Guardia Civil inspection of a booze cruise.


There is a legal vacuum when it comes to the regulation of party boats and which therefore prevents sanctions being taken against drunkenness in the same way that they can be in resorts.

However, this is about to all change. Following the lead of the Council of Ibiza, which has assumed responsibilities for tourism ordinance before the other island councils, the regional government is to establish a legal framework by which party boats will have to meet the same legal requirements as bars, restaurants and clubs.

One of the changes to be made is that there will have to be a registration of a tourist activity. This doesn't apply to party boats, though it does to all manner of tourist services, for example attractions and legitimate holiday rentals. The government will therefore be amending the tourism law in order to put a stop to the booze cruises which adversely affect the image of some resorts, Magalluf being one. Calvia town hall has long complained that it doesn't have the power to control party boats.

The only means of control until now have been through regulations on marine safety, which is an issue for the Guardia Civil, and on environmental impact. The law on environmental assessment, which came into force last summer, bans party boats from protected marine areas for which the regional government has responsibility.


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Rob / Hace over 4 years

What I object to is walking for 30 minutes or so around a path to reach a quiet beach, only to have a party catermaran pull up just off shore with loud music playing and dump a hundred people on the beach!!


holidaymaker / Hace over 4 years

Think they need to get things prioritised .... they lucky lucky men and prostitute muggers are far more damaging than anything else going on at the moment


JohnP / Hace over 4 years

When will it change,how will it change? If they ,the regional govt.cannot sort out the lucky,lucky men ,then yet more empty words from the politicians. Sorry Geoff,any requirement to have to make a decision is rocket science to these politicians.


Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

Just another example of why Mallorca struggles on a daily basis to control the excesses caused by 'cheap' tourism. You get what you pay for and when you cultivate an image of unruliness and drunkenness, you attract exactly that element. Incredible that there was a 'legal vacuum when it came to the regulation of party boats'. How on earth did that happen? Why do politicians not look at the bigger picture and avoid these 'grey areas'? It's not rocket science......


S. / Hace over 4 years

Is ALL the disgusting and disgraceful debris, littering the bays in Palma Nova and Magaluf, coming from these BOOZING PARTY BOATS ???.