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Malta is strategically positioned in the centre of the Mediterranean offering endless possibilities for Eastern and Western itineraries.

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Step off the ship immediately onto the neighbouring Valletta Waterfront, an award-winning and favourite landmark on the Island of Malta. There are nineteen beautifully restored 18th century warehouses and bastions, built during the late Baroque period.

Malta's convenient size makes everything witin close proximity. Whether for homeporting or turnaround operations, Valletta Cruise Port is just minutes away from Malta International Airport.

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Best Things to Do in Valletta, Malta on Cruise Day in Port

By: Sherry Laskin · Updated On: December 3, 2023

What are the best cruise excursions to do in Valletta, Malta with only one day in port? Here are our recommendations to make the most of your cruise day in Valletta, starting in this ancient and fascinating cruise port in the western Mediterranean . 

Overview of the old city in Valletta, Malta from the cruise ship.

Best Things to Do in Valletta, Malta

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Getting Around in Valletta

Valletta, the capital of the small independent island of Malta, is one of three islands in the Maltese Archipelago. Located in the western Mediterranean, Malta is only 52 miles south of Sicily. Your ship docks fairly close to the old walled city. Even though it’s a short walk (about 20 minutes) keep in mind that Malta was inhabited over 5,000 years ago.

English is commonly spoken on Malta mainly due to it being a British colony from 1813 until the end of World War II. Because of the island’s proximity to Italy, Italian is also commonly spoken and Catholicism is the major religion.

Currency in Malta is the Euro and yes, shopping in Valletta is excellent and pricey. 

Life on Malta dates back over 5,000 years to around 3000 BCE. Ancient temple ruins dot the island and may be seen from some of the roads. Shore excursions can take you around the island to view many of these megalithic sights as well as include a visit to Mdina, the historic Old Town of Malta.

Many of the sidewalks are ancient cobblestone, stairways aren’t always level and even the main shopping area is on somewhat uneven terrain. When you visit Valletta, you might want to arrange for a taxi from your ship or take one of the colorful horse and buggy rides to the interior.

Another walled city over 3,000 years old, you’ll want to pay a visit to Mdina Cathedral. The cathedral and cathedral museum house a collection of oil paintings and frescoes, wood cuts by Albrecht Dürer and beautiful inlaid marble floors.

Valletta, Malta harbor with the old fort across the water and a gondola crossing.

One of the best things to do back in Valletta, especially for art enthusiasts is to head over to St. John’s Co-Cathedral in the center of town. Inside this cathedral is a small museum with several works by Caravaggio. Many of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Malta are buried in this very important cathedral.

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Shopping in Valletta

Valletta Malta shopping in Old Town

Shoppers will find delicately woven Maltese lace, blown glass and even brass door knockers sold throughout the island. Silver filigree jewelry and locally made pottery is also popular among tourists. The central shopping area in Valletta is located inside the walls, along Republic and Merchant Streets.

Many of the shops close between 1pm – 4pm and reopen until 7pm. If you’re on a morning shore excursion, you may not have a lot of time to shop.

Valletta Malta side street

Where to Eat and Drink in Valletta 

Restaurant in Valletta Malta

Once again, because of the island’s proximity to Sicily, Italian fare rules the roost. Local specialities include bragioli – spicy beef and olive rolls and it’s common to find rabbit stew on the menu.

Tourists tend to favor traditional pizza and pasta choices but shouldn’t miss a taste of the locally produced cheese, Gbejniet, usually served in soup. Lampuki Pie (fish pie) and Kapunata, (Maltese ratatouille) are also good lunch choices.

Valletta Malta promenade dotted with cafés.

If you decide to walk back to the ship, waterfront cafés dot the promenade and make for a nice finish to your day. Taxis are also available for the short distance back to the ship. Be sure to have Euros with you in case the taxi does not accept credit cards. A 10% tip for taxi rides and restaurant servers is standard.

Places to See in Valletta, Malta

St. john’s co-cathedral.

Front of St. Johns Co-Cathedral with two twin bell towers.

Also called the Church of the Knights of the Order of St. John, St. John’s Co-Cathedral is located on St. John Street. Completed in 1577 and dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the cathedral is one of the most significant buildings on the island.

The interior was decorated in the “new” Baroque style, ornate and similar to the palaces in Europe. St. John’s is the owner of the largest collection and the most important work by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, on display in the Caravaggio Centre.

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Take a stroll through the beautiful grounds of what was once the private gardens of the Italian Knights. Overlooking the Grand Harbour, you can view the fortress towns of Cospicua, Senglea and Vittorosa.

Fountain surrounded by shrubs at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta Malta.

National Museum  of Fine Arts

Located downtown, this museum is housed in an 18th palace. Inside you’ll find possessions of the Order of St John including furniture, sculptures and world-renown artworks of Carpaccio, Michelino and Tintoretto. Local Maltese artists also have their works on display.

People walking through the open city square in downtown Old Town.

When you’re walking through the Old Town in Valletta, remember to pay attention to the architecture.

Scaffolding along the outside of some of the old walls under repair.

At the end of the day, especially in summer, the short walk to the ship can seem like miles. Treat yourself to a horse and buggy ride back to the ship.

Valletta Malta horse and buggy with tourists riding through the Old Town

Whether you choose your cruise shore excursion to tour the island or spend the day on your own in the Old Town, a cruise visit to Valletta, Malta takes you to one of the most unique ports of call in Europe .

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The ship's location is not far from the Capital itself, about a 20 minute steep walk. An elevator has just been built, to enable passengers an easy ride up to the old town. 1 Euro return. The elevator is about 300 meters from the cruise terminal. To reach the elevator turn right on exiting the cruise terminal, walk along the waterfront road. Just before the road runs under an archway, cross the road to find the entrance to the elevator. There is a nice garden at the upper level.

There are plenty of taxis in the port.

Webcam of the spectacular harbor entrance.

Printable map to take along.

Hotels near the Cruise Terminal

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Sightseeing:

Sailing in to Valetta is probably the highlight of this destination: Welcome to the Middle Ages! So do not sleep late, you do not want to miss this.

Malta’s 7,000 years of history means cruise passengers have much to see and do, from megalithic temples dating from around 3,000 BC and thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world, to the old city of Mdina, shopping in Valletta, the Grand Master’s palace, or simply people-watching on the waterfront.

Stroll the colorful streets of Valletta, taking in sights like the Grandmaster's Palace, the House of Parliament and Castille Palace . The Co-Cathedral of St John is nothing short of a gem and quite simply a must for any tourist. Described as the first complete example of high Baroque anywhere, it epitomises the spiritual and military role of its patrons.

Dominating Palace Square, the Grand Master's Palace has always been the house of government in Malta, first by the knights, then the British and now hosts the President's office. When parliament is not in session you can visit the palace for free, and there is an awful lot to see in here.

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Tours Excursions Transportation:

The central area of the old town is pedestrianized, and mostly flat, making for easy walking and good shopping.

Malta hop on/off tours . Stops right at the cruise terminal. There are two routes - the red route is mostly urban and the blue route mostly countryside. The round trip takes abut 2 hours (red route) and 3 hours (blue route).

Public bus service is excellent on the islands,

Taxis and ferries on Malta.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here .

Nearby Places:

Visit Mdina (11km), the island's old capital. It's an impressive walled city dripping in Medieval and Baroque architecture. They call it the Silent City because cars are forbidden. Carriage-laden horses trotting through the streets and the gentle chatter of Mdina's inhabitants are the only sounds likely to pierce the sleepy calm.

Take a boat ride to the spellbinding Blue Grotto , an impressive 50 metre-deep cave

Shopping and Food

Crafts have undergone a revival here in recent years. Not solely because they make interesting souvenirs but also because of their high cultural value to the Islands. Some crafts, such as knitwear, basket ware and lace, have a long history.

The small cruise terminal has a well stocked duty free store with good bargains in liquor and tobacco products.

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Communication:

English and some Maltese.

Wifi can be found in the cafes in Valletta's main street, as well in the restaurants and cafes beside the small cruise terminal.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Commercial centers and shops are usually open between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. and between 4.00 p.m. and 7 p.m., but a few shops, particularly supermarkets, are open all day. In tourist areas, many shops remain open till 10.00 p.m. Shops are normally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays, however when a cruise ship is in town, they will open their doors.

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Welcome to cruise port Valletta, Malta! (Post updated: March 2024)

Valletta is the capital of Malta, an island country in the Mediterranean Sea known for its rich historic and cultural heritage, breathtaking coastline, scenic bays and beautiful beaches. The UNESCO-listed Valletta Old Town is the southernmost capital of Europe and the European Union’s smallest capital city, which is convenient for cruise passengers who can visit the highlights of the city in a day. 

Sailing into Valletta is spectacular and you’ll be taken back to the 16th century and the era of Knights Hospitaller upon spotting the city’s unique landscape. Due to its beauty and the variety of things to offer, Valletta (Malta) port is often included in both Western and Eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries. In this article, read about:

  • Valletta cruise port (Valletta cruise terminal, getting around, helpful info)
  • 10 best things to do in the port of Valletta and the best Malta shore excursions

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Valletta Cruise Port

Operated by Global Ports Holding, the Valletta cruise ship terminal is situated in the Grand Harbour, a natural deep-water harbour, which allows easy access to ships of all sizes. There are 7 berths and 3 passenger cruise terminals that can accommodate 3 cruise vessels simultaneously.

The main terminal is housed in the historic Magazino Hall and equipped with all modern facilities, including check-in counters, free Wi-Fi, ATMs, and duty-free shopping.

Upon stepping off the terminal, you’ll find yourself on Valletta Waterfront , one of the tourist hotspots that consists of a range of 250-year-old warehouses nowadays housing upscale restaurants and bars overlooking the port.

Valletta Old Town is located about a 15-minute uphill walk (1.2 km/0.80 miles) from the Valletta cruise terminal and the best way to reach it is via Barrakka Lift which will take you to the old town for 1€ round trip. The Barakka Lift is located 300 m from the cruise terminal.

Cruise port Valletta, Malta

Getting Around Valletta, Malta

  • The currency in Malta is EURO (€). ATMs and currency exchange are available in the town. Local currency and credit cards are widely accepted.
  • The official languages in Malta are Maltese and English because the country was a British colony from 1813 until 1964. Today, Malta is a British Commonwealth nation and a member of the European Union.
  • The port area is flat and wheelchair accessible , including the Barrakka Lift and a portion of Valletta’s old town.
  • Barrakka Lift connects the harbour with the old town and is the best way to reach the old town area and the city’s main attractions. There are two lifts and each can carry up to 21 passengers at a time, and the opening hours are daily from 7 am to 11 pm. The round-trip ticket is only 1€ and it’s advisable to have a coin prepared in advance or at least small euro bills. The entrance to Barrakka Lift is located 300 m away from the cruise terminal.
  • Malta has a great bus network around the island and the main Valletta bus station is located a 10-minute walk from Barrakka Upper Gardens (this is the upper station of the Barrakka Lift) and 150 m from the City Gate. The single bus ticket is 2€ and is valid for 2 hours (starting with the time of the first validation). You can check the routes and schedules at https://www.publictransport.com.mt/ . The nearest bus station to the cruise terminal is about 250 m away.
  • Taxis are available everywhere, including the port of Valletta, and they operate at a fixed rate.
  • The regular ferry service connects Malta to Gozo Island (a neighboring island that is part of the Maltese archipelago). The ferry terminal is located below Fort Lascaris, around 450 m (a 5-minute walk) from the Valletta cruise terminal. Gozo Fast Ferry operates ferries to Gozo from Valletta and Mgarr town and the ride between Gozo and Valletta takes about 45 minutes each way. Check out the schedules at https://gozofastferry.com/ . Other boat services also connect Malta with Comino, another island of the archipelago.
  • Water taxis using traditional Maltese “dghajsa” boats are also available next to the ferry terminal.
  • Driving on Malta is on the left and renting a car is a good option to get around the island, however, expect large crowds and lots of traffic in the summer season (July-August). Check out Malta rent-a-car deals
  • Malta Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus tours are available, and three routes are offered: South Malta Route/Red Route, North Malta Route/Blue Route, and the Gozo Sightseeing Route. The routes cover the major tourist attractions on the island, including Sliema, Blue Grotto, Mdina, popular bays and beaches. The nearest Hop on Hop off bus station is 250 m from the pier, close to where regular local buses stop. Check out Malta Hop on Hop off bus tours on Viator and Get Your Guide
  • Shopping in Valletta is mainly centered around the Republic and Merchants streets in the old town, where you’ll find local handmade products, artworks, shops, eateries and small businesses. Keep in mind that many shops may be closed between 1 pm and 4 pm.
  • Malta International Airport (MLA) lies 7.2 km/4.5 miles (a 10-minute drive) southwest of Malta cruise port in Valletta.
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10 Best Things to Do in Cruise Port Valletta

Valletta, Malta’s stunning capital, was built in the 16th century by the Knights of St. John as a place to take care of wounded soldiers and pilgrims during the Crusades. The island’s turbulent history nowadays reflects in the architecture and archaeological heritage of Malta.

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1. Valletta Old Town

The city of Valletta was founded in the 16th century by Jean “Parisot” de Valette, the 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta and a Knight Hospitaller who defended the island against Ottomans during the Great Siege of Malta.

Due to its rich history and priceless cultural heritage, the entire city of Valletta has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are so many things to do and see in Valletta , but if you’re coming on a cruise ship just for a half day, you can explore the Old Town as some of the major attractions are located there:

1.1. St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the Catholic cathedral was built by the Order of St. John between 1573 and 1578 and is a symbol of Valletta. The elaborately decorated interior of the church represents one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe, compared to the church facade which is quite simple.

The Cathedral houses a series of tombs of 400 Knights and officers of the Order, as well as a crypt that contains the tombs of the Grand Masters.

1.2. Saint John’s Cathedral Museum

Situated next to the Cathedral, the museum is known for its impressive collection of Caravaggio’s artworks, including “The Beheading of St John the Baptist” from 1608.

1.3. National Museum of Archaeology

History buffs’ must-see place, the museum holds stunning collections of artifacts dating from Malta’s Neolithic era (5900-2500 BC), until the early Phoenician period (8th – 6th century BC).

1.4. Upper Barraka Gardens

The Barrakka Lift’s upper station is located at Upper Barrakka Gardens, a wonderful public park offering undoubtedly the most spectacular views of the Grand Harbour. The garden’s terraced arches date from the 17th century and offer perfect photo ops.

You’ll find several monuments and memorials dedicated to notable people, including Thomas Maitland, Winston Churchill, and Gerald Strickland.

1.5. Grandmaster’s Palace

A stone’s throw from the cathedral, the grandiose Grandmaster’s Palace dominates St. George’s Square and was built as the palace of the Grand Master of the Order of St. John, who ruled Malta from the 16th to 18th century.

The Palace used to be the seat of the Parliament from 1921 to 2015, however, it nowadays houses the Office of the President of Malta. Some parts of the Palace including the Palace State Rooms and the Palace Armoury operate as a museum and are open to the public.

