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8 TUI Cruises Malta (Valletta) Cruise Reviews

We are a family of 4, been cruising for several years now. Was our first time on mein schiff 6 and definetely the last. The advertisments for this cruise show smiling people having a good time but none such person was in sight on this ... Read More
We are a family of 4, been cruising for several years now. Was our first time on mein schiff 6 and definetely the last. The advertisments for this cruise show smiling people having a good time but none such person was in sight on this cruise. In all our travel we have never experienced anything like that. During the whole week we were treated like rubbish by other passengers. Our son was even physically abused by an old man in the pool. He pushed him under the water and smashed him to the wall of the pool. All of this happened because a 10yr old boy splashed some water while swimming. By the way the man was over 1m away. When reported we were told that the man was pissed off. As if it is acceptable to physically and verbally abuse children. Cruise personnel were helpful and polite. Food choice was good. Hygiene excellent. Balcony cabin was small for 4 persons. Was always clean and ready. No entertainment during the day which made days at sea boring. Shore excursions were taken with maltese rep. Most passengers we met were selfless and arrogant, so to all people who would like a nice relaxing holiday for the family don't even try to consider going on a Mein schiff. Mein schiff is catered for german people only and not for any other nationality. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise based on Main Schiff reputation for excellence and because of the ports we would be visiting and the excursions available. I think the ports of call are great, and Main Schiff has a strength in being port ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise based on Main Schiff reputation for excellence and because of the ports we would be visiting and the excursions available. I think the ports of call are great, and Main Schiff has a strength in being port heavy for travelers who like to maximize time exploring countries like me. There was good onboarding and offboarding during ports of call, organized and efficient. We would go back just to see some of the crew that waited on us they were so wonderful. We took mostly tours from independent operators as we got off the ship ... I loved all the different public rooms. So many places to gather and socialize. Service was excellent and the crew aimed to please. Nice! This was a great experience and would be lucky if we do it again. Gorgeous ship, great food, excellent service . Thank You !!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Status of cabins was comparatively excellent, as well as their cleanliness. In larger diners, presentation of food was repetitive and one of the family caught a stomach bug. In other restaurants the fare was much better and recommendable. ... Read More
Status of cabins was comparatively excellent, as well as their cleanliness. In larger diners, presentation of food was repetitive and one of the family caught a stomach bug. In other restaurants the fare was much better and recommendable. There was only a duo and a group presenting the same music on different ship levels and this was somewhat mediocre. All inclusive aspect was very positive. Bus on one of the excursions did not have air-conditioning working and this was eventually replaced. Some uncontrolled children in the pools, as well as persons who drank too much marred the expected relaxation atmosphere. Worst experience was use of the warped steps of the main pool where a family member slipped and was quite bruised. This was not a one-off incident as other persons were observed sipping from the same steps, however administration exonerated themselves by stating that they observed Health & Safety precautions although in my opinion better maintenance was wanting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Starting in Barcelona we did not have air fare or hotel the night before. Good ship, but dreadful service. The cabin is OK, not too big. There is a More than 500 (!!!) bad mannered children on the ship - horrible! Unfortunately ... Read More
Starting in Barcelona we did not have air fare or hotel the night before. Good ship, but dreadful service. The cabin is OK, not too big. There is a More than 500 (!!!) bad mannered children on the ship - horrible! Unfortunately there was not a chance to relx because there were to many children in every corner of the ship. We used the balcony of our cabin to enjoy a bit. Food was very poor in the "Atlantik" restaurants, it may be better in the speciality restaurants where you have to pay additional. The "pre-paid-restaurants" are all very full, often you have to wait half an hour to get in. In Speciality restaurants was always enough space but they are quite expensive. Included wine from the tap is not drinkable, there are some good wines in Außenalster-Bar, but not in the restaurants. Staff is very often not ablke to talk english or german. When ordering anything in a restaurant you have to point in the menu what you like, otherwise you will not get what you said because youl will be misunderstood. Entertainment is OK. There is a theatre and a shooping mall. Pool seems to be big, but isnt´t because only 1,30 m deep and screaming children wherever you are. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Outstanding cruise... we booked the junior suite, huge room, balcony and bathroom, free mini-bar and gifts almost every night (chocolate, lotions, herbal teas, etc.). Access to the X-lounge, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks fully ... Read More
Outstanding cruise... we booked the junior suite, huge room, balcony and bathroom, free mini-bar and gifts almost every night (chocolate, lotions, herbal teas, etc.). Access to the X-lounge, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks fully covered. Great restaurants, Palatial gym, super shows... Staff was really friendly and helpful... The ships are German so the primary language is German. However all the staff speak English and safety announcements are made in both German and English. There were several English, Italian and French speakers on the cruise and we had no problems understanding the crew... Also, no room service - but there is a bistro open 24/7. Basically, the best cruise we've ever had. We liked it so much we are going back on another cruise next year... I recommend this cruise line to anyone, don't worry about the German language... Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Since we live in Malta and the cruise was a Malta to Malta one, the holiday started early in the day. We boarded the ship in the morning and could easily go round the ship while it was still uncrowded. Cabins and luggages were ready in ... Read More
