Cruise traffic seasonality on western Mediterranean ports

  1. Jerónimo Antonio Esteve Pérez 1
  2. Antonio García Sánchez 2
  3. José Enrique Gutiérrez Romero 1
  1. 1 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Department of Naval Technology.
  2. 2 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Department of Economics.
Maritime Transport'16
  1. Francisco Javier Martínez de Osés (coord.)
  2. Marcella Castells Sanabra (coord.)

Publisher: Iniciativa Digital Politècnica ; Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña / Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

ISBN: 978-84-9880-591-8

Year of publication: 2016

Pages: 489-504

Congress: Technological, Innovation and Research (7. 2016. Barcelona)

Type: Conference paper


Cruise tourism has been dynamically advancing over the last two decades, with an average annual growth rate in the worldwide number of cruise passengers of 7.63 per cent between 1990 and 2014. This paper analyses cruise traffic seasonality and its changes and proposes suggestions for cruise port management. The analysis of the changes in seasonality is structured in two steps. In the first step, annual changes in seasonality for the period 2000–2015 are analysed. The annual analysis is conducted using the Gini coefficient and the coefficient of Variation. In the second step, monthly changes in seasonality for the period 2000–2015 are determined by calculating the interannual variation rate by month. This seasonality analysis methodology is applied to the particular case of Spanish Mediterranean ports because this set of ports accounts for 75 per cent of cruise passengers in the Spanish Port System.