1.6. MUZA – Museum of Fine Arts

Housed in the 18th-century knight’s palace, the museum showcases medieval to contemporary masterpieces of local Maltese and Baroque art.

1.7. Is-Suq Tal-Belt – Valletta Food Market

In the heart of the old town, you can visit this colorful market housed in a 19th-century building, featuring all sorts of groceries and a huge food court offering dishes from all across the globe.

1.8. Casa Rocca Piccola

Next to the Grandmaster’s Palace, you can visit Casa Rocca Piccola, the 16th-century palace which belonged to a noble Maltese family. The palace operates as a museum and you can visit dozens of lavishly decorated rooms from that period.

1.9. City Gate

Built on the site of the 16th-century city gate, the present gate consists of a pair of massive sloped stone blocks and was completed in 2014. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the gate overlooks the Triton Fountain and Valletta Ditch and marks the entrance to the old town.

1.10. Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

With its massive dome that dominates Valletta’s skyline, this church is one of the finest examples of neoclassical 20th-century architecture.

1.11. St. Paul’s Cathedral

Located across from the basilica, St Paul’s Cathedral was built in 1844 in a neoclassical style.

1.12. Triton Fountain

The massive fountain is located by the entrance to the City Gate. A tourist information office and a bus terminal are nearby.

Check out Valletta Old Town tours and activities

Valletta old town, Malta

2. Valletta Waterfront

Upon exiting the cruise terminal, you’ll spot the bustling promenade lined with restaurants and cafes, including Hard Rock Cafe and Starbucks. Also known as Pinto Wharf, the Valletta Waterfront’s cafes and restaurants overlook the picturesque marina and stretch along the Grand Harbour. You can try some local dishes here such as fresh seafood, “Pastizzi” filled with savory cheese, rabbit stew and Lampuki pie.

If you keep walking along the waterfront promenade to your right, after a half mile you’ll reach the Lower Barrakka Gardens , another beautiful public garden offering sweeping harbour views.

  • Explore Lower Barrakka Gardens tours and activities
  • Check out Valletta Waterfront tours and activities

Valletta Waterfront

3. Megalithic Temples of Malta

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Megalithic Temples consist of several prehistoric temples built between 3600 BC and 2500 BC. Scattered around the island of Malta, these include the Ġgantija temple complex located on the island of Gozo, Tarxien ,  Ta’ Ħaġrat , Mnajdra , Ħaġar Qim and Skorba temples. There are other archaeological sites, however, those temples have not been listed under UNESCO.

All the temples are located within a 20-40 minute drive from the Valletta port, except for Tarxien which is only a 10-minute drive and Ġgantija which you can reach by boat. The archaeological sites are nowadays managed by Heritage Malta.

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Tarxien Temple Malta

4. Mdina and Rabat

Situated 12 km/7.5 miles (a 20-minute drive) west of Valletta cruise port, the ancient Mdina is the former capital of Malta. This historic hilltop settlement is also known as the Silent City, nicknamed after the capital was moved out of Mdina to Valletta after the Great Siege of Malta in the 16th century. The city cannot be accessed by car, but parking is available in front of the entrance to the walled city.

Built on a plateau overlooking the verdant countryside, Mdina features an interesting blend of Norman and Baroque architecture reflected mainly in the city’s historic palaces and churches. The main places of interest include the fortified city walls (with Mdina Gate, Greeks Gate and the Torre dello Standardo), St. Paul’s Cathedral and Catacombs , Mdina Cathedral Museum , the National Museum of Natural History (housed in Vilhena Palace), the Norman House , and a few others.

Adjacent to Mdina is the town of Rabat , known as home to the famous Catacombs of St. Paul and of St. Agatha. Rabat is larger than Mdina and is renowned for dozens of churches and historic palaces.

Explore Mdina and Rabat tours and activities

Mdina Malta

5. Three Cities

The name “Three Cities” refers to three fortified historic cities – Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua – located on peninsulas right across the Grand Harbour. Vittoriosa’s foundation dates back to the Middle Ages, while the two other cities were founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can visit the Three Cities by local bus (a 15-minute drive), Hop on Hop off bus, a water taxi, or a traditional Maltese “dghajsa” boat, all leaving from the Valletta cruise port.

Vittoriosa is one of the oldest cities in Malta and is often referred to as the “cradle of Maltese history”. In this ancient city, you’ll find numerous churches and palaces where Malta’s nobility used to live. The must-see landmarks include Fort St. Angelo , which dominates the Grand Harbour; Inquisitor’s Palace , the seat of the Maltese Inquisition for over 200 years; Malta Maritime Museum , which traces 7,000 years of Malta’s seafaring history; St. Lawrence’s Catholic Church , with its beautiful colorful artworks; and Malta at War Museum , depicting the role of Malta in the World War II.

Cospicua is the largest of the three cities and has been reconstructed several times throughout its turbulent yet rich history. The top-rated landmarks include Immaculate Conception Church and Cottonera Lines , the 17th-century fortifications surrounding the city.

Also known as Città Invicta (“the invincible city”), Senglea is a small city that has not been conquered during the Great Siege of Malta. However, a large portion of the city was destroyed during WWII which later resulted in a reconstruction of the majority of historic buildings. Nestled at the tip of the peninsula, Gardjola Gardens offer by far the most spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and the entire city of Valletta.

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Three Cities Malta

6. Gozo and Comino

Gozo is part of the Republic of Malta and the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago nestled northwest of the main island. Less developed than Malta island, Gozo is known for Ġgantija and other Megalithic Temples of Malta, marvelous geological formations, scenic hills, lively resorts and watersport activities.

The main places of interest include Ġgantija temples – the oldest Megalithic temples in Malta, older than the Egyptian pyramids; Azure Window , a collapsed natural arch; the Inland Sea – a lagoon of seawater also known as Dwejra; Xwejni Salt Pans – over 350 years old salt pans; Wied il-Mielaħ Window – a limestone natural arch; sandy beaches ( Ramla Bay ) and seaside resorts ( Marsalforn  and  Xlendi ).

On the crossing to Gozo, you’ll spot another small island of Comino , a bird sanctuary and a nature reserve. Between Comino and the adjacent islet of Cominotto lies the breathtaking Blue Lagoon , a picturesque bay with stunningly transparent blue waters, popular for swimming, diving and snorkeling. Besides that, you can also visit the beautiful Santa Maria Bay and Saint Mary’s Tower , one of the most important historic structures on the island.

The best way to reach Gozo and Comino is on guided boat trips and excursions as you’ll get the see the highlights of the islands. Alternatively, regular daily ferries depart from Valletta port or Mġarr harbour town. Check out the schedules and prices at https://gozofastferry.com/

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Comino Blue Lagoon

7. Malta Beaches and Bays

The best beaches, bays and popular seaside resorts are mainly located on the northern coast of Malta. These include:

  • Mellieħa Bay (Għadira) – Nestled on the outskirts of the village of Mellieħa, it’s Malta’s largest and most popular beach awarded with Blue Flag status for its clear waters. You’ll find plenty of facilities and water sports activities on the beach, such as kayaking, windsurfing, and banana boat rides. Distance from Valletta port: 26 km/16 miles (a 40-minute drive)
  • Golden Bay – This Blue Flag-certified beach boasts golden sands and is popular for its scenic cliffs. Numerous amenities are available, including large parking, water sports, and a few eateries and bars. Distance: 20 km/12.5 miles (a 30-minute drive)
  • Għajn Tuffieħa – Situated close to Golden Bay, this wonderful dark sand beach is popular for surfing and is surrounded by picturesque hills. Distance: 20 km/12.5 miles (a 30-minute drive)
  • Blue Lagoon – Taking a boat trip to Comino Island’s Blue Lagoon is a must-do in Malta!
  • Paradise Bay Beach – The beach lies in the northernmost part of Malta and overlooks the islands of Gozo and Comino. Tucked in a natural secluded cove, this beach is perfect for families and offers nice snorkeling ops. Distance: 28 km/18 miles (a 40-minute drive)
  • Ġnejna Bay – A 10-minute drive south of Għajn Tuffieħa, Ġnejna is a secluded gem and a great alternative for some other, busier beaches. It’s a family-friendly sandy beach that is best reached by car. Distance: 20 km/12.5 miles (a 30-minute drive)
  • Qawra Point Beach – Located in St. Paul’s Bay , this rocky beach is a great place for snorkeling. Distance: 18 km/11 miles (a 30-minute drive)
  • St. Peter’s Pool – Nestled in the southeastern part of Malta, this is a natural pool with crystal clear, blue azure waters, backed by a scenic horseshoe-shaped rock formation. Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles (a 20-minute drive)
  • Xlendi Bay Beach – Although very small and crowded in summer, Xlendi Beach is located on Gozo Island and offers incredible views of the bay backed by the panorama of Xlendi village.

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Sliema is a seaside town and a popular tourist resort located about 9 km/5.5 miles (a 15-minute drive) north of Valletta cruise port. This vibrant city boasts numerous Baroque churches and a 5 km-long seafront promenade known as “The Front”, popular for walking, jogging, or enjoying the sea views in one of the countless bars and restaurants. Sliema has become a hub for shopping and nightlife and while there, you can check out The Point Shopping Mall and The Plaza Shopping Center for some ultimate shopping experience.

Some of the main Sliema points of interest include Torri ta’ San Giljan (the 17th-century hilltop tower offering panoramic views), Stella Maris Church (Our Lady Star of the Sea), Parish Church of Sacro Cuor (The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart), Ġnien Indipendenza (Independence Garden), Tigné Point peninsula and Fort Tigné with its scenic coastal views and amazing sunsets, Manoel Island with the 18th-century Fort Manoel , and Sliema Point Battery . The best way to reach Sliema is by ferry boat that departs from the Valletta ferry terminal.

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9. St. Julian’s

St. Julian’s is another popular seaside resort town lying just north of Sliema, within a 15-minute drive north of the port of Valletta. Named after Saint Julian, the town’s patron saint who is widely known as Julian the Hospitaller, this historic town boasts churches, forts, historic palaces and scenic bays. Together with Sliema, this lively city is a hub for nightlife and features a wide range of bars and nightclubs. The Bay Street Shopping Complex is one of the most famous shopping and entertainment places in St Julian’s.

St. Julian’s highlights include St. Julian’s waterfront promenade ,  Balluta Bay Beach (a hotspot for swimming and sunbathing), Portomaso Marina overlooking St Julian’s Bay ;  St George’s Bay , the iconic 19th-century Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Balluta Bay, Spinola Palace and Spinola Bay , and Paceville nightlife district. To get to St Julian’s, you can take a ferry from Malta cruise port.

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St Julian's, Malta

10. Popeye Village

Situated in the north of Malta island, 24 km/15 miles (a 35-minute drive) northwest of Valletta cruise terminal, Popeye Village is a purpose-built film set for the 1980 musical “Popeye”, converted into a small theme park. Inside the complex, you can roam through the streets of the village filled with rustic wooden buildings and several eateries. The best panoramic views can be admired from the road, especially during the sunsets which make the whole scenery truly magical!

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 FAQ about Valletta

– How far is the city centre? If you are docking at the Valletta Waterfront you’re about a mile away from the city centre, provided you take the Barrakka lift.

– Can I pay with euro in Malta? Yes, the official currency of Malta is the euro.

– How do I pay for the Barrakka lift? You pay 1 euro cash at the machine.

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There are a couple of options where cruise ships can dock in Malta, but most of the time you will dock at the Valletta Waterfront depending on how many ships will be in port. Valletta Waterfront is one of the most advanced cruise ports in Europe so enjoy all the facilities they offer. It has a convenient spot in town as it is about a 1,5 km walk to the city centre.

At the waterfront there are shops and restaurants for wi-fi and refreshments. On your way out you will cross the a tourist information point that provides you with a free map of Malta and Valletta. Next to the Tourist information stand is the taxi desk, the hop on hop off bus desk and car/scooter rental desk.

Transportation By foot, taxi, public transport or hop on hop off bus. It is up to you how to spend your day and what form of transportation would suit that. Please find underneath the break down of the available options.

Public bus system The bus system is a nice and cheap way to get around Malta. You’ll find the main bus station at the Triton Fountain, which is about 10 minutes uphill walk from the port. Bus 130 makes a stop right outside the port, this bus only goes around Valletta. The busses you are looking for are most likely at the main bus station (+/- 10 minute walk) at the Triton Fountain: number 71: to the Blue Grotto and Hagar Im Temples number 41, 42, 44: to Mosta number 51, 52, 53: to Mdina number 81, 82: Hypogeum number 81, 85: to Marsaxlokk You can purchase some tickets from the driver when boarding the bus, but it would be better to already buy your tickets online, at a booth, resellers or at the machine. More information is available through: www.publictransport.com.mt/home?|=1

Taxis in Valletta Taxis are widely available in port. They have a folder at the taxi desk in port that will give you an idea of their prices. See underneath the prices they advertise: – 1 hour taxi tour: 26 euro – 2 hour taxi tour: 52 euro – 4 hour taxi tour: 80 euro – 6 hour taxi tour: 108 euro – 8 hour taxi tour: 136 euro All prices are per taxi, up to 4 persons.

They also provide fixed recommended tours: – Tour A: 2 hours visiting: Mdina the silent city, Rabat and Ta’ Qali Crafts Village = 52 euro – Tour B: 3 hours visiting: Mdina the silent city, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village and Mosta Rotunda = 66 euro – Tour C: 4 hours visitng: San Anton Gardens, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village, Mdina the silent city, Mosta Runda and around coast road of Sliema & Valletta = 80 euro – Tour D: 5 hours visiting: Tarxien Temples, 3 cities including Senglea point, Marsaxlokk fishing village, Blue Grotto = 94 euro

As an alternative to your normal taxi you can also rent a “Cab Horse Ride” which is 60 euro per hour in which they give you the full tour around Valletta.

Hop on hop off bus There is a hop on hop off bus in Valletta. There are actually more companies that provide one. Therefore is a bit confusing from time to time on which bus you belong. To make it more difficult each company’s provides multiple routes all over Malta. The nice thing is they are relatively cheap with an average price of 15 euro a day and it is a nice way to see more than just Valletta. Keep a close eye on your time and the route you are taking and the company that best suits you.

Destination and distance: Valletta 1 km when taking the elevator, 1,7 km when walking Marsaxlokk 10 km south east of the port Mosta 12 km west of the port Mdina 12 km west of the port San Anton Gardens 7 km west of the port Blue Grotto 12 km south of the port Hagar Im 13 km south of the port

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Take the Barrakka lift on your way to the city and the first you’ll see is the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Enjoy the best views in town as you’ll look out over Senglea, Vittoriosa and the Grand Harbour. The park itself is very beautifull and full of information. Make sure not just walk through it, hand around for while.

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Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta

Cisk

Cisk (pronounced as Chisk) is brewed on the Mediterranean island of Malta since 1928. The name Cisk originated from the Maltese mispronunciation of the world “ Cheque”. It is not the most spectacular beer in the world, but when in Rome…..

