Cruise ship Celebrity Constellation

A recent poll said that 70 percent of shop takings in the city were to tourists, many of whom had come to Palma by cruise ship.

06-09-2019Gabriel Alomar

The Balearic Minister for tourism Iago Negueruela and the Mayor of palma Jose Hila have been holding talks with the major cruise operatorrs to discuss ways to limit the number of cruise vessels visiting the port of Palma.

The two leading politicians travelled to Hamburg where they met with some of the major cruise ship operators.

The local government has made this issue a priority after a wave of protests claiming that the city was overcrowded with too many cruise ship passengers. But opinion is split.

A recent poll said that 70 percent of shop takings in the city were to tourists, many of whom had come to Palma by cruise ship.

The minister for tourism has said that they would like to see a reduction in the so-called mega-cruise ships which are visiting Palma at the moment with 5,000 passengers on board.

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Seemann / Hace over 2 years

The ships not only generate local sales, but also environmental problems through the combustion of heavy fuel oils. The use of EGCS open flue gas cleaning systems leads to the discharge of all combustion residues into the port water and coastal areas. This environmental damage is much greater than known because this equipment is only an optical waste on the chimney .

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