Saturated by cruise-ship passengers? Numbers for the Balearics were down for the first six months.


There has been much talk about Palma being inundated at times by cruise-ship passengers, but the half-yearly figures for passenger traffic show a decrease of more than four per cent. The total of some 625,000 passengers does, however, apply to all the state ports in the Balearics, of which Ibiza and Mahon are of some significance (Alcudia and La Savina are of minor significance).

The number of ships also fell. This was by 1.7% to 288. Nevertheless, the Balearic Ports Authority has been quick to point out that between January and June the ports ranked second behind Barcelona.

Over the first six months Spain's ports received 3.43 million cruise-ship passengers. These represented a 3.8% fall. The number of ships was down a fraction to 1,643. In June the number of ships was down by one to 267, while passenger numbers were up by 13%. The national ports authority is predicting that come the end year of the year the total number of passengers will have risen by around 200,000 to 8.6 million.

Up to the end of June Barcelona had the greatest number of passengers - over a million - and ships (295). The Balearic ports were second, while Las Palmas was third with 263 ships and just over 600,000 passengers.


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Steve / Hace over 5 years

(Sorry Mike, my reply was intended for Siversurfer)


Steve / Hace over 5 years

Mike, I'm not convinced that the MDB has a mind. Since the incoherent ramblings of the idiot Lazaar, all it seems to do is repeat the news from the Ultima Hora a day or two later. The facts aren't checked, and this causes many controversial comments as a result.


Mike / Hace over 5 years

That will please the sado Wolfgang oh my god what a name ha,ha


Silversurfer / Hace over 5 years

Tourists - too few or too many ? Cruise ships - fewer or more ? Magaluf - improving or not ? I do wish the MDB would make up it´s mind. Each day there´s a different version.