The Grand Harbour and Valletta live camBeautiful view of the Grand Harbour and the Valletta seaside promenade from Valletta Waterfront

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    • 1 day ago
    • thgalland

    28/05/15
    TRACER from netherlands and VOS GORGEOUS from the uk are sitting in pintos 4 and 3 at the moment

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    • 1 day ago
    • Dougie2

    Whoops! My caption to "Emerald Princess" departure -- date should read 27/05/2015. Had a 'senior moment' obviously.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    That's an interesting cargo vessel there at Pinto 3. If you find more details about "MV Tracer" on live ships, there's a photo showing a big sign on her superstructure which reads BigLifter. She certainly features a useful looking crane.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Thanks Dougie2, for all the information, I do love these ships, to me they are beautiful, don't tell me why, but they are!! Luxury hotels!! That is a big ship, you are off to in September. It should be nice for you.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi again Mary-Anne
    Concerning the size of "Emerald Princess" and her sister-ships which I've also cruised on. After I wrote the earlier reply to you I decided to make a comparison -- with a ship you know and love, "Mein Schiff 3".
    Starting with "Mein Schiff 3", she is 99,526 gross tonnes, 293.2 m (962 ft) long, 35.8 m (117 ft) wide, has 12 passenger decks offering1,253 staterooms accommodating 2,506 pax [but can be up to 2,790 utilising upper and lower berths].
    However "Emerald Princess" is 113,561 gross tonnes, 299.0 m (951.4 ft) long, 36 m (118.1 ft) wide, has 15 passenger decks offering 1,557 staterooms accommodating 3,114 pax [but can be up to 3,782 utilising upper and lower berths].
    So "Emerald Princess", while roughly 10 ft shorter, is definitely the bigger and heavier ship and takes about 25% more happy cruisers. As for their overall appearance, they're both in the 'large cruise ship" category, and both beautiful ships. But whereas "Mein Schiff 3" is, to my eyes, unmistakably a Scandinavian ship -- builder STX Europe (Finland) -- "Emerald Princess" is equally unmistakably from the Fincantieri (Italy) stable.
    I must just add that my 'floating hotel' in September this year is the U.K.'s largest. P&O's "Britannia" is 143,000 gross tonnes, 330.0 m (1,082 ft) in length, 44.0 m (144 ft) wide, has 1,837 staterooms on 15 passenger decks and will accommodate 4,324 passengers [can be up to 5,000]. She was also built by Fincantieri in Italy.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hello Mary-Anne! Yes, I was on her in 2014, a 17-day Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise. She visited Malta on our fifth day since leaving Southampton, docking at Pinto 1, on 17th June. Seeing her today brought it all back and, yes, she is enormous. There are 18 decks -- we were on 15 -- and she takes just over 3,700 passengers. Beautiful ship, marvellous voyage.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie2, is the Emerald Princess the ship you where on? It looks huge compeer to some of the other ships!

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    She's undocked and moving 1620 BST.

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    • 2 days ago
    • SANDRA SPENCER

    Fantasia left 2 I think earlier - about 13.06 MLT. They looked like " lets have another drink"

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    A tour coach just departed from the port side. Perhaps an excursion was late returning - they always hold for late-returning excursions.

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    • 2 days ago
    • SANDRA SPENCER

    Is the Costa Neo Riviera not due 28/5 - 9am MLT

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    "Emerald Princess" is still docked @16:05 BST. Think Captain's waiting for a tardy passenger to rejoin the ship?

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    • 2 days ago
    • thgalland

    27/05/15
    well looks like no cruise ships in tomorrow 28th unless they are hiding on the live map

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    • 2 days ago
    • thgalland

    27/05/15
    hi everyone soon be time to wave goodbye to EMERALD PRINCESS due to depart port at 17:00 mlt - thats 4pm uk and a few metres away the MSC ARMONIA is due away at 20:00mlt - 7pm uk

The Grand Harbour and Valletta

The stunning Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), gem of Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful Baroque jewels of the world, was considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malta for its extraordinary heritage conservation.

A visit to Valletta is a real trip to the past, exactly when the Knights of St. John (later Knights of Malta) started its construction in 1566 on the rocky Mount Sciberras under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette who founded this fortress city that bears his name; thanks to their fortifications and massive bastions the knights won the bloody siege of 1565, part of this architectural treasure had fortunately survived World War II and natural disasters, today it is the main tourist attraction of a city with a large concentration of historic areas and magnificent views. As a charming open-air museum, Valletta is rich in ancient masterpieces that can be experienced while enjoying simultaneously the rhythm of a modern life, among its chaotic attractions, one of the safest and largest natural harbours in Europe, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir), a great economic development opportunity; thanks to its very favourable position in the heart of Mediterranean, it originally represented an ideal place of refuge with waters deep enough to anchor, firstly occupied by Phoenicians who landed here, and later unsuccessfully controlled by Napoleon, under the British Military was massively fortified and improved with dockyard facilities, a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage partially destroyed during the world wars; completely restored, the multi-purpose Grand Harbour is today the center of the maritime activity of the whole island, a prestigious landmark of Malta and the premier destination for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships coming from all over the world.

Grand Harbour offers spectacular panoramic views as surrounded by a quantity of stunning inlets and ancient treasures such as Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara), the fortified Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) and not so far the stunning Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq); it welcomes million cruise passengers every year and give them at their arrival a first glimpse of a very versatile center known as Valletta Waterfront; as a multi-purpose area, it is a real landmark, one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta, a high quality entertainment destination become increasingly popular for tourists and locals, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping along the water's edge where also festivities and outdoor themed events take place all year round. Originally a simple pier and a place where merchants used to unload their wares, this wonderful Baroque masterpiece was built by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in the 18th century, over the years it was fortunately renovated and today is moreover a famous cruise and ferry terminal also providing efficient and affordable transport services within the Grand Harbour and neighbouring areas; Valletta Waterfront is certainly worth a visit, a simple stroll along the promenade either day or night with a view on its panoramic beauties we'll be a marvelous experience.

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