Our driver was a little late in picking us up, but on reaching Sliema where the boat was to leave from, other coaches were just arriving with other passengers, so there wasn't a problem. Once the captain gave the say-so, we all boarded and my husband and I were lucky to get seats in the front section of the boat. The captain went through some safety procedures and made sure we all knew where the lifejackets were, and off we went. The music was playing (not too loudly), the sun was shining and the sea was calm, but then we entered open water and it did get a little rocky, so it wasn't too long before I began to feel a bit queasy!! However, I was determined not to let that spoil my trip so just had to grin and bear it and I kept my eye on the horizon, which always helps to make me feel a little better.
As an extra to the cruise (10EU per person) a power boat trip was offered for the time spent at the Blue Lagoon in Comino to visit some of the caves, so we paid for that as it sounded quite exciting. Not far into the cruise, the crew came round with sandwiches, but I wasn't too keen on them as there were olives and capers on them, two things which I just do not like, plus I was still feeling queasy, so I didn't eat much of them. My husband enjoyed them and so did most of the other passengers.
On arrival at the Blue Lagoon, we stopped for lunch and some people took the opportunity of swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue water. Then the power boat arrived, complete with its two 300hp engines!! Wow, it looked superb and, although I was a bit wary of how I would feel on board, I was really looking forward to the experience.
|Turkish Gulet that we sailed on|
Some views on board the boat:
|Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples|
|Cruise boats in the Grand Harbour|
We walked back to the hotel for drinks on the balcony and then I think I was sleeping before my head hit the pillow!!