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Day 12: Valletta, Malta

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Norwegian Jade arrived in Valletta, Malta before breakfast, and passengers were already going ashore by the time we ventured onto our balcony.


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Valletta's historic Grand Harbour was busy with cruise ships, tankers, ferries, and other vessels both large and small.


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Fortifications on the cliffs around the port were a reminder that Malta has been the site of many battles and bombardments over the centuries.


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The inevitable "hop on, hop off" sightseeing bus was parked outside the port gate, near a row of taxis.


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When we left Norwegian Jade after breakfast, a ship's photographer disguised as a Maltese falcon was available for posed photo ops.


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Farther along the hull, bundles of plastic were being unloaded for recycling.


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The MV Zenith of CDF Croisieres de France was moored behind Norwegian Jade.


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A map in the cruise terminal gave an overview of the waterfront. (Click here for a larger version of the map.)


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As we left the wharf, we saw the first of many horse-drawn carriages in Valletta. (A roof over the loading area offered protection from the sun for the horses and their wranglers.)


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The horses were supplied with water, and we suspected that the wranglers would have appreciated a jug of iced tea.


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A sign pointed to a local tourist attraction, and another sign beneath it was written in Maltese and English.


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Our immediate destination was the Upper Barrakka Lift, an elevator that would take us to the city center on top of the cliffs.



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When we reached the lift, we saw a long ticket line, so we decided to skip the 25-second elevator ride and take the stairs.


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The stairs proved to be the better choice, because there were several landings where we could enjoy views and take photos during our 190-foot or 58-meter ascent.


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Despite the heat, we survived our walk to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where the viewing platform overlooked Norwegian Jade and the Grand Harbour.


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Norwegian Jade cruise photos:
Introduction to Photo Diary
Day 1: Departure from Venice
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Santorini
Day 5: Kuşadasi
Day 6: Piraeus
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Civitavecchia
Day 9: Livorno
Day 10: Cannes
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Valletta
Day 13: Messina
Day 14: At Sea
Day 15: Arrival in Venice

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