Viking will be adding a third luxury liner to its Valletta Grand Harbour homeporting operation this summer, adding a third ship to its sail roundtrip voyages from Valletta, Malta.
From July, Viking Star will join the Viking Venus and Viking Sea and will sail a new 11-day itinerary between Malta and the Western Mediterranean.
The liners are expected to attract mainly American tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Chairman of the company, Torstein Hagen, thanked the Government of Malta for being a supportive destination partner as Viking starts to welcome back guests on board for ocean voyages.
“Malta’s central position in the Mediterranean, as well as its historic sites and many cultural experiences, make it is an ideal destination for travellers who want to explore the Mediterranean from the comfort of a Viking vessel. We are pleased with the response we have received thus far, and we look forward to introducing even more guests to this fantastic European country.”
Guests on the Malta and Western Med itenary will overnight in Valletta, and then sail to Sicily, Italy and Spain, calling in Messina, Naples (Pompeii), Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Genoa and Barcelona, after which it will return to Valletta.
Those on the Malta and Adriatic Jewels itinerary will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Montenegro and Croatia, calling in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik, before returning to the Maltese archipelago, with a stop in Gozo and finally back to Valletta.
Lastly, guests on the Malta and Greek Isles Discovery itinerary will also overnight in Valletta and then sail to Greece, calling in Kalamata, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes and Souda Bay, before returning to Valletta.
The change could hit smaller establishments negatively
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