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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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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In September 2017, I chose a Russian cruise line deliberately, knowing it would be a more authentic experience than the more luxurious western...
My wife and I have just done the Volga river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg which started on the 23rd of September , we just wanted to say thank...Anthony Camilleri, travelling on board MS Mstislav Rostropovich
Our 12 day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg to Moscow on “Mstislav Rostropovich” in July 2017 went exactly on schedule. We were...Nina Klein, travelling on board MS Mstislav Rostropovich