Future expectations are very positive. In fact, in 2019, the record in the cruise field in Italy it is expected to be beaten with 11.89 million passenger movements in national ports (+7.0% compared to 2018), with positive changes almost everywhere. In primis the Port of Civitavecchia with 2.56 million passenger traffic.

From the Special issue of Risposte Turismo on "Cruise traffic in Italy in 2018 and the forecast of the 2019"  the leadership of Barcelona with 3 million passenger movements is confirmed. There are also 8 Italian ports within the top 20 ranking of the ports of the Mediterranean, of which 6 are in the top 10: Civitavecchia is in second place (first in Italy), and then Venice, Naples, Genoa, Savona and Livorno. Palma de Mallorca and Marseille are the ports with the highest growth in the last years, so they have climbed in the rank.

The Port of Civitavecchia is at the second place in terms of passenger traffic in Europe in 2018.

The Port of Civitavecchia is at the second place in terms of passenger traffic in Europe in 2018.

In the distribution of traffic 2018 for regions, the Lazio, thanks to Civitavecchia, has the leadership for both passenger traffic and ship arrivals.

Another interesting fact concerning the cruise traffic in Italy, is that after the decrease of passengers in 2017, in 2018 there has been a sharp increase in the number of cruise travellers, being the third best year ever, after 2011 and 2013.

2018 has been the third best year ever in terms of cruise passengers in Italy

2018 has been the third best year ever in terms of cruise passengers in Italy

"Italy - commented Francesco Di Cesare (President of Risposte Turismo) - is driven by the international cruise geography pulling, rather than being pulled,  the whole Mediterranean. There is a sense of having put behind the years of hesitation by clients around the world, starting with the United States. The future performances of the different Italian ports are a result of definitely grown management powers, a wiser dialog with cruise companies and consequent targeted investments aimed at creating the conditions for hosting at best new ships and passengers on board.  For the rest, the tourist offer is always of the highest level, and  we just need to give it value".

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