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Cape Town, South Africa
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“River Cruise St Petersburg to Moscow MS Nikolay Chernishevsky”

We returned last month from a river cruise on the MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky (Vodahod Cruise & Travel) along the rivers, canals and lakes between St Petersburg and Moscow. Russia does not immediately come to mind as a holiday destination but we had friends who had been on this cruise some years ago, and whilst in Europe in May/June this year we decided to include the river cruise as part of our trip.

Our inclusive trip from London was booked through Archers/Cosmos in the UK who we found most helpful and efficient and who we had travelled with on two previous occasions. Their prices are very competitive and also provide a free chauffeur pickup and return service within a 50 mile radius of your departing airport. In addition as we had booked early we were also given free a "Moscow by night" optional tour. The only downside is that we were informed that we would be picked up at 5.20am for a flight leaving Heathrow at 9.20am, and we were staying 30 mins away from the airport!! However by prior arrangement with the car service we were able to amend the pickup time. Archers recommended us to upgrade our cabin from the porthole cabins on the lower deck as not only are they tiny, but access is difficult down steep steps. We upgraded to a twin cabin on the middle deck which also had its own opening window.More



Vancouver, Canada
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“Nicolas Chernyshevsky”

This vessel is refurbished this year. Hair dryer, mini fridge and body lotion, shampoo ,conditioner and two bottle of water( every day) are in the cabin. A piece of chocolate is placed on your pillow after the maid made the bed.Small towel is changed everyday while the big one is changed every three days. we think this is reasonable but some guests are not happy. I done think you change all your towel at home everyday.



Mooloolaba, Australia
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“MS Rostropovich”

My wife and I recently done the ten day cruise up the Volga river aboard Ms Rostropovich , from the time we arrived on the dock everything was taken care off , the cabin was spacious the bathroom and shower hot and roomy , the cabin has a bar fridge and two bottles of water supplied a day , to in the room and wi fi in the common lounge worked fine when in appropriate locations near shore , food was beyond amazing so much food with plent of variety , dinner was 4-5 course each night ,lunch and dinner are at fixed seating each night and breakfast you can sit where you like ,lunch and breakfast were buffets , on board there were history lessons , modern day life q&a which were fantastic and Andrey gave Russian language lessons which we thoroughly enjoyed, the day trips were fun and informative , now the staff , they were to a man and lady above amazing , always smiling helpful , funny and help you learn about their culture and to relax and I cannot praise them enough , I would thoroughly recommended this ship and cruise .



polb57
hereford
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Cruising the Russian wateways on the Zosima Shashkov

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



polb57
hereford
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M/S Rostropovich was fabulous

So many cruise boats on the Volga/Baltic waterways but we fee that this boat was one of the best. No one we spoke to could fault it. We booked through Audley Travel and had the cruise as the middle of our Russian holiday. The week on board passed so quickly with so much to do including Russian language, Russian history, cooking, the history of Russian fairytales - believe me, this was far more entertaining than you would imagine. The stop off points were always interesting and very welcome although there was a point that the British could understand NABC, or not another bloody church! Saying that, I wouldnt have changed it for anything. The staff, all of them, were so friendly and helpful I felt quite emotional at the end of the week and believe me, I have worked in the NHS for many years and try not to be too emotional!



donelgit
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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Cruising on the Lev Tolstoy

