Cruise Malta - have you ever come across Malta on a cruise itinerary?
Have you ever taken a Mediterranean cruise holiday?
Have you ever thought of including Malta within your cruise itinerary?
It is calculated that half of the cruise ships that sailed in the Mediterranean Sea came into our Grand Harbour during 2012.
Malta has become a success story as a destination for cruise liners, and is rated as one of the top twelve ports in the Mediterranean sea and rated as a 5 star destination based on tourist feedback.
The Grand Harbour, with its natural setting of inlets and the numerous fortifications built over so many years, offers a magnificent setting to whoever enters the Grand Harbour attracting more than 600,000 visitors during 2012.
During your stay you will have the opportunity to visit the most important historical sites around Malta. From your berth, you can enter Valletta either by walking the short distance uphill, or alternatively one can make use of the newly installed scenic lift which takes you up directly into the Upper Barakka Gardens located in the city...
One of the most spectacular places as soon as you walk out of the Upper Barakka Gardens is the ‘Auberge de Castille’ which had been built by Knights of Malta. From the garden itself, one can have a birds eye view of the three cities across the harbour: ‘Senglea’ (Isla), ‘Cospicua’ (Bormla) and ‘Vittoriosa’ (Birgu).
You can also take a hop on hop off to visit the North and South (blue or south lines) of Malta. One can visit most of the important sites even on a tight budget, whilst still having time to enjoy some shopping and sightseeing as well as meal at one of the many restaurants along the way.
Over the year the Knights of Malta built many baroque buildings. The Waterfront setting of the Cruise Malta terminal has utilised the 250 years old baroque warehouses built during the eighteenth century by the Grand Master Pinto and the Forni Stores built by Grand Master de Vilhena in 1626.
The Knights of Malta used these warehouses for goods that were brought over to Malta with their ships or for the storage of Maltese produce waiting export. They have been fantastically restored to their original glory and are now being enjoyed as retail, dining and leisure outlets.
Cruise Malta – we hope you will enjoy your visit to Malta.