Senglea - Cottonera live camNice view on the boatyard and Senglea on the left side from Valletta Waterfront

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    • 1 day ago
    • Simon

    Dee, we had some eary red/yellow sky's last Monday. Dust from storms and smoke from fires.

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    • 1 day ago
    • Shelley

    Why do the ships turn clockwise before leaving. Watching Mein Schiff 2 leaving at 22.00 it struck me that it wouldn't have to do such a large loop if it turned counter-clockwise. Gives the passengers a nice 360 degree view though.

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    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    Star Flyer and Aegean Odyesey left an hour earlier than scheduled. I think Boudicca is next to go out.... the pilot boat is near her.

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    • 2 days ago
    • P.L.

    This is Mein Schiff 2's last visit till next year. She leaves tonight(10.00pm MLT) on an 11 night cruise to Palma. Which will be her home port for the winter doing cruises to the Canary Islands. She will be back into Valletta for summer 2018 on the 6th May.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    We returned home from Malta on Monday. We had a fabulous time, although the flight back to Manchester was a little worrying when the Captain made an announcement about the smell of smoke in the cabin.....! (fires in Portugal and Spain and apparently hurricane Ophelia!). We enjoyed lots of walks in Malta, the biggest Sunday market over in Birgu, Birgu Fest and Candle Night, (spectacular!) Notte Bianca Festival in Valletta, (which went on all day and all night and was absolutely fabulous!) and in Floriana, we enjoyed the tour of the Underground Railway, a walk up the water tower and a classic car show. I'll have to do another post about the all the Superyachts I saw.....

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    • 3 days ago
    • JCC

    An extra bonus today for the Cruise visitors. Watching the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race to Messina, Reggio Calabria and Lampedusa triangular route returning to Malta. 100 boats taking part. Follow on marine traffic.com

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    • 4 days ago
    • Gavin

    Bi Bi Oceana have a good voyage home to Southampton.

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    • 5 days ago
    • Maureen Futerill

    17-49
    Seems to be getting ready to sail very shortly

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Maureen Futerill

    Thanks PL
    It was such a smooth docking, I was amazed how easy it looked

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    • 6 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Maureen
    There was a programme recently on channel 5 which featured the MSC Meraviglia with Jayne Mcdonald presenting it. It is still available to watch on My5, just search cruising and it is the Western Mediterranean sea episode.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Maureen Futerill

    Just watched promotional video for this MSC Meraviglia ,looks great inside

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    • 6 days ago
    • Maureen Futerill

    Nice 360 turn to dock here

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    • 6 days ago
    • Gert

    Dave & Ian, So sad. I've been reading some articles about the bombing and Ms. Galizia and it is so horrible that a bright star has been snuffed out by people who wanted her silenced (they know who they are).

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    • 6 days ago
    • pat

    Why is the harbor so dark at night? You can't see the ships hardly at all.

Senglea - Cottonera

Valletta Waterfront and Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) are two of the most notable landmarks for people arriving at Maltese island directly from Mediterranean, they welcome millions of cruise passengers every year with a quantity of excellent services.

Valletta Waterfront, also known as Pinto's Wharf, is a very versatile center, a multi-purpose area and one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta due to its extraordinary offer including high quality entertainment, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping, festivities and outdoor themed events all year round and much more...a dream destination become increasingly popular over the years for tourists and locals. Its origins date back to the 18th century, when was commissioned by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca as a simple pier and place where merchants used to unload their wares, once renovated, the old warehouses of this Baroque masterpiece were replaced with a leisure complex for locals and million cruise passengers as well as 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, whether we're looking for luxurious restaurants, events or simply a moment for a walk along the promenade, Valletta Waterfront has it all, either day or night a simple stroll while admiring all breathtaking panoramic views around, including a lovely view of Senglea (o L-Isla), can turn into a marvelous experience!

Also known as Isla, this stunning city, one of the heaviest fortified cities of Malta, belongs to Three Cities (or Cottonera Lines) also including Cospicua (Bormla) and Vittoriosa (Birgu), rightly claimed to be the cradle of Maltese history. Although its smaller dimensions, it boasts a rich historic heritage, many buildings and massive bastions and fortifications, which give spectacular views on the Grand Harbour, were built during the age of the Knights of St. John, Senglea is also nicknamed "Civitas Invicta" as unconquered during the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565, however it was mostly destroyed by bombings during the WWII and suffered heavy losses including rare architectural masterpieces dating back to its first construction in the 16th century; originally a small island later partially connected to the mainland for strategic reasons by the Knights Hospitaller (the Maltese name "Isla" derives from the Italian "isola", island) it protrudes with its oldest part into the Grand Harbour and is still enclosed by massive fortifications guarding the harbour and the opposite side where the capital Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta) is located as they did a longtime ago.

There are a variety of activities and events taking place in Senglea throughout the year as well as tourist attractions all worth a visit, most of them still a reminder of its glorious past, through a simple stroll it is possible to reach them, just a few words to mention the most important must-sees: the look-out garden (Gnien il-Gardjola) and the stone vedette where one can enjoy a blend of history and the Mediterranean, a variety of architectural buildings in British style, Senglea Point with its magnificent views of Valletta and Grand Harbour, narrow streets still holding a number of ancient buildings, religious treasures such as the miraculous statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer (Ir-Redentur ta `l-Isla) situated in the Basilica dedicated to The Birth of the Virgin Mary or the statue Madonna of the Middle (il-Madonna Tan-Nofs), originally placed in the main road as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin for protecting Senglea from the 1813 plague; moreover a stroll along the nearby Vittoriosa's promenade will offer magnificent views of Senglea, among the most beautiful in the world. We can't forget to mention the famous boatyard, enlarged and developed by British, it has become increasingly important over the years for its role in the economic growth of the city, it sees thousands of cruise passengers embarking and disembarking every day and offers all types of services and works to make more comfortable the stay of the big cruise ships, a real attraction for tourists and locals.

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