Valletta, the of the island nation Malta, is a wonderful city for all travelers. It’s packed with many interesting things to do. There is a deep sense of history and culture in Valletta, which you will notice upon arriving in the city. Those who are especially interested in the 16th century Crusades will enjoy spending time in Valletta, as there are many museums and relics left over from the war. There is also a nice variety of shops, restaurants, street performances and outdoor activities for those who aren’t so much into history (and you don’t even have to leave the port to find it!). While Valletta is a walkable city, it may pose a challenge for those who are limited in mobility, as there are many steps and steep hills.
A great time to visit Valletta is in the fall (September to November), when the weather is dry and sunny.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Valletta, along with a brief description:
♦ Gardens and Harbors
The Grand Harbor offers the most scenic views in all of Valletta. There is also the Valletta Waterfront (a promenade with restaurants, shops, and historic buildings), and Marsamxett Harbour (great for watching yachts and viewing the skyline). Among the gardens you can visit are the Upper Barrakka Gardens (offering a panoramic view of the Grand Harbor), Lower Barrakka Gardens (features a few temples and plaques dedicated to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution), Hasting Gardens (located on top of St. John and St. Michael’s Bastion), and Gardjola Gardens (also overlooking the Grand Harbor).
♦ Great Museums
When spending time in Valletta, you have the opportunity to learn about all sorts of fascinating topics. Among the museums you can check out in Valletta include the National Museum of Archaeology, the National War Museum, Fort St. Angelo, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Malta Postal Museum, and the Malta Maritime Museum.
♦ Churches & Cathedrals
You simply cannot take a cruise from Valletta without admiring some of its gorgeous churches and cathedrals. Some of the buildings that are worth checking out include St. John’s Co-Cathedral (featuring 16th century Baroque architecture & museum), St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, the Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the Church of Our Lady of Victories. Many of these churches/cathedrals have an interesting history in addition to a breathtaking design.
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