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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ITB Berlin 2017 with the participating of VODOHOD
Dear Friends and Partners!
We are happy to note that VODOHOD has participated in the annual exhibition ITB in Berlin from the “08th” until the “12th” of March 2017.
As the Leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global touristic offers. In addition to very high exhibitor satisfaction (over 90%), the numbers offer more proof: this is where supply meets demand.
Traditionally our company’s representatives conducted numerous meetings and negotiations with various successful travel companies and agencies from all over the world.
Now we are happy to reconfirm that the new boost of interest to travel in Russia is absolutely certain as VODOHOD is constantly receiving new requests and bookings particularly due to the active participation in ITB.
We would like to thank all the participants of ITB 2017 including our new visitors and long-standing partners for effective discussions and we wish you a successful season! We will be happy to see you next year at ITB 2018!
VODOHOD takes part in ITB in Berlin 2017
Dear Friends and Partners!
We are constantly developing the image of LLC VODOHOD on the global stage and this time we traditionally we participate at the annual exhibition Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin from the “08th” until the “10th” of March 2017. VODOHOD team is happy to invite everyone at our stand 123, Hall 25.
Conventional wisdom says that since the founding in 1966 ITB Berlin has established itself as the guidance system of the global travel industry and it is definitely so. ITB provides a good chance to negotiate the fruitful cooperation and consider very potential partnership for the upcoming seasons of 2017, 2018 and up to 2020 for all its participants.
We will be glad to see you at our stand! Kindly book meetings in advance by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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