Two cancellations in December, were the primary reason for a drop in cruise passenger movements during December. During the month, Valletta Cruise Port, handled 15,686 cruise passenger movements, compared to 24,060 in December, 2010.
During 2011, there was also an increase in the number of cruise calls. A total of 311 cruise ships called in Valletta, compared to 275, during the previous year.
For the first time, a cruise ship, the P&O Adonia, stayed in the Grand Harbour, for New Year’s Eve. A fireworks display entertained the guests on board the ship, whilst other guests joined in the celebrations in Valletta, Floriana and the Valletta Waterfront. The link to Valletta Cruise Port’s fireworks display is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNFbfdopnY8
Valletta Cruise Port desires to register its appreciation to the local agents, the Malta Tourism Authority, Air Malta, Malta International Airport and Transport Malta who are constructively in collaborative relationship with Valletta Cruise Port to develop the cruise sector business in Malta.
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