I have read others' reviews of this cruise and I appreciate the varying points of view. For me, the 12 day cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg was excellent. I booked via Regent Holidays who are specialists in the region. They were very professional and helpful. My trip was very well organised by Regent including the handover to the Russian agent Vodohod. Our ship the Zosima Shashkov is not a new boat, but has been refitted to a good standard. It is NOT a luxury boat - it has been described as 3-star and I think this is fair. Some passengers complained about the standard of the boat, but we hadn't paid 5-star prices. The boat's interior is pleasant and the public areas attractive, comfortable and afforded panoramic views of the waterways. There is a lounge-bar on board specialising in cocktails.
The standard cabins are very small - so beware if you are a particularly tall or a large person, and the bathrooms are tiny with a small shower space. There was always plenty of hot water on my cruise and a good water pressure for the shower. There is enough storage space in the cabin if you haven't brought too much stuff with you and if you are tidy, the space is sufficient, though the beds are narrow. I would recommend that ladies take a small hairdryer - you can borrow one, but its a nuisance to have to keep asking. A travel iron is a good idea too, if you have the space in your luggage. There is a little fridge in the cabins which is handy, plus A/C (a bit noisy) which can also heat the cabin if needed. More
Russian river cruises
While you're in Russia, a cruise down its greatest rivers can be a perfect opportunity for you to better understand the Russian soul world-known for its mysteriousness. A Russian river cruise is not a simple trip from one point to another - it's an unforgettable experience that will remain in your memory for all your life. While cruising down the river in Russia, you can enjoy unique Russian cuisine and breathtaking folk music and decorative arts and immerse yourself deeper in Russian history while visiting greatest Russian cities.
And, of course, a Russian river cruise is probably the best way to travel if you want to fully enjoy the beauty of gorgeous Russian landscapes. Just imagine how spectacular the sunset on a river can be!
Meet one more refurbished vessel - MS “Nizhny Novgorod” 2019.
We are glad to announce that MS “Nizhny Novgorod” is going to be refurbished and upgraded from 3 to4 stars for season 2019.
VODOHOD enhances the fleet
Navigation 2018 has officially started in Russia and VODOHOD introduced three newly refurbished ships. This year, in addition to the scheduled maintenance, VODOHOD’s three vessels were upgraded from 3 to 4 stars. On board fully refurbished MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky", MS "Konstantin Fedin" and MS "Kronshtadt" we now offer an enhanced level of comfort, quality and service.
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