On Thursday, May 5, Port Palma de Mallorca (Majorca Island, Balearic Spain), signed an agreement to limit the number of cruise ships by 2026.
The popular destination in the Balearic Islands will now allow no more than 3 vessels per day with a limit to 1 mega cruise liner with 5000+ passengers.
For the current 2022, 4 vessels per day may be in port for a maximum of 18 days during the year.
However, from 2023 this will no longer apply, as the authorities commit to sustainability.
According to the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism Fernando Valdes, this was "historic" in terms of the industry's commitment to sustainability.
At the Palacio de Congresos in Palma, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Balearic government that it would limit the arrival of cruise ships by 2026.
In December 2021, there was an agreement in principle at a meeting in Hamburg (Germany). Thursday's signing was confirmation of what was agreed on a few months ago.