Spain multiplied the arrival of cruise passengers almost five times until October
The Cruise passengers in Spain multiplied by almost five (+349%) until October compared to the same period of the previous year, with about 6.6 million, according to data from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda through Puertos del Estado. However, the number of cruise passengers that passed through Spanish ports between January and October is still far from the record levels of 2019being 26.9% less than in the pre-pandemic stage.
By ports, the Barcelona was the leader with two million cruise passengers in the first ten months of the year, followed by the ports of the Balearic Islands, with 1.5 million passengers, Valencia, with 575,634, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 408,411 passengers. In addition, the cruises that transited through the ports rose to 3,679 units, with an increase of 172.7% compared to 2021 and with a figure higher than the 3,496 cruises in 2019.
Therefore, the number of cruise passengers this year would be close to the forecasts of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)which calculates that Spain would reach 7.3 million cruise passengers throughout 2022, 31% less than the record figures of 2019, when it registered 10.6 million passengers. Below these countries would be Greece, which would reach almost five million passengers in 2022, followed by France and Norway, with 3.6 million and 3.3 million cruise passengers, respectively.
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