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

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    What a treat for these people on these two ships today. What a lovely day it's been for them, after, after the dull day we had yesterday. How lovely it's been seeing two ships in the Harbour. Missed them.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    12:30 GMT ~ Wow, look at thoe crowds!

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    Better view on Bristol hotel cam Dougie2

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Just seen 3 or 4 racing yachts tacking around beyond "Splendida".

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi P.L. Yes, great view.
    Just run timelapse and saw a large vessel come in after Pacific Duchess sailed. I identified it as "LE GUERRIER", a Dredger registered in Luxembourg. Could have been bunkering as during timelapse run lots of fuel tanker lorries appeared alongside on the quayside.

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    What a fantastic view this morning with no other ships blocking our view of MSC Splendida and the Grand Harbour beyond.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    No doubt about it P.L., you're turning into The Wise Old Man! And I thought that my sources were good! L.O.L!! Mind you, I do have the latest issue of Berliz "Cruising and Cruise Ships" and search Wikipedia for details about other vessels.
    But thanks for the URL re info on yacht racing -- I'll file that one away.
    Yes, that was a nasty business, targetting innocent cruise passengers. How low can these terrorists sink?

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    • 4 days ago
    • P.L.

    Still very quiet in the Grand Harbour, but on Wednesday things start to get busy as we have two cruise ships in both of which were caught up in the terrorist attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis last week.
    This dreadful act saw 12 MSC passengers and 5 from the Costa Fascinosa die when gunman opened fire as holidaymakers visited the museum in the capital Tunis. As a result MSC have said none of there ships will call in to Tunis until the end of the summer season and that MSC Splendida and MSC Divina will call into Valletta instead.

    The MSC Splendida is 133500gt, can carry 3959 passengers and 1325 crew, and is 333m Long ( 3 metres longer than P & O new ship' MS Brittania'. and her sister ships are MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and MSC Preziosa.
    Costa Fascinosa is a little smaller but still comes in at 114500gt, can carry 3780 passengers and 1100 crew. she is 290m long and her sister ships are Costa Favolosa, Costa Pacifica and Costa Serena.

    Also on Wednesday is the start of the RC-44 Championship Valletta cup which is being held between the 25th and the 29th March. The first match race day on Wednesday will see the yachts race in the Grand Harbour which will be quite a sight. to see more about this type of racing you can visit https://Inkd.in/eatATZ6



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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    P.L. ~ Thanks for your info re "Anthem of the Seas" and "Britannia. I've produced a couple of screengrabs of "Britannia" from recently acquired videos of her arrival in Southampton and departure on her maiden cruise. I'll email them to you over the weekend.

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    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    We all get those moments Dougie2.
    I have been following Anthem of the Seas which is due into Southampton on the 15th April for the first time. She is currently undergoing sea trials off Norway.
    Britannia was in Gibralter yesterday and is now on route to Barcelona.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    You're so right Roger, obviously a "senior moment" on my part. Yes, "Pacific Princess" is a cruise ship -- she was the star of 'The Love Boat'.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Roger Barrow

    I thought pacific princess was a liner, this is the Duchess that's in. still a supply ship

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    Singapore-flagged offshore supply vessel "Pacific Princess" in port again. Seeing her bow-on this time.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    raining again just like Tyneside today ,just a little warmer.

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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