Valletta (Malta)

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Valletta cruise port

Region
Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
2020-11-25 12:10

min: 64 °F (17 °C) / max: 66 °F (19 °C) 65°F
18.3°C
Wind: 33°/ 2 m/s  Gust: 1.8 m/sWind: 33°/ 2 m/s  Gust: 1.8 m/sLight breeze
2 m/s
Min / Max Temperature66 °F / 19 °C
64 °F / 18 °C
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Valletta is the principal seaport and capital city of Malta (island country in the central Mediterranean Sea, southern Europe). Malta Island is located midway between North Africa and Sicily Island (Italy). Since 1974, Malta is a British Commonwealth nation. The other Malta cruise port is Mġarr Harbour (on Gozo Island).

Port Valletta (Malta) cruise port

The cruise port is located within the Grand Harbour, which is a natural deep-water harbor waterway. The Valletta Cruise Port is a subsidiary company of Global Ports Holding. Valletta Malta is also the flag-state (port of registry) for many cruise liners and also riverboats.

La Valletta City was founded by the 49th Grand Master of Knights of St John - Jean Parisot de Valette (1495-1568). Most of town's medieval structures still remain.

In 2015, Port Valletta handled 668,277 cruise passengers (29% increase over 2014). The cruise port in 2016 reported a record year with a total of 682,222 cruisers (embarking passengers were excluded), or 2% increase over 2015. During 2016, the port was booked by 42 different cruise shipping operators and 81 different vessels. In 2016, Gozo Island received 19 cruise ship calls and around 7,000 passengers.

In 2017, Port Valletta handled 330 cruiseship calls and 700,000+ tourists. With P&O UK's ship Oceana in the Mediterranean during 2017 season, the port had scheduled 27 calls and over 100,000 passengers via P&O's fly-cruise deals (fares inclusive of flights from UK to Malta and back). The port also had another 5 calls with additional 10,000 passengers (visiting Valletta as port of call).

In 2017, Valletta welcomed its 700,000 cruiser. He arrived on MSC Meraviglia and received a free 3-day Malta vacation package for 2. The package (courtesy of Malta Tourism Authority) was inclusive of flights and a 2-night luxury hotel (provided by The Saint John Hotel). By the end of 2017, the cruise port reported a record year with handled 340 ship calls and around 780,000 passengers. For season 2017, here were homeported liners from the fleets of P&O UK and TUI. In 2017, Malta's inbound tourism results totalled nearly 2,3 million (15,7% increase over 2016). Total overnights in Malta increased by 10,3%. The tourism industry contributed EUR 1,9 billion to country's economy. As demographics, most cruise ship tourists are from North America (USA and Canada).

For 2018, Valletta City was designated "European Capital of Culture". In 2018, Port Valletta handled nearly 800,000 cruise tourists. Season's highlights included Seabourn Ovation's christening ceremony (held here on May 11).

In 2019 (a record year) were handled 906,000+ cruise passenger via 373 ship calls. Season 2019 included roundtrip departures by P&O UK and TUI liners, representing ~31% homeportng operations.

Valletta cruise terminal

Valletta Cruise Port is managed by Global Ports Holding Plc (GPH) - currently ranked world's largest cruise port terminal operator with lease agreements in the regions of Europe-Mediterranean, Caribbean, Asia-Pacific.

Cruise ships dock at Valletta Waterfront pier in Valletta Harbour. Currently, the cruise port offers 7 ship berths, of which 4 are within 15-min walk from city center. In 2020 will be inaugurated an extended quay with capacity to handle larger vessels.

Port Valletta (Malta) cruise ship terminal

Ther terminal features 250-year-old warehouses from the baroque era. This is the city's historical Quay Wall where merchant vessels used to dock and unload their cargo.

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