Palma city council has written to the ports authority calling on it to try and limit visits by giant cruise ships. If I had been a passenger on the Symphony of the Seas, the giant cruise ship which sailed into Palma on Sunday, I wouldn't have been too interested in coming to Palma either. The fact that the 7,000 passengers were met by a protest by more than 100 people is one thing, the fact that they had to walk or travel miles to find a shop open is another.

The ministry for tourism has said that it wants to find a balance between environmental concerns over cruise ships and the need for cash from cruise ship passengers. It is a very fine line. But the fact that only a handful of shops were actually open in Palma last Sunday clearly underlines the fact that Palma is not getting its money's worth from cruise ships, so really they might as well go elsewhere. If you have got a cruise ship with 7,000 passengers visiting the port, surely the council should allow all shops to open on a Sunday even if it is just for the summer season. It's an opportunity missed. I am sure that the spending power of visiting cruise ship passengers was severely reduced because the majority of local businesses were closed.

This is a sad state of affairs. Not only does it show Palma in a poor light, it is not doing much to encourage more cruise ship passengers to visit. A decision must be made: either we embrace all cruise ship passengers or they should go elsewhere.


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Richard / Hace about 1 year

Enough Jason. No-one wants this, including the business owners. The best time to visit Palma is 0800 to 1100 on a Sunday morning. That’s when I show my guests around the charming alleyways in the old town. Any other time, forget it. We still risk meeting Romanian muggers though...’paradise’ ? No more...


Liz / Hace about 1 year

Palma is just a stop to extend a weeks cruising round the med . After visiting places like Rome Florence and Venice, Palma has little to offer. Therefore it would be nice if the shops were open, however in my experience most people prefer a quick look to see if it’s worth spending a few hours, but many are straight back to the ship to enjoy their last day before disembarking in Barcelona.


Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

Exactly. Any self respecting “cruiser” would surely use the time to visit emblematic buildings and monuments and to taste the local foods and beverages.


Frank Pfister / Hace about 1 year

Why do Cruise ship customers need to go shopping on a Sunday? Isn't it nice to visit one port where not everything is commerce and sales? Keep in mind you can shop most things on a cruise ship itself, possibly even 24/7 - and the souvenir from Palma are not very different than the one's in Ibiza or Barcelona. If cruise ship guests don't want to visit Palma because the shops are closed- they might as well stay back home on the internet to shop. There are Thousand unique things to see and visit but shopping only offers what you can get in most cities of that size - as this is a global phenomenon. So let's keep the Sunday for friends and family- back home and on the cruise ships.


Richard / Hace about 1 year

No no no!


Stuart Mead / Hace about 1 year

When I go on holiday I don’t shop. Apart from bars and restaurants which open anyway I wouldn’t miss other shops closing on a Sunday. You look at the UK now it has rush hours every day. Also having a Sunday off allows the workers to have a well earned day off.


palmadave / Hace about 1 year

John Little. We don't want to 'wake up'. We like it as it is.


palmadave / Hace about 1 year

Jason. This is the third time I have told you and anyone else who wants the mayhem of 7 day a week shop opening.................GO AND LIVE IN THE UK.


Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

Being based in Magaluf, the last thing you should mention is being woken up.


John Little / Hace about 1 year

Spot on Jason. Tourists dont operate by normal week days and weekends when on holiday and neither does most of the tourist trade. If they do they are cutting their own throats. Sunday trading started in the UK in 1994. Its about time this place woke up.