MSC Meraviglia Europe Cruise Review: Malta

MSC Meraviglia Europe Cruise Review: Malta

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everyday cruisers after sailing all night through the
Sicilian channel we have arrived in Malta this morning we passed through the
beautiful beautiful Maltese archipelago which is three islands Gozo camino and
malta we are here now in Valletta Malta where we’re going to be spending the day
this folks is an absolutely incredible morning sail in and again we have really
really lucked out with the weather it is gorgeous it’s warm there’s no
breeze I think that if we can get through this day without rain we’re just
gonna be so thankful this will be day number two of absolute perfect weather
alright so so much in store for today today we are going to be doing a really
cool tour if you watched yesterday’s vlog you may remember us saying that we
are touring today with rolling geeks rolling geeks is kind of like a GPS lead
golf cart tour so we’re going to be taking a ferry to the rolling geeks head
office I guess you could say and getting onboard our golf cart and we’re gonna be
touring the three cities area this is a totally new experience for us we don’t
know what to expect but as always when we were looking for excursions and for
something to do here in Malta one of our subscribers you know who you are told us
about this awesome tour and we jumped right on it we thought that is so
perfect for our family so as always we love our community and we thank you all
so much for helping us to plan this trip because really all of the inspiration
for our daily activities has come from you guys so we’re gonna relax for the
next little bit I don’t even think we’re gonna get off the ship until about
eleven o’clock so it’s some bail can you time for us we’re going to enjoy this
spectacular view and then head up to the Yacht Club for some breakfast and then a
regroup pack our little shore day bag and head ashore we are enjoying breakfast with a
beautiful view of Malta here in the Yacht Club restaurant which is on Dec 18
there is no Deck 17 on these ships just kind of a superstition I guess so I
ordered eggs benedict and jr. ordered some beautiful french toast in the sight
of whipped cream and fresh fruit so we’re dipping his blackberries in the
whipped cream and eating that is absolutely lovely mr. cruise tips TV got
his favorite meal a and we are going to go back to the room as I mentioned
earlier we’re going ashore today so we have to pack our short a bag this
morning we couldn’t decide where we wanted to eat we popped up to the pool
deck to see if we wanted to eat at the buffet out there but it was a little bit
chilly so we opted to settle in here and we’re glad we did it’s really peaceful
and relaxing and of course hello this view is absolutely gorgeous all right we caught the ferry from
Valletta to the three cities you just walk until you see the signs
that say ferry and then you pay when you get on we got two round-trip tickets for
about six euro actually I’m sorry that was three round-trip tickets for six
euro that’s two adults and one child and we’re off Wow what city is little Dubai but oh ok a
little divine yeah it’s a historic place it’s more than okay after you go back to
the same world until a pool there is a big pool you can see on the right of the
world and it’s from a 13 Studios so the pool is empty because there is no film
enough but oh you’re kidding you can’t tell the difference yes the
peninsula was appropriated and turned into a fortified Citadel we are rollin rollin rollin Mr. CTTV
a little heavy on the pedal there joking whoa all right well that was fast
here we are in our rollin geeks golf cart so our guide is taking us for about
a kilometer and then we’re on our own mr. CTTV it is driving and these
things are zippy they’re really really fast we do have to remember to drive on
the left side of the road right junior they’re like don’t forget you need to
drive on the left side of the road so this adventure is officially underway
chillin okay we’re gonna call that big brother for the day so that is our GPS navigation big brother so the manager at the rolling geeks
office told us we needed to relax make lots of stops we have a full two and a
half hours we don’t need to rush you don’t have anything to worry about so
that’s exactly what we’ve done as you can see we have the ocean behind us we
just passed some kind of a significant building but we’re we’re having a hard
time absorbing all of it because it’s happening so fast I can’t remember the
name of the building anyway this is a ton of fun the golf cart ran though is a
little bit accelerator happy so when we first we first got in the thing just
shot out of the little lot and we are just having a little bit of trouble
figuring out how to stabilize the speed but it’s all good it’s all fun the
brakes work just fine so not too worried about it
if you’re coming to malta this is a really really fun thing to do very
different very much off the beaten path so a little note about the weather today
on the ferry over this morning I would actually have described the weather is
hot it was bright and sunny the Sun was beating down on us it was probably close
to 80 degrees now there’s a bit of cloud cover and this breeze came in as soon as
we as soon as our ferry parked it turned cold very very quickly so we’re super
glad that we brought our jackets because we definitely need them especially when
the cart gets rolling so let’s go to our next stop this is my speed baby this is my speed make a u-turn if possible immediately I
haven’t driven on the left side of the road for over 20 years I feel like I
picked it up like I’m riding the bike it’s not too bad the roundabouts can be
a little bit hairy oh oh pardon me turn left right now and there’s cars like zooming
around us I think it’s like speed controlled or something has to be the SMS and vintage other changes
prisoners were members of the Turkish government responsible for the … so we’re actually in the opposite side
of the harbor from where we started from if we have enough time that we get to
stop and get a drink we made about probably five totally wrong turns the
