Palma.—The Balearics has this year handled the second highest number of cruise passengers in Spain.
Only Cataluña, with the port of Barcelona, has handled more between January and September.
Cataluña has been visited by just over two million cruise passengers while 1'273'098 have put into the Balearics' ports.
In fact, the two regions have, to date, accounted for a 58 percent share of the national cruise market of 5.8 million passengers.

Record
During the first nine months of this year, the total number of cruise passengers coming to Spain was 12.7 percent up on last year and sources said yesterday that, come the end of the year, that figure may well have risen to a record eight million.

Barcelona is now the busiest cruise port in Europe and the fifth busiest in the world and, along with Palma, is braced for a significant increase in cruise ships and passengers again next year with the large North American and Scandinavian cruise liners going to have a big presence in the Western Mediterranean.

Bigger and better
The Port Authority has been continually expanding and improving facilities in the Port of Palma this year in order to cater for the liners which are being built bigger and better than before.

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