2022 - Black Sea Cruise 9 Days, 6 Countries, 2 Continents

İstanbul, Turkey

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Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2022
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2022 - Black Sea Cruise 9 Days, 6 Countries, 2 Continents
İstanbul, Turkey

Alt-Esc Travel
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21 reviews

Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2022
Group size: 1 - 23

About this trip

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CRUISE IS IN SEPTEMBER 2022!

Follow Jason and the Argonauts through the Black Sea on their quest for the Golden Fleece and find a magical world where lines blur between fact and fantasy. Listen as your onboard narrator shares tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli as you navigate the narrow Dardanelles between ancient Troy and the famous World War I battlefield. Discover Istanbul, the romantic city once known as Constantinople, with its radiant Blue Mosque and still-bustling Silk Road caravanserai dating to the 17th century. 

Explore ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages where the gold of the realm is saffron, and cuisines as delicious as they are unfamiliar. In fact, the unexpected is your constant companion on this voyage to all 6 countries that border the Black Sea. Follow wine to its original source in Georgia, far from the vineyards of France and Italy. Spend a long day in Odessa, a city that appears more European than Soviet with its Greek Street, French Boulevard and Italian Boulevard. Take in the novelty architecture of Batumi from the Acropolis to an upside-down White House. And rearrange your reality in Bulgaria, where shaking your head from side to side means "yes," and nodding your head up and down means "no." Although you may not find a golden fleece on this journey, each port you visit offers diverse and wonderful rewards.

Once back on the ship get an afternoon massage, take a snooze or my favorite, hit the Marine Deck (weather permitting) where you can go swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking or just float and play with the water toys. What a fabulous way to cool off and refresh after a fun-filled day ashore! 

Each evening you leave a port is a celebration. The “Sail Away” is not a good-bye but a “see ya next time and a where to next!” Take a moment to listen to the beautiful music playing, watch the sails unfurl, marvel at the colors of the setting sun, and taste the delicious champagne. It is a truly magical part of the trip – you will not want to miss! Then it’s onto the dining room for a gourmet’s gourmet dinner where the chefs have prepared food like you have never seen on a ship before. No assembly line pre-prepared meals here. Each course is more beautiful than the one before, the wines are harmoniously paired with the entrees and the decadent desserts. (Let’s just say thank goodness you can get more than one!) The dining room is a delightful buzz with people making new friends and old friends reconnecting. 

Two of your evenings feature especially extraordinary dinners. One will tantalize your taste buds with the delicious spread of Windstar's Seafood Under the Stars and Signature party. The second evening includes an immersion activity designed just for us! 

Post dinner you can hear live music in one of the lounges, you can take a walk on deck to see the stars, you can have an after dinner drink by the pool or relax in your very comfortable and well-appointed cabin. Don’t miss this unique itinerary on this spectacular ship! This is the life! 

Ship Information, Deck Plan & Excursions

Windstar Legend

GUEST CAPACITY: 312                    Windstar Legend Deck Plan

GUEST DECKS: 6  

CREW MEMBERS: 188-190              Black Sea Excursions offered by Windstar

LENGTH: 522 feet (159 meters) 

BEAM: 62 feet (19 meters) 

DRAFT: 17.7 feet (5.4 meters) 

CRUISING SPEED: 15 knots

PROPULSION: Twin propeller, driven by two Wartsila diesel engines

TONNAGE: 12,995 gross registered tons (grt) 

