(QHA) - Crimea is becoming more popular for cruise tourism as 25% more foreign ships entered the ports on the peninsula this year compared to last year. This was stated by Crimean Resorts and Tourism Minister Oleksandr Liyev at a meeting of the ministry's board. "The fact that 25% more foreign vessels and 6% more Ukrainian vessels visited us this year compared to 2012 is a trend of the growing popularity of Crimea among cruise companies. This is despite the fact that the season navigation will still last until the end of October," Liyev noted. The minister recalled that Crimea was successfully participating in the cruise program "Six Resort Capital Cities of the Black Sea," which includes visits to Novorossiysk, Sochi, Feodosiya, Yalta, Odesa, and Sevastopol. "This is one of the important areas for the revival of the Black Sea cruise tourism," Liyev said.