Balearic Islands to limit future number of cruise ship arrivals to Palma
The government of the Balearic Islands on Monday (December 20) announced its intention to limit the number of cruise ships entering the port of Palma de Mallorca in the future. This action sees them become the first autonomous community in Spain to implement this type of health security measure.
Only three ships will now be allowed to dock on the same day, and only one of these three could be a mega-ship with more than 5,000 passengers.
This agreement was concluded during a meeting held in Hamburg on Monday 20, in the presence of Iago Negueruela, the Minister of Economic Model of the Balearic Islands. He met to discuss the future of the cruise ship business in Palma de Mallorca, with the heads of CLIA, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, TUI Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Marella Cruises.
Following this decision, 15% fewer ships will dock in Palma in 2022. This is a subject that has been discussed for several years. Environmental organizations and left-wing parties have long called for a moratorium on the arrival of cruise ships to the islands.
There have been occasions when up to ten cruise ships have arrived in one day. It has brought enormous business to the economy, while at times filling the downtown streets beyond comfortable capacity.
In 2022, a total of 460 ships, with more than 500 passengers each, will be able to arrive at the port of Palma. This is compared to the 538 who arrived in 2019, before the pandemic. Regarding smaller capacity vessels, the agreement allows a maximum of 518, compared to 594 which docked in 2019.
In a statement, the Balearic government explained that this is an agreement for the next five years. Although most berth reservations in the port of Palma for 2022 are already requested and granted, it has been agreed by both parties to set a series of exceptional days in this agreement. This will be less than 20, thus respecting the contracts already signed previously, as reported lavanguardia.com.