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    • 1 day ago
    • sheilamay

    We live in Plymouth although we have family in the Exmouth area.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Hi Sheilamay, I am from Malta but my husband is British. I lived in the UK for 34 years, the last 28 in Exmouth, Devon before we came to retire in Malta in 2010. Still have one son that lives in Exmouth and one lives in Exeter. We shall be staying in Exmouth and Exeter. Where are you in Devon?

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    • 2 days ago
    • sheilamay

    Hi Mary-Anne you slipped into a little bit of Devon speak then--down Devon--I thought you were from Malta not Devon like me.Hope you have a lovely time down here,what part are you going to be staying in?

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    • 2 days ago
    • s.baldacchino

    Thank you for the info P.L......

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    One of the smaller cruise ships in with the Aidasol which can be seen on the Senglea webacam, Is the MV Corinthian. She is only 4077gt and can carry 100 people in 50 cabins and has 60 crew. Up until last year she was to be found cruising to Antartica but in spring 2014 she was bought by Grand Circle Cruise Line and is now operating all around Europe.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Hello Dougie2, yes I see the Mein Schiff started last weekend I think again, till October. This year we have not planed any trip yet, as this summer, our youngest son is getting married, so we will be in the UK, down Devon for the wedding. Maybe sometime after! But otherwise hoping, the next year. When are you off for your trip Dougie?

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    • 3 days ago
    • thgalland

    yes mary-anne and dougie2 will have to give it serious consideration never heard anybody say anything negative about cruising thanks for your comments!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hello Mary-Anne, been a while since I saw a comment from you. Yes, thgalland should "try it"! I see "Mein Schiff" has been back in her home port this month; are you planning another trip this year?

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    • 4 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Hi, I agree with you Dougie2, as we too have been cruising and we loved it, and although 3000+ passengers, never found it stressful at all.
    Thgalland, these ships are floating luxurious hotels. As Dougie2 said, with loads of different restaurants, shopping malls,gym, cafes, bars, theaters, and lots and lots more. It's better then being in one hotel, in one place. All I can say "TRY IT "

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    • 4 days ago
    • Andrew Meikle

    MSC Fascinosa heading in to Valletta, about 4 mile out

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi thgalland: Been cruising on 3 large Princess line cruise ships, 3,000+ pax, and never found it stressful. My next cruise [September this year] is on P&O's latest and biggest, "Britannia", which is more-or-less same size and capacity as "Fantasia" -- my daughter and I love this type of holiday!
    Floating hotel? You bet. Attentive crew? Can't fault them. Loads of different restaurants? Smashing. Shopping mall, gym, bars, theatre ... I could go on. All I can say thgalland is "try it".

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    • 4 days ago
    • thgalland

    if anybody might want to watch the arrivals and departures there is an url which gives them
    http://www.transport.gov.mt/ships/arrivals.aspx
    this tells you that the costa fantasia will leave at 17.00 hrs uk time but watch a few minutes beforehand because they dont hang about.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi P.L., Robert Coller, and helpful A. Melrose. What I hadn't realised, until following up the suggestion to click on Grand Harbour on maltaspotting.com, is that Boiler Wharf is also referred to as Senglea Quay. Confused ? l.o.l.
    Nice view of "Fantasia"'s stern! She dwarfs " Tariq Ben Ziad".

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    • 4 days ago
    • thgalland

    I dont know if a cruise on such a massive boat like the costa fantasia would be a stressful situation....what with over 3000 passengers it is like a whole town condensed into a fairly small area.....i suppose it would be nice to find out by trying one someday!

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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