Pier extension at Palma's port welcomes first ships

FIRST SHIP: New extension of pier marked by arrival of cruise liner.

THE new extension to the pier ‘Ponent’ at Palma’s port has been used for the first time with the arrival of the Costa Delizioza.

At 292 meters long with a capacity of 2800 passengers, the ship was soon accompanied by two of its sister ships the Costa Serena and Costa Mediterranea.

With the three ships moored together it made an impressive sight. In total there were 8,480 passengers and more than 4,000 crew.

There was a queue of transit coaches ready to take the passengers on excursions. The new pier extension measures 360 metres long and 30 wide. The pier of Ponent was originally planned for large transatlantic liners in 1953 and was inaugurated in 1961.

In 2012 Palmas port was ranked fifth in the world as a base for cruise ships. Nationally it is only second to the port of Barcelona. The port’s infrastructure has been ranked as one of the best equipped ports in the world to cater for the tourism industry.

With the new extension operational the port can be accommodate 12 cruise ships.

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