The Black Sea is an unspoiled playground for cruisers seeking an alternative to the Mediterranean. Itineraries focus on coastal towns and cities that are a flurry of activity during the spring and summer months when it’s warm and sunny. Sailings are typically seven to 14 nights and visit a variety of cities along the Black Sea coast, as well as a few ports in the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands.
The main Black Sea cruise season begins in mid-April and runs through October. The summer months of June, July and August are always the warmest, but also the busiest. If you don’t mind cooler temperatures, consider traveling in the shoulder seasons in the spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). Temperatures are still pleasant -- temperatures climb into the 60’s and 70’s during the day -- and there will be fewer people visiting the sites and packing the beaches during this time.