Back from “the Secrets of the South Mediterranean” cruise: Rome, Malta, Algeria, Tunisia, Sardinia, Valencia, and Barcelona via Viking Ocean Cruises. "Bookended" Rome and Barcelona with additional non-cruise days; highly recommended. Great time with friends.
Booking the cruise; boarding process; and settling into the cabin all excellent. One of the party had a slight mishap and lost her passport just prior to departure. She had to stay back to visit the US Embassy in Rome and get an emergency replacement, but Viking provided good support and assistance to get her to the next port of call, Malta.
Malta has a long and colorful history. Viking Excursion tour guide was well versed in local history and culture. Many stops and ample opportunity to mix with locals. English is a legacy language in Malta, it being a former British Empire colony. Lots of local history of WWII during which the Maltese people suffered greatly.
Our cabin was right next to the elevators at the aft portion of the ship. NO PROBLEMS!!! I was concerned about noise from other passengers near the elevator, but it was absolutely quiet. And very convenient: was able to access all floors with the elevators so close; on the same side of the ship as the self-laundrette (Viking provides free use of the washer and dryer; plus soap; and softener). Great Value. Good Balconies on the Port Side of the ship. Cabin itself was very clean; daily linen; roomy for two; exceptional housekeeping.
Excellent, beautiful city; people; and opportunities. Very clean. Amazing food.