Kristijan Pavic, president of MedCruise, spoke about the 2016 statistics at Seatrade Cruise Global (Image: MedCruise)
More than 27.4 million cruisers visited the Mediterranean during 13,467 cruise calls in 2016, according to statistics from MedCruise.
Marking a 2.4% rise in passenger numbers from 2012, the 2016 figures were shared at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 15 March.
According to the 2017 MedCruise Statistical Report 2016 was also the second successive year that the average number of passengers per cruise call in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas surpassed 2,000.
“We all work to facilitate these MedCruise members to enhance the observed growth,” said Kristijan Pavic, president of MedCruise, during his speech at Seatrade. “Besides, despite the emphasis that cruise lines put on the growth of other regions of the world (i.e. the Asian market), the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas is a region that continues to generate increased interest of cruise passengers. The challenge for Mediterranean ports, destinations and all other stakeholders is to provide all those conditions that will transform this growth to a sustainable one and allow further expansion of cruise activities.”