Coming from a strong background in the hospitality industry, and with destination development and management experience in Malta, Gozo, Libya and Algeria, Ivan brings a host of unmatched experience that is quite singular to MBL.
Ivan is constantly looking for his next challenge, having won awards for innovation in industry, and been awarded some of the larger conference & incentive events on the island. He is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his consistent reliability, 24/7. So much so that Ivan feels uncomfortable when his mobile is switched off or put on ‘silent’, even while traveling or following his strict fitness, yoga and meditation routine.
As of 1st March 2017, Mifsud Brothers Ltd (MBL) which does business as Malta Cruise Services has been appointed as Port Agent for Princess Cruises for the Maltese Islands. As a result of this appointment MBL now represents the entire Holland America Group which consists of Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line (HAL) and Princess Cruises as well as Cunard and P&O (known collectively as Carnival UK) and Carnival Cruise Line.
Queen Elizabeth 2, launched by the Queen of England in 1967 had been Cunard’s flagship liner for 40 years. For four decades, the ship brought prosperity to many guests. On a bitter note, all good things come to an end, and in 2008 the great ocean liner made her final call at Malta’s Grand Harbour on her way to Dubai.
Seabourn Cruise Line recently partnered with UNESCO to promote sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites.
On 14th January, Malta and the Grand Harbour were honoured to be the first port to host Aurora in her circumnavigation of the globe. Apart from Aurora, P&O Oceana will be homeporting out of Grand Harbour throughout 2017. This will be a P&O first for Malta. Both events will crown the 180-year old connection between the company and Malta.
On Monday 9th May, Valletta Cruise Port and Mifsud Brothers Ltd. (MBL) welcomed the brand new Carnival Vista. To mark this special occasion, a plaque exchange function took place on board.
Guests included H.E. Hill, USA Ambassador, the Hon Dr Edward Zammit Lewis, Minister of Tourism, the Hon Mr Joe Mizzi, Minister of Transport, Mr Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port, Chief Pilot Capt. Jesmond Mifsud, Harbour Master Capt. David Bugeja, Mr Paul Bugeja CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, Ms Esther Bajada, Director for Tourism at the Ministry for Gozo, Mr Pierre Fenech, executive director of the Institute of Tourism Studies and Michela Mifsud, director of Mifsud Brothers Ltd. And of course the media.
All Leisure’s MV Minerva recently called in the Ports of Bejaïa and Algiers in Algeria which were two out of six Mediterranean ports that the Minerva was calling on a cruise themed “Empires of the Mediterranean”.
This month sees the end of the fourth edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival which comprised of 25 events in nine venues around Valletta, Malta's UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital city. Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Artistic Director of the Manoel Theatre proudly stated that “The Baroque Festival this year was a literal galaxy of stars; Mahan Esfahan, Philippe Herreweghe and Jordi Savall to mention just three. Since its inception in 2013 it has leapfrogged from strength to strength attracting an international audience happy to spend a week or two in the inimitable atmosphere of Valletta, our tiny capital city”.
Cruise ships are scheduled to anchor off the coast in Gozo with interest in the island as a luxury cruise destination increasing, says Esther Bajada, director, Ministry for Gozo Tourism and Economic Development Directorate.
2015 was a busy year for MBL with Holland & America bookmarking the cruise season with the first call of the year of the Rotterdam calling on the 17 January in Valletta, Malta and the Maasdam anchoring off the Port of Mgarr in Gozo on the 1st December effectively extending the cruise season to 11 months, a milestone for MBL! Additionally, Prinsendam called in Gozo twice, once in April and again in November.