We arranged our own flights on Lufthansa, The planes were very clean, good leg room & the food the best we have ever had on aircraft. Only drawback, all took off late.We flew BHX to Domodedovo airport south of Moscow. Avoid this if possible when cruising as it is a 100klm. drive that took 2 hrs through a continual traffic jam even on 6 lane highways. I would never recommend self drive in Russia as the drivers are maniacs. Our taxi driver managed to get us to the ship north of Moscow with skillful lane changing that kept us moving (just) most of the way.
We joined the Lev Tolstoy for our river cruise up the Volga to St Petersburg & our junior suite was spacious & well appointed. Our inclusive itinerary gave us guided tours of Moscow by coach, Red Square & the Kremlin and lunch at the Hard Rock cafe..
This was our first cruise & didn't know what to expect on the food front. No need to worry. Breakfast was a buffet, lunch 3 courses with assigned seats & dinner 4 course. There was little if any repartition of meals and they were well presented & delicious for the most part. The ship itself was kept spotlessly clean, the public areas stylish & comfortable. Only complaints were the price of drinks, 870 rubles for 2 small Martinis & 7up (bought 1ltr vermouth & 2 lts of 7up from supermarket for 505 rubles) & the dance nights entertainment when IMO the singer/guitarist would struggle to get work in the local pub. Otherwise everything on board was 1st class.
Various excursions were included as we sailed up the Volga & we only took additional tours in St Petersburg but our new friends recommend the night tour in Moscow that included the metro. In St Petersburg we would recommend the river & canal tour & Catherine's Palace..
Our inclusive itinerary included guided tours of the city, the Hermitage museum & Peter & Paul fort. We would say that guide tours are essential as groups avoid some of the very long queues at the various sites especially the Hermitage.
Airport transfers, cruise & excursions was all booked through Go Russia who we cannot fault. Every detail was faultless, taxi's on time etc. Highly recommended.



Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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“Ms Chernyshevsky/Vodohod River Cruises”

I frequently travel solo and have wanted to see Russia. When I had a chance for a double cabin at a solo price, I jumped at it. I knew it would not be luxurious. My ship was similar to the Shashkov and Russ described in previous reviews. The room was tiny but functional, with the interesting shower/sink combo previously described. The bed was comfortable enough for me, though short. The public areas were pleasant, though there were lots of stairs. The staff was young and pleasant, but apparently mostly students trying to improve their foreign language skills. They weren't well-trained in customer service or very organized. I thought the food was pretty good, though some found it bland. We had to sit at the same place at every meal. Fortunately my table got along very well, but not everyone could say that. The entertainment was mostly provided by the young staff and we had a show the last night put on by the guests and staff. The guides on land were mostly very good, and what we saw was beautiful and fascinating. In short, if you want to see Russia at a good price, check out the Vodohod cruises. I recommend their website, bestrussiancruises.com. But be realistic in your expectations. Be prepared for plenty of downtime, and don't expect to fill it with wifi. I tried to think of it as being in summer camp, or a college dorm again. Even the background music(soothing instrumentals) and mixed drinks at the bar(White Russians! Grasshoppers!) reminded me of the 80's. I suspect this was a more "Russian" experience than, say, Viking, but it won't be to everyone's liking. But Russia and the Volga are well worth seeing however you wish to do it...

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derbyshire
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“riggers and the white rabbit visit the attractions”

having just returned from Russian river cruise I can recommend it stunning scenery and magnificent buildings a little on the cooler side but it was a holiday of culture not a beach break we sailed on the Nicholas chernevsky and our guides were great though the boat was a little on the cold side there was heating in the cabins the food was brilliant this cruise is not for people who want to sit around...

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Glen Waverley, Australia
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“VODOHOD the Exquisite Russian River Cruises with MS KONSTANTIN FEDIN”

Once we check in to the "Konstantin Fedin" ship at Saint Petersburg pier, we knew that we were in for a surprise. Well mannered, Trained Friendly staff made our time on board so much entertained and well fed all the time for the following ten days, while we were cruising through Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslaval and Uglich. We passed 18 river locks up and down in Rivers NEVA , SVIR and VOLGA along with Lakes LAGODA, ONEGA, WHITE, RYBINSK and IVANKOVO reservoirs.
Cruise is available both ways and this is a best way to see Heritage listed ancient Russian villages. Service and onboard facilities very good with a very reasonable fare...

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Strafford, New Hampshire
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“River Cruising in Russia.”

Just back from 13 days cruising down the Volga River, across two of Europe's largest lakes, through 18 locks from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We travelled again with Gate 1 Travel on the vessel, MS Zosima Shashkov which was very comfortable. Even though the cabins were small, we spent little time in it, preferring to get out & view the passing scenery. The tour covered some great excursions ashore in Moscow, where we visited Red Square & the Kremlin. We also took a night tour of Moscow, which I would strongly recommend...