Since we live in Malta and the cruise was a Malta to Malta one, the holiday started early in the day. We boarded the ship in the morning and could easily go round the ship while it was still uncrowded. Cabins and luggages were ready in the afternoon but in the meantime, we enjoyed the nice food and drinks. The cruise is 'all inclusive' and therefore it was very comfortable and all barmen around the ship were nice and helpful. At first we were a bit reluctant sailing on an all-German ship since we are English speaking and no knowledge of German. However, this was not much of a setback because many of the crew speak English and we were very welcome when dining at a restaurant, with the waiter handing us the menu in English. Every bar we went to was an English list of drinks indicating which were inclusive and which were not so this added to us being relaxed. The only thing that we could not follow were announcements because these were not spoken in English. However, we were told that should there be an emergency, the announcement would be relayed in English. We greatly enjoyed the fact that it is a freestyle dining and food in both the inclusive restaurants and the buffet were of very good quality. The entertainment was mostly in German, and attended only the ones including dancing (no language) and singing (mainly in English), and these were of a very good standard. Cabin are spacious which was very welcome and services by all staff is of good quality and standard. The excursions were organised by our travel agent in Malta and were conducted in English so, again, no language barrier there. Both embarkation and disembarkation were orderly conducted and this added to excellent rating of the company. All in all, the cruise, although dearer than other cruises Malta to Malta, was comfortable and outstanding Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My mother has always wanted to go on a cruise, particularly after watching a tv show set on the MS Deutschland (she's German, my dad's Maltese, so I'm split down the middle!). I was never that enthusiastic, but I decided to ... Read More
My mother has always wanted to go on a cruise, particularly after watching a tv show set on the MS Deutschland (she's German, my dad's Maltese, so I'm split down the middle!). I was never that enthusiastic, but I decided to make her happy this years, and I honestly was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Also, we live in Malta, so getting on board was simply a matter of driving down to the harbour and getting on - although be warned - there's a long line for passport control and to get the board card which you use to buy anything and as a key card, so you might want to board a couple of hours later than the travel agent advises. The cruise itself, though, AMAZING. Of course, my mother and I are both fluent in German, so we understood everything, all the announcements, all the signs, etc. However I don't agree with whoever said non-Germans were not welcomed. Every week there's a group of between 100-200 Maltese on board the Mein Schiff, they have their own tour leader aboard, and they seemed happy whenever we chatted with them. Why do so many Maltese go on the Mein Schiff cruises? I suspect the reason is the all-inclusive concept, which was one of my reasons for choosing the cruise - to give an example, it's not just the usual pizza/pasta/burgers that are free (and being Germans, some sausage too), but two huge restaurants with varieties of dining, and a snack bar, a pizza place, a tapas bar. Talking about the buffet alone, you had so many varieties of food, whether meat and potatoes, salads, pasta, etc. My highlight was a Wok station where you could choose noodles/rice, different fresh meats (duck, beef, etc) or fish, veg, sauces, and the chefs would stir-fry it there and then. And the breakfasts! OMG, the breakfasts. Oh dear. I must stop writing about food, but just let me mention that on the last day at sea there was a champagne and caviar breakfast. Yes, as part of the inclusive breakfast. For those who prefer to get their nutrients in liquid fashion, all the bars were fee-free, except for some items, clearly marked on the menu, which you had to pay extra for. My mum and I worked our way through a whole list of cocktails, with or without alcohol, all without shelling out an extra penny. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and clean, and every evening Fedel, our cabin attendant left a choccy on our beds! I do have some niggles - yes, Germans do have a habit of racing to any dining area 2 minutes before opening time and then occupying their seats until the restaurant closes. And Maltese in large groups can be pretty loud and obnoxious. The only thing that really bothered me and I couldn't shrug off that easily were the children. So many children packing the relatively small pool day in day out. And even as I complain, I remember my last day when I was feeling a bit low and three preteen German kids gave me a ship newsletter they had prepared during their stay - so, I guess they weren't so bad, either. I wasn't too happy with the excursions organized by our local agency - they showed the typical Maltese obsession with packing as many sights and visits into one trip so as to feel we got value for money. All I got out of it was tendinitis of my Achilles heel tendon (my most hated tendon, now) which I'm still feeling now. I do agree with another reviewer that the tendering was a bit of a pain in the neck, but what can you do? I would recommend this to anyone who feels like a holiday where they can be pampered for a few days! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We embarked on Mein Schiff on 7 th August from Malta to East Mediterranean. We had an inside cabin(quad) since we were travelling with children. Cabin size was adequate though on other cruise liners a cabin of the same category was larger. ... Read More
We embarked on Mein Schiff on 7 th August from Malta to East Mediterranean. We had an inside cabin(quad) since we were travelling with children. Cabin size was adequate though on other cruise liners a cabin of the same category was larger. We were very disappointed with the quality of food. We were expecting the same dining experience that we had on other cruise liners. The fish restaurant was very good but you have to book and it is almost fully booked. Regards activities, almost nothing is organized. No animation or games by the pool,no table tennis tournaments. Since we spent 2 days at sea because we didn't disembark at Mykonos because the sea was a bit rough, it got very boring. Also the ship is not very stable.It moves a lot with the least sea swell. Entertainment in the theatre was quite ok but it was not provided everyday. If someone asks me if I would go on a Mein Schiff cruise again, the answer would be a definately NO. The only thing which is better on Mein Schiff which you don't find on other ships is that most drinks including cocktails are inclusive. In fact, for a non drinker like me, it was the only thing that kept us from being totally disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
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