Palma city council is quite rightly trying to ease the strain of having thousands of cruise ship passengers descending on the city. In fact the council is looking at using the bus station in the Plaza España and other surrounding areas as an ideal drop-off point for passengers. This is not a bad idea but the council must also remember that passengers disembark in Palma to see the landmarks and not the inside of a bus station which is not close to any of the main attractions.

It is a problem which needs to be addressed. On some days the centre of Palma is a just one big mass of people. But rather than trying to move passengers to parts of the city which are not that interesting, why not coordinate visits of cruise ships with the cruise ship owners and the port authority? Palma is now one of the most popular cruise ship ports in the Mediterranean and this is fantastic news for Palma, but I would caution the city council against taking too much radical action because it could all end it tears and cruise ships could go elsewhere.

I do not understand why better use is made of the excellent cruise ship facilities in Alcudia. It has a first-rate cruise ship passenger terminal and plenty of facilities. I am sure that the business community in the north of the island would welcome the arrival of hundreds of cruise ship passengers on a regular basis. The cruise ship industry needs care and attention not disruption.


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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Andy, shouldn´t you have mentioned toilets AFTER p**sup and brewery ?


Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

The Mallorcan authorities never think anything through.They work on one issue without considering the impact it has on others. A classic case of departments not talking to each other. Tourism invites people but no one thinks to arrange transport or toilets. The words p*** up and brewery spring to mind.


Mike / Hace over 5 years


Have you tried to get there, or drive through the town, at any point over the past five years? It's far more congested than Palma will ever be.

You call this column "viewpoint, Jason. But I wonder whether in the depths of your small dark office you actually have the blinds open? Or perhaps, you might start with your own eyes.