The Royal Iris. Photo by Mick Warrick

A new Russian cruise line is set to start service in the Black Sea in June, with a ship and itinerary details now set in stone.

Cruise Industry News first reported the story in January.

Rosmorport, under the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, works to develop Russian maritime infrastructure and is behind the new operation.

The company has purchased the former Royal Iris for about 11 million euro. The 764-passenger ship last sailed for Mano Cruises.

The ship will be renamed Prince Vladimir and undergo a refurbishment before starting its new summer program. Infoflot has been named the sales agent.

Cruises will depart every Sunday, round-trip from Sochi with calls in Novorossyisk, Yalta and Sevastopol. The ship will overnight in Yalta. The first sailing is scheduled for June 11.

Interporting is also available in all ports.