In 2020 12.8 million passengers are expected in Italian ports, with a growth of +7.8% compared to 2019. This is the forecast that Cemar presented at Seatrade Cruise Global, a trade fair related to the cruise industry that takes place every year in Miami.
The Genoese agency has even raised its growth estimates for 2019: the current year should close with 11.9 million passengers (compared to 11.5 million in the original forecasts) and an increase of +7.13% over 2018. Vessel calls will rise to 4,600 units, while 149 ships will be in transit between Italian ports, representing 46 shipping companies.
Civitavecchia occupies the top step on the podium of the top ten Italian ports, managing almost 2.6 million passengers (+5.13% compared to 2018).
This is followed by Venice (1.5 million passengers, 1.06%) and Genoa (1.34 million passengers, +32.79%).
Fourth and fifth place go respectively to Naples (1,187,000, +20.35%) and Livorno with 812,000 passengers (+3.29%). Savona, Bari, La Spezia, Palermo and Messina make up the second half of the top ten list.
At regional level, Liguria confirms its leadership in the sector, with 2,924,000 passengers and 752 calls, followed by Lazio (2,569,000 passengers, 837 touched), Veneto (1,561,000 passengers and 524 calls), Campania (1,476,000 passengers and 699 calls) and Sicily (1,144,000, 733 calls).
MSC Cruises excels among the shipping companies. In 2019 the cruise line will handle 3.6 million passengers, compared to 2.7 million by Costa Cruises and 863 thousand by Norwegian Cruise Line. Royal Caribbean is in fourth place with 824 thousand passengers in 222 ports.
Translation by Giles Foster