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MedCruise publishes 2021 report monitoring COVID-19 impact

The Black Sea was the worst hit cruise region with no calls during the winter months
A special edition 2021 MedCruise annual statistics report provides information and statistics on the cruise industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas since the start of the pandemic. It also documents the restart of operations in the region from the second half of 2020.

Ports gradually returning to operations

‘The unprecedented health crisis has paused the continuous growth of cruise activities since 1990,’ said Aris Batsoulis, president, MedCruise, ‘I am glad to report that cruising in the Mediterranean is today a safer activity. The number of ports that are returning to operations, implementing health protocols that guarantee the conditions for safe cruise ships and passenger visits, are gradually increasing… cruise lines, crew, and guests are back...' 

The Black Sea impacted most 

In total, MedCruise members hosted a total of 1,254 calls and 2,033,804 passenger movements. Ports in the Western Med hosted a total of 1,920,403 passenger movements and 977 calls, while in the Eastern Med, cruise ports served a total of 80,563 passenger movements and 129 calls. 

Ports in the Adriatic Sea witnessed a total of 32,838 passenger movements and 148 calls.

The Black Sea was the worst hit cruise region with no calls during the winter months. 

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The MedCruise Statistics Report 2021 can be downloaded via the MedCruise website.

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