Originally Posted by goombah
You can argue amongst yourselves whether this is Europe or not, but I am looking for a cruise ship that travels in the Black Sea and hits ports of call in Odessa, Constanta and Istanbul among others.
Looking to travel April - September 2006...dates flexible
I suggest Viking River Cruises - they do a tour of the Ukraine, It doesn't reach Istanbul, but you will see a lot more of the Ukraie interior.
Otherwise - from CruiseMates' UNDERUTILIZED itinerary pages, here are your ships...
Rotterdam (Holland America Line) includes Black Sea ports on these Eastern Med. itineraries: Athens to Venice, 12 nights, May 2, Sept. 28, 2006 and reverse May 14, October 10, 2006 via Black Sea Ports; Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt; Corfu; Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Nautica (Oceania Cruises) Athens to Istanbul (overnight onboard), Black Sea itinerary, July 2 and September 14, 2006, calling at Santorini; Kusadai (Ephesus) Turkey; Sochi, Russia; Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa, Ukraine; Constanta, Romania; Nessebur, Bulgaria.
Seabourn Spirit (Seabourn Cruise Line) is small enough to sail the Corinth Canal, a rare opportunity, on these comprehensive Med/Black Sea cruises: Istanbul to Venice, 14 nights, July 22, 2006, calling at Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa, Ukraine; Nesebur, Bulgaria; Mycenai, Santorini, Corinth Canal, Corfu, Greece; Korcula, Croatia.
Minerva II (Swan Hellenic Cruises) circles the Black Sea on two, comprehensive, 15-night cruises in 2006: round-trip from Istanbul, May 20 includes overnight onboard in Istanbul pre and post-cruise, calls at Nessebar and Varna, Bulgaria; Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta, Ukraine; Sochi, Russia; Trabazon amd Samsun, Turkey. Istanbul to Athens, Sept. 23, 2006 Batumi, Georgia and Canakkale, Turkey (Troy) replace Sochi, Russia and Samsun, Turkey and overnight onboard in Athens post-cruise in place of Istanbul.