Black Sea

Cruise Vessels at Bulgaria's Port Varna Almost Double

A total of 49 cruise ships have requested visits to the Marine Station in Varna, according to Bozhidar Chaparov, Executive Director of Port Varna.

Chaparov, as cited by, pointed out that the average of requested visits of passenger ships in 2013 had been 20-25.

He explained the increase with the good reputation of the port.

Turkish Airlines to Fly Istanbul-Varna from End June

Turkish Airlines will have a direct route Istanbul-Varna, starting from June 30, said deputy tourism minister Branimir Botev. 

According to him, the negotiations on the opening of the route were very hard. 

Botev expressed hopes that Varna would become an important access point to the Istanbul airport. 

Bulgaria's Black Sea Island St. Anastasia Opens for Tourists

Bulgaria's Black Sea island St. Anastasia, off the coast of Burgas, opens for tourists on May 15, report Bulgarian-language media. 

On the island, previously known as Bolshevik and used as a political prison in the communist era, is the only surviving island monastery from the Middle Ages in the western Black Sea. 

'No More' US Warships in Black Sea - Russian Navy

All US warships that were previously deployed to the Black Sea have now left its basin, the Russian Navy's General Staff has announced.

The destroyer USS Taylor was reported by Interfax agency to be in the Mediterranean on Monday after its 21-day-long stay in the Black Sea allowed by the Montreux Convention setting a three-week time limit for foreign vessels.

Sports Goods Chain Decathlon Plans More Stores in Bulgaria

The French sports goods retail chain Decathlon plans to open two more stores in Bulgaria, reports the business daily Capital Daily. 

Currently the company has two stores in Sofia and is planning imminent expansion in Plovdiv and Varna. The plans of a third store in Sofia and a first one in Burgas also remain, but the company hasn't set a time frame yet.