Malta's location in the Mediterranean has given its strategic importance as a naval base and this has led to many powers that have taken over Malta throughout its history. Why this is an important fact for visitors and cruise ship passengers today due to the multitude of architectural styles, cultural influences, fascinating traditions, and the wonderful cuisine that has been left behind. Officially known as the Republic of Malta, it is now independent and considered a Southern European Island Country that consists of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.

Now a popular tourist and Malta shore excursions destination, the cruise ship port La Valletta (or simply Valletta) is often just called Malta. There are many cruise lines that make stops in the Malta ports including MSC, AIDA, P&O, Princess, Carnival, Costa, NCL, Pullmantur, Regent Seven Seas, Viking Ocean, Celebrity, Cruise and Maritime, TUI, Azamara, Windstar, Holland, Seabourn, Oceania, Silversea, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen, Crystal, and Cunard.

But, the cuisine, the beaches, and the many museums are also excursions you might want to think about. Ruled by over 12 powers over the centuries has left behind both the descendants and the traditions of many, which makes for great food, interesting festivals, and some fascinating cultural oddities. Ask what they do for a baby's first birthday, for example, or what a bride wears on her wedding day. Your excursion guide will happily give you further tips on what is great to see and do in Malta and answer whatever questions he/she can. But, whatever you choose to see, or do, you are sure to enjoy your visit/cruise in this cultural paradise.