Controversial cruise liner ‘Adriana’, that operates Sevastopol-Istanbul voyages, is registered in Saint Kitts & Nevis, country on the east coast of Caribbean Sea.
‘Adriana’ liner is reportedly chartered by Russian “Black & Baltic Seas cruise” company. The liner is owned, according to various sources, by Tropicana Cruises Ltd (Cuba) or Adriana Shippng Ltd (Caribbean or Singapore) or Russian well-known businessman Sergey Ponyatovsky.
Following Crimean annexation, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered Turkey’s Transport Ministry not to allow Crimean ships without a sign “Ukraine” to Turkish ports. Still, the fact that ‘Adriana’ belongs to Saint Kitts & Nevis’s allows the liner to operate Sevastopol-Istanbul voyages.
As we earlier reported, ESEN ELITA TUR Company announced it offers Sevastopol-Istanbul voyages on the board of ‘Adriana’ liner that accommodates 300 passengers. One-way voyage costs $200.
Meanwhile Ukraine’s State Inspectorate for the Safety of Sea and River Transport announced it had closed Crimean sea ports for international navigation.
Note: The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis (or the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis) located in the Leeward Islands of Caribbean, is a federal two-island country in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population.