Andrei KLIMENKO, BlackSeaNews We have decided to offer our readers the May 2013 cruise program in 3 versions: chronology, cruise ship and ports of call wise. In this case, a lot of words are of no need – everything is quite clear at once:). As always, we will be glad if our well-informed readers submit any additional information and updates to this very schedule in their comments
From the Black Sea to the White Sea or 2012: Spring or Winter of Tourism in Egypt? Part 1: Analytical.
Alexey SOLOVIEV, BSNews. Egypt has once again reiterated the truth of the axiom: tourism is one of the most profitable, interesting, but one of the most vulnerable businesses. It does not matter by what sea you live - Black, Red or White one -it is clear that reports of the world press about instability lead to the almost immediate decline of tourist flow, which starts to search for the new tourist destinations or return to the old, well-known ones...
Helen Liukova, BlackSeaNews. Istanbul is saturated with construction again - the next things of its agenda are: the third airport, the new HYATT hotel and reconstruction of the central Taksim Square. Besides, the city has welcomed major international car show and NASA exhibition. Moreover, Istanbul has become the world capital of coffee, which for sure will increase the number of tourists-coffee drinking admires. You are welcome to read more in this BlackSeaNews review.
Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews, Illya ZHYRNOV (photo). On November 11, 2012, the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic storm of 2007, Yalta had bright sunshine, gusty wind and considerable storm. Entering its harbor cruise liner PACIFIC PRINCESS crushed the Yalta port sea buoy, while in the roads 7-8 bulk carriers were waiting the rough weather out. See our latest photo report...
Andrei Klimenko, BlackSeaNews. At least 2 cruise liners will visit the Black Sea ports in November 2012. Excluding Istanbul, they will call at least 4 ports: Yalta, Odessa, Constanta, Nessebar. The cruise season in the Black Sea will continue till November 25, of course, if weather does not interfere. If we aren't mistaken, that’s unprecedentedly long season...
Andrei KLIMENKO, BlackSeaNews. The past cruise week has been quite unusual. The big cruise of Princess Daphne did not take place due to the ship’s arrest in Crete, but still our so to say “plan of cruise calls” was fulfilled by 2 expeditionary ships - Greek yacht Harmony G and British ship Island Sky, which both had visited larger number of ports than featured in all kinds of cruise schedules ...
Famous mega liner QUEEN ELIZABETH in Yalta. Exclusive Photo Report of the Yalta Marine Photographers
Andrei KLIMENKO, BlackSeaNews. As we reported on October 7, 2012 the British mega cruise liner QUEEN ELIZABETH moored to the Yalta sea port’s berth.From the very sunrise and the whole day long the lenses of our friends - marine photographers Nickolai N, Mikhail Leontiev, Alex Kostin and iIlya Zhyrnov were focused on the liner. Just have a look at the results!
Forest in Yalta is on fire again. Forest fire at the time of Yalta rally near the Uchan-Su waterfall / PHOTO / VIDEO
Andrei Klimenko, BSNews. At about 07:15 (LT) September16, 2012 we noticed smoke in the hard-to-reach location at the foot of the rocky slope of the Ai-Petri Mount at the height of about 200 meters above the waterfall Ychan-Su. About 8:10 helicopter Mi-2 of Yalta mountain-forest preserve showed up above the seat of fire. At 9:42 Mi-8 helicopter of the Crimean branch of Ministry of Emergency of Ukraine arrived from Simferopol and made the first discharge of water onto the fire seat ...
BlackSeaNews. 2012 Prime Yalta Rally, Stage of FIA European Rally Cup, is taking place during September, 14-16, 2012 using the mountain roads near city of Yalta and Ai-Petri Mountain. The Prime Yalta Rally 2012 is the 10th round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
First time in the Black Sea: Cruise liner ARCADIA arrived in Yalta and did not take risks to enter the port /Photo-report/
Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews. 2012-09-10 07:39 (LT) – ARCADIA arived in Yalta from Istanbul. The ship is for the first time in the Black Sea. Presumably the captain of the ship was not familiar with the port of Yalta and he did not take the risks of entering the port, but anchored the ship 600 meters away from the coast. This decision was probably the result of wind and storm. Of more than 2,000 passengers just 700 expressed wish to go ashore by tenders.
Andrei KLIMENKO, BlackSeaNews At the very least, 16 cruise ships (instead of 5 in June, 11 in July, 7 in August) would call at the Black Sea ports in September 2012. Excluding Istanbul, they’ll visit, at least 13 ports. 2 mega-cruise ships ARCADIAand AZURA enter the Black Sea for the first time.6 vessel entries include overnight stay in a port - quite rare case in the Black Sea. 4 of them are the mega-vessels of about 300 meters in length, including famous QUEEN VICTORIA
New Metro Line, Eid ul-Fitr Holiday and Chess Olympiad. Istanbul for the period 16-29/08/2012. BSN review.
Helen Liukova, BlackSeaNews. For the past weeks developing Istanbul has feasted the Lesser Bayram holiday and celebrated the opening of a new metro line. Istanbul University has become part of The best universities of the World rating, whereas the city was identified as the noisiest city of Turkey. This and more in the coming BlackSeaNews review.
Can East meet West, or about Turkey, which unites Asia and Europe. Part 3. Meeting of Two Empires: the Byzantines and the Ottomans
Alexey SOLOVIEV, BlackSeaNews. Exploring the shores of the Bosphorus, we ascertained the fact that geography of some points on the world map was predestined for foundation of the cities. Our Turkish colleagues showed us those momentous buildings of Istanbul, which reveal the historical code of this magnificent city.
Alexey SOLOVIEV, BlackSeaNews. There is one more place on the Bosporus which, for centuries used to link east and west – the Altın Boynuz or the Golden Horn harbor. Its shape really resembles a horn, which is stuck for 12 kilometers deep into the European shore of the strait. The harbor is considered to be one of the best in the world. And right there is the historic center of modern Istanbul with its major tourist attractions.
Can East meet West, or about Turkey, which unites Asia and Europe. Part One: Meeting with the Bosporus
Alexey SOLOVIEV, Editor of Tourism Section of BSNews. They say that West is West, and East is East and never the twain shall meet. My recent trip to Turkey made me to change my attitude to this phrase. Thus, our journey to the country, 3% of which is located in Europe and the rest 97% in Asia, starts in Ukraine, the biggest European country, i.e. entirely located on the European continent.