Valletta cruise dock

Most cruise ships dock at Valletaa Waterfront. This dock offers great facilities like a bars, restaurants, shops and transportation booths. You will find all you need for a great start of the day in port at the cruise terminal. To walk to the historical city center you simply turn right when you exit the port and take the elevator up to the old town. Read the full Valletta cruise port guide for all the information.

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Valletta Waterfront, Malta

Mdina

Aside from Valletta, Mdina is the most scenic spot on the island. It is the old capital of Malta. This 6000 year old town is nowadays mainly known for being the fortified silent city. It has a labyrinth of little streets and there is always something new to find around every corner.

Mdina, Valletta

Sailing into Valletta

Whatever you do, don’t miss the opportunity to see your ship sail into Valletta. This truly is one of the most scenic approaches in the world. The ship goes into the natural harbour of Valletta while this and the 3 cities are coming by your window.

Sailing into Valletta

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St.Johns Co-Cathedral

In the 16th century the brotherhood found they needed a new church. This new building would be dedicated to their patron saint St. John the Baptist. It became more than a building of collective worship. It would finally become a place that would embody the wealth, glory and power of the Order of St. John itself. Make sure not to skip this unique piece of architecture with all of its rich golden decorations and 375 grave stones on the floor.

St.Johns Co-Cathedral

Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

Barrakka lift

In 2012 a new elevator opened up, linking the Grand Harbor to the Upper Barrakka Gardens and Valletta city center. When you exit the port, simply take a right, walk down the street until you see the elevator on your left hand side. Get a ticket for the way up for 1 euro at the machine, down is free. It will save you a 58 meter climb up the road to the higher city center. The lift is wheelchair accessible.

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Xatt Lascaris, Valletta, Malta

Triq Ir Repubblika-street

Triq Ir-Repubblika is the spine of Valletta. Its main streets runs north to south, hitting a lot of highlights along the way and it is also the most popular shopping street of Malta.

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Triq Ir Repubblika, Valleta

Blue Grotto

We find the Blue Grotto in the south east of the island. It is one of the most scenic coastlines in Europe. Come here to enjoy the views, a nice lunch or take a boat to explore the numerous sea caverns you can find here.

Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto, Malta

Car and Scooter rental Valletta port

This is a service also available in port. Have the freedom to ride around the island all the day long. Find the information booth at the waterfront cruise terminal.

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Valletta Waterfront, Valletta, Malta

Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a famous fishing village in Malta. It is mainly known for its unique harbour where the colourfull boats lay at anchor. Malta is an archipelago and therefore you could imagine that the local rely on boats. The boats you will see in the harbour of Marsaxlokk are unique in the area. They are known for their bright colours and moustache on the front. Enjoy a nice refreshment and local dish here at on of the many cafes and restaurants around the harbour.

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Introduction

Welcome to Valletta, the stunning capital city of Malta! Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a treasure trove of history, culture, and beauty. With its picturesque harbor, impressive architecture, and rich heritage, this charming city has become a popular destination for cruise ship passengers.

Valletta offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern delights. Steeped in history, the city is adorned with magnificent landmarks, including the iconic St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the fortress-like Grandmaster’s Palace. But Valletta is not simply a living museum. It is a vibrant city, brimming with bustling markets, quaint cafes, and stylish boutiques.

As a cruise ship traveler, Valletta provides a captivating mix of experiences. Whether you choose to delve into the city’s captivating past, explore its vibrant present, or venture further afield on fascinating excursions, Valletta is sure to leave a lasting impression.

In this comprehensive Valletta Cruise Port Guide, we will take you on a journey through the enchanting streets of Valletta, helping you plan your visit and make the most of your time in this captivating city. From getting to Valletta to exploring its attractions, shopping, dining, and more, we’ve got you covered with all the essential information you need to ensure a memorable visit.

So, get ready to immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of Valletta, as we guide you through this captivating Mediterranean gem.

Getting to Valletta

Arriving in Valletta is an exciting experience, whether you’re traveling by air, sea, or land. The city is well-connected and easily accessible, offering various transportation options for cruise ship passengers. Here are some of the primary ways to get to Valletta:

By Cruise Ship: If you’re arriving in Valletta on a cruise ship, you’ll dock at the Valletta Cruise Port, which is conveniently located right in the heart of the city. The port provides easy access to Valletta’s main attractions, allowing you to explore the city’s charm just steps away.

By Air: Malta International Airport is located just a short distance from Valletta, making it a convenient gateway for travelers. From the airport, you can take a taxi, hire a private transfer, or use public transportation to reach Valletta. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, providing you with stunning views of the Maltese countryside along the way.

By Ferry: Another scenic way to reach Valletta is by taking a ferry from Sliema or the Three Cities. The ferry ride offers breathtaking views of the city’s fortifications and skyline, adding a touch of romance and excitement to your journey. The ferry service operates regularly, and the trip takes just a few minutes.

By Bus: Valletta is well-connected to various towns and villages in Malta through an extensive bus network. The central bus terminus, located just outside the city gates, allows you to easily reach Valletta from different parts of the island. Public buses are a budget-friendly option, and the service is frequent and reliable.

By Car: If you prefer the freedom of driving yourself, renting a car is a convenient option. Valletta has several parking facilities available, both within and outside the city walls. However, it’s important to note that driving within the fortified city can be challenging due to narrow streets and limited parking spaces.

Whichever mode of transportation you choose, arriving in Valletta promises to be a memorable experience filled with anticipation and excitement. Once you reach this captivating city, get ready to immerse yourself in its history, culture, and beauty.

Port Overview

Valletta Cruise Port welcomes cruise ship passengers with warm hospitality and efficient services. As the main gateway to the capital city of Malta, the port offers a convenient and well-equipped facility for cruise ship arrivals and departures.

The port is strategically located in the heart of Valletta, making it easy for visitors to explore the city’s attractions just steps away from the cruise terminal. Upon arrival, travelers are greeted by a stunning view of the fortified city walls, creating a memorable first impression.

The Valletta Cruise Port has invested in modern facilities to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for cruise ship passengers. The terminal features comfortable waiting areas, duty-free shops, cafes, and restroom facilities. The friendly and professional staff are always on hand to assist visitors and provide information about the city and its attractions.

One of the unique features of the port is its proximity to the city center. Valletta’s main attractions, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Upper Barrakka Gardens, and the Grandmaster’s Palace, are within easy walking distance from the cruise terminal. This allows visitors to make the most of their time in Valletta, immersing themselves in the city’s history and culture without wasting precious moments on transportation.

For those who prefer to explore beyond Valletta, the port offers easy access to various transportation options. Ferries, buses, and taxis are readily available to take passengers to other parts of Malta or embark on exciting excursions to neighboring islands, such as Gozo and Comino.

The Valletta Cruise Port ensures a safe and secure environment for cruise ship passengers. The port adheres to international standards and takes pride in its excellent safety record. Visitors can relax and enjoy their time in Valletta, knowing that their well-being is a top priority.

Whether you are arriving in Valletta for a short visit or starting your cruise journey from Malta, the Valletta Cruise Port offers a convenient and comfortable starting point for your exploration of this enchanting city.

Attractions in Valletta

Valletta is a city steeped in history and culture, filled with captivating attractions that offer a glimpse into its rich heritage. From majestic cathedrals to impressive fortifications, here are some of the must-visit attractions in Valletta:

St. John’s Co-Cathedral: This stunning masterpiece is a true gem of Valletta. Adorned with intricate Baroque architecture, the cathedral is home to beautiful artworks, including Caravaggio’s famous masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.” The opulent interior is a sight to behold, and visitors can also explore the Oratory, crypt, and museum.

Upper Barrakka Gardens: Located on top of Valletta’s fortifications, the Upper Barrakka Gardens offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. Relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens, admire the statues and monuments, and witness the firing of the Noon Gun, a traditional salute that has been taking place since the 19th century.

Grandmaster’s Palace: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Valletta’s past by visiting the Grandmaster’s Palace. Built as the residence of the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitallers, the palace now houses the Office of the President of Malta and the Palace Armory, which exhibits a vast collection of weapons and armaments.

National Museum of Archaeology: Discover Malta’s ancient past at the National Museum of Archaeology. The museum showcases a remarkable collection of prehistoric artifacts, including the famous “Sleeping Lady” figurine and the awe-inspiring temple ruins of the Hypogeum.

Valletta Waterfront: A hub of entertainment and dining, the Valletta Waterfront offers a vibrant atmosphere with its colorful restored warehouses. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, indulge in delicious Maltese cuisine at one of the many restaurants, or simply relax and soak up the lively ambiance.

Fort St. Elmo: Standing proudly at the tip of the Valletta Peninsula, Fort St. Elmo is a fortified structure with a storied past. Explore its military history at the National War Museum, which showcases exhibits and artifacts from various wars and conflicts that Malta has witnessed.

Lower Barrakka Gardens: Situated beneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Lower Barrakka Gardens provide yet another stunning vantage point overlooking the Grand Harbour. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, admire the beautiful floral displays, and enjoy the picturesque views of the harbor.

These are just a few examples of the many attractions that Valletta has to offer. The city’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, allowing you to immerse yourself in its rich history and architectural beauty. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures and fascinating stories that await you in Valletta.

Shopping in Valletta

Valletta offers a delightful shopping experience, with a mix of traditional markets, boutique stores, and modern shopping centers. Whether you’re looking for unique souvenirs, local crafts, fashion, or delicious food products, Valletta has something for everyone. Here are some of the best shopping spots in the city:

Republic Street: As Valletta’s main shopping thoroughfare, Republic Street is lined with a variety of shops, from international brands to local independent retailers. Stroll along this vibrant street, and you’ll find clothing stores, jewelry shops, bookstores, and more.

Merchant Street: Known for its antique shops, Merchant Street is a treasure trove for collectors and lovers of vintage items. Explore the fascinating collection of antique furniture, traditional lace, artisanal crafts, and other unique finds.

The Malta Artisan Market: Located in a historic building, the Malta Artisan Market showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen. Browse through a wide range of handmade products, including ceramics, jewelry, leather goods, and textiles. It’s the perfect place to find authentic, one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

The Embassy Shopping Complex: Situated just off Republic Street, The Embassy is a modern shopping complex that houses a variety of stores, including fashion boutiques, cosmetics shops, and electronic outlets. You’ll also find a supermarket, making it convenient for everyday essentials.

The Market (Is-Suq): Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Maltese culture at The Market, located off Merchant Street. Here, you’ll find a bustling food market offering a wide array of fresh produce, local delicacies, and traditional Maltese products, such as honey, olives, and fresh bread.

The Point Shopping Mall: If you’re looking for a modern shopping experience, head to The Point Shopping Mall in nearby Sliema. Just a short ferry ride or bus journey from Valletta, this mall offers an extensive range of international and local brands, a variety of dining options, and a cinema.

Shopping in Valletta is a delightful experience that allows you to not only find unique items but also immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Don’t forget to explore the side streets and alleys, as they often hide gems waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, fashion, or a taste of authentic Maltese products, Valletta will not disappoint. So, get ready to indulge in some retail therapy during your visit to this charming city.

Dining in Valletta

Valletta offers a culinary journey that delights the senses, with a wide range of dining options to suit all tastes. From traditional Maltese cuisine to international flavors, the city is home to numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Here are some of the dining highlights in Valletta:

Traditional Maltese Cuisine: Experience the flavors of Malta by indulging in traditional Maltese cuisine. Try local specialties such as rabbit stew (fenek), bragioli (beef olives), and pastizzi (flaky pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas). Pair your meal with a glass of local Maltese wine for a truly authentic dining experience.

Seafood Delights: With its Mediterranean location, Valletta boasts a variety of fresh seafood options. Head to the waterfront restaurants for a scenic dining experience and savor dishes like grilled calamari, fish soup, or the popular lampuki (dolphinfish) pie.

International Cuisine: Valletta caters to diverse palates with international dining options. From Italian trattorias to trendy Asian fusion restaurants, you’ll find a wide range of cuisines to satisfy your cravings. Sample flavors from around the world, including Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, and more.

Rooftop Dining: Enjoy panoramic views of the city while dining in one of Valletta’s rooftop restaurants. These elevated dining spots offer a unique ambiance along with delicious food. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or a memorable evening with friends.

Cafes and Gelaterias: Take a break from exploring and relax at one of Valletta’s charming cafes or gelaterias. Sip a cup of Maltese coffee, enjoy freshly baked pastries, or indulge in some delicious gelato while watching the world go by.

Wine Bars and Pubs: Unwind and sample local wines at one of Valletta’s wine bars or cozy pubs. Malta has a rich winemaking tradition, and you can taste a variety of wines, including the popular local grape varieties of Gellewza and Ghirghentina. Pair your wine with local cheese and cold cuts for a delightful combination.

Whatever your culinary preferences, Valletta offers a diverse and vibrant dining scene that will satisfy every appetite. From traditional fare to international cuisine, the city’s culinary landscape reflects its rich history and cultural influences. So, prepare your taste buds for a delectable journey through Valletta’s dining establishments and indulge in the flavors that this enchanting city has to offer.

Excursions from Valletta

While Valletta itself has plenty to offer, venturing beyond the city opens up a world of exciting excursions and experiences. From exploring ancient temples to visiting charming villages, here are some of the top excursions you can take from Valletta:

The Three Cities: Located across the Grand Harbour from Valletta, the Three Cities – Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua – offer a glimpse into Malta’s maritime history. Wander through narrow streets, admire stunning architecture, and visit historical sites like Fort St. Angelo and the Malta Maritime Museum.

Gozo: Embark on a ferry ride to the picturesque island of Gozo, known for its tranquil landscapes and rustic charm. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ġgantija Temples, marvel at the Azure Window, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Gozo’s idyllic villages, such as Victoria and Marsalforn.

Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk: Discover the natural beauty of the Blue Grotto, a series of sea caves known for their crystal-clear blue waters. Take a boat trip to explore the caves and marvel at the stunning rock formations. Afterward, visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, famous for its colorful traditional fishing boats and fresh seafood restaurants.

Mdina: Step back in time with a visit to the ancient fortified city of Mdina. Known as Malta’s “Silent City,” Mdina boasts narrow, winding streets, medieval architecture, and stunning views. Explore the palaces, churches, and museums within the city walls, and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Rabat nearby.

Comino and the Blue Lagoon: Embark on a boat trip to the tiny island of Comino, where you will find the famous Blue Lagoon. Relax on the pristine sandy beach, swim in the crystal-clear turquoise waters, and soak up the sun in this breathtaking natural paradise.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum: Delve deep into Malta’s ancient past with a visit to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. This underground prehistoric burial site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a fascinating insight into Malta’s Neolithic history. Due to its popularity, it is advisable to book tickets in advance.

These are just a few examples of the many excursions you can take from Valletta. Whether you’re interested in ancient history, natural beauty, or local culture, Malta offers a wealth of experiences to explore beyond the city limits. So, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the archipelago and create lasting memories during your visit to Valletta.

