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 Parliament Building, built under the rule of Ceausescu in the 1980s and the largest of its kind in the world. Watch out for Bucharest’s varied architecture – ranging from 19th-century buildings to Bauhaus and art deco – as you then enjoy a short sightseeing drive en route to the Village Museum. Located on the banks of Lake Her?str?u, the museum is dedicated to showcasing Romanian folk architecture with displays of typical regional peasant homes. The museum visit is followed by a break for lunch of Romanian fare in a local restaurant, after which the outing continues with a photo stop at Revolution Square where the Ceausescu regime was overthrown in 1989. After some time to spend on your own exploring the old town and a visit to the 17th-century Metropolitan Church, which retains many Byzantine features and lies near the seat of Romania’s Orthodox Church, you will return to the coach for the leisurely 3-hour return journey to Constan?a and your ship. Please note: as the tour involves negotiating several steps, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
    • 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 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 century A.D. it constitutes an exquisite reminder of Constan?a’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 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 recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
    • 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, 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 suitable for guests using a wheelchair
    • 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 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 Constan?a’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: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair as it includes negotiating some steps.
    • 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’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 northwestern 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 Constan?a will give you plenty of time to ponder on how it might have been to live in these bygone times. Before returning to your cruise ship, a stop in the city will allow you to visit the Roman Mosaics, a former huge 3-floor complex built in the 4th century AD, an exquisite reminder of Constan?a’s heyday as a centre of commerce. Please note: as this tour involves walking on uneven ground with some steps, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems.
    • 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

  • CAR WITH GUIDE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    CND33PV

    CAR WITH GUIDE
    • No guide available

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$359.00Price per person

    • Children$359.00Price 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 through a bucolic, village-dotted landscape to the region known as Northern Dobruja. You will be heading for the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to pay the Saon Monastery a visit. Although originally established in 1846, the present-day church dates back to the early 20th century. The monastery is a key place of Orthodox worship and an important regional pilgrimage site. While you are shown around, watch out for gold icons adorning the walls of the main church as well as the nuns themselves taking care of daily business, which not only includes set prayer times, but also tending crops, making honey and rearing domestic livestock. Leaving the monastery behind, a 30-minute drive will see you reach the town of Tulcea for a lunch break. The unhurried pace then continues on a 2.5-hour pleasure cruise through one of the world’s most complex and oldest ecosystems, the Danube Delta. After the scenic cruise, you will return to Tulcea for the coach ride back to the ship. Please note: the tour is unsuitable for guests using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance To safeguard against adverse weather conditions, guests are recommended to bring suitable rainwear since the pleasure boat is roofless. Sighting of bird- and other wildlife cannot be guaranteed, but are likely.
    • 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 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 recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
    • 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

  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    CND34PV

    MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX
    • No guide available

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$469.00Price per person

    • Children$469.00Price 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.