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“A must to do while in Malta”
Review of Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises
Ranked #1 of 16 Tours in Bugibba
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We offer two tours. Both tours depart from the Bugibba Jetty Monday to Saturday at 10.30am to 5.30pm. Option A - Comino + Blue Lagoon + Caves: 20euro. This cruise is attractive for all you beach lovers and island explorers. We stop on Comino island in the Blue Lagoon for 4.5 hours. Paradise to the beach lovers you've seen the image of the stunning Blue Lagoon on enough postcards, its time to check out the real thing. An afternoon here provides ample time for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. You can enjoy the crystal clear waters by using our free snorkels aboard or the 10 meter water slide from the top deck. If you are not a swimmer or want to explore the untouched beauty of Comino, with its breathtaking views and old history, you can walk up to the St. Maria tower built in 1618 A.D., the St. Maria Battery, or the old church built in 1716 A.D and enjoy the wonderful views of Malta and Gozo from the cliffs of Comino. Option B - Comino + Blue Lagoon + Gozo + Caves 25euro. Do it all in one day. This trip includes a 3 hour stop in Gozo and 1.5 hours on Comino. During the 3 hour stop one can explore the Island of Gozo by using our organised minibus tours which will take you to see Dwejra, Fungus Rock, the inland Sea, stop at Ta' Pinu church, Citadel (the old fortified city), Victoria (the capital city) and bypass Xewkija church.
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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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“A must to do while in Malta”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Did their Comino & Gozo trip, very good value & also their Valletta harbour cruise. And just as Kevin said we would remember these trips as the best part of our holiday in Malta, he was certainly right. Kevin by the way was a member of the crew & was very informative & friendly.
We were picked up from & returned to our hotel, all included in the price. Two great trips.

Visited October 2012
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“A good day out”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were picked up from the hotel by minibus and taken to the jetty on the far side of Bugibba – could probably have walked it easily enough! The MV Keppel used to sail up and doon the watter on the Clyde – Malta is at least sunnier.

They took us first to Comino – the island between Malta and Gozo – and the Blue Lagoon. Here we had a choice – either stay at the Blue Lagoon for four hours or have a quick swim and go to Gozo for a minibus tour of that island. We chose the latter option; by chance the weather was a bit blustery that day, and the normally clear blue waters were thoroughly stirred up and murky. It even rained that day! (and I don’t think it rains much in Malta).

I think on a normal day Comino would be a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon – there are a couple of tiny beaches where the boat drops off, with three or four caravans selling sandwiches, ice cream, lemonade and other such essentials. 10 euros will get you a day’s hire of deckchairs and sunbrella. Unfortunately, when you are there for an hour, the price is still 10 euros. The beach is so small that it is a struggle to find somewhere else to sit!

We got back on the boat and went off to Gozo – there was a minibus waiting for us which took us first to the Citadella, in the centre of Victoria (aka Rabat). They gave us a couple of hours to wander round – great views from the citadel walls, a few lace and other craft shops, an excellent trompe d’oeil ceiling in the tiny cathedral – it seems they ran out of money before building the dome so they painted it on the flat ceiling.

The minibus then took us to Dwejra – location of the Azure Window, an impressive rock arch; also Fungus Rock, a stack with anomalous plants and lizards – you can’t access it; and the Inland Sea. It looks to me as if a cave had cut through the cliff and a dome had fallen in, leaving a shallow lagoon connected to the sea by a tunnel. The geology round here is mostly limestone, and we saw lots of stacks, arches and caves as the boat took us round the islands. Dwejra also had deposits of (I think) sandstone, with lots of fossils – I found an information panel which said they were a type of sea urchin.

The minibus took us back to the harbour, and then we cruised round the north coast of Comino and back to Malta.

Visited September 2012
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Chorley, England
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

I'm not going to drone on and on about this because it's probably already been said. Well worth the money if it just went to Comino alone. Excellent, one of the highlights of our holiday

Visited October 2012
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County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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“Friendly and efficient boat. Best Day we had in Malta”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

If you can not be bothered to read my whole lenghty review below, then JUST GO ON THIS TRIP. TOP MARKS

We decided early on our holiday to Malta that we wanted to see all the Maltese Islands and so went on a Captain Morgan tour at 40 euros each. This tour was unfortunately cut slightly short due to supposed bad weather and included a buffet lunch that unfortunately did not impress.

This is not to say it was a bad tour. It wasn't. Indeed it made us love the blue lagoon at Comino and so consequently this is why I am here writing this review of Hornblower cruises.

We decided that the blue lagoon was worth another visit, but not at 80 euros for 2 people.

A girl named Kat stopped us on the street and was very nice and not too pushy and suggested that for 30 euros we could both go to the blue lagoon.

We mulled this over whilst surfing the net in nearby McDonalds and decided this was a good idea.

When we went back later to see her she was unfortunately gone. In her place however was Kevin, the chap who runs the boat (I beleive her husband?)

Anyway, he too was friendly and we told him we would call back. We went on up the street and Kat was up there selling tickets too.

She remembered us from earlier so we bought the tickets from her there and then.

Next Morning, Roderick the van driver arrived on time in his clean and modern Transit and took us safely to the bugibba jetty where we boarded the solidly constructed MV Keppel.

We had loads of time in comino to go to the tower, eat some fast foot, swim to cominotto, play in the lagoon and even jump off the boat into the water and take some pics of me floating on my Li-Lo like a big kid.

Before setting off homeward bound, Kevin explained how his vessel was one of the most solidly constructed on the island and how he spent the price of an average house giving it a full mechanical over-haul just last year.

I like to see a well run family business and an owner who cares about his boat.

Kevin was that man.

I reccomend his trip to all who come to Malta

We will be back!

For info, We travelled on the 5/10/2012

Alan - Northern Ireland

Visited October 2012
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“Memories of childhood”
Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Was passing by myriad of boat trip sellers when my wife stopped to talk to one.this person was the son of the owner of Hornblower cruises and it was then I saw the name of the vessel and was sold straight away.It happened to be theMV Keppel the former Largs toMillport passenger ferry.The ship is now 50 yrs old but still far better than the rest of the boats that do these trips.Spacious with ample seating and small cafe deck it was very relaxing whilst other tours seemed shoe horned into the boats.For 20 euro an all day trip to comino Blue Lagoon and Gozo with a tour of 3hrs ashore well worth the effort with additional small add ons if required such as speedboat to enter caves.Spoke to the owner who told me that he had sailed the boat from Rothesay to Malta taking 28 days but that included a stopover of 7 days in Algeria due to bad weather.If you want a relaxed well looked after with decent commentary on sights and history then I would urge you to go Calmac in Malta.

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