Over 670,100 cruise passenger arrivals were recorded in Valletta over 2017, an increase of 7 per cent compared to 2016, according to statistics reported in the Times of Malta. There were 342 cruise liner calls in 2017, with an average 1,959 passengers per vessel, compared to 316 calls and an average 1,981 passengers per vessel in 2016.

70.7 per cent of the visitors came from EU member states. The biggest increase was recorded from the British market, which increased by 55,707 passengers. Most passengers were between 60 and 79 years old, followed by passengers aged 40-59.

Total cruise passenger traffic during the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to 187,280, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.