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Much like the rich treasures found in its surrounding ports and cities, the Black Sea and Black Sea Cruises are considered the best kept secret in the world of cruising. With a similar appeal to the more conventional Mediterranean cruise, these cruises can offer stretches of beaches, city upon city of architecture, and a unique blend of character and East-meets-West culture. 

Nestled between Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Georgia – the Black Sea’s landlocked waters were once judged inhospitable, but are now commonly sailed by those with a desire to discover the mystique and beauty of its ports. The Black Sea and its attractions are sometimes overlooked, yet year on year it gains popularity as the inevitable appeal of its sites, history and individuality attract captivated travellers.


There is a host of cruise providers who have recognised the growing desire to travel the Black Sea. P&O Cruises modern Azura is just one such cruise ship, and with features including an Indian-styled restaurant, alfresco cinema and 3-deck atrium so there won’t be many moments on-board where you’re stuck for entertainment. Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises both offer cruises to these Eastern European waters too. 

Destinations and Itinerary 

Itineraries for a Black Sea cruise will vary but there are a number of ports and cities which you cannot miss. Odessa is the third largest city in Ukraine and is a common stop-off for many Black Sea cruises. From the intriguing mix of statues and buildings on the tourist friendly Deribasovskaya Street, to a historic-glimpse at the Catacombs of Odessa - there’s plenty to do in the city for both the culture-vulture and the more laid back passenger. 

Bulgaria’s Nessebar has been hailed the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’ and is a popular seaside resort combining fun-in-the-sun Aqua parks with historic sites. Many fall in love with the town Old Nessebar where a collection of cobbled streets, souvenir shops and traditional houses each with their own unique build and style form a small, rocky peninsula. 

Add Istanbul, Athens, Romania’s Constanta and many more ports and the Black Sea’s itinerary is close to unmatched. The opportunity to discover many of Europe’s must-see destinations in one trip make this voyage unrivalled for value.

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