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Italian Cruise Traffic Forecast


Italian Cruise Traffic Forecast

2023 will be the record year for cruises

Passengers handled in Italian ports will rise to almost 13 million (+37,6% compared to 2022)

Ft.Lauderdale, Florida, March 27 – 2023 will be the yars of records for Italy’s cruise lines which, once the pandemic is over, has resumed rapid growth.

As always, Sergio Senesi, President of Cemar Agency Network, presented the forecasts for the next two years as part of the Seatrade Cruise Global underway in Ft.Lauderdale. “We have received and analyzed strong signs of growth, in particular as regards the number of passengers handled in italian ports compared to ship calls.

Sergio Senesi

Sergio Senesi

According to the forecasts of Cemar Agency Network, at the end of 2023, there will be around 12.900.000 passengers handled in the ports of Italy (+37,6% compared to 2022 and +9,2% compared to 2019, which was the last season pre-pandemic). On the other hand, ship calls will be slightly lower than those recorded in 2022: 4.915 against 4.955 in the previous year. Finally, there will be 168 ships in transit in Italian waters representing 52 cruise companies.

The italian ports involved in cruise traffic will be 72. The leadership of Civitavecchia (2,8million) will continue, followed on an equal footing by Genoa (1,5milion) and Naples (1,5 milion). Among the first 10 ports we will find in order Savona, La Spezia, Palermo, Messina, Livorno, Venice and Trieste.

Among the cruise lines that in 2023 will handle the largest number of passengers in Italian ports, MSC Cruises stands out, which will approach 4 million passengers handled. Costa Crociere will follow (2,4 million) Royal Caribbean (1,2 million) Norwegian Cruise Line (1,1 million) and Celebrity Cruises (0,8m million).

Based on the initial assessments made by Cemar Agency Network, the growth will also continue in 2024, when passengers handled in Italian ports will certainly exceed 13 million.

“Italy is reconfirmed as the leading cruise destination in the Mediterranean Sea, with strong signs of growth throughout the two-year period 2023-2024, which will also see the arrival of new and greener ships. The cruise industry is in fact making a decisive contribution to research in terms of sustainability, with the aim of safeguarding the environment through the use of increasingly sophisticated new technologies and cleaner fuels” concluded Sergio Senesi.

CEMAR AGENCY NETWORK cruise division has been active in the sector for over 40 years. Founded as a company dedicated to servicing large yachts, Cemar is now specialized in servicing cruise ships and represents some of the world’s leading cruise companies in Italy.

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