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

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    • 2 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    green boy. maybe they should put a few wind turbines on hem and move them into open water . Gan canny.

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    • 4 days ago
    • greenboy

    Just wondered when those oil rigs will move to the breakers yard,it must be costing a fortune to keep them alongside in port.Not a lot of work for rigs anymore.

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    • 5 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Bob C. I did wonder! as I thought most folk new about the tidal range in the Med.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Bob C

    Sorry Derek we were talking about the IOW Ferry.

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    • 6 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    MHW.the tidal range in Malta is only around 30cm's or one foot in old money so they don't have a problem with depth.gan canny.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Bob C

    I see that Meraviglia has cancelled their visit to Malta for the second week. I wonder why, seems that Malta is not on their favourites list.

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    • 1 week ago
    • MWH

    Hi Bob. Must be easier in reverse then and probably linked to the tides so if you reverse out all the time you won't catch the bottom.. Quite a few of the cruise liners in Malta Harbour come in backwards - I don't think at slow speeds it makes much difference. Maybe the port fees are cheaper if you go out backwards!

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    • 1 week ago
    • Bob C

    Afternoon MWH, Yes they still have the hovercraft service, the ferry I was talking about is the one that runs from Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station to Ryde Pier Head. It's one of these fast catamaran type boats but it always reverses out from the pier head even though (to me anyway) could just leave going forward, maybe it's to shallow there or it may get in the way of the hovercraft.

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    • 1 week ago
    • MWH

    Hi Bob C. Was curious about your post so I had a snout about - there's a few ferries isn't there? There's a Ro-Ro ferry which doesn't reverse because it's always going forwards as it has two bows (just like the Gozo ferries) and there's a catamaran which, if I was captain, I'd reverse out of a bow-in mooring. Need more info and we can get to the bottom of this! Do they still run a hovercraft service? - bet that's fun!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Bob C

    Thank you P.L. something I have been meaning to ask you, the Portsmouth to Ryde ferry, why does it reverse away from Ryde pier head?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • P.L.

    The Waterfront website has now been updated Bob C. Although it is wrong for today as MSC Meravaglia was due in but due to her spending an extra day in Civitavecchia she is in Palermo today instead, and will then make an extra call in Palma on the 4th, before returning to Barcelona on the 5th.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Bob C

    I see the Waterfront have not updated their website, is there any other way of seeing what is coming in.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Shelley

    According to Valletta Waterfront website the Tanit is leaving at 3am tomorrow, 1st Jan.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • greenboy

    She is a roll on roll off ferry.I used to see her at Genoa,think she sailed from there on a weekly basis to Tunis,a very fast ship,cannot remember her sister ships name.I too find it odd to be on a holiday charter.Perhaps it's Tunisians going on a yearly shopping holiday to Malta.Iam quite sure another certain person will tell us all more details.

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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