cool thing about this excursion or this activity is that the rolling geeks
office watches you Big Brother style the whole time and when you make a wrong
turn they let you know so they call you and they turn you around and it’s pretty
cool service I think it probably happens quite a lot because there’s a lot of
very sharp turns and confusing terms and sometimes the the GPS seems to lose and
lose its satellite connection so it’s just par for the course so if you do
this tour and you get called by the Home Office don’t feel bad it’s totally
normal but I would like to go on record officially saying that I, .. I reverse
parallel parked a golf cart with one try oh that was a raindrop that just hit me
in the head so ladies and gentlemen behold my parking job now we’re gonna go
get a cocktail oh it’s raining you feel that let’s go get a drink this waterfront area is lined with cute
little restaurants where you can stop and either get a drink or a drink and
some snacks so we’ve actually decided to kind of settle in for a little lunch the
name of the place that we’re eating at is called Debreeze the eating place it
looks like if these casual little shacks but when you sit down they have full
menus full wine list great selection of beer my son even got a hot chocolate you
know it’s really good so we have ordered some fish and chips and a Maltese
platter of no idea what a Maltese platter is but it sounded like something
that we needed to try and junior got chicken strips and chips chicken sticks and
chips so we are going to fuel up we’re really really super hungry it’s way past
lunchtime and then we’re gonna drive our little golf cart back to the rolling
geeks headquarters and then head back to the ship well it’s 10 after 4:00 and when we
stopped for lunch this way right here when we stopped for lunch we thought that our
tour was basically over with rolling geek so we’re like taking our time and
thought oh we’re just back you know golf cart and just roll back over to the
office well we got back in our cart and they’re like oh no you have 35 minutes
left on the tour well they all needed to use the restroom
and we’re concerned about the all-important time because what happened
is when we booked this tour MSC had said that the ship was going to be leaving
port at 6 well somewhere along the line they changed it to 5 p.m. so all aboard
time is it 4:30 which is in 20 minutes now we’re fine we just took the ferry
back we have 20 minutes to do like a 10 minute walk so we’re gonna be ok
but I want to say that is the closest would you say that’s the closest we’ve
ever pushed it he’s nodding yeah that’s the closest we have ever pushed our all
aboard time we were a little nervous there for a minute going ok well there’s
no other option that you have to take a ferry from 3 cities back to Valletta so
lesson to you guys be careful we’re okay but you got to be careful so anyway
we’re headed back to the beautiful Meraviglia and believe do you have
reservations tonight you guys for Cirque du Soleil for dinner and a show at 6:15
so we’re gonna go get ready and we’ll see you if there we’re at dinner in the
Yacht Club restaurant we actually decided to postpone our Cirque de Soleil
show because it was a long day today we just didn’t feel we had quite enough
time to get ready for dinner and a show by 6:15 the sail away that we had in
Malta was just so spectacular so it was very very kind of the yacht club
director to reschedule that for us he was so sweet he overheard my son and I
talking about it in the bar and he offered to get on the phone
and reschedule for us definitely an example of the service that you get in
the yacht club here on MSC Meraviglia it’s really above and beyond what you’re
accustomed to on a cruise it’s just very special it’s hard to explain until
you’re experiencing it for a little while getting to know the staff but it’s
pretty incredible all right priorities priorities guys
today’s drink of the day is the Aperol spritz this is another item from the
Yacht Club drink menu I have seen this drink on Instagram several times and I
thought I would never get that it’s a Aperol didn’t think I liked Aperol and
what is the other what else is a the other, oh Aperol, Prosecco and club soda well I
didn’t really think that I liked Prosecco or Aperol but this drink was
served to us on embarkation day it was our welcome drink and I fell in love
with it so cheers to you drink of the day today is the Aperol spritz and it is
lovely after a long day of port port activity super refreshing kind of
citrusy and fruity but the club soda gives it kind of just not sweet goes
down easy and I’ll have another kind of effect on you so anyhow I’m not sure if
we’re gonna make it past dinner tonight we are definitely on that West Coast
schedule so it’s been difficult for us to rally after dinner but we’ll see what
the night holds we’re going to be having a couple of courses here and then
venturing off to see what’s going on in the ship tonight I heard that there is a
white party but we didn’t exactly make it to the white party tonight again
we’re on West Coast time you guys and it’s nine o’clock and we’re just about
tuckered out here but this ship is alive people are walking around they’re
dressed and why they’re ready to go there is no sign of winding down around
here we’ve had an awesome night after dinner we just roamed around and took in
all the energy of the gallery of Meraviglia with one of the dome shows the
little dance party off to the side there’s so many cute little kids
tonight hanging out with their families and just enjoying being on vacation now
we are probably gonna go hit the hay so we will see you all in Barcelona for a
wonderful day we’re so excited to be back in Barcelona after gosh has it been
so really been 20 years you guys it’s been 20 years since we’ve been to Spain
if you don’t know our family story very well mr. CTTV and I actually lived in
Madrid for six months back in the mid 90s before we settled down and got
married and it was just such a fun time so it’s very sentimental experience for
us to be going back to Barcelona so we’re gonna go get some rest to get
geared up for an export day and until tomorrow folks we’ll see you on the high
seas thanks so much for following along

