Grand Harbour - Valletta live camView of the Grand Harbour and Saint Angelo Fort in Birgu as seen from Valletta's waterfront

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    • 20 hours ago
    • Vanja

    Yessss, MSC Meraviglia is in the Port of Palermo right now, and according to the schedule, will be arriving in Malta tomorrow at 8 am. Woo-hoo.

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    • 21 hours ago
    • Audrey Mason

    It seems a while ago since we walked past here a few times and I waved.
    I have also been thinking about Gert lately, I keep wondering whether we'll see a comment somewhere.
    Flu - that dratted three letter word! Just coming out of it now thank goodness.
    Take care everybody

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    • 1 day ago
    • Vanja

    Hope everyone get well quickly. Spring is just around the corner, right? You can always live in Serbia and have measles epidemic on top of everything :) I didn't catch MSC Orchestra, so it will be better for Meraviglia not to cancel again. She's on her way to Palermo right now, and I will be waiting for her :)

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gwynn H

    Also, Stewart and Derek, sorry you have been down with the flu - it sounds as if it is as bad in Great Britain as in the U.S.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gwynn H

    PMM, I can't believe Jan. is half over, either. I should not be lazy looking at the cruise schedules, but thank you, Vanya. :) Yes, I miss Gert, too! Gert, come back! We are trying to make it safe!

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    • 2 days ago
    • PMM

    Hi Gwynn. Yes we're half way through January already! Just seen the MSC Orchestra leave harbour this evening (thanks for putting on the short schedule Vanja). Do hope Gert resumes her informative comments on the Skyline cams! Shall we start a petition!? ☺

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hope you have now recovered Derek.
    I have also found some other former IOW ferries still being used. The two Wightlink Fastcats called Shanklin and Ryde (built in 1996) which operated between Ryde pier and Portsmouth up till 2010 are now in Russia on the Black Sea. The former Red Funnel car ferry Netley Castle(built in 1974) which operated between East Cowes and Southampton up until 1997 is in Croatia and the MV Osborne Castle(built in 1962) which also went between East Cowes and Southampton up to 1978, is in Montreal, Canada

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    • 2 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    P.L. I've been down with the flu over Christmas too. I have been watching the Hairy Bikers too and find it very interesting and the fact that they are using ex I.O.W. ferries is interesting as well. Gan Canny.

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Stewart
    Sorry to hear you have had the flu, I've been down with bronchitis for the last couple of weeks, so know how you have been feeling. Very little cruise ship activity for the next couple of months but it gets a lot busier in April. On the 11th April while on her maiden cruise 'Carnival Horizon' will visit for the first time. She is the sister ship to Carnival Vista and is 322m long, 133500gt and can carry up to 4716 passengers and 1450 crew.
    While i'm talking about ships, did anyone see last weeks Hairy Bikers Mediterranean Adventure? The ship they went on from Sardinia to Isola di San Pietro was the former Isle of Wight car ferry between Portsmouth and Fishbourne called the St Catherine, she is now known as the GB Conte, another former IOW Ferry also operating on the same route is the St Helen now know as the Anna Mur.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Derek05

    Jim, go to Senglea cam.....cruise ship!!!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Vanja

    Stewart Wilson, get well soon! Just when I started following this cam on a daily basis, the cruise activity stopped. MSC Meraviglia was cancelled twice? Anyway, hope to catch MSC Orchestra in two days, but Marine Traffic says the arrival time is 07:00, not 08:00. Lets hope to see more cruises in the next period :)
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    • 4 days ago
    • Derek05

    Jim, when more ships come in!!

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    • 4 days ago
    • Jim Rafferty

    There hasn't been much cruise ship activity in Grand Harbour for a while now. Anybody know when normal service is likely to resume?

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    • 4 days ago
    • Gwynn H

    Lol, PMM! I'm not sure where 2017 went!

Grand Harbour - 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.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013