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Montara, California
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“Vodohod Russian River cruise on the MS Cosima Shashkov, through Gate1 Travel”

We cruised from St. Petersburg to Moscow at the start of White Nights in mid-June. Can't say enough good things about the ship and the staff. This was our first cruise so we had no expectations. If you like ocean liners, this cruise is not for you. The ship is small and the food is not five-star.

We booked a room on the third deck, which is one upgrade. Everything was extremely clean and was kept that way the entire trip. The furnishings are well-maintained, no shabby upholstery or worn areas. We had a window that opened out on to the deck. There are chairs and tables on the deck, and we could sit outside our room and watch the scenery...

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“Amazing Gate1 Russian MS Zosima Shashkov River Trip!!!”

We traveled on the Volga river aboard the Russian ship, MS Zosima Shashkov from St. Petersburg to Moscow this past June (2016). Although I worried about many things (cabin size, meals, condition of the ship, any language or culture difficulties, etc.), it was one of the most beautiful, enjoyable, and memorable trips we've taken (and in the past five years, we've been to Paris, Rome, Edinburgh, and London). All the Gate 1 Travel guides and front desk helpers (Karina, Irina, Maria, Gayana, and Aiya) were fantastic and their Manager Tanya was absolutely incredible (she delivered my lost bag from the airport to our cabin door at 3am)!! The ship was immaculate (thanks to our daily maid Anna!); the cabin was really comfortable (there's more than enough room for luggage under the bed, a closet with hangers for clothes, a shower that really is easy to use once you get the hang of it, a refrigerator, and each cabin had a large window over the small table between the beds (each bed was probably about 3' x 6' or so..we were fine, but a really tall person might be uncomfortable)...

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Sydney, Australia
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“Zosima Shashkov. Some Questions Answered”

Found this posted elsewhere on Tripadvisor under St. Petersburg to Moscow on MS Zosima Shashkov with Gate 1 Travel”
all credits to "joyfuljourneys26"

Ship: Our ship was the MS Zosima Shashkov. The ship was built in 1986, has been refurbished, and is in very good condition. Clean, comfortable common areas, lounges, and bars on 4 floors. There are 2 large dining rooms. Our room was small—just big enough for 2 single beds with a table between them and a window above. There were shelves and a closet to store our clothes and other items. Space under the bed to store a small suitcase. The bathroom had a toilet and a sink, and a shower curtain that wrapped around when you used the shower. Sure, the entire sink area got wet when you showered, but there was a high shelf over the toilet that could hold things that you didn’t want to get wet. It was a way of saving space and it worked well. Each bed had a built-in light in the wall. There was one 220-V outlet with 2 places to plug in items. The small refrigerator was plugged into one of the sockets. Be sure to bring a 220-V adapter for charging electronics that are 220-V compatible, and a converter if your item is not 220-V compatible. If you have many things to plug in, bring a multiple tap to provide extra plug-in space. At the reception desk, they lent out 220-V hair dryers, but wanted them back after each use, so if you can bring your own 220-V hair dryer, you will save a lot of time. The ship offered wi-fi internet in the Small Bar at the front of the ship. Connections were spotty and depended on the ship’s location. Sometimes we had good connections and speed. We soon realized that we could almost always get connected when we were going through the locks...

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Eagle River, Alaska
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“MS Tolstoy River cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow”

We booked this through TravelallRussia. Turns out the ship is operated and managed by a company called Crusemundo. We were promised a room mid ship and were given a room near the bow. It was directly under the grand piano used in evening performances and was very noisy with singing and dancing programs. We were also assigned to a dinner table that had no view; just a plain wall. We asked the desk to fix both these problems but were told that it was the fault of TravelallRussia and not Crusemundo. Kate at reception wore a perpetual sneer and took delight in passenger discomfort...

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London
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“Was it worth it?”

