UKRAINE OFF THE MAP

THE unsettled situation in Ukraine right now has seen ocean and river cruise ships change itineraries in and around the Black Sea in coming months.

Silversea Cruises has modified the itineraries on four Black Sea voyages that were originally scheduled to make port calls to Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa.

The landmark 17th century St Andrew's Church isits atop a hill in Kiev and is one of city's architectural treasures seen on a Viking river cruise.
The landmark 17th century St Andrew’s Church in Kiev is one of the architectural treasures seen on Viking cruises along the Dnieper River.

Silversea’s Karen Christensen says the safety and well-being of guests is always the cruise line’s top priority, and the new itineraries eliminate the uncertainty surrounding unrest in Ukraine, Guests now have  peace of mind as well as appealing new port options while cruising in the region.

Silver Spirit’s seven-day round cruise from Istanbul on July 21 remains a Black Sea itinerary with Trabzon (Turkey) replacing Odessa, while three other voyages will focus on destinations in Greece and Turkey while retaining the original Black Sea ports of Constanza (Romania) and Nessebur (Bulgaria).

The new itineraries on Silver Spirit cruises on July 21, August 20, and September 29 , and on Silver Cloud on October 13, will include a complimentary full-day land tour from the port of Constanza to Romania’s vibrant capital Bucharest which is known as “the Paris of the East” with tree-lined avenues and elegant architecture, silversea.com

australiancruisingnews.com  also notes that the difficult political situation in Ukraine has resulted in Viking River Cruises cancelling its Footsteps of the Cossacks sailings from now until August 14.

Viking River Cruises says the company’s foremost concern is always for “the complete safety and enjoyment of our guests, and the current situation in Ukraine does not lend itself to this goal”.

The 12-day Ukraine cruise takes guests along the Dnieper River from the capital Kiev to Odessa with ports of calls at cities and rural villages en route. Guests discover  the striking influence of the Vikings, the Tatars and the Cossacks on Ukraine’s rich culture, architecture and cuisine across the centuries, vikingrivercruises.com.au

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