The Quaker City departed Constantinople 19 August, 1867, arriving in Sevastopol 21 August at 5am. It departed at 9 pm the same day, arriving in Odessa 22 August at 4 pm. The ship then departed for Yalta 24 August at 11 am, arriving 25 August at noon. A party from the ship visited Tsar Alexander II on the 26th. On the 28th the ship departed Russia returning to Constantinople. Twain remarks that the trip to Odessa was to take on coal but it may be that the true reason for the trip to Russia was because the Tsar had expressed an interest in acquiring the ship to be used as a family yacht and the Quaker City's owners were eager to sell it. Twain was favorably impressed with the Tsar, thinking him far superior to his preconceived notions of royalty.