SHIP’S REGISTRY: Bahamas 

What’s included

  • On Board MONEY
    At least $100 On Board Credit
  • Alt Esc Party-Cool Kids
    Group Cocktail Party for the Cool Kids - exclusive to our group! We will have our own space, bartender and invite the officers to join us!
  • Luxurious Stateroom
    Beautifully appointed ocean view stateroom or suite
  • Group Introduction
    At the get-to-know-you Happy Hour you will meet the others in our exclusive group, review the itinerary and learn all about our adventure!
  • Gourmet Meals
    All meals in all venues - no up charge for specialty restaurants
  • Beverages
    All non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty tea and coffee drinks
  • Group Leader
    Full Time Alt Esc Guide (exclusive to our group) to help you have the BEST adventure EVER!
  • Open Bridge
    Access to the Open Bridge is thrilling! Get a tour and watch as they masterfully navigate this UBER-COOL Yacht around!
  • Port Sail Aways
    Beautiful 'Sail Away' program from every port - say good bye with great music, lighting and sharing the stories of your day!
  • Welcome Reception
    Enjoy a glass of the bubbly as you are registered, all formalities are covered and you explore your new home for the next 12 days!
  • Signature Deck BBQ
    Spectacular onboard deck barbecue
  • Local Entertainment
    All onboard entertainment including local performances in most regions
  • Working Out
    Full use of fitness facility - free weights and machines. Classes also offered once on board.
  • Splashing
    Full use of Marine Deck to splash, float and play with cool water toys, boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, etc (weather permitting)
  • Spoiling
    Fresh fruit and flowers in your stateroom or suite
  • Pampering
    Plush bathrobe and slippers
  • Chillaxation
    Flat screen TV and DVD player
  • Round trip flight
    Easy roundtrip USA to Istanbul. Fly in early or stay later to explore
  • Pre Cruise Hotel
    Always good idea to arrive night before a cruise departure to avoid missing the ship! Hotel/port transfer will be offered as a group option soon!
  • Port Transfers
    from Istanbul to Port and from port to Istanbul airport . This will be offered as a group option soon.
  • Gratuities
    Daily gratuities ($13.50 per person/per day charged to your on-board account)
  • Port Excursions
    Excursions not provided by the ship
  • Drinks-not included
    Alcohol packages are available and will be offered as you register
  • Optional Ship Activities
    Spa & other optional activities

Available Packages

Star Porthole Suite (Cat SP)
Available until April 23, 2022only 1 left

Cruise Fare  $4345            Previous passengers: 

NDA's  $425                          $4345 + NDA $425 + Taxes $200 = $4970

Taxes $200

TOTAL $4970      Standard: 15% Deposit ($746) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering 


SPECIAL LOW 5% DEPOSIT FOR ALT ESC ONLY:  

($248.50) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering on credit card provided


Located on Deck 3, 277 Square Feet

SP Cabins: 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309

Travel in stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet.  Bed with Luxurious Linens, Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers, Flat Screen TV with DVD player, Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator, Safe, Direct Dial Phone, L’Occitane Bath Amenities, Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception), Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Granite vanity with magnifying mirror, Walk-in closet and ample drawer space, Bathroom with granite countertop, full-size tub, and shower, Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets.

$4970
Deposit: $100
Oceanview Suite (Cat S)
Available until April 23, 20224 left

Cruise Fare  $4535               Previous passengers:  

NDA's  $425                           $4535 + NDA $425 + Taxes $200 = $5160 

NDA's  $425

Taxes $200

TOTAL $5160        Standard 15% Deposit ($774) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering 

 

SPECIAL LOW 5% DEPOSIT FOR ALT ESC ONLY:  

($258) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering on credit card provided


Located on Deck 4, 277 Square Feet

SP Cabins: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407

Travel in stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet.  Bed with Luxurious Linens, Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers, Flat Screen TV with DVD player, Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator, Safe, Direct Dial Phone, L’Occitane Bath Amenities, Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception), Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Granite vanity with magnifying mirror, Walk-in closet and ample drawer space, Bathroom with granite countertop, full-size tub, and shower, Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets.

$5160
Deposit: $100
Oceanview Suite (Cat S1)
Available until April 23, 2022only 1 left

Cruise Fare  $4630               Previous passengers: 

NDA's  $425                             $4630 + NDA $425 + Taxes $200 = $5255    

Taxes $200

TOTAL $5255       Standard 15% Deposit ($788) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering

 

SPECIAL LOW 5% DEPOSIT FOR ALT ESC ONLY:  

($262.75) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering on credit card provided 


Located on Deck 4, 277 Square Feet

SP Cabins: 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451

Travel in stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet.  Bed with Luxurious Linens, Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers, Flat Screen TV with DVD player, Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator, Safe, Direct Dial Phone, L’Occitane Bath Amenities, Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception), Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Granite vanity with magnifying mirror, Walk-in closet and ample drawer space, Bathroom with granite countertop, full-size tub, and shower, Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets. 

