Is the Black Sea one of the great undiscovered cruise areas? Or is it best suited to those interested in military history?
I’m about to find out, hopefully, as I’m setting off on my own voyage of discovery today on the tiny Spirit of Adventure, which carries just 348 passengers.
I’m flying to Bucharest and joining the ship in Constanta and sailing to Odessa, Sevastopol, Yalta (all in Ukraine), Batumi in Georgia and Sochi in Russia, finishing in Istanbul.
As a Black Sea virgin, I’m going with an open mind and a slight concern that it’s decades since I studied the Crimean war at school. But there’s more to the region than battle sites – fortresses, catacombs, vineyards, hot springs, architecture and fascinating geology, for starters.
Shore excursions are included on Spirit of Adventure and I intend to make the most of the time ashore, so check back here for some postcards from the east. If you have any questions about the ship or the itinerary, please post them on the blog and I’ll do my best to answer, subject to the usual caveats about slow onboard internet!