Local Transportation

Getting around Valletta and exploring the rest of Malta is a breeze, thanks to the efficient and reliable local transportation options available. Whether you prefer public transportation or more convenient modes of travel, here are the options for getting around:

Buses: Malta has an extensive network of buses that connect Valletta to various parts of the island. The public bus system is affordable and convenient, with regular services and routes that cover popular tourist destinations. You can purchase tickets from the bus driver or opt for a reloadable Tallinja card for multiple journeys.

Taxis: Taxis provide a comfortable and convenient way to travel around Malta. You can find taxis readily available at designated taxi stands or arrange for one through a taxi-hailing app. It is recommended to confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey.

Ferries: For a unique and scenic way to explore the islands, consider taking a ferry. Ferries connect Valletta to neighboring towns and islands, including Sliema, the Three Cities, and Gozo. The ferry rides offer stunning views of the coastline and are a pleasant alternative to road travel.

Car Rental: If you prefer the freedom to explore at your own pace, renting a car is an option worth considering. Several car rental agencies operate in Malta, and the road network is well-maintained. However, driving in Valletta’s historic center can be challenging due to narrow streets and limited parking.

Bicycles: Valletta is a compact city that can easily be explored on foot or by bicycle. Several bike rental services are available, allowing you to navigate the city’s streets and reach nearby attractions at your own leisurely pace.

Walking: Valletta is a pedestrian-friendly city with its compact size and walkable streets. Exploring the city on foot allows you to soak up the charm of its narrow alleys, historical sites, and vibrant atmosphere. Plus, walking allows you to stumble upon hidden gems and local surprises along the way.

When using any mode of transportation, it’s always a good idea to plan your journey ahead of time, especially if you have a specific destination in mind. Consider factors such as distance, traffic, and schedules to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

With its well-connected transportation system, getting around Valletta and beyond is a hassle-free affair. Choose the mode of transportation that suits your preferences and embark on exciting adventures in Malta’s captivating cities, charming towns, and beautiful countryside.

Cruise Terminal Facilities

The cruise terminal in Valletta offers a range of facilities and services to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for cruise ship passengers. From convenient amenities to helpful assistance, here’s what you can expect at the Valletta Cruise Terminal:

Terminal Building: The cruise terminal building is equipped with modern facilities designed to cater to the needs of passengers. Inside, you will find comfortable waiting areas and seating where you can relax before or after your cruise. The terminal also offers restroom facilities, ensuring convenience for visitors throughout their time at the port.

Duty-Free Shopping: The Valletta Cruise Terminal features duty-free shops where you can indulge in some retail therapy. Browse through a selection of jewelry, watches, perfumes, cosmetics, souvenirs, and more. Take advantage of the tax-free shopping and find the perfect memento to commemorate your visit to Valletta.

Cafes and Refreshments: If you’re in need of a pick-me-up or a quick bite to eat, the cruise terminal has cafes and snack bars where you can satisfy your cravings. Enjoy a cup of coffee, indulge in local pastries, or grab a light meal, ensuring that you stay refreshed and energized during your time at the port.

Information Desk: The Valletta Cruise Terminal has an information desk staffed with knowledgeable and friendly personnel. They are available to provide assistance, answer any questions you may have, and offer guidance on various aspects of your visit. Feel free to approach them for information on local attractions, transportation options, and any other queries you may have about Valletta.

Tourist Information: In addition to the information desk at the cruise terminal, you will find a dedicated tourist information center nearby. Here, you can gather brochures, maps, and other helpful resources to plan your exploration of Valletta and its surroundings. The staff can provide advice on attractions, tours, and local events, ensuring that you have all the information you need to make the most of your visit.

Accessibility: The Valletta Cruise Terminal is designed to be accessible for all passengers, including those with mobility challenges. The layout of the terminal ensures easy movement for wheelchair users, and there are facilities available to cater to specific needs. Additionally, the terminal staff is trained to provide assistance to passengers who require additional support during their time at the port.

These facilities and services offered at the Valletta Cruise Terminal are designed to enhance your experience and make your visit to Valletta as seamless as possible. From comfortable waiting areas to convenient amenities, the terminal ensures that your time at the port is enjoyable and hassle-free, setting the stage for an unforgettable visit to the captivating city of Valletta.

Helpful Tips for Visitors

As you plan your visit to Valletta, here are some helpful tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

1. Dress Appropriately: Valletta is a city with many historic sites and religious landmarks. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, covering your shoulders and knees out of respect. It is also recommended to wear comfortable shoes as the city is best explored on foot.

2. Stay Hydrated: Valletta enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot and sunny summers. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the warmer months. Carry a bottle of water with you and take regular breaks in shaded areas.

3. Carry Local Currency: While most shops, restaurants, and attractions in Valletta accept major credit cards, it’s advisable to carry some local currency, the Euro. You can withdraw cash from ATMs located throughout the city or exchange currency at banks or exchange offices.

4. Embrace Siesta Time: In Malta, it’s common to observe the tradition of “siesta,” a midday break when many shops and businesses temporarily close. Use this time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or relax in a shady spot before continuing your exploration later in the day.

5. Plan Your Visit to Popular Attractions: Popular attractions in Valletta, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace, can attract large crowds. To make the most of your visit, consider booking tickets in advance or visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid peak times.

6. Use Public Transportation: Valletta has a well-connected public transportation system, including buses and ferries, making it easy to explore the city and its surroundings. Consider using public transportation to get around, as it is affordable and reliable.

7. Explore Beyond Valletta: While Valletta itself is a treasure trove of attractions, don’t miss the opportunity to explore other parts of Malta. Venture out to neighboring towns, such as Mdina or the Three Cities, or take a ferry to the stunning island of Gozo for a day trip.

8. Take Time to Relax: Valletta offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Take a break in one of the city’s charming squares, visit the gardens, or enjoy a leisurely meal in a local cafe. Don’t feel rushed – take time to savor the city’s peaceful ambiance.

9. Respect the Local Culture: Valletta has a rich cultural heritage. Respect the local customs and traditions, such as avoiding loud behavior in public areas and being mindful of the local norms and values. Engage in conversations with the locals and immerse yourself in the warm Maltese hospitality.

10. Learn Some Basic Phrases: While English is widely spoken in Valletta, the locals appreciate efforts to learn a few basic Maltese phrases. Simple greetings such as “hello” (bonġu) and “thank you” (grazzi) can go a long way in connecting with the locals and experiencing the local culture.

By keeping these helpful tips in mind, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your visit to Valletta. Savor the city’s beauty, immerse yourself in its rich history, and create lasting memories in this enchanting Mediterranean gem.

Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is a destination that will captivate and enchant you. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Valletta offers a truly immersive experience for cruise ship passengers. From the moment you arrive at the Valletta Cruise Port, you’ll be immersed in a world of beauty and wonder.

As you explore Valletta, you’ll be greeted by magnificent landmarks, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace. You’ll wander through picturesque streets, filled with charming cafes, boutique stores, and vibrant markets. The city’s compact size makes it easy to navigate and discover hidden gems around every corner.

But Valletta is more than just a living museum. It is a city that embraces the present, offering a lively dining scene, trendy wine bars, and a bustling waterfront. Whether you’re indulging in traditional Maltese cuisine, sampling fresh seafood, or sipping on local wines, Valletta will delight your taste buds and leave you hungry for more.

When you choose to venture beyond Valletta, a world of exciting excursions awaits you. From the historic Three Cities to the serene island of Gozo, you’ll have the opportunity to explore ancient temples, swim in crystal-clear waters, and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Malta’s landscapes.

Getting around Valletta and beyond is a breeze, thanks to the efficient local transportation options available. Whether you choose to hop on a bus, take a ferry, or simply explore the city on foot, you’ll have no trouble navigating this charming destination.

As you bid farewell to Valletta, you’ll carry with you memories of its beauty, its history, and its warm hospitality. Whether you spent a day or a week in this magical city, Valletta will leave a lasting impression, inviting you to return and continue your exploration of its captivating streets, delightful cuisine, and rich cultural heritage.

So, embark on your Valletta adventure and immerse yourself in the charm of this Mediterranean gem. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime and experience the magic that awaits you in Valletta, Malta’s captivating capital.

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The port of Valletta is located on the island of Malta . Valletta is a walled city and the capital of the Republic of Malta. Malta has been under the control of many conquerors over its 7,000-year history. Malta gained independence from Britain in 1964. Valletta was built by the Knights of the Order of St. John, during the Crusades, to serve as a refuge to treat the wounded.

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Where is located the port of valetta cruise terminal.

The ships dock at the foot of the city in the port of Valletta . The arrival of the ship, when the sun rises over the fortifications, gives a magnificent spectacle. Shops, cafes and restaurants can be found in the old warehouses along the pier.

The city is easily visited on foot if you are physically fit. To get to the walled city, you will have to climb the hill. Alternatively, the Barrakka Lift allows you to reach, from the port, the Upper Barrakka Garden in the walled city.

Travelling around the Valletta Cruise Port

Activities in valletta, st john’s co-cathedral.

Built by the Order of the Knights of St. John, this church was completed in 1577. Over time, the church was enriched with many paintings and works of art given as gifts. You will be dazzled by the gilding of its décor.

Grand Masters Palace

This palace was built by Grand Master Jean de Valette and enlarged by his successors of the Order of St. John. The building was used as the Residence of the Governor and the first parliament during the British rule. It retained its vocation as a parliament after independence from 1964 until 2015. The offices of the President of Malta are now located there.

Upper Barrakka Gardens

This square on the walls of eastern Valletta is landscaped with fountains and statues. You will have a beautiful view of the port.

National Museum of Archaeology

In a building of Baroque architecture, this museum presents artifacts from the prehistoric and Phoenician periods.

Blue Grotto

Crystal clear cobalt-blue water surrounds this series of 9 caves whose walls have different colors depending on the minerals that compose them.

Underground Valletta

Discover the tunnels and fortifications of Valletta which was built as a fortress before being the city we know now.

In the center of the island of Malta, this medieval walled town has only 300 inhabitants. Mdina was the former capital of Malta.

See the pretty colorful fishing boats as you take a stroll through this small fishing village.

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One Day in Valletta From Cruise Port: Things to Do in Malta

Are you headed to Valletta Cruise Port and are wondering how to spend one day in Malta? Then I got you covered!

Malta is a beautiful island in Southern Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. A mix of Arabic, Italian and British influences makes the island so special and attracts many cruise ships each year.

One day is not nearly enough to see all of the island. So it can be hard to plan on what to do with your precious time.

Luckily, I have been to Malta many times – and I know every spot on the island.

To save you some trouble planning, I have created several itineraries for your 1 day in Malta for you in this post.

Let’s get to it.

picture of the port in maltas capital city of valletta

Table of Contents

One day in malta itineraries – at a glance, the valletta cruise port, 1. book a shore excursion and tour the island, comino and the blue lagoon, tours to gozo and comino, st. john’s co-cathedral, upper barrakka gardens, fort st. elmo, visit the most instagram-worthy spots in valletta, valletta waterfront, casa rocca piccola, how to get around malta, one day in malta road trip interactive map, mosta rotunda, st. pauls bay, paradise bay beach, popeye village, dingli cliffs, blue grotto, st. peter’s pool, how to get to valletta cruise port from the airport, what language do they speak in malta, the weather in malta, conclusion: one day in malta – from valletta cruise port, more 1 day cruise itineraries, faq: one day in malta – valletta cruise port, malta bucket list.

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picture of the capital city valletta with the ocean and the port in the background

If you are just here to get a quick overview of what you can do in Malta in 1 day, look no further. The island is too big to see all of it in this short amount of time, so I have come up with a few ideas on how to spend your shore excursion in Malta.

For more details on the itineraries and how to arrange it all from the cruise port keep on reading.

Here are the possible itineraries for Malta:

  • Spend the day in Valletta
  • Day trip to the islands Gozo, Comino and Blue Lagoon
  • Explore the island with a rental car/ATV
  • Guided Island Tours

The Valletta Cruise Port is located directly in the city of Valletta. The port has several terminals on the Triq il-Vittmi Furjaniżi tal-Gwerra in Floriana.

google maps screenshot of valletta showing the valletta cruise port and its location in malta

It is not necessary to use tender boats in Malta. You can step off the ship and find yourself directly in the city. It is possible to explore Valletta without using transportation.

The Valletta Cruise Port is located on the Valletta Waterfront. There you will find duty-free-shops, restaurants, a pharmacy and an ATM.

You can also find several transportation options at Valletta Waterfront:

  • Bus Station
  • Car Parking/Rental Car Pickup

picture showing the Valletta Cruise port with a big MSC cruise liner docked on the valletta waterfront

Booking a shore excursion beforehand is a great way to have a hassle-free day in Malta. You will be picked up directly from the cruise ship and brought back in time for your departure.

I suggest booking the excursions not with the cruise line itself. It will be much cheaper to book with an external provider.

I book all of my shore excursions with Viator. They have a great cancellation policy in case the ship is delayed.

Malta is pretty cheap concerning excursions. You can book a private tour and share the cost with your family or friends for a great price.

Here are some of my favorite shore excursions from Valletta Cruise Port that you should consider for a nice day in Malta:

Author’s Choice

the author in malta standing on a platform overlooking the ocean

Malta Private & Customizeable Shore Excursion

  • Flexible Itinerary
  • Up to 3 Guests
  • Cruise Port Pickup
  • 4 – 8 Hours
  • Professional Guide

Best Money/Value

mdina the silent city in malta glass factory

Full Day Guided Malta Tour

  • Lunch Included
  • Malta Highlights: Mdina, Rabat, Ta Qali, Mosta & Many More Stops
  • Amazing Price

2. Explore Gozo, Comino and the Blue Lagoon

Ah, the lovely Maltese islands! Gozo, Comino (and the Blue Lagoon) are little gems in the Mediterranean and you can see them on your one day in Malta.

They are perfect for a dip and some lazy sun-soaking . Oh, and don’t forget the camera for those Insta-worthy shots! 🏝️😎

Here is some information about all three of these islands, so you can pick which one you want to visit. It is also possible to visit both on an organized tour (see some suggestions below).

Picture charming villages, rustic landscapes, and laid-back feels. Visiting Gozo is like stepping into a Mediterranean postcard.

On our trip to Gozo you can check out the stunning Azure Window (RIP – it broke a while ago) or hit up the Citadel for some history.

If you’re into diving or snorkeling, the underwater world in Gozo is pretty amazing as well.

Psst, the local cheese ‘Gozo Għannej’ is a taste you shouldn’t miss.

picture of the azure window in gozo with people swimming in front of it

The mini-island Comino is mostly famous because of the Blue Lagoon . Crystal-clear waters that’ll make your heart skip a beat are awaiting you.

Snorkeling here is a must. But Comino not just beaches. You can wander around, and you might spot the Santa Marija Tower too. It is also possible to take a speedboat to a hidden grotto.

