The Port of Palma will now be able to handle some of the largest cruise ships in the world after a major quay expansion was competed this month.
The Port of Palma has spent 38 million euros on constructing the enormous quay which is 382 metres wide. It was used for the first time on the 18th April to berth the giant Costa Deliziosa. the enormous vessel is 292 metres long and with 3,000 passengers on board.
Construction work on the quay started in 2011 and was completed during the 2nd week of this month. It was built following talks with the major cruise line companies, who see Palma as one of the principal ports in the western Mediterranean. The Port Authorities are trying to encourage as many cruise ships as possible to visit the Port of Palma as it has become a major source of revenue for the local economy.
The Balearic government has also given it’s blessing to the new quay as it considers the cruise ship market as vital to the Balearic tourist industry.
During the first 4 days of this week (beginning April 14th) 12 cruise ships berthed in Palma.