Cruises: an excellent 2020 in Italy
Cemar revises 2019 projections upwards envisaging 13 million passengers next year, although warning to be on the alert in Venice
While attending the annual Seatrade Cruise Global of Miami, Cemar disclosed their traditional cruise business forecast showing Italy will see growing figures.
Genoa-based ship agent confirms there will be a substantial growth consequently revising this year's projections upwards (which should finally reach 11.911 million passengers, versus former 11.5 millions: essentially + 7.13% increase as also confirmed by Risposte Turismo, which envisaged 11.89 million passengers in 2019 and + 7.88% increase in 2020, reaching 13 million passengers record breaking figures (namely 12.8).
“I consider such positive results should be primarily related to last generation ships which are being deployed in major cruise companies”, commented Sergio Senesi, President at Cemar Agency Network.
In year 2019 Italitan ports will record overall 4.860 stopovers, 149 ships representing 46 cruise companies, states the Agency, which reckons the number of handled passengers considering standard available berths (two beds per cabin),while stopovers are figured out by bookings.
Top ten ports will see Civitavecchia ranked first with 2,567,000 handled passengers (+5.13% versus 2018), followed by Venice (1,544,000 passenggrs, -1.06%) abd Genoa port third (1,343,000 passengers, +32.79%).
Naples (1,187,000, +20.35%), Leghorn recording 812,000 passengers (+3.29%) and finally Savona, Bari, La Spezia, Palermo and Messina. Overall 70 Italian ports will be interested by cruise traffic.
The regional analyses once again ranks Liguria first, where 83% of the Agents managing ships in all Italian ports are located, with 2,924,000 passengers and 752 stopovers, followed by Lazio (2,569,000 passengers, 837 stopovers), Veneto (1,561,000 passengers and 524 stopovers), Campania (1,476,000 passengers and 699 stopovers) and Sicily (1,144,000, 733 stopovers).
Major brands will be MSC Crociere (3, 622,000 passemgers and 863 ports), followed by Costa Crociere (2,725,000 pax and 733 ports) and Norwegian Cruise Line (863,000, 254), ranked fourth together with Royal Caribbeano (824,50 passengers in 222 ports), while major group will be Carnival (moving 4,117,000 passengers in 1,233 ports, followed by MSC Crociere (3,622,000. 863) and Royal Caribbean (2,115,000. 855).
Peak traffic will come in October (1,744,000 passengers and 781 stopovers), June (1,505,000 passengers and 614 stopovers), September (1,497,000 passengers and 627 stopovers) and May (1,488,000 passngers and 687 stopovers), while lower traffic will be recorded in February (166,000 passengers and 59 stopovers) and January with 193,000 passengers and 60 stopovers.
Peak day will be October 11th 2017 with over 73,000 handled passengers.
“Positive 2019-2020 term. Italy is the main cruise destination in the Mediterranean and, considering the two ships to be delivered within this semester, a further growth has been envisaged”.
Big issue to be sorted out is Venice.