Here are all the countries we have visited within Europe!
Arriving in the harbour we took a place at the front of the cruise ship to watch the boat manoeuvre into the port of Valletta. Looking over at the people watching us dock, we couldn’t wait to get off board and explore the old city of Malta. It was our fifth day of our cruise.
We were very interested in how the city has been rebuilt after World War II, and to see some ruins like the Royal Opera House. Below you can see the ruins and then a photo from the museum of how it used to look like.
We decided to walk around the walls edge of Valletta to explore what the city had on offer. Walking towards the city from the cruise ship we checked out the beautiful Lower Barrakka Gardens and the Siege Bell War Memorial. The gardens were beautifully designed and with music playing from a local artist it gave off a very romantic place to sit and relax. The memorial was also impressive to see, with a bronze figure representing the 7000 who died at the bottom of the memorial tower. Additionally a great place for a photo opportunity.
Reaching the National War Museum as our next destination, we paid the entrance fee and went straight in. It definitely wasn’t where all the tourists were so we enjoyed our peaceful visit, being able to read all the information signs and closely look at the object. Everything was beautifully displayed and well explained, strongly recommended to visit!
The city was beautiful, long straight streets and flourishing flowers hanging over people’s balconies. Luckily the cruise ship wasn’t departing until the late afternoon so we had plenty of time, as we felt that Malta had so much to offer us we could of easily spent a few days there.
Another pit stop was as St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Walking slowly on the marble floors and trying to take in all the beautiful baroque architecture which was completed in 1577. We listened to the free audio guides, while avoiding other tourists standing in the middle of the pathway and not looking where they were going. We didn’t listen to it all entirely as we were on our time schedule not to miss the boarding time again, but we enjoyed the visit and now had a great understanding about the history and the artwork.
Steadily wandering towards the cruise ship we came across the National Museum Of Archaeology which we had just enough time to visit. More busier than the National War Museum, but expected as it was situated on one of the busier streets of Valletta. They had some unique pieces that had been found.
It was definitely one of our top destinations of our cruise and likely a location to visit again!
In 2010 my partner and I took a last minute Cruise which docked at five different locations in the Mediterranean sea. We had a rather cheap deal for the Greek Louis Majesty cruise ship at roughly €500.00 per person for 7 days all inclusive, as a few months prior it made headline BBC news for an 26ft wave crashing into the ship killing 2 people and injuring at least 14 others.
We toured the Mediterranean anti-clockwise. Check out the itinerary below as each destination I have created a separate blog post (Some still WIP):
Marseilles, France – Cruise Day 2
Menorca, Spain -Cruise Day 3
Palermo, Sicily – Cruise Day 6
Back to Genoa, Italy – Cruise Day 7
Thinking back to 2010 seems so long ago already, but the experience hasn’t been forgotten. A cruise vacation is definitely something we would invest in again, giving you enough time to visit more than 5+ places during a holiday. The downside of course is not having enough time at those places to do and see everything we wanted, and really only visiting the touristic things.
We met some great people, explored all new locations and the cruise ship experience was very enjoyable, especially with the swimming pool/jacuzzi and the all you can eat buffets from more than 5 different types of restaurants!!