SeaDream Yacht Club has reported that it has become the first cruise line to sail in the Black Sea since the pandemic interruption in global cruise operations.
The 110-passenger SeaDream II called at several ports on the Black Sea this week. On September 24, it spent a day on the Turkish island of Bozcaada and was the first cruise ship to visit the island since the pandemic. On September 26th, the SeaDream II was welcomed in Burgas, Bulgaria and was the first cruise ship to sail there in more than three years.
Other “first time since the pandemic” Black Sea ports are Constanta, Romania; Odessa, Ukraine and Varna, Bulgaria.
“It’s exciting for our guests to experience new, unique destinations, and these regions are excited about the return of tourism,” said Emilio Freeman, Vice President, Itineraries & Destinations, SeaDream.
On October 2, the SeaDream II made a turn in Istanbul, Turkey – making it the first cruise ship to arrive there since the pandemic. According to a press release, the SeaDream II will also be the first ship to call at the brand new Galataport Istanbul.
Galataport is a $ 1.7 billion project that consists of a 29,000-square-foot terminal built underground.
SeaDream guests who embark and disembark will receive a welcome gift from Galataport Istanbul – a souvenir bag with Turkish indulgence from one of the oldest Turkish pastry chefs, a souvenir of the evil eye and Turkish coffee.
SeaDream Yacht Club started sailing again at the end of June 2021, with SeaDream I sailing the picturesque fjords and coasts of Norway and SeaDream II docking ports throughout the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.
The shipping company said that guests and crew are “excited” to be doing what they love again.
Since the resumption of voyages this summer, the 56-cabin twin ships SeaDream I and SeaDream II of the SeaDream Yacht Club have called at ports in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Spain.