The sailing season will last until October with 15 trips planned for this period
The Astoria Grande liner opens the cruise navigation season on the route connecting the cities of Russia and Turkey: Sochi, Istanbul, Sinop, Cesme, Trabzon and the island of Bozcaada in the Aegean Sea. The ship can accommodate about 1,400 passengers, according to the official portal of the Sochi resort.
Before the first voyage, the liner was visited by Deputy Head of Sochi Inna Petukhova and heads of ad hoc divisions of the city administration.
“It’s a landmark even for Sochi. After a long time, we have recovered the international cruise service. This year, the resort expects about 4.5 million tourists. It is important that the concept #ВместеVСочи (Russian for Together in Sochi) developed on the initiative of the Mayor of Sochi Aleksey Kopaygorodsky ensures a wide range of leisure activities including an international cruise on an ocean liner where special attention is paid to passenger safety,” Deputy Head of Sochi Inna Petukhova.
The liner is equipped with navigation and fire safety systems as well as a stabilization system ensuring the stability of the ship in the event of a storm.
The Astoria Grande will leave the port of Sochi every Saturday for a seven-night voyage. The sailing season will last until October with 15 trips planned for this period.