Our Black Sea Selection...
" The oval-shaped Black Sea sits inland in Eastern Europe, surrounded by six countries - Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia and the Ukraine. It is connected to the Mediterranean by the Bosphorus Strait "
The Black Sea may be less known than its neighbour the Mediterranean, though it easily competes in terms of balmy weather, an abundance of history and lovely beaches. It also lacks the crowds, which for many is a huge plus.
- Expect charming cities and gorgeous beaches, but without the crowds
- A Black Sea cruise is a great way to see several countries in one trip
- The cruise season runs from around April to October, though temperatures are warmest in the summer months
The main cruising gateway to the Black Sea is beautiful Istanbul, a city which straddles both Europe and Asia. There you can visit the Grand Bazaar - a huge maze of a covered market, the Topkani Palace Museum, a former residence of Ottoman sultans, and the enormous Blue Mosque.
A highlight of any Black Sea cruise is Odessa in the Ukraine, dubbed the Pearl of the Black Sea for its gorgeous beaches and impressive 19th century architecture, such as the domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Odessa Opera House. The famous Potemkin Steps - featured in Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film, The Battleship Potemkin - are easily reachable from the cruise port.
You might also visit Constanta in Romania, the starting point for excursions to the capital of Bucharest; Batumi, one of the oldest cities in Georgia; the spa town of Sochi in Russia; or Neesbur in Bulgaria, known for its romantic old town and sandy beaches.