Constanta is a Romanian port city located on Black Sea's western coast. Port of Constanța is located approx 330 km (206 ml) from the Bosphorus Strait (Turkey) and approx 160 km (100 ml) from Sulina (through which Danube flows into Black Sea). The port covers around 40 km2 (15 ml2) of which the land portion is 13 km2 (5 ml2) and the water zone is 26 km2 (10 ml2). The port is well sheltered by 2 breakwaters (northwards and southwards). Constanta is Black Sea's largest port, and Europe's 18th largest.
The favourable geographical position and the importance of the Port of Constanța is emphasized by the connection with two Pan-European transport corridors: Corridor VII – Danube (inland waterway) and Corridor IV (railway). The two satellite ports, Midia and Mangalia, located not far from Constanța Port, are part of the Romanian maritime port system under the coordination of the Maritime Ports Administration SA.
Sights of interest include the Archaeological Museum and the Treasury with a gigantic 3rd century Roman Mosaic. Tourists can also walk along Black Sea waterfront promenade from Edwardian casino to Genoese Lighthouse. Due to the proximity of sea, the littoral's lakes are endowed with therapeutic minerals. The Lake Tekirghiol's mud baths are particularly renowned.
Just like the rest of Romania, little is known about Constanta from the departure of Romans until late Middle Ages (14th-15th centuries) when it became an important port for Genoese traders. Long-lasting prosperity didn't arrive until late-19th-20th centuries. From Constanta it is possible to explore Danube Delta and Histria - an Ancient Greek city colony (polis) considered the oldest urban settlement on Romanian territory (dating back from 630 BC).
In 2019, the cruise port handled 21 ship calls (mainly riverboats) and ~3000 passengers. Among the visiting ships was the ocean liner Amera (fromerly MS Prinsendam). The 39050-ton vessel (now owned by Phoenix-Reisen) docked on October 29 bringing a total of 754 passengers (max capacity 835) plus 459 crew. Next table shows the ship's 16-day Mediterranean and Black Sea itinerary as call ports and port times (arrival/departure)
|Date / Time||Port|
|22 Oct 18:00||Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, France|
|24 Oct 08:00 - 19:00||Siracusa, Sicily Island, Italy|
|26 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Piraeus-Athens, Greece|
|28 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Nessebar, Bulgaria|
|29 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Constanta, Romania|
|30 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Odessa, Ukraine|
|31 Oct 17:00 - 01 Nov 18:00||Istanbul, Turkey|
|02 Nov 13:00 - 20:00||Cesme, Turkey|
|03 Nov 08:00 - 15:00||Santorini Island, Greece|
|05 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Durres, Albania|
|06 Nov 09:00 - 17:00||Split, Croatia|
|07 Nov 09:00||Arriving in Trieste, Italy|
As Black Sea cruise port, Constanta is visited by smaller-sized luxury ships with max passenger capacity around 1000. For season 2020, the cruise port had booked 10 berthings. Among the visiting cruise lines are Azamara, Phoenix Reisen, Fred Olsen, RSSC-Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, Oceania, Silversea, SeaDream, Riviera Travel (Scylla Cruises),
Constanta cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Constanta dock at the Passenger Pier (located approx 1 km from the harbor's main entrance) and approx 1,5 km from the city center. The cruise port-city distance is easily walkable (around 20-min). There is a taxi rank at the port's main gate (not at the docking pier).
The port's new cruise terminal has an annual capacity of around 100,000 passengers. The docking pier has one berth with length of 293 m (961 ft).
In November 2007, Hungary and Romania signed an agreement for building a high-speed railway line between Budapest and Bucharest (both capital cities) as part of the larger transportation line Paris-Vienna-Budapest-Bucharest-Constanta. The train link will support speeds up to 300 kph (185 mph). Currently, the line between Bucharest and Constanta support speeds up to 160 kph (100 mph). The high-speed railway's construction plan (part of the Rhine-Danube Corridor) was officially announced in October 2013. Works are scheduled to start sometime between 2017 and 2025.
Port Constanta cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Constanta, Romania. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|1 October, 2020|
|MS Geoffrey Chaucer|
|9 October, 2020|
|MS William Wordsworth|
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