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Dream Dance Cruise - Three Ships, Seven Seas

The story of this month-long sea-based journey from the Black Sea to the Western Mediterranean is written as three distinct travelblogues. This is the index to the stories. Links will be added and activated as each story is posted.
The first part is about Istanbul and the Black Sea on the MV Aegean Odyssey during which we will learn of the history, art and culture  of the countries bordering on the Black Sea.

Then follows a four night cruise in the Western Mediterranean on Costa Luminosa.

A brief stay in Venice and then we embark on the Italian Dreams cruise on Crystal Serenity through the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas to Monaco.

Three Ships: Aegean Odyssey, Costa Luminosa, Crystal Serenity.
Seven Seas: Black Sea and the sub-divisions of the Mediterranean including the Sea of Marmara, the Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, Ligurian and Balearic Seas.

In this and all future travelblogues or posts,  clicking on a picture or map will enlarge it for clarification of detail.


Istanbul and the Black Sea on MV Aegean Odyssey

When Istanbul was Constantinople, and before that Byzantium

The Byzantine Empire: more blood than beauty

Where in the world is The East

Before I leave: Money and Power

Three Ships, Seven Seas -  I'm Off

Istanbul to the Black Sea

Friday 30th         Arrive Istanbul from Los Angeles

Saturday 31st    Istanbul

Sunday 1st          Embark MV Aegean Odyssey

Monday 2nd      Cruising the Black Sea

Tuesday 3rd        Trabazon, Northern Turkey

Wednesday 4th   Batumi, Georgia

Thursday 5th       Feodosyia, Ukraine

Friday 6th             Yalta, Ukraine

                            Yalta: Anton Chekhov

Saturday 7th        Sevastopol - Balaclava , Ukraine

Sunday 8th           Sevastopol-Chersonesus, Ukraine

Monday 9th         Odessa, Ukraine

                            A Night at the Odessa Opera House

Tuesday 10th      Odessa Ukraine

Wednesday 11th   Nessebur, Bulgaria

Thursday 12th      Istanbul

Flight from Istanbul to Genoa to board the Costa Luminosa

Mediterranean Playground on Costa Luminosa

Friday 13th                  Savona, Italy

Saturday 14th             Barcelona, Spain

Sunday 15th                Ibiza,

Monday 16th               Marseille, France

Tuesday 17th             Savona to Venice

Italian Dreams on Crystal Serenity

Wednesday 18th      Venice

Thursday 19th           Embark Crystal Serenity

Friday 20th               Venice

Saturday 21st           Kotor, Montenegro

Sunday 22nd           Day at Sea

Monday 23rd            Taormina, Sicily

Tuesday 24th            Sorrento, Italy

Wednesday 25th       Cittavecchia, Rome, Italy

Thursday 26th           Livorno, Florence, Italy

Friday 27th                Portovenere, Italy

Saturday 28th           Disembark Monte Carlo - Nice - Paris


Sunday 29th              Paris for the day

Monday 30th              Paris to Istanbul        

Tuesday 1st               Istanbul

Wednesday2nd         Istanbul to Los Angeles to Vancouver