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55 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for taking us along with you and your amazing adventure. Sincerely Adventures of David and Aaron

  2. I believe Malta's port is impressive especially with all the restaurations going on…..love this beauty and i try to show it on my channel….well done for the video 👍👍

  3. Amazing day! Thanks so much for sharing. I definitely will need to add this trip to my bucket list. Also, I just wanted to say how beautiful you look, Sherri.

  4. Such an enjoyable adventure. Digging those carts and the built-in GPS. Tempted to purchase an Insta 360 every time I watch your videos. Awesome as usual. – Tony

  5. Loved it once more, can’t wait for Barcelona… something for the next cruise: what about “drinkS of the day “?

  6. What an exciting day in the beautiful Malta. I had to laugh at Jr and the Mom and Dad kiss! Keep it up y'all, kids need to see the love between their parents! And being able to embarrass your kiddo a little bit is fun too! Xo Susan

  7. I understand about being tried at 9 !! when we cruise we do some much during the day and are up so early with excitement we are ready for bed at 10 !!! .Looks like you are all enjoying yourself and thats the main thing xx

  8. Love the video, it would have been lovely if you had time to walk the beautiful streets of Valletta not enough time I guess in ports but it looks like you enjoyed it, my son is having his wedding in Malta on the side you stopped for lunch there is a beautiful reception place there with that amazing view his future wife is an Aussie so they are all looking forward to the destination wedding in Malta 🇲🇹 we have lots of family there so we love going there for 2 to 3 months of the year, although I have grown up here in Australia that is still home to me 🇦🇺🇲🇹💕

  9. Hey Sheri,it’s always a joy to watch your videos. You and MrCTTV and Jnr Editor have the right approach to holidays…..everyday is a gift so enjoy it! 😁

  10. Wow! Awesome video. After that, I'm going to have to put Malta on my Cruise To do List, not to mention the golf cart tour. That looked FUN. Thanks!

  11. Awesome video on what looks like an awesome cruise! Starting to wonder if, after the 2021 cruise aboard the Summit, if maybe a European sailing isn’t in order (neither have us have been to Europe thus far).

