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Valletta Cruise Port anticipating another record year

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Last year's record in Valletta is expected to be surpassed in 2016
Valletta registered a record breaking 668,277 passenger movements on 306 cruise vessels last year representing an increase of 150,683 passengers or 29.1% hike on 2014.

The previous record was set in 2012, with 608,786 passenger movements.

Transit passengers represented 79% of the movements at the MedCruise member port. Homeport operations accounted for 21%.

The busiest month in 2015 was October when 16% of the annual total arrived in the Maltese capital. The busiest day was July 22 with with MSC Fantasia and Costa neoClassica berthed at Boiler Wharf and Lab Wharf bringing over 13,500 passengers

Stephen Xuereb, ceo of Valletta Cruise Port said, 'Improving the infrastructure on Quays 4/5 and a proposed extension towards Barriera Wharf is critical to the continued growth of the industry in Valletta.'

He commented, 'Valletta Cruise Port is currently working on these plans in order to meet the challenges that lie ahead. 2016 is looking very positive and Valletta is expected to welcome an unprecedented 740,000 passenger movements.'

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