Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European
cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer.
The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol,
Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the
12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul on 19 July and 24
August 2010 aboard the Crystal Serenity.
Beginning with overnight stays in Venice, the itineraries visit
Katakolon (birthplace of the Olympics) and Navplion, Greece;
Nesebur, Bulgaria; Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa, Ukraine; and
conclude with an overnight stay in Istanbul, Turkey. Other
highlights include the sail from Venice, the cruise through the
Dardanelles and the Bosporus Straits.
speakers on world affairs, architecture, science and culture add
rich dimension to the voyages, including Newsweek’s Chief
Political Correspondent, Senior Editor and Deputy Washington
Bureau Chief, Howard Fineman; Dr. David Davenport, Research Fellow
at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former
president of Pepperdine University; and Dr. Bulent Atalay, a
compelling expert on art, archaeology and the sciences.
“The Black Sea cruises are an exotic counterpart
to the more familiar Mediterranean hot spots,” said Bill Smith,
senior vice president, sales and marketing. “These destinations
have a mysterious charm and tremendous historic value that places
them high on travelers’ lists of must-see places.”
Two-for-one cruise fares start at US$6,470 per person, and include
US$1,000 per person ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard
credits. Free air transportation from more than 20 North American
gateways – Business Class air for Penthouse guests – is also
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