As expected, the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on cruise liner traffic this year, with just 7 cruise liners making a call in Malta between July and September, compared to 122 in the corresponding period of 2019.
National Statistics Office figures show that total cruise passenger traffic correspondingly fell by 97.3%, from 257,178 in the summer months of 2019 to just 7,018.
Of these, 7,016 were in transit: just two passengers landed in Malta.
While 5,588 passengers had berthed in Gozo and 4,449 stayed overnight between July and September 2019, none did so this summer.
Practically every passenger was an EU national, with just 216 coming from third countries. No Maltese nationals went on cruises which passed through Malta.
The Covid-19 pandemic had stopped cruise liners from passing through Malta on 10 March 2010, and while external tourism resumed in early July, no cruise liners called in Malta before 21 August.