One of the most luxurious cruise liners ever to visit Palma docked a few days ago
One of the most luxurious cruise liners ever to visit Palma docked a few days ago on route to its official naming ceremony in Barcelona. The Seabourn Quest belonging to the
"http://www.seabourn.com/main/Main.action" target="_blank">Seabourn Cruise Line is an echo of the days when cruising was the reserve of the rich, and unlike today's floating holiday camps which
carry thousands upon thousands of passengers, the Quest carries only 450!
On a boat the size of two football pitches this obviously means lots of space for all, room for 225 fabulous accommodation suites and no queuing up buffet style in the restaurants.
With sometimes 5 big cruise ships arriving in Palma on the same day there's an idea being mooted that more liberal shopping hours should be introduced as well as a well signed route that guides
passengers towards the shops in town. The president of the shopkeepers' association in Palma isn't convinced. He rightly says that only about 10% of passengers actually make it to Palma's shopping
areas and the rest are bussed around Mallorca on excursions.
Hardly worth keeping the shops open, especially when cruises these days cost so little, passengers hardly have the acquisitive powers of the Rockefellers and Gettys in the cruise liner heyday of
the 20's and 30's.