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At least that is what Barcelona's mayor would like to do.  With MSC building so many large ships that can only visit ports such as Barcelona, with this and other large cities focussing on the effects of climate change, are they in danger of ending up having no ports to visit in the future?


"Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colau, has pledged to restrict the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in the city and to oppose the expansion of the city’s airport, saying: “We don’t have infinite capacity.”

Colau said the limits would reduce pollution in the city, where air quality regularly exceeds World Health Organization limits for nitrogen oxide and PM10 particulates.


Neighbourhood associations and environmental groups have campaigned for years to curb the number of cruise ships that visit the city. Last year more than 2.5 million people disembarked from cruises in the city, now Europe’s busiest cruise destination. Opponents argue that they contribute little, spending on average only €57 each during their brief visit while significantly adding to the problem of overcrowding.

Gala Pin, a councillor in Colau’s last administration, raised eyebrows when she compared cruise passengers to “a plague of locusts” who devour the public space and then leave."







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This is not surprising as many cities are now faced with the problem of overtourism. Time will tell whether or not Barcelona actually limits the number of cruise ships.

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Recently in Barcelona we saw graffiti in the small alleyways around the gothic quarter telling tourists to go home.

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