2011 Review: The Mediterranean cruise market is growing at a rate of knots
The results of the 2012 season have proven the forecasts correct: Marseille Provence welcomed 890,000 passengers, an increase of 80,000 passengers compared to 2011, despite 20 fewer calls. The cruise business alone accounts for a quarter of the tourist trade in Marseille and earned 110 million euros in economic benefits in 2011. The Seatrade Med Cruise and Superyacht Convention, held for the first time in Marseille from 27 to 29 November 2012, was a great success for Marseille. The economic benefits were estimated at 2.6 million euros for Marseille with 3,000 visitors, 151 exhibitors and co-exhibitors from 69 countries, and 25 companies in attendance.
FORECAST FOR 2013: OVER 1 MILLION PASSENGERS EXPECTED
The target of 1 million passengers is confirmed for 2013: with a regular rate of growth, Marseille should welcome about 1,150,000 passengers. This trend is confirmed by 460 scheduled calls, a hundred more than in 2012, made by 30 companies and tour operators in the Phocaean city. More embarkations are on offer, with 320 cruises departing from Marseille: more than 330,000 passengers are expected to embark or disembark there. MSC, Costa and Croisières de France offer embarkations in Marseille and make more than 230 calls between the three of them. In addition, there are cruises on megaships owned by Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines, which also offer base port facilities (embarkation/disembarkation).