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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)
    Ship Details

    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

    Reviews

    Celebrity Edge Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    Cdresser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Pure Bliss on Edge in an Edge Villa
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    Richard js
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    The Ugly...The Bad...The Good
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Palamos, Marseille ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Palamos
    • Day 3
      Marseille
    • Day 4
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 5
      Saint-Tropez
    • Day 6
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 7
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 9
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 10
      Sorrento
    • Day 11
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    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.

    Reviews
    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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    alldog49
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Still Love Oceania
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    Verotogo
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Our First Cruise on Oceania Was Outstanding!
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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

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Monaco
    Visiting:
    Florence, Rome ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 2
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 3
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 4
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 5
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 6
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 7
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Alicante
    • Day 9
      Valencia
    • Day 10
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 11
      Barcelona
    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.

    Reviews
    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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    bluewaterdan
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    WARNING: It's not the same Oceania as the past, huge disappointment
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A ship in decline...sadly
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    • 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

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Istanbul, Kusadasi ... 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
      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
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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    0.0/5

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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

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Malta (Valletta)

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Venice, Split ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Malta (Valletta) Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Venice
    • Day 3
      Split
    • Day 4
      Kotor
    • Day 5
      Corfu
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Santorini
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 11
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 12
      Sorrento
    • Day 13
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    CruiserFromMaine
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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    Andelle01
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    What is wrong Crystal?!
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • 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)