The MS Russ is one of several motorships run by Vodohod which travel the rivers and lakes between Moscow and St. Petersburg and vice versa.
This is NOT ocean cruising. The Russ, built in 1986 but refurbished, accommodates about 280 passengers mostly in fairly basic cabins. There are 2 smallish beds with a small table between, adequate wardrobe space, storage shelves and a frig. There is a large window over the table.
Although the ship is 30 years old it was very well maintained. Our cabin was kept spotlessly clean as were all public areas and the outside decks looked like they had been painted the day before. The bathroom is small and interesting! On entering all you see is a hand basin and toilet. You make the shower by diverting the water from the tap over the sink via a hose to a shower head and pull a plastic curtain around you to stop the water going everywhere. Different, but worked well and hot water was always plentiful. The only provided toiletry is a cake of soap so take your own shampoo etc.
I had no complaints with the food. Breakfast was always buffet style with plenty of hot and cold dishes. Lunch (4 courses) and dinner (3) had to be preordered the day before and you had to sit in the same place at the same table for the whole trip to ensure you got what you ordered. No drinks included on the Russ - well not with the Australian company we booked with.
But the main point of this trip for me was to see Moscow and St. Petersburg and the country in between and this part I would give 5 stars. In both cities we were accommodated on the ship and there were included and optional tours. All were very good and some of the tour guides outstanding.
I found all the ports of call along the way most interesting with the highlight for me being tiny Kizhi Island (permanent population about 100), the most northerly part of the trip being only about 30 miles from the Arctic Circle. This island is home to some of Russia's most fantastic wooden architecture - the churches are stunning. And the young bell ringer produced the most beautiful, ethereal sound I have ever heard. It was hard to believe that one young man could pull so many bells to play such an intricate piece.
There were various on-board activities to help pass the time - there are 2 large lakes to cross with not a lot to see so take a book. Wifi was available in a small bar but very hit and miss. I notice another reviewer says it was always good in a lock and there are quite a few of them.
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SALES for m/s «M. ROSTROPOVICH» 2018 are OPEN!
Obviously it is high time to open sales for the cruises onboard our luxurious 5Star motorship “M. Rostropovich” in season 2018!
Hurry up to book a suitable cabin as m/s “M. Rostropovich” has always been the vessel of the extremely high demand among the tourists from all over the world. There are 14 categories of cabins onboard the ship so you will be able to choose the most comfortable and appropriate one. Also, m/s “M. Rostropovich” is the only vessel where there is an elevator what makes the journey easier and more comfortable for passengers.
Do not miss you chance to have a great and relaxing tour between two ancient capitals of Russia – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg and to enjoy famous Russian hospitality.
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You will experience amazingly beautiful voyage with amazing nature of Russia, exciting tours and high level of service.
Click on the button “Book now” on the right-hand side to purchase the cabin. We hope to see you onboard soon!
WTM in London 2017
Dear friends and partners!
We are happy to say that Vodohod Russian River Cruises had a good show during the World Travel Market in London on the 08th-10th of November 2017!
It is necessary to mention that WTM is the annual event and the greatest one in the world where all the travel companies and agencies are gathered in one platform to find brand new collaborations.
As usual, in 2017 WTM was a highly successful event. The figures show that WTM London 2017 hosted an increased level of seniority amongst its visitors, with a significant increase in purchasing ability. For the first time the number of senior industry buyers from the WTM Buyers’ Club smashed through the 10,000 barrier. Overall attendance figures are around 50,000.
Last year we it was easy to notice the new boost of interest for Russian river cruises and now we have got the clear evidence of it. During the three days of the show Vodohod staff onsite had not a single minute of being free: meeting with our long-term partners and new companies’ representatives were mixed together and appointed for all available time slots.
We are proud to conclude that WTM 2017 has given us the most effective result and as always helped us to conduct fruitful discussions and talks with various partners from all over the world.
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