The Blue Lagoon is a special spot famous for its stunning blue waters. Tons of boats drop anchor here, so it can get a bit busy. But if you catch it on a calmer day, it’s like swimming in a dream. 🌊💙

picture of a boat tendering in the blue lagoon in comino with stunning crystal clear blue water

Gozo Tuk Tuk Tour – Chauffeured Day Trip

  • Boat Transfer Included
  • Private Tour

picture of beautiful blue water from shore at the blue lagoon in comino

Private Boat to Blue Lagoon & Comino

  • 6 People Max
  • Custom Itinerary

Gozo & Comino

the author on a day trip to gozo and comino

Private Boat Trip to Gozo, Comino & Blue Lagoon

  • Private Trip
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Up to 6 People

3. Spending the Day in Valletta

Exploring Valletta is an easy option to spend one day in Malta. The beautiful capital city has a lot to offer.

The Valletta Cruise Port is located right in the city. You don’t need to arrange for a rental car or public transportation upon arrival.

Valletta is walkable. You can reach many major sights in the city on foot. Find below my suggestions of spots you can visit on one day in Valletta (by yourself) and my favorite walking tour of the city.

The 16th-century high baroque cathedral is one of the most interesting sights in Malta. The ornate gold and art in the church is mind-blowing.

Caravaggio’s painting “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist” is a must-see. If you love art, this place will make your heart sing.

It is very simple on the outside, but the inside is quite surprising.

There is an entrance fee of about USD 20,00. In my opinion, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral is definitely worth visiting.

Get your tickets here.

inside decorations of the st johns co-cathedral with beautiful gold ornaments and paintings on the ceiling

The Upper Barrakka Gardens are one of my favorite places in Valletta. They are easy to reach from the cruise port, only a couple of steps away.

These public gardens offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbor.

Perfect for sunset lovers like me. Don’t miss the Saluting Battery at noon; the cannons fire and it’s quite a spectacle!

The entrance to the gardens is free, but you can take a guided tour and see the Saluting.

the author sitting on a bench in the upper barrakka gardens in malta

Fort St. Elmo is famous for its role in the Great Siege of 1565 . Nowadays, this fort houses the National War Museum.

Spend time exploring, and you’ll feel like a time-traveling warrior. Well, maybe without the sword fighting.

It takes up a big part of the city of Valletta , and is one of the sights definitely worth checking out.

There are different ticket options for visiting Fort St. Elmo and other sights and museums in the area.

beautiful drone shot of fort st elmo in valletta

Valletta is not only rich in history, but it is also so instagrammable. Cute little alleys, hidden corners and bright-red phone booths make the city stand out.

When you walk around the city, you can easily find good photo spots.

But if you are looking for some specific spots in Valletta for you Instagram, I got you covered:

  • Lower Barrakka Gardens
  • The Parliament’s House Staircase
  • The Bridge Bar
  • Triq Sant Ursula
  • Auberge de Castille
  • Triq San Ġwann
  • Triq San Żakkarija

the author posing with a red phone booth in valletta

When you arrive in Valletta Cruise Port you will exit the ship at Valletta Waterfront.

The promenade is filled with colorful 18th-century buildings. This area is perfect for shopping, dining, and people-watching.

The vibe’s laid-back and cheerful, just like a good vacation should feel.

Valletta waterfront of grand harbor with lots of small ships picture taken from a cruise ship

Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th-century palace in Valletta that is totally worth visiting.

Nowadays, it is still used as a private residence of the noble family de Piro!

You can see period furniture and bomb shelters from WWII. There is also a restaurant in the house.

If you are interested you can participate in a guided tour. And the guides? They’ll make you laugh and learn at the same time.

Tickets are fairly cheap and totally worth it.

beautiful festive fable setting in casa rocca piccola in valletta

Do you need travel insurance in Malta? Yes, travel insurance is recommended for your stay in Malta. While the island is generally considered safe, there is always a danger of road accidents and water sports accidents. EKTA is my travel insurance of choice – worldwide coverage, no hidden fees or clauses and amazing 24/7 service.

4. Get a Rental Car/ATV and Explore Malta

The last option of my four different one-day in Malta itineraries is getting a vehicle and exploring the island by yourself.

You can either get a car, a scooter, or an ATV. We opted for the ATV, but we got a nasty sunburn.

You can book a rental car or an ATV right on the cruise port, there are usually many different people offering. If you wish to have more certainty for picking, I can recommend using DiscoverCars.

Malta is not too big, so you can drive around and see most of the island in one day.

Driving in Malta is pretty chill, but sometimes the road signs are in Arabic, which can be confusing. Just like in the UK, you drive on the  left-hand side  of the road in Malta. Please keep that in mind.

I would not suggest taking public transport. The buses are not always on time. You can’t risk missing your cruise ship because of that.

One day is not enough to see all of Malta. So I only added my personal highlights to this post.

It is important not to plan too many things, you might end up not enjoying them and being in a rush.

I have created this map with a one-day road trip itinerary in Malta for you. For the interactive map version, click on the link or the map below.

For more information about the stops keep on reading.

Malta Interactive Road Trip Map

Things You Need to See in Malta in 1 Day

Mdina is also known as the “Silent City.” It’s a medieval walled town full of cute and narrow alleys.

You’ll feel like you’re in “Game of Thrones” or something. Maybe because they actually filmed for the series in Malta.

You can walk around the charming little city, take pictures in cute alleys and have a coffee in a lovely cafe.

the author posing in mdina in malta

The Mosta Rotunda in Malta is a lovely spot to visit on a road trip.

It’s a church with one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. Picture this: You walk in, and the dome just engulfs the sky above you. Super impressive.

During WWII, a bomb fell through the dome but didn’t explode. What a miracle. They’ve got a replica of the bomb inside to tell the tale.

If you’re into architecture or just love a good story, it’s a must-see. Plus, the town of Mosta itself is super sweet and great to check out.

the author in front of the mostar rotonda

St. Paul’s Bay in Malta is a seaside town, perfect for those at a slower pace but still want some action. Fishing boats, casual eateries, a bit of nightlife— St. Pauls Bay got it all, but in moderation.

The area’s got history, too. Legend says St. Paul shipwrecked there. Kinda cool to walk where a saint might’ve walked, right?

Water sports and diving are also possible in St. Paul’s Bay. Its a fun place to hang out for a couple of hours and spend a fun time.

Paradise Bay Beach is an amazing beach: stunning, but not too crowded.

Tucked away near the ferry to Gozo, it’s a little harder to get to. But that’s what makes it so special. The water is like a crystal-clear daydream, perfect for snorkeling.

The vibe is super relaxed. There is not much around except the beach, so it’s all about the sun and sea. If you want to escape the tourist traps but still get those Insta-worthy shots, this is your spot.

stunning beach with a hotel in the background and blue water

Popeye Village is a great spot in Malta and it is like stepping into a live-action cartoon!

Initially, the place was built as a film set for the 1980 Popeye movie. Later, it became an amusement park. It’s quirky as heck, full of colorful wooden houses.

It’s touristy , yes, but in a fun, nostalgic way. You can wander around the village, go on boat rides, or even splash around in the mini water park they’ve got.

You can also just check it out from the cliffs above or go swimming on the other side of the bay. Then you don’t have to pay the entrance fee.

picture of popeye village in malta

Golden Bay is one of Malta’s most famous beaches, and for good reason. The beautiful golden sand on the beach actually lives up to the reputation.

Golden Bay is more developed, got some restaurants and bars and even a big hotel there. So it’s not exactly a hidden gem, but it’s a gem nonetheless.

Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and the usual beachy stuff. If you’re into water sports, they’ve got you covered. Surfing, jet skiing—you name it.

amazing bay seen from above with a big hotel on one side and lots of people swimming on the beach

The Dingli Cliffs in Malta are definitely worth visiting on your shore excursion. High cliffs dropping into the deep blue sea creating a stunning scene.

There are usually minimal crowds, so you really get that “edge of the world” vibe. There’s a small chapel nearby that you can visit as well.

This place is like slow travel gold—quiet, stunning, and thoughtful.

stunning dingli cliffs in malta

Blue Grotto is a series of caves on the coast. And let me tell you, the water is the kind of blue that makes it almost seem unreal!

You can take a boat to get the full experience. Once you’re inside the caves, the way the light plays on the water is beautiful.

It’s popular , but it’s not overly commercialized. You can also do some diving and snorkeling around the area.

We found it fun to just drive by there and watch from the top of the cliffs.

the author overlooking the deep blue ocean

St. Peter’s Pool is a great spot located down south near Marsaxlokk.

The water is crystal clear and it’s got these natural “pools” formed by the rocks. You can find your own little swimming nook.

Cliff jumping is a thing there. Not too high, but enough for a little thrill. A perfect blend of chill and adventure, I’d say.

It’s not super touristy, but the locals love it, so you can get an authentic vibe. There are no bars or cafes, so pack your own snacks and drinks.

drone shot of st peters pool in malta

Valletta Airport, or Malta International Airport (MIA) is Malta’s only airport. It has quite some flights arriving every day, but it’s not massive.

It mainly serves flights from Europe (like the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria) and the Middle East. If you are traveling from the US, South America or New Zealand you might need to stopover somewhere.

There is just one main terminal. It’s about 5 miles from Valletta, so getting to the city is a breeze.

Here is how to get to the Valletta Cruise Port from Malta Airport:

  • Taxi : Fastest, takes around 20 minutes. Costs around EUR 20,00 – € 25,00.
  • Public Bus: Takes longer, like 40-50 minutes, but it’s cheap. Look for buses X4, X5, or X7 to Valletta, then it’s a short walk or another bus to the port.
  • Shuttle : Some cruise lines offer shuttles. Convenient but check the price.
  • Private Transfer: If you’re feeling fancy, you can book a private car. Costs about EUR 38,00 for one direction.

In Malta has a great language culture, that’s as unique as the island itself.

Maltese is the most commonly spoken language in Malta. Its kind of a blend of Arabic, Italian, and a dash of English. It’s the official language and what you’ll hear most locals speaking.

English is also an official language, thanks to the British colonial past.

You can get by without knowing a word of Maltese. Most signs are in both languages and pretty much everyone speaks English to some degree.

stunning bay with boats in malta

If you are wondering about the best time to go to Malta on a cruise, look no further.

Spring (March to May): This is a mild season with temperatures from the 60’s to 70’s Fahrenheit. It’s a good time for hiking, exploring historical sites, and enjoying the outdoors. It is great without the summer crowds. Spring is an ideal time to visit.

Summer (June to August): The weather gets hot, with highs often reaching the 90’s. This is peak beach season. The heat can be intense, especially in July and August. We went in August and it was almost unbearable at times.

Fall (September to November) : Temperatures start in the 80’s in September but drop to the 60’s and 70’s. It sometimes rains, but it’s a pleasant time to visit.

Winter (December to February): This is the coolest season and also the wettest time of the year. Malta still has a lot of sunny days compared to other European destinations.

Most cruise lines don’t run in the Mediterranean in the winter in the first place. I found May/June or September a great time for a Mediterranean cruise.

beautiful blue ocean and swimming platform

To sum it up, you have four choices on how to spend your 1 day in Malta on a cruise. You can either book a boat trip to the islands Comino and Gozo or book a full-island short excursion.

Other options are getting a rental car and checking out the island by yourself or exploring Valletta on foot.

Whichever option you choose, I am confident that you will love Malta as much as I did on my Western Mediterranean Cruise.

If you love cruising as much as I did, you might want to check out the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise next .

Of course you might want to thing about your route some more, so keep on reading if Malta is really worth it.

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Yes, you can see Malta in one day! Malta’s small, but packed with stuff to see. One day won’t cover it all. You can see Valletta and a couple of nearby spots. But if you want the full experience—history, beaches, culture—you’ll need more time. So, one day is doable, but you’ll miss out on a lot.

Start your day in Valletta—grab a coffee and stroll the gardens. Then, hit St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Take a short ferry to the Three Cities for lunch. In the afternoon, go to Mdina for epic views and history. End the day at a beach like Mellieha Bay. Quick, packed day but gives you a little taste of Malta!

No, it would take you about 2 weeks to walk around Malta. If you only have one day and want to spend it exploring Malta, you can check out the capital city of Valletta. It is very walkable and you can see tons of interesting stuff.

Absolutely, it’s super close! The cruise port is basically at the foot of Valletta. It’s a 10 to 15-minute uphill walk to the city center. You’ll pass by some cool sights on your way up, too. Start your tour off at the Upper Barrakka Gardens and keep going from there.

Cruise ships dock at the Valletta Waterfront, also known as the Grand Harbour. It’s right below the city, making it easy to get to the heart of Valletta. You’re just a short, uphill walk away from all the action!

The distance from Valletta Airport to the cruise terminal isn’t too far. It’s just a short ride, around 15 kilometers or about 9 miles. You’ll be at the cruise terminal in no time. You can take the bus, taxi or private shuttle transfer to the cruise terminal.

Cruise ships in Malta usually dock at the Valletta Waterfront, a charming area with a mix of history and modernity. This location offers easy access to the heart of Valletta, where you can explore its rich culture and architecture. From here, you’re just steps away from discovering the city’s captivating history and enjoying its vibrant atmosphere.

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On a cruise to Valletta, Malta, the city’s is immediately striking. It’s a cultural hub for Baroque art, museums, and historic sites. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, limestone architecture pops against the year-round temperate sun. This mix makes Valletta perfect for an intellectually stimulating but relaxing stop on any Mediterranean cruises . Valletta was even named a “European Capital of Culture” in 2018 by the EU.

The historic downtown is easily walkable, and while there’s certainly more than a day’s worth of activities, you’ll get a sense of Valletta’s elegance in no time. Take a tour of the intricate St. John’s Co-Cathedral, built between 1572-1577 and every bit as elaborate as hundreds of years ago. Walk along the Grand Harbor for views of the Mediterranean sea, then stop in at an outdoor cafe or wine bar along the harbor for a bite. Or, take a ferry to the island of Gozo for hiking, swimming, and sunbathing along the area’s red-sand beaches.

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Top sights & attractions for cruises to valletta, st. john’s co-cathedral.

Take a tour of the ornate church to discover its significance in Valletta’s history. Art lovers will find plenty to awe and inspire on a Valletta cruise stop. Inside this 16th century Baroque cathedral, you’ll see some of Caravaggio’s most famous paintings, including The Beheading of St. John the Baptist .

Grandmaster’s Palace

After your tour of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, head to the Grandmaster’s Palace nearby, just blocks away. The exterior is stately, but the interior of the Grandmaster’s Palace is nothing short of opulent, and the Parliament of Malta met in the building until 2015. Walk around the Palace and its grounds for a step back into the 16th century.

Grand Harbor

Valletta owes much of its development to its seaside location and its strategic importance throughout history. While you’re in the capital city on your Valletta cruise, be sure. Your views of the Mediterranean sea, dotted with white limestone and ships in the distance, is unbeatable.

Fort St. Elmo

Fans of military history will find much to see at Fort St. Elmo, which is also now home to the National War Museum. Check out military memorabilia or take an audio tour of the museum, where you’ll learn about the various ways the fort has guarded Valletta’s harbor, including enduring a brutal siege in 1565 by the Turks. Admission is only €10 for adults.

