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BOUNTIES OF THE BLACK SEA: CRYSTAL GETAWAYS

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Odessa to Istanbul on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 19 - 25, 2013 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,755 Per Person

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Discover an ancient sea more iridescent blue than black, and beautiful lands and mansions once host to Russia’s most noble families.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jul 19, Friday
Odessa, Ukraine (overnight) » 8 am  
Odessa is barely two centuries old, yet it has a wealth of history. A summer retreat of the czars, this "Pearl of the Black Sea" also hosted Russia's greatest artists, writers and musicians. Many historic opera houses, museums and ballet theaters remain, alongside the impressive onion-domed basilica and the broad Potemkin Steps.
Jul 20, Saturday
Odessa, Ukraine »   6 pm
Odessa is barely two centuries old, yet it has a wealth of history. A summer retreat of the czars, this "Pearl of the Black Sea" also hosted Russia's greatest artists, writers and musicians. Many historic opera houses, museums and ballet theaters remain, alongside the impressive onion-domed basilica and the broad Potemkin Steps.
Jul 21, Sunday
Yalta, Ukraine » 8 am 5 pm
Built on a peninsula that juts far into the Black Sea, Yalta was a favorite vacation spot of the czars, whose palaces remain as lasting memorials. See the Vorontsov Palace, built by Buckingham Palace's architect. Or visit the White Palace, scene of the Yalta Conference where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin decided the fate of postwar Europe.
Jul 22, Monday
Sochi, Russia » 9 am 6 pm

Sochi was established in 1898, after Russia gained possession of the region in the Caucasian War. Since then, the town has been appreciated by people seeking the healing powers of its mineral springs and inspiring views. Several hotel complexes and summer houses of Russian nobility sprung up in the early 20th century, as Sochi enjoyed a position at the top of travelers' lists. Many of these buildings still stand, offering superb examples of Russia's distinctive Art Nouveau architecture. Also appealing are the area's natural sights, including pristine rivers, lush forests and golden beaches.

Jul 23, Tuesday
Cruising the Black Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Jul 24, Wednesday
Istanbul, Turkey (overnight) » 9 am  
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.
Jul 25, Thursday
Istanbul, Turkey » Disembark am  
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.
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