$5255
Deposit: $100
Star Oceanview Suite (Cat SS1)
Available until April 23, 20224 left

Cruise Fare  $4725            Previous passengers: 

NDA's  $425                          $4725 + NDA $425 + Taxes $200 = $5350

Taxes $200

TOTAL $5350        Standard 15% Deposit ($802) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering

 

SPECIAL LOW 5% DEPOSIT FOR ALT ESC ONLY:  

($267.50) will be made to Windstar within 7 days of registering on credit card provided 


Located on Deck 4,5 and 6 277 Square Feet

SP Cabins: 430, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 542, 543, 544, 545, 638, 639

Travel in stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet.  Bed with Luxurious Linens, Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers, Flat Screen TV with DVD player, Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator, Safe, Direct Dial Phone, L’Occitane Bath Amenities, Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception), Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fruit, Granite vanity with magnifying mirror, Walk-in closet and ample drawer space, Bathroom with granite countertop, full-size tub, and shower, Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets.

$5350
Deposit: $100


Itinerary

Sep 21, 2022 Depart USA
Fly from your home to Istanbul

Depart your home town to Istanbul Turkey. With many airlines now servicing Istanbul, the options are almost endless. Come in a couple days early or stay a few days later to get the FULL experience of this amazing city!

Most flights will arrive the next day, afternoon.


Overnight: on plane

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Reviews

We had a great time! The lodging (Glamping) was very unique and fun, I enjoyed the people, and the activities were wonderful. Tricia did a fantastic job of putting this together and making sure that everyone's needs were met. Thanks!
By Liz H for Glamping in Lake Geneva, WI on 01 Jul, 2021
Thank you Liz! It was fun to share my region with you all!
By Alt-Esc Travel on 01 Jul, 2021
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This was an absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime trip!! Well organized and lead by Tricia and 2 wonderful Egyptian tour guides, this trip was packed full of history, fun and adventure! If Egypt has been on your bucket list, I strongly encourage you to pack your bags, lather on the sun screen and join the camel train! Our team was well cared for, safe at all times and with Covid precautions maintained. I am so grateful for my Egyptian experience with Alt Esc and will forever cherish the memories!
By Jody D for Epic Egypt Escape May 2021 on 23 Jun, 2021
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Egypt welcomed us with open arms. The people were so warm and eager to see us and talk with us. Our guides were the perfect ambassadors to this marvelous country. They called us their goddess and I truly felt like a goddess. The food was plentiful and delicious. The itinerary was full and so well planned. We experienced "Egypt" in the sites, in the sounds, and all of the flavors. Tricia had this trip organized, kept our spirits and excitement at a "12" . Each day brought a new surprise or a special activity. Thank you for offering this fabulous trip. My heart grew by 17 new sisters in the travel family.
By Margo B for Epic Egypt Escape May 2021 on 09 Jun, 2021
I had a great time. A once in a life time experience. Eman is a fountain of knowledge. Thanks Tricia.
By cynthia d for Epic Egypt Escape May 2021 on 07 Jun, 2021
Fascinating! That word best describes Egypt for me. Our May Epic Egypt Escape was just wonderful, great group of travelers, we experienced so much of the culture and people and saw so many amazing sights. There were so many highlights, I just can't name them all, but the sunrise hot air balloon ride and Abu Simbel have to be at the top of my list. Tricia did a wonderful job setting up, planning and organizing this trip. Fascinating trip and I highly recommend Egypt, Tricia and Alt Esc for your next travel adventure.
By Kathy R for Epic Egypt Escape May 2021 on 01 Jun, 2021
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