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Top things to do in valletta, see the upper barrakka gardens.

Slow down for a bit with a walk through the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where you’ll catch a panoramic view of the Grand Harbor from the terrace of these well-maintained public gardens. Entrance into the garden is free, and they are open from 7am until 10pm, so you can enjoy the gardens for sunrise and sunset any day.

Check Out the National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta is home to some of Malta’s most influential artists as well as historic art from European painters and sculptors. The museum is known for its comprehensive Baroque selection.

Take a Tour of the Island of Gozo

Gozo is a perfect day trip from Valletta for all kinds of outdoor activities from scuba diving to hiking. After your ship docks on your cruise to Valletta, Malta, take a car or bus to Cirkewwa. From there, a half-hour ferry will get you to Gozo, where you can see the nearly 100-foot tall limestone arch called the Azure Window, or swim the extra clear waters of Blue Lagoon. 

Walk Along the Valletta Waterfront

The Valletta waterfront is rarely crowded and always atmospheric. Take a stroll down the promenade, where many of the warehouse buildings have been repurposed, and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on the Marsamxett Harbor.

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Address: 117/119 Santa Lucia Street, Valletta, Malta  

For a true hole-in-the-wall wine bar, head to Legligin for a relaxed night out in Valletta. It’s wine selection is unmatched, and the menu changes regularly based on seasonality and what’s on hand in the kitchen. Past dishes like octopus and steamed mussels are standard fare. The interior of Legligin is cozy—the cellar is decorated with green tables and checkered black-and-white tiles. You’ll feel like you have the place all to yourself even with a crowd.

Piadina Caffe

Address: 24 Triq Santa Lucija, Valletta, Malta

Stop inside Piadina Caffe for a quick lunch with an Italian spin. Seating is limited, so the restaurant has a quick turnaround time. If you’re looking to linger, take your food to-go and sit on a bench admiring St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which is nearby. Salads, sandwiches on fresh focaccia, and even a few cheap eats for breakfast can be found on the menu here.

Zero Sei Trattoria

Address: 75 Old Theatre Street, Valletta, Malta

Zero Sei is no frills, but it take Italian food very seriously. Cacio e pepe, carbonara, and veal dishes are staples of the menu. They aim to bring a taste of Rome to Malta in everything they do.

The Rootz Bar

Address: 11 Strait St, Valletta, Malta

Wine and cocktails flow at The Rootz Bar, which is a romantic, cozy stop for a drink or two and small plates. They don’t serve a full dinner menu, but cheese boards and charcuterie boards are there to help sate your appetite. You might arrive to find live piano playing. Start your night here, and then venture to dinner somewhere nearby.

Address: 211 Republic Street, Valletta, Malta

Noni is ideal for a fancy night out in Valletta. The restaurant regularly receives rave reviews, and its aim is to revitalize classic Mediterranean dishes in new, exciting ways. You’ll find no shortage of creativity—like local rabbit with a roasted garlic puree, slow-cooked octopus tagine, or chocolate and orange mousse—on the menu at Noni.

Culture & History of the Valletta Cruise Port

Valletta is Malta’s capital city, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, and today it’s a hub for government as well as music and public art. Valletta is a small capital, with a population of less than 7,000 people living in the city proper. Its small size, however, doesn’t diminish the city’s charm or its historic significance.

The city was established in 1566 by the Knights of Malta, who developed a new grid plan for the city. Valletta has a varied history of occupations by the Ottomans, the French, and the British throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Valletta saw a lot of destruction during World War II as a result of German and Italian air attacks, damaging the city’s Royal Opera House and many other buildings. The city’s architecture contains a heavy Baroque influence, and Malta is a major art destination, home to the National Museum of Fine Arts and the annual Valletta International Baroque Festival, held every January.

Valletta Port Facilities & Location

The Valletta cruise port is less than a mile from the city center. Within the cruise terminal, you’ll find standard amenities like restrooms, information centers, duty-free shops, and transportation services. The Valletta cruise terminal can accommodate multiple ships at once, so you’ll likely see passengers from other ships exploring the city center as well.

Transportation in Valletta

Taxis are a popular mode of transportation for tourists, and you’ll find taxis outside City Gate in Valletta. Taxis tend to have specific spots where they post up and will wait for passengers. If you’re renting a car, you can haggle on the rate sometimes, particularly during off-peak season from October to May in Malta. Hop on Bus 133 for a circular bus tour of the city, taking you around the city walls in about a half-hour. Buses are also commonly used for transportation in Valletta. Because of how walkable the interior of Valletta is, you probably won’t need to rent a car or motorbike unless you’re headed outside the city to neighboring towns or staying in town for more than a day.

Shopping Near the Valletta Cruise Port

On your cruise to Valletta, Malta, the majority of boutique shopping is in the city center, where many of the shops are family owned and operated. Leather, gold and silver jewelry, and souvenir stands for tourists are popular there. Many shops close on Sunday. You’ll also find a lot of lace for sale in Malta, as its one of the country’s most popular goods. Shopping centers and malls are further from the city center, and typically require a bus ride or car trip to get there.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

On your cruise to Valletta, Malta, the Euro is the primary currency you’ll use, and you’ll find ATMs scattered throughout the city. Tipping is polite, anywhere between 5-10% in restaurants and bars, as well as hotels. If you notice a service charge already included in a bill, you don’t have to put forth anything extra beyond that. Leaving a tip for a guided tour 10% for their service is also encouraged, and tipping a porter or bellhop one or two euros per bag is best practice. Round up to the nearest euro for taxi drivers, or a little more if they provide recommendations to you while on your ride.

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Port Valletta, Malta – a place to unwind

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Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta is an enticing, sun-drenched island that hosts cruise ships year-round. If you are lucky enough to have the island on your next cruise itinerary, with shore excursions from port Valletta, you’ll discover that Malta is in a class of its own.

Known as the City of Palaces, this warm and sunny place will inspire you to make Malta a destination you want to revisit. And not just once. In particular, the capital Valletta offers a rich culture, beautiful architecture, and Mediterranean cuisine to make your mouth water.

As your cruise ship eases into the harbor in Valletta, you’ll see the white, limestone city basking in year-round sunshine. Across the island’s urban and rural landscapes, the patina of this stone punctuates the land with age-old monuments, ruins of history, and architectural masterpieces.

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The Maltese way of life

Among Malta’s half a million residents, English is widely spoken, together with the local Maltese language mixed with Italian. The currency is in Euros, and infrastructure and facilities such as banking, transportation, and health care are of a high standard.

Typical of Mediterranean culture, food is central to daily life, with open-air markets and active fishing communities. The cuisine is rustic and seasonal. In addition to local foods, you’ll notice strong influences from Sicily and North Africa in its dishes.

Seafood is, of course, plentiful here. And fishing is a popular sport with both locals and visitors. Prime fishing waters along the coast offer plenty of opportunity for a spot of shore fishing or a chartered fishing trip with a local expert.

To experience the best gastronomic delights and local delicacies, we urge you to find a seat in the sun and try the local cafes and restaurants during your visit rather than return to your cruise ship for lunch.

A walking tour from Valletta cruise port

The cruise port in Valletta is just 1.5 km from the city center. There are two passenger terminals and berths for up to seven cruise ships at a time.

While taxis, local buses, and hop-on/hop-off buses are plentiful, you can walk from the cruise terminal into the city. The whole of Valletta is easy to navigate due to its compact size.

After you disembark your cruise ship, start by discovering Valletta Waterfront. Packed full of retail stores, food outlets, and entertainment, the historical “Pinto Stores” are identified by their colorful doors. Enjoy a stroll before heading into the historic center via the Barrakka lift, just a short walk away.

Ride the elevator for just 1 euro, and as you exit, head to the upper and lower Barrakka Gardens, and photograph the picture-perfect view over Malta ahead of you.

We recommend you start with a visit to The Grandmaster’s Palace in St. George’s Square. If you enjoy art and architecture, purchase skip-the-line tickets and go inside to see the breathtaking ceilings and incredible artwork.

Built over 500 years ago, the palace was once the seat of the heroic Knights of St. John and today is the official residence of the President of Malta.

From the palace, head to St. John’s Co-Cathedral. The floor inside is visually stunning, as are the rich artworks, artifacts, and tapestries.

Walk towards the Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck and browse the tiny shops along the way. Visit local artisans, and choose souvenirs , such as locally made filigree jewelry and pottery. Spend some time in this area as there is so much to see and plenty of cafes where you can sit to escape the heat.

Malta is packed with so much to see and experience it’ll be challenging to fit it all in during your day on shore.

And it’s for this reason that we recommend participating in a guided tour. Especially if you love history and architecture, choosing a half-day city tour with a knowledgeable guide will give you a fantastic insight into the culture of Malta and show you some stunning sights.

In addition, you’ll have air-conditioned transportation and entrance tickets to the major sights included in the price of your tour.

Valletta’s popular Hop-on/Hop-off bus

If you are a fan of the hop-on/hop-off buses, then you have two bus routes and a total of 46 stops to give you panoramic views of the island. The bus takes you around the city and out to some of the best fishing villages surrounding Valletta.

From the Valletta waterfront, you can find hop-on buses for both the blue and red routes. We like the red route. It takes you to the center of the city, St. Julien’s, Balluta Bay, and Sliema seafront, some of our favorite spots.

You will not have time to do both routes. If you have your heart set on visiting the stunning, ancient walled city of Mdina and nearby Rabat with its ruins of Domus Romana, then you’ll need the blue route.

Expect to pay around 25 euros per person for a 24-hour ticket, the minimum you can purchase even though you are stopping just for one day on your cruise.

Alternatively, local buses in Valletta run frequently and are generally very liable. Buy your ticket on board and bring euros if you want to pay cash. You will need the exact fare. Paying by card is also possible. Any single ticket within a two-hour radius costs 2 euros, and you’ll pay 3 euros in the evening.

Further afield – the best shore excursions from Port Valletta

Plan your shore excursions from port Valletta before your travel. It will be impossible to do everything the island offers in just one day. Take the time to read as much as you can about Malta, and then decide what kind of shore excursion you are looking for.

If you want to explore further afield, the surrounding area around Valletta is stunning. Pick the experience that you want to tick off your bucket list.

Sunday market at Marsaxlokk

If you are visiting on a Sunday, visit the fish market at Marsaxlokk. The attractive harbor is full of colorful fishing boats, and small cafes along the waterfront are great for relaxing. You’ll find all kinds of local food here. Try pixxispad , marinated and grilled swordfish, a specialty of Malta.

Local buses can take you from Valletta’s central bus station to Marsaxlokk, about 30 minutes from Valletta. The bus station is a 15 walk from the cruise terminal. Buses will be busy, so plan your return to your cruise ship in good time.

The Three Cities

Delve into authentic Malta and its rich history with a visit to The Three Cities.

Book a guided tour to explore the three fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua. With a combination of a walking tour together with taxi boat transfers, you will have time to see all the most important sites from the best viewing spots.

The charm of St. Julian’s

St. Julian’s historic fishing village and beautiful coastline make this an excellent choice for a shore excursion when visiting Malta. Just 20 minutes from Valletta, you can easily combine a visit to St. Julian’s with a guided tour of Valletta on the same day.

Discover a picturesque marina, luxury shopping, and a fantastic selection of restaurants in Portomaso Bay and Balluta Bay.

To reach St. Julien from the port in Valletta without a guided tour, walk 5 minutes to bus stop A15. Bus number TD13 gets you there in 18 minutes.

Gozo, Camino, and the Blue Lagoon

Malta’s sister islands, Gozo and Comino, are accessible by ferry from the harbor or by booking a guided tour by boat or catamaran.

Gozo is 5 km from the mainland and a 25-minute ferry ride. The island is a world away from the busy capital, Valletta. Dotted on the landscape are church spires and small villages. Explore the beautiful coastline and excellent hiking paths. In addition, if you love the water, there are some fantastic diving sites to experience and plenty of diving shops where you can rent diving equipment or snorkeling gear.

The island is developed just enough to have everything you need. It’s an idyllic spot where the pace of life is at a gentle nudge, and the locals have time to chat. With year-round sunshine, this is the best that nature has to offer.

Comino has no inhabitants and is entirely rural. It is famous for its Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon. And the beaches of Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay are equally enticing.

The Blue Lagoon gets thousands of visitors each year, and it can be hectic in the summer season. We recommend booking a shore excursion to take you there by boat and start as early as possible in the day. A reputable tour guide can pick you up at your cruise terminal. This is a full-day excursion and an unforgettable day out.

Popular tours from Valletta

Shore excursions offered by the cruise line can be expensive. If you prefer not to explore by yourselves, you can book an independent tour guide . Our favorite tours hosted by trusted suppliers such as Viator or GetYourGuide are those led by expert historians who live on the island.

Read the reviews and make up your mind before you book. A few of our favorite tours include

Full-day customized tour with pick up at the port with a visit to Marsaxlokk, the Three Cities, Mdina, and the Blue Grotto;

  • Visit Gozo and the Comino islands by boat or catamaran
  • The Valletta food tour – a fantastic opportunity to cook and eat with the locals.

Which cruise lines offer Malta as a port of call?

MSC Cruises offer cruises departing from Valletta during the summer of 2023 onboard MSC Divina. Extend your cruise holiday by arriving 3 or 4 days in Malta before your cruise begins to explore this beautiful island at your own pace.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line includes Valletta on their itinerary in the Meditteranean onboard Voyager of the Seas, departing from Athens, Greece, as part of a fantastic 9-night cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers Valletta as a port of call on a 9-night itinerary from Rome to the Greek Isles. You sail on Norwegian Breakaway.

Oceania Cruises visit Valletta on their 10-night Mediterranean voyage from Rome. Its luxury ship, Riviera, is a firm favorite with cruise travelers.

Celebrity Cruises from Athens to Barcelona include Valletta as a port of call on their Greek Isles cruise ending in Spain.

Silversea Cruises , an ultra-luxury cruise line , has a 10-night cruise, including Valletta, onboard the elegant cruise ship Silver Spirit, sailing from Rome to Venice.

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Valletta in Malta

Valletta is the capital city of Malta and is located on the eastern coast of the island. It is the smallest capital city in the European Union with a population of just over 6,000. The city was founded by the Knights of St. John in 1566 and has been the capital of the island ever since. Valletta is known for its historical and architectural significance. Its stunning Baroque architecture, cobbled streets, and fortifications have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also home to many important historical sites, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grandmaster’s Palace, and the National Museum of Archaeology. Valletta is located in the central part of the island and is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular destination for tourists due to its many attractions and its proximity to other towns and cities on the island. Valletta has a long and rich history, dating back to the 16th century when it was first founded. In 1565, the Great Siege of Malta took place, which saw the Knights of St. John successfully defend the city against the invading Ottoman Empire. In 1798, the French invaded Valletta and it became the capital of the French occupation of Malta. In 1800, the British took control of the city and it remained under their rule until 1964. Valletta is also home to many important events in history, such as the signing of the Treaty of Valletta in 1814, which ended the Napoleonic Wars. Today, Valletta is a thriving city that is home to many businesses, shops, and restaurants, as well as a vibrant nightlife. It is a popular destination for tourists and is known for its unique culture and history.

