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Two Viking cruiseliners will make the Grand Harbour their home port this summer

As from July, the international line Vikings Cruiseliners through its cruiseliners Viking Venus and Viking Sea will be using the Grand Harbour as their homeporting base for 11 Mediterranean destinations.

These ships will sail to Croatia, Greece and Italy as well as Gozo. These cruiseliners are expected to draw American clients who are already vaccinated.

This was announced during a media conference by the Minister for Tourism, Clayton Bartolo, in the presence of the Chief Executive of Valletta Cruise Port and CEO of Global Ports Holding, Stephen Xuereb.

Minister Bartolo explained that these cruiseliners maintain a high level health protocols with the crew and passengers undergoing a daily testing process known as the ‘non-invasive saliva PCR test’.

He said the manner in which Viking operates is a clear example of how public health and tourism can comply with each other. American tourists will be able to spend nights in Malta to the benefit of the country’s economy.

Stephen Xuereb maintained that although the pandemic has hit the cruising industry, this has been a busy time for Valletta Cruise Port where, together with a number of stakeholders, important work has taken place on a number of initiatives including the Grand Harbour Clean Air process that will reduce pollution generation in the Grand Harbour area by 90% and has taken place on an investment of €49.9 million.