Constanta

The capital of the “Black Sea Côte d’Azur”
The Casino: a magnificent art nouveau building
Splendid Roman mosaic floors

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Constanta

Ovid’s bittersweet exile

A visit to Constance during an MSC cruise of the Mediterranean means landing in the capital of what we might define as the Côte d’Azur of the Black Sea. As you will have the opportunity to appreciate when you set ashore from your ship, Constanta has a history of over 3000 years.

Behind the port we can see the city’s well known feature, the Casinò built in 1909, a handsome Liberty building designed by architect Daniel Renald and built on the Mediterranean coast, just a few steps away from where your cruise ship is anchored. An excursion to Constanta usually starts from Piata Ovidiu, Ovid Square, where we find the statue of the Roman poet who was exiled here by Emperor Augustus, and where we also find the remains of a magnificent Roman building with splendid mosaics.

One can then visit the Orthodox Cathedral built at the end of the 19th century next to the ruins of the ancient city of Tomis and the Grand Mosque of Mahmudiye. There are a host of museums which are worth visiting during your vacation. Whereas for those who love marine life we advise a visit to the Aquarium or to the Dolphinarium near Lake Tabacariei. One can delve into ancient history with an excursion to the Greco-Roman archaeological sites such as Histria.

There are a number of seaside resorts along the coasts of the Black Sea. Mamaia is perhaps the most famous. Its name means “grandmother” because it is the oldest port of the Romanian coast. It is just five kilometres from the centre of Constanta and its eight kilometres of coast extend along a narrow strip of land between lake Siutghiol and the sea.

Another incredible spectacle is offered by the Danube Delta, second in Europe in terms of extension and a UNESCO world heritage. Here, amidst canals and little islands, is the largest cane thicket in the world and home to a vast variety of animal and plant species. Here we find medium-large wild mammals such as wild cats, foxes, wolves, deer and boars.

Must see places in Constanta

  • The Genovese Lighthouse

    The Genovese Lighthouse

  • Histria

    Histria

  • Mamaia Riviera

    Mamaia Riviera

Discover our excursions

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  • BUCHAREST, A CITY OF CONTRASTS

    CITY TOUR

    CND10

    Sally forth and spend an extended day off the ship to visit Bucharest, Romania’s fascinating capital and principal city. A relaxing 3-hour coach journey, including a comfort break, will see you reach the city, with a first photo stop scheduled at Parliame
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      11:40 h

    • Adults$119.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • CONSTAN?A & MAMAIA

    CITY TOUR

    CND06

    This all-day tour of Constan?a (a.k.a. Tomis) and Mamaia, two popular Romanian Black Sea resorts, begins with a brief drive to Constan?a’s old quarter for a walk through its historical streets. The route will take you past Constan?a Casino, the Genoese Li
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • No guide available

    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:45 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

  • CONSTAN?A CITY TOUR & ROMAN RUINS

    CITY TOUR

    CND01

    Setting off directly from the pier, this tour of Constan?a – 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. Once a huge 3-tier complex that was constructed in the 4th
    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • FROM NAVAL HISTORY TO THE COMMUNIST CONNECTION

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    CND04

    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, moul
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • ON THE TRAIL OF CONSTAN?A’S HISTORY

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    CND05

    With a history that dates all the way back to the 7th century B.C., the city of Constan?a – 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 Constan?a’s rich architect
    • Snack included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • THE ANCIENT CITY OF HISTRIA

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    CND02

    Leaving the port of Constan?a, 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
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • DANUBE DELTA AND SAON MONASTERY

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    CND11

    A chance to touch base with Romania’s natural beauty, local customs and religious life is on the itinerary of this enjoyable outing, which takes you off the ship for an entire day. You will first board a coach at the pier for a scenic 2.5-hour drive throu
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      9:30 h

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

  • FOLK SHOW & WINE TASTING AT MURFATLAR VINEYARD

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    CND03

    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 Constan?a to visit the Greco-Roman Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, followed by a short walk to the mid-19th-century Genoese L
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Romania

An intriguing charisma
An intriguing charisma

Nowhere in Eastern Europe defies preconceptions quite like Romania. It still suffers from a poor image abroad, but don’t be put off – this intriguing country, dotted with picturesque towns and rural communities following traditions little changed since the Middle Ages, is easily accessible and a pleasure to explore.

Romanians trace their ancestry back to the Romans and tend to stress their Latin roots, although they have Balkan traits too. 


A cruise to Romania will leave you in Costantia, on the Mediterranean coast. 

The capital, Bucharest, is perhaps daunting for the first-time visitor – its savage recent history is only too evident, not least in the form of the Communist-era Centru Civic – but parts of this once-beautiful city have retained their appeal. 


More attractive by far on a holiday to Romania is Transylvania, an ancient region offering some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Europe as well as a uniquely multi-ethnic character. Its chief cities, such as Braşov, Sibiu and Sighişoara, were built by Saxon (German) colonists, and there are also strong Hungarian and Roma (Gypsy) presences here.


In the border region of the Banat, also highly multi-ethnic, is Timişoara, Romania’s most Western-looking city, famed as the birthplace of the 1989 revolution.

 
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