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After a day at sea, our first Black Sea port was Trabzon in Northern Turkey. This was the first day of excursions of the cruise. With the exception of a couple of optional excursions, all the rest are included as part of the educational component of the cruise.

The ship excursion in Trabzon was a visit to the Sumela Monastery, constructed – how I can’t imagine – high in the mountain cliffs about an hour’s drive from Trabzon. The story goes...

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