Number of passengers at the cruise ports in Italy 2010-2020

How did the number of passengers at cruise ports in Italy change from 2010 to 2018? According to the data, this figure fluctuated during the selected years. Firstly, in 2010 Italian cruise ports welcomed about 9.6 million travelers. Then, in 2013 this figure peaked at about 11.3 million individuals. Although in 2017 the number of people reaching Italian cruise ports decreased to approximately 10 million, in 2018, this figure rose again, reaching 11.11 million individuals. According to forecasts, by 2020 the number of passengers is expected to reach 13.07 millions.

Main cruise ports in Italy: passenger traffic, embarking, disembarking and transit passengers

When considering the distribution of passenger traffic at cruise ports in Italy, it is worth making a difference among summer months, low season, and winter months. For instance, Olbia recorded the highest passenger traffic over the summer months of 2018. However, during the low season of the same year, Catania registered the highest figure. Finally, Palermo recorded the highest distribution of passenger traffic over the winter period. Anyway, there are several factors that could be taken into consideration when analyzing the importance of cruise ports. For example, in 2018 Venice was the most important cruise port in Italy for passengers embarking and disembarking. On the other hand, in the same year Sorrento and Trapani recorded the highest share of transit passengers (99.8 percent).

From cruises ports in Italy to other ports in the Mediterranean Sea: the most expensive itineraries

In 2018, a cruise departing from Italy and directed to other ports in the Mediterranean Sea could cost on average from approximately one thousand euros to about three thousand euros. The most expensive itinerary of the year included Trieste, Split, Kotor, Kefalonia, Corfu and Dubrovnik.

Number of passengers at the cruise ports in Italy from 2010 to 2020*

Number of passengers in millions
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2010 to 2018

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