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Russia’s Historic Hot Spot

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Port: Sochi, Russia

Excursion: Long before this city was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the region was a favorite retreat of Joseph Stalin. Tour the dictator’s austere 1937 dacha, still filled with his personal possessions. The day ends in the 30-acre subtropical Dendrary Botanical Garden (mind the roaming ostriches!).

Voyage: Celebrity Constellation, to and from Istanbul. October 14; celebritycruises.com; 11 nights from $2,499.

T+L's Guide to Cruising 2014

Russia’s Historic Hot Spot

Port: Sochi, Russia

Excursion: Long before this city was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the region was a favorite retreat of Joseph Stalin. Tour the dictator’s austere 1937 dacha, still filled with his personal possessions. The day ends in the 30-acre subtropical Dendrary Botanical Garden (mind the roaming ostriches!).

Voyage: Celebrity Constellation, to and from Istanbul. October 14; celebritycruises.com; 11 nights from $2,499.

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T+L's Guide to Cruising 2014

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