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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International Benefit Arena Football Competition “Marina and River Transport Cup”
On the 15th and 16th of April 2017 the International Benefit Arena Football Competition “Marine and River Transport Cup” has taken place on the football pitch of the Moscow Spartak academy.
This sport event of such level is already the second one in Russia and it was held with support of the Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot), Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport” and the sport agency “Liga Victory”.
Among the participants there were not only representatives from Moscow and Moscow region but from the other parts of Russia such as the cities of Astrakhan and Tuapse, from Tverskaya region and even from the Northern part of the country. In total there were 16 teams and of course the team of the “Vodohod” company was there as well.
We have taken part in this competition not for the first time and after the two days of the sport event it is needless to say that both the players and spectators have had a really great time despite the nasty weather.
We are also happy to say that the “Vodohod” sport fans were so supportive and encouraging that they have won the first place prize – the football winner cake!
The “Vodohod” team thanks all the participants for the great tournament!
Vodohod at Third Russian-Norwegian Tourism Forum
The Third Russian-Norwegian Tourism Forum was held on 30th of March 2017 in Oslo. The forum allows travel professional from Russia and Norway to get acquainted in order to launch mutually beneficial cooperation and increase the tourist flow between Russia and Norway. This year the forum was headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Norway Teimuraz Ramishvili and Trade Representative of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Norway Alexander Anikin.
The tourism professionals from both Russia and Norway presented their products to the audience. Representative of LLC “Vodohod” provided the forum participants with detailed information about Russian river cruises, Vodohod fleet, itineraries, program and new projects of the company such as renovation of MS Kronshtadt to 4 star level and building of brand new 5 star ship Prince Vladimir.
We expect positive results of the forum and increase of Norwegian guests on board of Vodohod ships. Guests from Norway value the beauties of the nature and are attracted by cultural tourism, so Russian river cruises organized by Vodohod are of a great interest to the Norwegians as cruises are the perfect combination of magnificent Russian landscapes and educational excursions along cultural centers of Russia.
Vodohod is always happy to welcome the guests from all over the world on board of our ships and we are sure that every guest will find activity on one’s taste!
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