Constanta

Let MSC Cruises take you on a luxury cruise to the beauty of Romania’s Black Sea Mediterranean coastline and the major seaport of Constanta on the Black Sea.

Relax on Romania’s Black Sea coast and explore the city of Constanta with MSC Cruises

Romania counts as one of the most diversely beautiful countries in Europe and the thriving city of Constanta – pronounced Constantza – not only counts the country’s largest seaport, but also as one of its loveliest seaside resorts. As the portal to Romania’s Dobruja region, the city offers a multitude of sights to see, things to do and destinations to explore, such as the glorious Danube Delta near Tulcea to the north.

Situated towards the southern end of the Black Sea coast, Constanta was originally founded by the Greeks around 2,600 years ago and, according to Greek mythology, is even said to have been the very port that welcomed Jason, the Argonauts and the much-prized Golden Fleece on their return.

Today, the city’s rich heritage is evident at every turn, with ancient remains such as the Roman Mosaics characterising the town’s old quarter just as much as historical monuments, Orthodox churches, mosques and a slew of beautiful 19th century buildings. Check out Ovidius’ Square with its statue in honour of the Roman poet in the city centre or stroll down to the waterfront and pass by the 26-foot Genoese Lighthouse, built in 1869, and the elegant Grand Casino, a large Art Nouveau-style building overlooking the sea.

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 CND01 - CONSTANTA CITY TOUR & ROMAN RUINS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Shopping  Setting off directly from the pier, this tour of Constanta – one of the oldest cities in the whole of Europe with a history dating right back to 600 B.C. – begins with a stop at the Roman Mosaics, a once huge 3-tier complex that was constructed in the 4th century A.D. and constitutes an exquisite reminder of Constanta’s heyday as a centre of commerce. A visit to the fascinating Navy Museum is next, which is located close to the port. Apart from charts, models of ancient and modern boats, old navigational instruments, photos and documents, the museum’s copious collection even includes a dug-out canoe made from a single tree trunk, a 16th-century navigation set and a mid-17th-century Venetian celestial globe. Your tour then continues by coach to the city centre, where you will have time to explore on your own, do some shopping or maybe simply relax in a café. During your return drive back to the pier and your ship, one final stop will be made at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, a wonderful Greco-Roman-style building constructed towards the end of the 19th century. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. A fee is requested to take pictures or to shoot videos at the sites.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 CND02 - THE ANCIENT CITY OF HISTRIA (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Leaving the port of Constanta, an approx. 1-hour coach drive will take you north through Romania’s pretty coastal landscape to the ancient city of Histria. Thought to have been founded sometime between 630 and 665 B.C., Histria claims the title of Romania’s earliest settlement. At the height of its prosperity, the town boasted paved streets, comfortable houses, aqueducts, gymnasiums and temples. You will have a chance to visit both the Histria Museum and some impressive ruins from the Hellenistic, early-Roman and late-Roman eras including the remains of public buildings, baths, secular basilicas, Christian churches, shops and workshops. Adjacent to the ruins lies the informative museum with a unique collection of highly valuable local archaeological artefacts. Together with the other ancient cities along the north-western coast of the Black Sea, Histria is abiding proof that the ancient Greeks and Romans were well settled in this part of Europe. The scenic return journey to the port and your ship will give you plenty of time to ponder on how it might have been to live in these bygone times. Please note: as this tour involves walking on uneven ground with some steps, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. A fee is requested to take pictures or to shoot videos at the sites.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 CND03 - FOLK SHOW & WINE TASTING AT MURFATLAT VINEYARD (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Cultural  Get a real taste of Romania on this leisurely tour, which begins with a short coach transfer from the pier to the old town of Constanta to visit the Greco-Roman Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, followed by a short walk to the mid-19th-century Genoese Lighthouse, a perfect spot to take photos. The tour then continues with a short coach drive out of town to the town of Murfatlar and its famous vineyards. The Murfatlar Vineyard is not just distinguished by being Romania’s largest wine producer, but equally by the many international prizes and awards the high-quality wines produced here have won. Your visit to the vineyard also includes a wine tasting session, giving you a chance to try some of Murfatlar’s very best produce. To round off this enjoyable experience, you can also look forward to a display of folkloric dance to the sounds of traditional music before you head back to the port and your ship. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. A fee is requested to take pictures or to shoot videos at the sites.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 CND04 - FROM NAVAL HISTORY TO THE COMMUNIST CONNECTION (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Your half-day exploration of Romania’s fascinating history begins with a short coach drive from your ship to the Navy Museum, your first destination. Organised chronologically in four sections, the museum hosts a superb collection of maritime charts, mouldings, ancient and modern boat models, navigation instruments, documents, photographs and – as star exhibits – a dug-out canoe made from a single tree trunk, a 16th-century navigation case, a mid-17th-century celestial globe made in Venice and models of Greek triremes, a type of ship. Moving on by coach again, a 1-hour drive will then see you reach the seaside resort of Neptun – and discover the “communist connection”. As you enter what was once Ceausescu’s summer residence and is now the Ambassador Restaurant, you will feel as though you have been transported back in time to the communist era. After enjoying a guided tour of this historic building and a delicious “presidential” snack, you will head back to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair. A fee is payable for taking photos or shooting videos at the museum and the restaurant.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 CND05 - ON THE TRAIL OF CONSTANTA’S HISTORY (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Snack included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  With a history that dates all the way back to the 7th century B.C., the city of Constanta – or Tomis as it was known in the past – certainly has much to offer visitors, especially in its old quarter. This half-day exploration of Constanta’s rich architectural heritage also includes a trip to Mamaia, Romania’s most popular summer seaside resort. As the coach takes you past the harbour and then around Constanta’s stylish old town, you can first look forward to views of the many lovely Art Deco houses and the amazing Casino building on the waterfront, where a photo stop will be made. Moving on to Mamaia, your guide will then provide information on noteworthy sights en route to the Archaeological Museum. Some free time will then be yours to explore the museum’s collection of artefacts salvaged from the Black Sea coast, among them the remains of a large Roman floor mosaic and several marble statues of mythological creatures, including a chimera with a serpent’s body, the head of an antelope, ears of a human and tail of a lion. A tasty snack and folklore show will then round off the tour before you head back to the ship. Please note: a fee is payable for taking photos or shooting videos at the Archaeological Museum.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.