In Palma, Més, one of the three parties which form the administration at the town hall, were critical of the welcome committee for Mein Schiff 2 on Thursday, headed by tourism minister Iago Negueruela (PSOE). The party suggests that nothing has been learned from the pandemic and the over-dependence on tourism.
GOB point to Palma being the city in Europe with the second highest pollution from "mega-cruise ships". Limiting this type of ship and its type of cruise tourism, the environmentalists add, would be in line with fulfilling climate obligations.
In 2019, there were eleven million cruise passengers on 4,236 ships which docked at the main Mediterranean ports and those of the Canaries. Spain, GOB maintain, has the second highest level of greenhouse gas emissions from cruise ships in Europe.
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If the hideous Covid pandemic has done anything, it has given Mallorca the chance to reinvent itself as a centre of eco tourism. The island could capture the desire to protect the planet and become a tourism beacon going forward. Cruise ships are not part of that story. They are the eco enemy. If Mallorca wants to be part of the future of tourism the island needs to reject the excess of cruise ships and cheap as chips alcohol based holidays. This is a time of opportunity- it would be amazing if Mallorca rejected the polluted, alcohol fuelled past. I for one would love to see a brave, clean, eco friendly future. Covid has been bad. Climate change is the big challenge we face now.