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Spring (March - May): Valletta experiences mild spring temperatures with average temperatures ranging from 12°C (54°F) to 21°C (70°F). Rainfall is light to moderate with occasional thunderstorms. Summer (June - August): Valletta experiences hot and dry weather with average temperatures ranging from 22°C (72°F) to 33°C (91°F). Rainfall is scarce. Autumn (September - November): Valletta experiences mild autumn temperatures with average temperatures ranging from 14°C (57°F) to 23°C (73°F). Rainfall is light to moderate with occasional thunderstorms. Winter (December - February): Valletta experiences mild winter temperatures with average temperatures ranging from 8°C (46°F) to 16°C (61°F). Rainfall is light to moderate with occasional thunderstorms.

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La Valletta, Malta

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Valetta is the capital of Malta and Europe’s smallest capital city. It is located on the biggest island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean.

  • Island Princess 2.657 passengers 30 Mar 2024 - 07:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 03 Apr 2024 - 10:00
  • Azura 3.737 passengers 04 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • Norwegian Epic 5.074 passengers 04 Apr 2024 - 13:30
  • Arcadia 1.904 passengers 09 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 10 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • Borealis 1.685 passengers 11 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • Azura 3.737 passengers 11 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • MSC Virtuosa 5.772 passengers 14 Apr 2024 - 07:00
  • Norwegian Epic 5.074 passengers 15 Apr 2024 - 13:30
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 17 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • Azura 3.737 passengers 18 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 20 Apr 2024 - 07:00
  • Oceania Vista 1.200 passengers 21 Apr 2024 - 06:00
  • Oceania Vista 1.200 passengers 21 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 22 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • AIDAprima 3.400 passengers 23 Apr 2024 - 10:00
  • Spirit of Adventure 1.000 passengers 24 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 24 Apr 2024 - 08:00
  • Royal Clipper 227 passengers 25 Apr 2024 - 00:00
  • AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 28 Mar 2024 - 20:00
  • Island Princess 2.657 passengers 30 Mar 2024 - 21:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 03 Apr 2024 - 18:00
  • Norwegian Epic 5.074 passengers 04 Apr 2024 - 22:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 10 Apr 2024 - 17:00
  • MSC Virtuosa 5.772 passengers 14 Apr 2024 - 19:00
  • Norwegian Epic 5.074 passengers 15 Apr 2024 - 22:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 17 Apr 2024 - 17:00
  • Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 20 Apr 2024 - 17:00
  • Oceania Vista 1.200 passengers 21 Apr 2024 - 18:00
  • AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 22 Apr 2024 - 22:00
  • AIDAprima 3.400 passengers 23 Apr 2024 - 20:00
  • MSC World Europa 6.774 passengers 24 Apr 2024 - 17:00
  • Spirit of Adventure 1.000 passengers 24 Apr 2024 - 17:00
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Coastal view of the sea wall and buildings in Valletta, Malta

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Three cannons on the coast of Valletta, Malta

Have the Malta Experience

Three cannons on the coast of Valletta, Malta

Despite its small size, Malta's history is pretty epic. The audio-visual presentation at Valletta's Malta Experience Museum takes less than an hour of your time and explains everything from the country's early origins as a trade hub to its role in the World War II resistance movements. Or check out Neolithic pottery and prehistoric art at the National Museum of Archaeology.

St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

Get Lost in Valletta's Streets

St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

Valletta's streets tell a living history, from churches like St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral and St. John's Co-Cathedral, to military buildings such as Fort St. Elmo and the Lascaris War Rooms. Don't miss the Grand Master's Palace, with everything from 16th-century armor to 18th-century tapestries depicting the first expeditions to the New World.

Upper Barrakka Gardens terrace in Valletta, Malta

Circle the City Walls

If you still doubt whether Malta is the sparkling treasure it appears to be from afar, take a walk around Valletta's imposing city walls. Hike up to their highest point at Upper Baracca Gardens, where you'll be met with gorgeous views of the historic city and the sparkling blue Mediterranean.

A bowl of Stuffat tal-Fenek, the national dish of Malta

Local Cuisine

Malta's culinary heritage is as eclectic as the rest of its history, with a mix of North African and European influences. Head to Valletta's port area to dine at one of the many seafood-focused restaurants for dishes like pixxispad , swordfrish fried in olive oil with lemon. Or seek out heartier fare like stuffat tal-fenek , a rabbit stew, or bragioli — thin slices of beef stuffed with bacon, egg and breadcrumbs and slowly cooked in red wine sauce.

An assortment of souvenir necklaces

If you're looking for postcards, keychains and other trinkets, check out the gift shop of the Malta Experience. For a more eclectic shopping experience, take a stroll down the city's Republic street, where vendors sell artisanal Maltese items like blown glass, filligree jewelry and pottery.

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Posted: June 5, 2023 | Last updated: June 5, 2023

<p>Nothing beats the thrill of seeing a destination come into view from the water as you travel on board a cruise ship. The first glimpse you'll get of a destination as you come in to dock is its port, and while some can be unattractive, others are simply beautiful and will inspire you to explore the destination further. These ports often offer something special for the visitor, whether it’s their top-notch facilities, stunning and iconic scenery or proximity to the area's hustle and bustle. Here is a look at some of the best cruise ports and ports of call worldwide.</p>

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Nothing beats the thrill of seeing a destination come into view from the water as you travel on board a cruise ship. The first glimpse you'll get of a destination as you come in to dock is its port, and while some can be unattractive, others are simply beautiful and will inspire you to explore the destination further. These ports often offer something special for the visitor, whether it’s their top-notch facilities, stunning and iconic scenery or proximity to the area's hustle and bustle. Here is a look at some of the best cruise ports and ports of call worldwide.

<p>This ancient city port has three harburs, making it the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Piraeus has religious and historic landmarks of its own, but Athens is only eight miles (13km) to the northeast and is easily accessible via a 30-minute metro ride or a 20- to 30-minute taxi ride. The port connects the peninsula with most Greek islands, and it’s the main stop for cruise ships touring the Aegean Sea. The port is reached by cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, NCL, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara, Silversea and Virgin Voyages.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/loveexploringUK?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=front"><strong>Love this? Follow us on Facebook for more travel inspiration</strong></a></p>

Piraeus port, Athens, Greece

This ancient city port has three harbours, making it the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Piraeus has religious and historic landmarks of its own, but Athens is only eight miles (13km) to the northeast and is easily accessible via a 30-minute metro ride or a 20- to 30-minute taxi ride. The port connects the peninsula with most Greek islands, and it’s the main stop for cruise ships touring the Aegean Sea. The port is reached by cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, NCL, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara, Silversea and Virgin Voyages.

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<p>The port of Singapore is one of the biggest in the world. There are two berthing facilities at the Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre, located next to the Marina South Pier. The port is close to attractions such as Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown and Marina Bay Sands. Singapore’s strategic location means the destination is often described as the gateway to southeast Asia. Some of the major cruise lines operating from there are Princess, Celebrity, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Holland American Line (HAL) and Silversea.</p>

Port of Singapore

The port of Singapore is one of the biggest in the world. There are two berthing facilities at the Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre, located next to the Marina South Pier. The port is close to attractions such as Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown and Marina Bay Sands. Singapore’s strategic location means the destination is often described as the gateway to southeast Asia. Some of the major cruise lines operating from there are Princess, Celebrity, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Holland American Line (HAL) and Silversea.

<p>The glamorous emirate of Dubai remains a major port of embarkation and a call for cruise travelers on itineraries to destinations in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. The city has two cruise ports, with two terminals in Port Rashid and two at the new Dubai Harbour, which opened in 2020. The latter have entertainment venues, leisure spaces and premium retail shopping areas. Dubai Harbour is directly linked with the city's transport network and monorail system and is visited by Carnival Corporation cruise line brands, while Port Rashid welcomes other major cruise lines.</p>

Ports of Dubai, UAE

The glamorous emirate of Dubai remains a major port of embarkation and a call for cruise travellers on itineraries to destinations in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. The city has two cruise ports, with two terminals in Port Rashid and two at the new Dubai Harbour, which opened in 2020. The latter have entertainment venues, leisure spaces and premium retail shopping areas. Dubai Harbour is directly linked with the city's transport network and monorail system and is visited by Carnival Corporation cruise line brands, while Port Rashid welcomes other major cruise lines.

<p>Seeing the port of Manhattan from the water is arguably one of the most iconic sights to be had from a cruise ship. Passengers can take in the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Governors Island. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is situated on the Hudson River on the city's west side in the Hell's Kitchen area. New York City has been serving cruise passengers longer than any other US city. From the port, it’s a taxi or subway ride into the city. Cruise lines berthing there include NCL, Cunard, Princess, P&O, Carnival, Oceania, Disney Cruise Line, Fred. Olsen and Viking.</p>

Manhattan Cruise Terminal, New York City, New York, USA

Seeing the port of Manhattan from the water is arguably one of the most iconic sights to be had from a cruise ship. Passengers can take in the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Governors Island. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is situated on the Hudson River on the city's west side in the Hell's Kitchen area. New York City has been serving cruise passengers longer than any other US city. From the port, it’s a taxi or subway ride into the city. Cruise lines berthing there include NCL, Cunard, Princess, P&O, Carnival, Oceania, Disney Cruise Line, Fred. Olsen and Viking.

<p>San Miguel de Cozumel port is at the heart of this Mexican island and is surrounded by beautiful clear water, a coral reef and miles of beaches offering snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities soon after you disembark. The buzzing city of San Miguel is also a short walk away and has many seafront shops and restaurants. Visitors can walk along the sea wall, El Malecon, and head to the main square. If there is time, ancient Mayan ruins can be explored too. Many ships docking at this port head on to the Caribbean and some of the cruise lines stopping here include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Marella, MSC and Princess.</p>

Port of San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico

San Miguel de Cozumel port is at the heart of this Mexican island and is surrounded by beautiful clear water, a coral reef and miles of beaches offering snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities soon after you disembark. The buzzing city of San Miguel is also a short walk away and has many seafront shops and restaurants. Visitors can walk along the sea wall, El Malecon, and head to the main square. If there is time, ancient Mayan ruins can be explored too. Many ships docking at this port head on to the Caribbean and some of the cruise lines stopping here include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Marella, MSC and Princess.

<p>The cruise terminal at the port of Cape Town is operated by the V&A Waterfront, a 304-acre neighborhood with shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment options. On the approach to the port, passengers can view the scenic bay and harbor and the mountains beyond. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to get a beautiful vista of the city that's within walking distance of the port. The major cruise lines heading to and from the port include Oceania, Seabourn, NCL, MSC and Regent Seven Seas.</p>

Port of Cape Town, South Africa

The cruise terminal at the port of Cape Town is operated by the V&A Waterfront, a 304-acre neighbourhood with shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment options. On the approach to the port, passengers can view the scenic bay and harbour and the mountains beyond. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to get a beautiful vista of the city that's within walking distance of the port. The major cruise lines heading to and from the port include Oceania, Seabourn, NCL, MSC and Regent Seven Seas.

<p>Cruise guests will enjoy magnificent views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord area as they head to the small cruise port. Lined by mountains and waterfalls, the fjord has a magical looking landscape and a very small village. Cruise lines offer excursions from the port, such as kayaking along the waterways, helicopter rides and hiking tours to amazing viewpoints like Eagle Bend and Dalsnibba mountain. Lines including Viking, Hurtigruten, Windstar, Silversea, HAL, Ponant, Celebrity and Cunard all have itineraries to the destination.</p>

Geirangerfjord Port, Norway

Cruise guests will enjoy magnificent views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord area as they head to the small cruise port. Lined by mountains and waterfalls, the fjord has a magical looking landscape and a very small village. Cruise lines offer excursions from the port, such as kayaking along the waterways, helicopter rides and hiking tours to amazing viewpoints like Eagle Bend and Dalsnibba mountain. Lines including Viking, Hurtigruten, Windstar, Silversea, HAL, Ponant, Celebrity and Cunard all have itineraries to the destination.

<p>Half Moon Cay is a 2,400-acre island retreat in the Bahamas, located 10 miles (16km) southeast of Nassau. The island is owned by Carnival Corporation and is therefore only a port of call for Carnival and Holland America Line, which use the island as part of their Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries. The paradise island has facilities for families, couples and groups. There are beach cabanas, bars with thatched roofs and hammocks for relaxing days spent swimming and sunbathing. For more active pursuits scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing, glass-bottom boating, cycling and hiking are all part of the offering.</p>

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Half Moon Cay is a 2,400-acre island retreat in the Bahamas, located 10 miles (16km) southeast of Nassau. The island is owned by Carnival Corporation and is therefore only a port of call for Carnival and Holland America Line, which use the island as part of their Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries. The paradise island has facilities for families, couples and groups. There are beach cabanas, bars with thatched roofs and hammocks for relaxing days spent swimming and sunbathing. For more active pursuits scuba diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, parasailing, glass-bottom boating, cycling and hiking are all part of the offering.

<p>Cruise ships enter the Port of Valletta via the impressive and historic Grand Harbour, which extends for about two miles (3.6km) inland on the island of Malta. Passengers disembarking the ships at Valletta Cruise Port can head to the neighboring historic Valletta harbor. The waterfront venue offers food, shopping and entertainment and some of the island's most impressive views and iconic ancient buildings. Malta is strategically positioned in the center of the Mediterranean offering eastern and western itineraries and is visited by cruise lines such as Celebrity, Marella, P&O, Oceania, Fred. Olsen, Princess and HAL.</p>

Port of Valletta, Malta

Cruise ships enter the Port of Valletta via the impressive and historic Grand Harbour, which extends for about two miles (3.6km) inland on the island of Malta. Passengers disembarking the ships at Valletta Cruise Port can head to the neighbouring historic Valletta harbour. The waterfront venue offers food, shopping and entertainment and some of the island's most impressive views and iconic ancient buildings. Malta is strategically positioned in the centre of the Mediterranean offering eastern and western itineraries and is visited by cruise lines such as Celebrity, Marella, P&O, Oceania, Fred. Olsen, Princess and HAL.

