The Balearic Islands will limit the future number of cruise ship arrivals

A cruise ship disembarks 54 Covid-infected crew members in Palma de Mallorca. image: creative commons – Ralf Roletschek

The Balearic Islands will limit the future number of cruise ship arrivals in Palma

The government of the Balearic Islands announced on Monday, December 20, its intention to limit the number of cruise ships entering the port of Palma de Mallorca in the future. This action sees them becoming the first autonomous community in Spain to implement this type of health security measure.

Only three ships will be allowed to dock on the same day from now on, and only one of those three can be a mega-ship with more than 5,000 passengers.

This agreement was reached in 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 cruise ship activity in Palma de Mallorca, with officials from CLIA, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, TUI Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Marella Cruises.

As a result of this decision, 15% fewer ships will dock in Palma in 2022. This is something that has been under discussion 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 brought huge business to the economy, while at times filling downtown streets beyond a 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 to be 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. Despite the fact that mooring reservations in the port of Palma for 2022 are already mostly requested and granted, it has been agreed by both parties to fix a series of exceptional days in this agreement. It will be less than 20, thus respecting the contracts already signed previously, as reported lavanguardia.com.

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