The cruise industry has been virtually sunk by the pandemic but is has just about managed to stay afloat and now some lines are planning on setting sail again.

One already has, but it ended in disaster. Almost 400 passengers sailing on board the Norwegian cruise line MS Roald Amundsen which departed on July 17 and 24 have had to go into quarantine and yesterday, Hurtigruten chief operating office Bent Martini has stepped down while investigations continue into the Covid-19 outbreak on board.

Nevertheless, AIDA and MSC, which operate some of the largest cruise liners in the world, are going ahead with plans to set sail in September and both are usually regular visitors to Palma - but they are staying clear of Spain and the Balearics and opting for the Norwegian fjords, Italy and Greece.

What is more, MSC’s cruises will initially be open solely to residents of Schengen-area countries, meaning UK passengers are excluded. I doubt we’ll see a cruise ship in Palma this year, perhaps not until the Spring.

At the moment, they are still prohibited from entering Spanish waters, which suits the growing anti-cruise movement just fine.

The trouble is Spain, including the Balearics, is being added to the “no go” list of an increasing number of countries and like it or not, Palma, not to mention the rest of the island, needs some footfall willing to splash some cash and fast otherwise the whole island will sink.

Comments

To be able to write a comment, you have to be registered and be logged in.

* Mandatory fields

Liz / Hace about 1 year

Older people who would not mind isolating on their return to the U.K. cannot visit because their insurance is invalid. Well done Canaries for offering a comprehensive insurance package to visitors. That’s the way to attract visitors

+0-

Yogi / Hace about 1 year

Anyone going on a cruise needs their head examined. As for splashing the cash? The complaints have always been about the uncoordinated arrivals of multiple ships and the saturation it causes Also the considerable pollution these monstrosities cause but above all the poor level of spend per person when here. A drop in the ocean compared to spend levels of visitors staying on the island.

+10-