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4th October, 2013

Valletta, Malta


With the clocks going forward an hour last night I think it came as a relief for the guests to see this morning was a morning at sea, however many guests were out on the open decks this morning with the cruise team chatting as we sailed into the Valletta harbour.Our pilot boarded us as we approached the narbour entrance, the entrance being one of the most spectacular a ships Captain will sail into. Also whenever I come to Malta, I always think back to how this island was bombarded to near extinction during the 2nd World war but ships would break through blockades to bring much wanted supplies.

Gun salute

As we sailed in, we were given a gun salute from the fortress and watched by many tourists as we slid into our berth. On the port side from our berth, the Malta dry dock was busy repairing ships and a drilling rig. This was familiar to me as in 2005, I was with the saga Ruby as we refitted her to join the Saga fleet from Cunard so this port has many fond memories of my time on Saga Ruby. Valetta being the capital of Malta is located in the central-eastern portion of the island. It is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War 2 left major scars on the city. After docking at 10am those on a day trip to Gozo were quickly away whilst many experienced the culinary delights at lunch, later either visiting the medieval Mdina or going on a scenic tour around Malta. Those guests remaining on board who wished to visit us up on the bridge today had the opportunity to come along with a member of the cruise department. Once again it was so lovely to meet enthusiastic guests who are genuinely so interested in the general operation of the ship, and once again my officers were there on hand to answer any questions they may have had. 

Guests returning back to the ship seemed to be extremely happy after experiencing some of Malta’s finest attractions. Bags of souvenirs in tow seemed to be appearing with those guests returning from their day trip to Gozo as the island is renowned for its woollen goods and handmade lace.

All aboard today was 6.00pm, I decided to sail the ship at 1830 to give a little more time to our passengers in this beautiful port.With it being a photography themed cruise of course many scuttled up to the drawing room where photography lecturer Philip Lawson was for the guests who wanted to hand in their proud pieces of work,  as this cruise they will be displayed  for fellow passengers to see one another’s pictures.

‘All You Need Is love’ is the title of tonight’s show, a tribute to the music of the legendary Beatles.  Alternative entertainment tonight was a country Hoedown hosted by the cruise team.  Much fun was once again had by all!!

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