The Port Today
A passenger on board a cruise liner entering the Grand Harbour in Valletta cannot fail to acknowledge the dramatic beauty of the honey-colored limestone fortifications, and the beautifully restored Pinto Stores dating back to the late 17th century. The Port of Valletta is a witness to thousands of years of history from the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians, from the Arabs to the Romans, from the Knights of Malta to the French and the British, who set their eyes on this strategic Mediterranean port.
The realization of the Cruise Liner Passenger Terminal by the Valletta Cruise Port plc consortium, a terminal offering state-of-the-art facilities, which are unique both for their location and for their historic value, has proved fruitful in enhancing Malta’s possibilities in attracting the major cruise operators in the Mediterranean region.
Valletta Cruise Port has a long list of esteemed clientele including AIDA Cruises, Companie des Iles du Ponant, Costa Crociere, Holland America Lines, Iberocruceros, MSC Crociere, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, P & O Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, Princess Cruises and Oceania Cruises amongst others. In terms of passengers, 2011 was a record year, with 556,000 passenger movements compared with 491,000 in 2010.
A popular port of call and a regular inter-porting option, after TUI’s homeporting of Mein Schiff I in 2011, which will be repeated in 2012, Valletta Cruise Port is ready to go to the next level.
Malta’s geographic and strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is one of the main assets, giving cruise lines an opportunity to promote east, central and west bound cruises even during winter as the climate is very favorable.
The Valletta Harbour, a natural all-weather port, provides easy access to cruise vessels including the large new vessels currently under construction. The Malta International Airport is only 15 minutes away from the seaport, while Valletta and neighboring towns and villages offer a vast range of hotel facilities including 5-star luxury hotels for pre- and post-stays.
Port services include bunkering, emergency ship repair facilities, chandelling and other husbandry services on a 24hr-365 days a year basis. The Port complies fully with the latest ISPS Code regulations. A whole range of services required for home-porting are available at competitive rates and most importantly Malta can offer its guests a unique experience.
Excursions vary from journeys through Malta’s rich 7,000-year history and culture to lazing around on the Maltese beaches or particularly active excursions including diving and abseiling and much more.
Why choose the Port of Valletta and Malta?
- The Port of Valletta is an established port of call and a promising homeport, having a strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean and being well-connected to Europe, North Africa and the Middle-East.
- International features and English-speaking.
- Warm welcome by the Valletta Waterfront destination with a variety of al fresco food and beverage outlets, shopping outlets and a range of other services including banking facilities, pharmacy and WIFI.
- The port is on the doorstep of historical Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage city, allowing the cruiser to make the most of their call without any time ‘wasted’ in arriving there.
- Diverse excursions for all tastes and ages are available around Malta including those in sister island Gozo. The islands' gloriously eclectic past has left a unique legacy reflected in the architecture and culture. The islands boast three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the capital city Valletta, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and the Megalithic Temples, the oldest free-standing structures in the world predating the pyramids by 1,000 years.
- With over 300 days of sunshine and a year-round temperate climate, Malta's weather alone is enough to make you want to pack your bags and visit.