The city and port of Sinop lie on an isthmus linking the Boztepe Peninsula to the mainland. Last year eight cruise ships visited including Holland America Line's Prinsendam and Peter Deilmann's Deutschland.
'We hope to build on our number of calls as interest in Black Sea cruising gains momentum,' Bulent Saglam of Cakiroglu Group of Companies and owner of the port, told Seatrade Insider.
According to legend, Sinop was founded by the Amazons, who named it after their queen, Sinova. It became a flourishing Greek settlement and the birthplace of the philosopher Diogenes.
Historic monuments include an ancient citadel, the old city walls dating from the early Greek and Roman periods and the Alâeddin Cami mosque, built in 1214. The countryside offers sandy beaches, thick pine forests, caves and waterfalls. Hamsilos Fjord, 11 kms from the city centre, is the only fjord in the country.
Locally produced handcrafts include woven textiles, linen and cotton clothing, model boats and knives. The skill of model ship making dates back to 1950 when two prisoners started teaching the wood carving craft to the local community. Today model ships of every kind and size can be purchased as souvenirs.
MedCruise, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, has 66 member ports from 20 countries spanning the region.