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About Malta (Valletta)

Sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy; once you are in the protected harbor, it feels as though modern civilization has disappeared. Oh, you can see a car or two driving on the winding streets amid the limestone battlements, crenellated castles and hillside structures, but they seem terribly out of place and unexpected.

Never mind that Malta, which owns 7,000 years of intriguing history, is fully modernized and contemporary. What you see when entering Valletta Harbor are the formidable defensive stone battlements of forts pockmarked by war guarding the strategic waterway. Cream-colored buildings and ancient church steeples grow out of the twisting streets and hillsides. In the bay and channels, Malta's colorful luzzo boats, fishing craft resembling an elf's shoe, ply the waters in the wake of modern giant cruise ships and tankers.

Valletta was built by the Knights of St. John as a place to take care of wounded soldiers and pilgrims during the Crusades in the 16th century. Its unique landscape and ancient buildings have appeared in films such as "Troy," "Gladiator," "Captain Phillips" and "World War Z." This tiny Mediterranean country is part of an archipelago of five islands, only three of which are inhabited. Cruise ships visit the island of Malta and the port of Valletta (designed by a colleague of Michelangelo).

Malta has been inhabited since 5000 B.C. and was colonized by the Phoenicians in 1000 B.C. Then, the islands went in turn to the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and the Spanish, who handed them over to the Knights of the Order of St. John in a "perpetual lease" in 1533; this lasted until Napoleon seized control in 1798. The Maltese did not like the French, however, and rebelled by seeking aid from Great Britain; Malta became a British protectorate in 1800 and a part of the British Empire in 1814. Later, it shook off the British, as well, and was granted independence in 1964. Since 1974, Malta is a republic under the British Commonwealth.

The influence of all of these cultures is evident in Malta, with the Roman period seemingly taking precedence.


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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Catania, Malta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Catania
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Nafplion
    • Day 9
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Naples
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Beautiful and innovative with outstanding accommodations and extensive dining choices

    Cons

    Expensive upcharge restaurants, spa and drinks; nighttime entertainment lacks variety

    Bottom Line

    A hip-at-heart ship that may challenge the expectations of experienced cruisers

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    Celebrity Edge Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5

    Celebrity Cruises set out to design its newest and most technologically advanced ship, Celebrit...

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    TravelBuddie
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Perfect weather cruise
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    dack
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Modern, relax ship
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Istanbul, Kusadasi ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Kusadasi
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Barcelona
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    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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    Celebrity Apex Reviews

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    0.0/5

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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Split, Argostoli ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Split
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Argostoli (Kefalonia)
    • Day 5
      Chania
    • Day 6
      Rhodes
    • Day 7
      Kusadasi
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 10
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 10
      Mgarr
    • Day 11
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 12
      Naples
    • Day 13
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

    Cons

    Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

    Bottom Line

    A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers

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    Nieuw Amsterdam Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Nieuw Amsterdam is a ship whose name is associated with a rich and celebrated history for Holla...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Jan 4, 2020. Fun family cruise.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Windy!
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Taormina, Malta ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Argostoli (Kefalonia)
    • Day 6
      Kotor
    • Day 7
      Zadar
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

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    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    JuneEl
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fantastic Cruise, Service, Food, Spa, and Activities for Suite Seniors.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Loved the Infinity!!!
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Ravenna, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Ravenna (Bologna)
    • Day 3
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 6
      Catania
    • Day 7
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 9
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 10
      Portofino
    • Day 11
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    Ship Details

    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide a...

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    Maxie Henry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not as Good as Before!
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    KlaessonM
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We expected more value for our money
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