Black Sea Cruises
The Black Sea is an inland sea in Eastern Europe, surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. It is connected to the Mediterranean by the Bosphorus Strait. A Black Sea cruise will take you to lands known best for their history and unique cultures - many with long-standing traditions. Enjoy the sunny Crimean Coast, the colourful day-to-day activities of Istanbul, or the therapeutic resorts of Odessa. The Black Sea is one of cruising’s best-kept secrets and is a real treasure trove of sights and historical attractions.
Why cruise the Black Sea?
Well, for a starter you get the opportunity to visit a really diverse set of countries and cultures, all with their own long histories and colourful stories. Although it’s a less popular cruising destination than the Mediterranean, The Black Sea has some star attractions including Amasra and Istanbul in Turkey, Batumi in Georgia, Neesebur in Bulgaria and Sochi in Russia, home to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Your experience from one port to the next will be vastly different and the cultural and language changes can be tricky at first but throw yourself into each country and you will have a great time.
Black Sea Destinations
The Black Sea is bordered by six countries; Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia and the Ukraine and is linked to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Strait. Some Black Sea cruises also include trips through to the Mediterranean with Greece the closest country once you cross through the Dardanelles Strait. If you are cruising the Black Sea only, cruises typically take between 7-14 days giving you plenty of time to explore the main ports in each country. Black Sea ports include:
• Amasra – Turkey • Batumi – Georgia • Constanta – Romania • Istanbul – Turkey • Nessebar – Bulgaria • Sochi – Russia • Trabzon – Turkey • Varna – Bulgaria
Who's sailing in the Black Sea?
There are some cruise lines who offer Black Sea only cruises, however many tag on other destinations too making for a really diverse and exciting adventure. The Greek Islands as well as the rivers of Eastern Europe through to cities like Bucharest are popular packages so make sure you look around and find a trip that suits you. Some of the longer Black Sea cruises start off in Rome and can take up to 3 weeks. Here is a list of the cruise lines operating cruises in the Black Sea:
When is the best time to cruise the Black Sea?
The Black Sea cruise season follows a similar time schedule to Europe and the Mediterranean although it does get very cold in the winter so most cruise lines tend to operate from mid-April though to October. As with Europe and the Med, June and July are the warmest and also the busiest months, however as the Black Sea is still relatively uncrowded compared to other European destinations, this can still be a great time to visit. If you visit in the shoulder seasons of Spring or Autumn, you can expect less people and better deals, however the temperatures will be a bit cooler in the mid to high teens.
Find out more and book today
To choose your Black Sea cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to the Black Sea. Happy cruising!