There are warning signs about the state of the local economy; this summer season has been poor compared to previous years so Majorca needs all the tourists it can get. The other side of the argument is that cruise ships do cause pollution and Palma is overcrowded on key days, especially when the so-called mega-cruise ships are in port. At the moment the city and probably most of Majorca is split over the issue of cruise ships.

The Balearic government is under pressure to limit their visits and has already held talks with cruise ship operators. But, the local business community is not impressed, a sizeable part of their takings come from cruise ship passengers and if there is a limit then they will suffer. So what is the way forward? I think the local authorities are right to try and limit visits by the mega cruise ships but they are sending out all the wrong messages. The local authorities are trying to reach an accord with the cruise ship operators so there is reduction in the amount of pollution and less overcrowding in the city so that Palma can be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. This is the correct message.

The slightest hint of a possible ban on cruise ships will make banner headlines across Europe. I would urge the local authorities to be very careful with this issue and measure their words. Palma needs cruise ships but probably not as many. There is a fine line between right and wrong on this issue and opinion is very split.


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Anders / Hace about 1 year

Why all the fuss? Other destinations have more than twice the amount of visiting cruise ship passengers. We are not living in the 1950:s and we can't turn the clock back.


Ricky / Hace about 1 year

As someone who lives in the path of these beasts, I say 1 a week maximum. They are destroying the bay of Palma. As I have said before, your policy of more everything will, eventually, ruin Mallorca forever. I can’t understand why someone like you, who has lived here for most of his life, cannot see the ongoing degradation and yet support more roads, more shopping centres, Sunday opening, more flights etc. Etc. Enough is enough. I know many people (locals and foreign residents) who have had enough and are thinking of leaving. The sea sewage this year is one more nail in Mallorca’s coffin. The island is badly run, full stop.