The Black Sea is living up to its name: it is a dark - and today - very dreary sea. We've had heavy clouds and last night a heavy rain as we crossed this body of water en route to Sochi, Russia. I write this from the ship anchored just off the Russian coast.
We didn't clear the wait-list for the shore tour - in fact, it turns out we weren't on the wait list after all - so we will 'see' Russia from a distance. The authorities are strict here: you are either on a tour or you hold a Russian Visa, we don't qualify on either account so will take photos (and add to the blog later) of the shore and the two ships that seem to be 'guarding' us as tour groups tender to the shore.
The cruise continues to provide some fascinating stops and tomorrow we will be back in the land of passports and shore passes. Today will be spent watching the deep dark waters and sky that surround us.