Cruise passenger traffic in the 3rd quarter of 2016 rose by 5.5% over the same period in 2015 and reached 208,786, figures from National Statistics Office showed.
There were 106 cruise ship calls between July and September, 4 more than 2015.
Transit passengers accounted for the vast majority of total traffic, reaching 178,545, 85.5% of total traffic.
Visitors from EU member states comprised 80% of total traffic, the major markets being Italy, Germany and France. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 41,694, of whom 30.7% came from the United States.
On a gender basis, women made up 53% of the total number of passengers. The largest share of passengers were aged between 40 and 59, followed by those aged between 60 and 79.
During the first nine months of 2016, total cruise passengers stood at 448,641, a rise of 5.8% over 2015. Of these, 75.8% came from EU member states.
The biggest increases were recorded from the French and Spanish markets, which advanced by 12,669 and 11,800 passengers respectively.
There were 231 cruise liner calls during the first nine months, with an average 1,942 passengers per vessel, compared to 219 calls and an average 1,935 passengers per vessel in the first nine months of 2015.