SEEMS rather strange that the Queen Mary 2 will be docking in Palma at midday today, it doesn't give her passengers much time to enjoy our beautiful city. In fact, I doubt that they will be able to go much further than Valldemossa as the ship sails again in the early evening. On her first visit in May, the Caves of Drac was a focal point for passengers but this time, I believe, it will be an excursion too far. The Queen Mary 2 was in Barcelona yesterday and it appears that passengers will have had plenty of time to enjoy that city, but only a brief stop in Palma. They will be the losers....temperatures today will be even higher than those yesterday. Vantage points to see the giant liner coming into port are the Es Baluard museum, opposite the Gesa building on the Paseo Maritimo and at Bellver Castle.
The original Queen Mary visited Palma in 1967 and she moored up in the Bay of Palma as she was unable to get into the port. The Queen Mary 2 should have visited Palma at least four times this year but her schedule was reduced to just two. She will moor up at the main ferry terminal.
PC World comes to Palma
THE giant British computer retailer PC World or PC City as it is known in Spain has moved into Palma and will soon be opening a new store next to Carrefour on the General Riera. Hopefully, it will be up and running by Christmas. No one could say that Palma is short of department stores and hypermarkets any longer.
WE all like going on holiday and catching planes but it is not very nice if you have to live next door to the airport. Residents around Palma airport are calling for sound-proofing to be installed at the airport in an effort to counterbalance some of the noise caused by aircraft. I can see their point but naturally the airport needs to be near the capital city. Unfortunately, they are going to have many sleepless nights to come.
FULL marks to the local environmental group GOB for suggesting that the lack of moorings could be solved with movable floating quays. I have seen them in Minorca and literally they are moved into position when needed. As the shortage of moorings is only evident during the summer then perhaps it would be a good idea and more cost effective than building new marinas. The beauty of these floating quays is that they are disposable and can be simply locked away during the winter.