P&O Cruises’ mid-sized cruise ship, Oceana is to home port from the cruise port of Valletta in Malta during 2017 and 2018.
Edward Zammit Lewis, who is the Minister for Tourism in Malta said that the home porting of P&O Cruises’ Oceana in Malta “is exciting for the tourism sector” and that he looks forward to further developing a relationship with P&O Cruises.
Over 100,000 passengers are expected to be handled through the fly and cruise program on Oceana during 2017.
The Minister said “It is primarily thanks to such initiatives that Malta’s cruise sector has been successfully evolving and growing from one which was exclusively a port-of-call, to one which now includes home-porting that benefits the Maltese tourism industry in various ways,” adding that homeport cruises were important to the economy with pre- and post-stays and more passengers using the airport.
The Minister for Tourism also remarked that the cruise market also breathes new life into the Maltese harbours and assists urban regeneration.
Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port said "We are proud to be the homeport of choice for P&O Oceana throughout seasons 2017 and 2018. Malta is a vibrant destination and this is reflected in the port of Valletta and all the ongoing activities around the Grand Harbour region and the Capital City. Valletta Cruise Port prides itself of its close collaboration with all cruise lines. Our distinctive capabilities include a central position in the Mediterranean, sound port infrastructure and services, destination attractiveness and a diverse product offering, outstanding service delivery, and more importantly our reliability and flexibility."