More than 24 cruise ships set to dock in Palma port this month, bringing 30,000 passengers to the Balearic capital, according to Beatriz Orejudo, president of the Recipients Commission of the Provincial Association of Maritime Entrepreneurs of the Balearic Islands or APEAM.
âEach week the scales increase when the cruise schedule is confirmed for ‘Aida‘,’Mein Schiff‘,’Costa‘,’MS Europe‘,’Marella‘,’Windsurf’ and ‘Harmony‘and they will be joined by other ships in September.
APEAM says 27 cruise ships are already scheduled to visit Palma in September.
“There will be a consolidation of this type of maritime traffic in Palma, because many shipping companies have chosen to make it a base port”, adds Orejudo. âThe stopovers are very short and PCR tests are carried out before passengers disembark. Those who are doubly vaccinated do not need to be tested. “
Orejudo points out that comprehensive passenger tracking is carried out throughout the cruise and that they are also carefully checked by the Health Professionals on arrival at the port.
“Nothing is left to chance and shipping companies have their own insurance to cover any type of incident or private hospitalization,” she said.
TUI Cruises, Aida, Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Hapag Lloyd have already added Palma to their routes, but the nautical sector of the Balearic Islands aims to attract more ships like ‘MS Europe‘in Palma. It has a capacity of 800 passengers and is much smaller than cruise ships that operate in Caribbean waters.
âThe arrival of international cruise ships in Palma has had very little commercial impact, as the health protocols restrict the activity of cruise passengers, so despite the number of arrivals at the port, their visualization in the city is almost zero.