SINCE the start of the year, one can only get the impression that things are looking up for Majorca's tourist industry in the mid to short term.
The new British-run rock theme hotel in Magalluf, the BA CityFlyer service to Palma, this week's report of record demand for cruise berths in the Port of Palma and yesterday, the U.S. cruise line carnival announced that it is going to be returning to the Mediterranean in 2011 and Palma is going to be a regular port of call during its cruises.
Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship, the 3'690-passenger Carnival Magic, will debut with a schedule of seven-, nine- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating round-trip from Barcelona from May to October 2011.
This marks Carnival's first full season of Mediterranean cruises in three years, as well as the first time the line has homeported a ship in Barcelona.
The 130'000-ton Carnival Magic will offer a host of features popularised on its sister ship Carnival Dream, including a WaterWorks aqua park, a stunning cafe/live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, Serenity adults-only retreat, spacious, modern facilities for children and teenagers and a wide range of luxury stateroom categories. Several more innovations unique to the Carnival Magic will be announced in the coming months.