Updated: Huge cruise ship anchors off Gozo
Adds picture - The Holland America cruise liner Noordam this morning became the largest cruise ship to stop off Gozo when it dropped anchor between Comino and Mgarr.
The 82,000-ton leviathan left Grand Harbour at 7.00 a.m. and sailed along Malta's East coast to Gozo, where it will be disembarking some 600 passengers for a tour lasting several hours.
This is the third Holland America Line cruise ship to call in Gozo after the Rotterdam and Prinsendam which called late last year. Mifsud Brothers Ltd. – Malta Cruise Services are handling the excursions in Gozo. Gollcher are the ship agents.
Tours have been designed to showcase the best that Gozo has to offer. These include a "Taste of Gozo" where guests have the opportunity to savour local wine and specially baked bread using a wood-burning fire together with an array of Gozitan specialities.
Families with children will be taken to Ramla il-Hamra and for the more adventurous a "Sail & Swim in the Blue Lagoon" in Comino as well as a "4x4 Safari".
There is also an "Art & Culture Tour" which takes guests to Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Center and to the workshop of a well known local sculptor. A spokesman said the buoy installed for cruise ships off Xlendi could not be used because it is meant for smaller ships.