<p>The journey to the Greek island of Santorini offers some of the most beautiful views from the Mediterranean Sea. On the approach to the old port, passengers are met with scenes of whitewashed villages with cobalt-blue cupolas set high on the cliffs. Santorini's capital, Fira, can be reached from the port by tender dock and then by cable car, or by walking up 580 or so steps. Santorini is often the most popular cruising destination of all the Greek isles and is visited by lines including Marella, Celestyal, HAL, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Celebrity, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.</p>

Port of Skala, Santorini, Greece

The journey to the Greek island of Santorini offers some of the most beautiful views from the Mediterranean Sea. On the approach to the old port, passengers are met with scenes of whitewashed villages with cobalt-blue cupolas set high on the cliffs. Santorini's capital, Fira, can be reached from the port by tender dock and then by cable car, or by walking up 580 or so steps. Santorini is often the most popular cruising destination of all the Greek isles and is visited by lines including Marella, Celestyal, HAL, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Celebrity, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

<p>Cruise passengers arriving at the port on the UNESCO-listed Jeju Island in South Korea have the opportunity to explore secluded beaches, underground lava tunnels, caves and waterfalls. Jeju city is one mile (2km) from the port. The island was once a honeymoon destination for South Korean couples and is also home to an adults-only theme park called Love Land, which features more than a hundred erotic sculptures. Quirky cruise itinerary excursions also take in the Teddy Bear Museum. Among the cruise lines stopping at the island are Celebrity, Princess, HAL, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Oceania and Seabourn.</p>

Port of Jeju, South Korea

Cruise passengers arriving at the port on the UNESCO-listed Jeju Island in South Korea have the opportunity to explore secluded beaches, underground lava tunnels, caves and waterfalls. Jeju city is one mile (2km) from the port. The island was once a honeymoon destination for South Korean couples and is also home to an adults-only theme park called Love Land, which features more than a hundred erotic sculptures. Quirky cruise itinerary excursions also take in the Teddy Bear Museum. Among the cruise lines stopping at the island are Celebrity, Princess, HAL, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Oceania and Seabourn.

<p>The Port of Haifa is directly linked with downtown Haifa and it only takes a few minutes to walk to the railway station, or around 15 minutes to walk to the city center. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and its main attraction is the Bahá’í World Centre and surrounding Bahá’í gardens. The National Museum, Mount Carmel national park, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space and the Haifa Museum of Art are also worth a visit. The port welcomes HAL, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Azamara, Princess Cruises and NCL, among other cruise lines.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/129810/the-worlds-most-beautiful-cruise-ships?page=1"><strong>Want more cruise inspiration? Check out the world's most beautiful cruise ships</strong></a></p>

Port of Haifa, Israel

The Port of Haifa is directly linked with downtown Haifa and it only takes a few minutes to walk to the railway station, or around 15 minutes to walk to the city centre. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and its main attraction is the Bahá’í World Centre and surrounding Bahá’í gardens. The National Museum, Mount Carmel national park, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space and the Haifa Museum of Art are also worth a visit. The port welcomes HAL, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Azamara, Princess Cruises and NCL, among other cruise lines.

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<p>Dubrovnik's main cruise port is located around two miles (3km) away from the Old Town. Most of the cruise ships dock here although some moor in front of the old port, where visitors can then take a tender boat to shore. The old port has UNESCO World Heritage status and is one of the busiest and most beautiful cruise ports in Europe. Dubrovnik’s medieval walled town can be discovered on foot and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The port of call is reached by cruise lines including NCL, HAL, Costa, P&O, Marella, Cunard, Celebrity, Emerald, Marella and Viking.</p>

Dubrovnik Cruise Port, Croatia

Dubrovnik's main cruise port is located around two miles (3km) away from the Old Town. Most of the cruise ships dock here although some moor in front of the old port, where visitors can then take a tender boat to shore. The old port has UNESCO World Heritage status and is one of the busiest and most beautiful cruise ports in Europe. Dubrovnik’s medieval walled town can be discovered on foot and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The port of call is reached by cruise lines including NCL, HAL, Costa, P&O, Marella, Cunard, Celebrity, Emerald, Marella and Viking.

<p>The Port of Lisbon is the third-largest port in Portugal. While cruising into it along the Tagus River, the impressive structures of the Belem Tower, Discoveries Monument and Cristo Rei statue of Christ – as well as the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge – are all within sight. Lisbon center and all its attractions can be reached on a short walk from the cruise port. From Lisbon, it's easy to take day trips to resort towns such as Estoril, Sintra and Fatima. Princess, Virgin Voyages, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival, Windstar and Oceania all include ports of call at the destination.</p>

Port of Lisbon, Portugal

The Port of Lisbon is the third-largest port in Portugal. While cruising into it along the Tagus River, the impressive structures of the Belem Tower, Discoveries Monument and Cristo Rei statue of Christ – as well as the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge – are all within sight. Lisbon centre and all its attractions can be reached on a short walk from the cruise port. From Lisbon, it's easy to take day trips to resort towns such as Estoril, Sintra and Fatima. Princess, Virgin Voyages, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival, Windstar and Oceania all include ports of call at the destination.

<p>The port of Miami is often referred to as the cruise capital of the world, welcoming more cruise passengers to its terminals than any other port. Miami's geographic position makes it easily accessible to the Caribbean and Latin America on cruise itineraries. MSC Cruises recently began work on its new £265 million ($350m) terminal at the port, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2023. It will have three berths for mega cruise ships, making it North America’s largest cruise terminal. Virgin Voyages opened a dedicated cruise terminal there earlier this year. The three-story Terminal V hosts the line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, and will be joined by Valiant Lady later this year. </p>

PortMiami, Florida, USA

The port of Miami is often referred to as the cruise capital of the world, welcoming more cruise passengers to its terminals than any other port. Miami's geographic position makes it easily accessible to the Caribbean and Latin America on cruise itineraries. MSC Cruises recently began work on its new £265 million ($350m) terminal at the port, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2023. It will have three berths for mega cruise ships, making it North America’s largest cruise terminal. Virgin Voyages opened a dedicated cruise terminal there earlier this year. The three-storey Terminal V hosts the line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, and will be joined by Valiant Lady later this year. 

<p>Passengers are immediately welcomed to Harbour Point Village when they arrive ashore on the small island of St. Maarten, affectionately known as "the Friendly Island". The island’s colorful capital, Philipsburg, can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. This town has plenty of Dutch charm, great shopping in the form of duty-free outlets, souvenir shops and market stalls, as well as bars and restaurants. There are plenty of watersports available too. This beautiful island is visited by Carnival, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, Princess,  P&O, NCL and HAL, to name a few.</p>

Port St. Maarten, Caribbean

Passengers are immediately welcomed to Harbour Point Village when they arrive ashore on the small island of St. Maarten, affectionately known as "the Friendly Island". The island’s colourful capital, Philipsburg, can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. This town has plenty of Dutch charm, great shopping in the form of duty-free outlets, souvenir shops and market stalls, as well as bars and restaurants. There are plenty of watersports available too. This beautiful island is visited by Carnival, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, Princess,  P&O, NCL and HAL, to name a few.

<p>The Port of Barcelona is a launching-off point for many Mediterranean cruises and has one of the highest concentrations of cruise passengers in Europe. Within it is the old harbor, Port Vell, and at the foot of the port is the city’s famous boulevard, La Rambla, which stretches through the heart of the city center. The thoroughfare can be reached on foot or by a cruise shuttle bus from the cruise terminals. The port is a draw for major cruise lines including Viking, Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Marella and Virgin Voyages.</p>

Port of Barcelona, Spain

The Port of Barcelona is a launching-off point for many Mediterranean cruises and has one of the highest concentrations of cruise passengers in Europe. Within it is the old harbour, Port Vell, and at the foot of the port is the city’s famous boulevard, La Rambla, which stretches through the heart of the city centre. The thoroughfare can be reached on foot or by a cruise shuttle bus from the cruise terminals. The port is a draw for major cruise lines including Viking, Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Marella and Virgin Voyages.

<p>Havana Harbour and the cruise terminal at Havana port are located on the eastern edge of this Cuban city, while Old Havana is almost on the doorstep of the cruise terminal. From there, passengers can walk to Plaza San Francisco, one of Old Havana's four main squares, while further south is seaside boulevard the Malecón. The city's central park is also accessible on foot, although a journey in a vintage taxi is a must. If your cruise is coming from Tampa, Key West, Miami or Cozumel, Havana is likely to be on your route, with cruise lines including Viking, Marella, Variety and Royal Caribbean all paying a visit. </p>

Havana Port, Cuba

Havana Harbour and the cruise terminal at Havana port are located on the eastern edge of this Cuban city, while Old Havana is almost on the doorstep of the cruise terminal. From there, passengers can walk to Plaza San Francisco, one of Old Havana's four main squares, while further south is seaside boulevard the Malecón. The city's central park is also accessible on foot, although a journey in a vintage taxi is a must. If your cruise is coming from Tampa, Key West, Miami or Cozumel, Havana is likely to be on your route, with cruise lines including Viking, Marella, Variety and Royal Caribbean all paying a visit. 

<p>The Port of Livorno is considered a major Italian port and is located on the western coast of the beautiful region of Tuscany. The destination is a popular cruise center, thanks to its close proximity to Pisa and Florence. Both cities are easy to reach by train after a shuttle bus transfer from the cruise terminal. It's then a 15-minute train journey from Livorno to Pisa, or just over an hour to Florence. The port destination is used by cruise lines including P&O, Marella, Royal Caribbean, HAL, Fred. Olsen, Carnival, MSC, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas.</p>

Port of Livorno, Italy

The Port of Livorno is considered a major Italian port and is located on the western coast of the beautiful region of Tuscany. The destination is a popular cruise centre, thanks to its close proximity to Pisa and Florence. Both cities are easy to reach by train after a shuttle bus transfer from the cruise terminal. It's then a 15-minute train journey from Livorno to Pisa, or just over an hour to Florence. The port destination is used by cruise lines including P&O, Marella, Royal Caribbean, HAL, Fred. Olsen, Carnival, MSC, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas.

<p>The port of Stockholm is one of the busiest in Europe and shortly after arriving ashore, passengers can visit the stunning city from one of two major cruise terminals: Stadsgarden and Frihamnen. The Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden located on the island of Lidingö in front of Frihamnen port. More of the city’s famous museums – such as ABBA The Museum, the Viking Museum and the maritime-focused Vasa Museum – are conveniently located on the city's island oasis of Djurgården. NCL, Royal Caribbean, Viking, Regent and Ponant all include itineraries to Stockholm.</p>

Port of Stockholm, Sweden

The port of Stockholm is one of the busiest in Europe and shortly after arriving ashore, passengers can visit the stunning city from one of two major cruise terminals: Stadsgarden and Frihamnen. The Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden located on the island of Lidingö in front of Frihamnen port. More of the city’s famous museums – such as ABBA The Museum, the Viking Museum and the maritime-focused Vasa Museum – are conveniently located on the city's island oasis of Djurgården. NCL, Royal Caribbean, Viking, Regent and Ponant all include itineraries to Stockholm.

<p>At the port of Key West in Florida, the main attractions are all in close proximity as the island city is only four miles long by two miles wide. The old town has historic buildings, art galleries, tropical gardens, shops, vintage saloons, restaurants and bars. Also situated there are The Hemingway Home and Museum and the famous Sloppy Joe's bar, which has been in Key West since 1933. Thanks to its year-round tropical climate, cruise passengers can snorkel or dive in the coral reefs and wrecks surrounding the port. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Princess, Celebrity, P&O and Virgin Voyages regularly call here.</p>

Port of Key West, Florida, USA

At the port of Key West in Florida, the main attractions are all in close proximity as the island city is only four miles long by two miles wide. The old town has historic buildings, art galleries, tropical gardens, shops, vintage saloons, restaurants and bars. Also situated there are The Hemingway Home and Museum and the famous Sloppy Joe's bar, which has been in Key West since 1933. Thanks to its year-round tropical climate, cruise passengers can snorkel or dive in the coral reefs and wrecks surrounding the port. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Princess, Celebrity, P&O and Virgin Voyages regularly call here.

<p>With its central Caribbean location, San Juan cruise port in Puerto Rico is a modern world cruise capital. San Juan offers old world charm and natural wonders. Old San Juan is a historic landmark, with 16th- and 17th-century Spanish-style buildings and the fortresses of San Cristobal and El Morro. There are also many shops, lively cafés and restaurants to visit. Natural beauty lies in San Juan's beaches and verdant El Yunque National Forest. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, P&O, Celebrity, Silversea and Disney Cruise Line all head here.</p>

Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico

With its central Caribbean location, San Juan cruise port in Puerto Rico is a modern world cruise capital. San Juan offers old world charm and natural wonders. Old San Juan is a historic landmark, with 16th- and 17th-century Spanish-style buildings and the fortresses of San Cristobal and El Morro. There are also many shops, lively cafés and restaurants to visit. Natural beauty lies in San Juan's beaches and verdant El Yunque National Forest. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, P&O, Celebrity, Silversea and Disney Cruise Line all head here.

<p>With iconic sights such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Sydney is one of the world’s great port cities. Cruise ships glide past these iconic structures and through the dramatic sandstone passage cliffs of The Heads that lead to and from the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the only Australian city to have two dedicated cruise terminals and thanks to its size, visitors will be able to see plenty there in a day or two. Cruise lines docking here include NCL, Cunard, Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Oceania and Virgin Voyages.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/110902/beloved-cruise-ships-that-will-never-sail-again?page=1"><strong>These cruise ships will never sail again</strong></a></p>

Port of Sydney, Australia

With iconic sights such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Sydney is one of the world’s great port cities. Cruise ships glide past these iconic structures and through the dramatic sandstone passage cliffs of The Heads that lead to and from the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the only Australian city to have two dedicated cruise terminals and thanks to its size, visitors will be able to see plenty there in a day or two. Cruise lines docking here include NCL, Cunard, Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Oceania and Virgin Voyages.

These cruise ships will never sail again

<p>Venice is one of the most stunning cities to cruise into, passing sites such as St Mark’s Square as the ship leaves the Adriatic Sea to enter a narrow entrance called the Porto di Lido, on the way to the piers at the Venetian Lagoon and the Venice Cruise Terminal. However, since 2021<strong>,</strong> medium and large cruise ships have been banned from Venice's historic center until further notice, due to environmental concerns. Instead, they currently moor at Marghera, a district of Venice on the Italian mainland. P&O, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Marella, Princess, Azamara, MSC, HAL, Oceania and many others call at the destination.</p>

Port of Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most stunning cities to cruise into, passing sites such as St Mark’s Square as the ship leaves the Adriatic Sea to enter a narrow entrance called the Porto di Lido, on the way to the piers at the Venetian Lagoon and the Venice Cruise Terminal. However, since 2021 ,  medium and large cruise ships have been banned from Venice's historic centre until further notice, due to environmental concerns. Instead, they currently moor at Marghera, a district of Venice on the Italian mainland. P&O, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Marella, Princess, Azamara, MSC, HAL, Oceania and many others call at the destination.

<p>Cruise passengers are in for something special as they enter the port at the Bay of Kotor. The ship wends its way through a 17-mile (27km) waterway offering fjord-like views of mountains and leading to the old walled city of Kotor. The old city dates back to the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with attractive buildings, churches, squares and stone streets. It is a short walk from the cruise port and has small shops and restaurants to stop off at. The destination is reached by cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). </p>

Port of Kotor, Montenegro

Cruise passengers are in for something special as they enter the port at the Bay of Kotor. The ship wends its way through a 17-mile (27km) waterway offering fjord-like views of mountains and leading to the old walled city of Kotor. The old city dates back to the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with attractive buildings, churches, squares and stone streets. It is a short walk from the cruise port and has small shops and restaurants to stop off at. The destination is reached by cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). 

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