Both me and my partner booked the full day Comino cruise, with the intention of spending a long time at the Blue Lagoon. We paid 25 Euro's each which included transport from the hotel. All in all, the price seemed very reasonable initially, and the sales advisor at St Georges Park hotel was friendly and advised us we would get a significant amount of time at the Blue Lagoon.
This is where it all went pear shaped, when we got up the next morning to take the cruise. As advised, we were downstairs and on the transport by half past 8 in the morning, arriving at the boat for ten to nine. Not bad, however the seating on the Fernandes II boat was extremely limited, and both ourselves and the majority of passengers were left sitting on blue mats on the floor. The boat didnt leave until 10am, and we didnt get to the blue lagoon until half past 1.
As instructed, we were told to return to the boat by half past 3 (so much for a good amount of time at the blue lagoon) and returned to Sliema at half past 5. In total we spent almost 7 hours on a boat, just for a 2 hour visit to the blue lagoon. None of this was mentioned by the sales adviser, and when we complained to the manager, she became very rude and told us "relax, you are on holiday", point blank refusing to aknowledge our issue. After speaking to other tourist reps, they told us we should have had at least 3 hours at Blue lagoon. After complaining at the head office, and also raising the issue that our backs were killing us after being cooped up on the floor for an extremely large amount of time, we were compensated with 2 free city sightseeing passes (again, be wary of these, there are 3 different routes and the pass doesn't cover them all, each route cost 15 euros). All in all we both felt very ripped off from Captain Morgan, and even when asking sales staff at a different hotel they refused to mention how long you would get at the blue lagoon. They also failed to mention that the cruise will take an extended time due to them packing on more customers to drop them off as part of other cruises. Nice of them to mention that it will be part cruise, part taxi.
I would strongly recommend avoiding this cruise, (my back hurt for 2 days after that trip) and if you are taking young children (value for the whole family the booklet and website say) its really not worth your time. An all week bus pass and the ferry cost are way cheaper, and will allow you a lot more time at the blue lagoon which is absolutely breathtaking by the way.
The only upside to the cruise was the captian, who couldnt be blamed for the mis-selling of the cruise and did provide entertaining commentary along the way.
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