Royal Caribbean International has announced it will boost the number of Malaga departures next year following the success of other Spanish ports. The cruise line has five ships set to sail from the destination, as well as Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. “Barcelona has long been a popular homeport for Royal Caribbean International and we have enjoyed significant growth in the UK for take up of cruises offered from Malaga since 2009,” explained RCI UK and Ireland Managing Director Dominic Paul. “To continue to stimulate the British holidaymaker’s love affair with Spain, new for summer 2011 we have introduced cruises from Palma de Mallorca for the first time. The good news is that these cruises are also delivering pre- and post-cruise land stays - this is fantastic for the Spanish hoteliers and the Spanish tourist industry in general.” Around 30,000 of RCI’s customers departed from a Spanish port during the summer and 40% were from the UK and Ireland.