English Rose Cruises have over 18 years of experience in boat trips, cruises and entertainment activities. They operate from Mellieħa Bay, Mellieħa. The services they offer allow you to explore the Maltese Islands by sea, spotting and visiting caves, landmarks, beaches, cliffs, and harbours along the way.
The English Rose boat was built in Gozo in 1989. It is made of wood with 3 marine engines and 2 generators. The boat boasts spacious open air decks and basic facilities such as toilets, fresh water showers and even a snack bar!
They offer 3 types of cruises/activities. These are the Comino cruise, the Valletta Grand Harbour cruise, and the Comino BBQ Night.
The Comino cruise operates every Monday to Saturday (except Wednesdays) throughout April to October. This cruise starts by exploring natural caves that form part of the Mellieħa coastline cliffs. It then proceeds to Blue Lagoon where it anchors there for around 2 to 2 and a half hours. Here you can swim, snorkel, or relax aboard the boat. The boat then makes its way to Mġarr Harbour in Gozo where you can see landmarks such as Lourdes Chapel, Fort Chambray and Għajnsielem Parish Church from the sea. Following this, the cruise continues to its last stop which is Crystal Lagoon. On the way it passes by and enters some natural caves. The boat moors here for 45 minutes and you are free to explore either by swimming, snorkeling or walking around the lagoon. After this you simply return to the quay at Mellieħa Bay where you would have departed from. Departure is at 10:20 and arrival is at around 16:15. It costs €13 per adult, €6.50 for children aged 6-10, and free for children 5 years or under.
The Valletta Grand Harbour Cruise operates on Sundays from May to October. Just like the Comino cruise, it departs from Mellieħa Bay. It then sails towards the Islands of St Paul, followed by Sliema. Here it travels through Marsamxett Harbour and finally the Grand Harbour in Valletta. Throughout the journey you can opt to listen to a detailed commentary about the places visited, as well as historical landmarks that can be seen on the way like Fort St Elmo, Fort Ricasoli, the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pinto Wharf and Fort Rinella to name a few. Departure is at 10:30 and arrival is at about 14:15. It costs €15 per adult and children aged 10 or under pay just €4.
The Comino BBQ Night takes place every Wednesday throughout June to September. It is a 3 course all-you-can-eat buffet with free wine and music all night. It leaves from Mellieħa Bay and makes its way to Mġarr Harbour in Gozo. After a brief stop for some sightseeing from the boat, it then continues to Blue Lagoon, the location of the BBQ. Whilst the staff prepare the delicious food which is all genuine and made using traditional family recipes, you can swim and snorkel as the sun sets. The food served includes bruschetta, beef steak, grilled sausages, potato salad, and dessert among other items. You can check out the full menu here. The boat then returns to Mellieħa Bay at approximately 23:15. It costs €20 per adult and €10 for children aged 10 years or under.
It is recommended to book your cruises from before as places fill up quick! You can do this through their website or by contacting them directly by email or on the phone. Payments are then done on board.