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.
Our Gate1 tour guide, Tanya, gets 10 stars. From getting our lost luggage delivered to the ship before sailing, to putting up with a lot of crabby Americans with dumb questions, she stayed upbeat and smiling throughout. Her two Vodohod assistants, Irina and Karina, were lovely young ladies who spoke very good English.
The cruise line gave our group of 57 English-speaking passengers from Gate1 our own dining room, and we had two buses on shore at every stop where we were being driven to our tours. The guides spoke good English also and were very knowledgeable. The tours seemed hurried but we understand that's the nature of cruise tours. Just makes us want to go back on our own.
The UNESCO sites were incredible. We had rain and chilly weather in St. Petersburg but were extremely lucky the rest of the cruise. Sunny days and warm temps. We're told the best time to go is June and July for good weather.
The food was OK, not excellent, but there was plenty of it and they gave us good options. Breakfast is buffet, and lunch and dinner assigned seating with menus from which you choose your items the day before. Gate1 includes a beverage at dinner, and fruit at breakfast as part of the buffet.
They arranged a special surprise for my birthday at dinner one night. The entire restaurant was involved and it was something to remember.
The ride was extremely smooth, even on the big lakes. We did have one thunderstorm and some rain one evening, but it did not affect the cruising. We slept like babies, but we do wish they had blackout curtains. The sun didn't set until 10:30 pm and was back up by 3 a.m. Bring sleep masks.
The ship gives you a credit card to charge to your room for drinks, souvenirs, etc. They also take rubles. You are also expected to tip the crew and your tour director at the end. The average is $8-$10 per day per person for the entire crew, and $7-$9 per day per person for the director. We used the ATM's in Moscow as it has to be in cash.
We got a daily itinerary with all the tours, meal times and shipboard activities. There are Russian lessons. vodka tasting (a big party!), a talent show, a good History Channel program about the tsars in four parts, piano recitals, a fairy tale presentation -- lots of stuff to keep you busy.
We're very glad we went. We would never have seen some of the remote places in Russia that are World Heritage sites if we had not.
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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!
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.
Besides, we would like to draw your attention that sales are also open for cruises on the 3Star m/s “Z. Shashkov” and 4Star m/s “L. Tolstoy”.
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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