  12. Sheri you had so much fun….love! I totally enjoyed following along. Awesome. Simply awesome. Bit scary…re all aboard time

  13. Your ferry ride and cart tour looked so much more enjoyable than the hot slow open air tour bus we road in last July when it was 95f hot! I like that you can stop wherever and whenever you want! I like the foot kicks that Mr. CruisetipsTV and Junior did! Good job driving on the left side and parking the cart! 😎

  14. I loved this vlog! That golf cart tour seemed like so much fun. I'd be nervous about driving on the left side of the road, but you guys made it look effortless! (like riding a bike, lol) Jr Editor made me laugh, no PDAs in front of the kids! 🙂 How was your food in the little cafe?

  15. Those golf cart tours seemed like it was interesting and fun. Was it hard listening and driving and being able to absorb it all? I just kept thinking about my cars GPS and always.. recalculating Haha

  16. "He overheard my son & I talking about it at the bar." Do you & Jr. Editor hang out at the bar often. Lol
    Love the video. GPS guided tour looked like loads of fun.

  17. OMG we are SOOO going to do that tour! what a beautiful city to explore….i'd get lost in the winding alleys getting back to their head office for the carts 🙂 so glad you shared this! thx!

  18. Thanks for your recommendation at perfect timing! You have mentioned Rolling Geeks either on your podcast or YouTube right before I was going on MSC Bellissima a couple weeks ago. I did this excursion myself last week and have to say it was one of the highlights of our trip! It’s a unique way to see the three cities, the only way to see it up close. Zipping through the alleys and seeing the sights that can never be seen on a bus, Malta is so memorable with this tour.

  19. Ok… when you were driving and hit the bump halfway through, I spit my wine out I laughed so hard! The golf cart looked so fun!!

  20. We're in Valletta in June, sailing on the MSC Bellissima. We're thinking of doing the Rolling Geeks tour. Thanks for that🇿🇦

  21. Fantastic vlog! That excursion looked like SO much fun omg! I just love you guys. Please let me know what camera you are using when Mr. CTTV gets those overhead shots of the family walking! I love that angle! That’s so dope! ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  22. Sherri, I really enjoyed your golf cart tour. There were a lot of nice sites to see. Your drink looks good enough to drink. The ship looks beautiful.

  23. Sheri – we are doing a Mediterranean cruise soon – besides a binder (because we are only taking backpacks) what would you recommend keeping all documents for shore excursions and itinerary together and in order.

  24. I let a few episodes build up before I watch….watching all available episodes today…what a fantastic trip so far!! That VIEW 😮 😯 … btw you look absolutely stunning in that shade of pink/rose – today’s shirt and last nights dress! Now…back to the video! 😃

  25. Thanks for sharing! Did you reserve with Rolling Geeks ahead of time? Also, I love the top you’re wearing, do you mind sharing where you purchased it?

  26. One of our cruise stops this October is Malta. We were looking for some ideas for shore excursions and this just has to be it. Thanks for the info.

  27. Love following along on your cruise adventures. We are somewhat seasoned travelers on land and air, but for some reason are just now taking our first cruise! As a working to be more social introvert, I never thought I wanted to be on a crowded ship with a lot of people. You make it look and sound easy and enjoyable. We are leaving for Princess land tour and cruise to Alaska in a few weeks and all your wonderful wisdom and knowledge have been so helpful in preparing to pack. Makes me want to plan several more cruises already. A little off topic, but girlfriend, you need to share what you are wearing and makeup in your descriptions for us girly girls who need to be in the know about such things. 😉 I was lusting after your lipstick color and top or dress in one of your videos where you are wearing Maui Jim sunglasses. Needs a new pair of those too! Thanks again for all you and your sweet family's hard work (and play) on your brilliant videos.

  28. That looked like fun. When we were in Malta, we visited the National War Museum. It was fantastic. We all learned so much. We found the city of Valletta to be very walkable if you don't want to book an excursion, just walk around and visit any of the museums of your choice.

  29. I'm thinking about going on the msc meraviglia or the carnival breeze which one do you think is the best and why

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