Went on this trip with GO RUSSIA who are based in London. The ship was one operated by a Russian company VODOHOD who have many ships travelling the waterways. I was on the MS Nicolay Chernishevsky. It is a basic ship with very small cabins. As one contributor has mentioned I am not sure how tall people cope as the beds do not seem very long. It is very clean and the staff are wonderful. The bathroom is a surprise but it works very well. There is a toilet and a sink, to the side of the sink on the wall is a shower rail, you have a shower curtain you pull round that closes off the toilet and you shower in the area left, there is a rubber mat on the floor which resembles webbing and the water goes through this to the hole in the floor. Just remember to take the toilet paper out of the bathroom before you shower, or it can get a little damp! I took flip-flops with me and wore these in the shower...

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Columbia, South Carolina
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“MS Nikolay Chernyshefsky”

My review will be short because it could be almost word-for-word identical to that of RecaLondon's review for Sept of 2013. Same ship, same experience, with only a few differences:
we booked thru TravelAllRussia, based in St Petersburg, Moscow and Washington DC. Our agent there, Anna was excellent. My mother and I originally booked for May of 2012. Six months prior, her home was struck by lightning and the entire second story burned. Anna moved our deposit to May of 2013. After the house was rebuilt, we decided to sell it, and move her to South Carolina ( she is 85, time for her to be near family) and Anna moved our deposit to May of 2014. No hassles, no quibbles about trip insurance!!! Our $2100 USD pp fare included the cost of the Visa, and the transfer from the Moscow airport and to the train station in St Petersburg...

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London, United Kingdom
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“Imperial Waterways of Russia, MS Rostropovich”

A Russian river cruise is a quirky sort of holiday. But we had such a good time, I would urge you to give it a try.

The boat is well-appointed. Beds in the cabins are hard – not to everyone's taste – and rather narrow. There is plenty to do, if you are prepared to join in. We were offered a couple of introductory Russian lessons – which I would highly recommend. It is worth taking a little time to get to grips with the alphabet and to learn a few basic phrases...

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United Kingdom
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“Cruise on Lev tolstoy-Vodohod”

We had a wonderful holiday cruising down the Volga river on Lev tolstoy travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg.The ship is owned by a Russian company called vodohod.They have several ships.We booked a junior suite which was slightly bigger than standard rooms.Bathroom was a small cubicle with shower,toilet and wash basin. Everything was very clean .The food was exceptional. The staff and guides were very friendly and helpful.We met people from France,Spain Germany, China and few from UK. We were divided into different language groups with a guide for each group. We visited few small towns and villages along the way. Wifi was available at the library area .There was some entertainment on board...

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Masterton, New Zealand
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“CRUISING THE VOLGA ON THE MS LEV TOLSTOY”

We recently took a group of 17 New Zealanders on a cruise of the Volga River on the MS Lev Tolstoy, a typical river cruise boat. We found the trip to be far above our expectations - the trip was excellent. Our English speaking guide, a young lady, couldn't do enough for us, was very knowledgeable on all things Russian. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, the off-shore visits interesting with good local guides and the shipboard entertainment and activities were plentiful.
The cabins were quite small but they did take our luggage out of the room and store it and we managed very well. The beds were comfortable and the air-con easy to adjust. Cabin windows were also able to be opened...

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Strafford, New Hampshire
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“River Cruising in Russia.”

Just back from 13 days cruising down the Volga River, across two of Europe's largest lakes, through 18 locks from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We travelled again with Gate 1 Travel on the vessel, MS Zosima Shashkov which was very comfortable. Even though the cabins were small, we spent little time in it, preferring to get out & view the passing scenery. The tour covered some great excursions ashore in Moscow, where we visited Red Square & the Kremlin. We also took a night tour of Moscow, which I would strongly recommend.
Once leaving Moscow, we sailed on a very smooth river, visiting some amazing historic towns along the way. Uglich the ancient town with the beautiful Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood, built on the spot where Ivan the Terrible's son Dimitry was killed at the age of 10. Yaroslavl was another ancient town, established in 1010, dating back to the time of the Vikings. The Cathedral dates back 800 years.
Onboard activities were also fun with Russian language sessions, Russian Dancing sessions & even a talent quest amongest the many fun times & getting to know each other times. The Captain's welcome with his crew was very pleasant, as was the champagne. Meals were excellent with a Russian touch. I would definetly recommend the tour, which can be taken either from Moscow or St. Petersburg...

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