East Mediterranean Destinations

The Black Sea includes one of cruising’s top secrets, an ideal antidote if you have had enough of the increasingly over-trodden and overcrowded Mediterranean. It provides as much culture and history along with superb blond beaches and sophisticated cities, most of which are robust with incredible baroque buildings (in spite of additionally being products of the Soviet age). You could look forward to a broad array of experiences upon a Black Sea cruise – a( day soaking up the rays on a honey-sanded beach of Varna within Bulgaria, the following day exploring the cobbled medieval roads of Nesebar.

You can discover yourself finding the majestic parks and fine Odessa architecture, the area’s most advanced city; drinking in the Sevastopol history, in which the Light Brigade made its unforgettable Crimean War charge; or visit Yalta, in which Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt collected to redraw a map of Europe at the completion of the second World War.

There will include beaches within most ports, yet most visitors are more interested in the culture than sunning themselves. Meanwhile, fine scenery lovers will locate a few of the coastal streets — especially the cliff top route that runs from Feodosia to Sevastopol — simply spectacular.


Foodies could have a splendid time finding area dishes such as Pelmeny (a meat dumpling), Vareniki (sweet version of the exact same, but stuffed with ricotta cheese or cherries) or — for the extremely adventurous — plates of barbecued sheep’s testicles.

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