MS Rossia GalleryThis vessel features beautifully furnished public areas including a restaurant, bar and lounge with library. Experience tradtional European, Ukranian and Russian cuisine plus a cooking demonstration to discover the iconic tastes of the region. Relax on the Sun Deck with 360º views, or perhaps take the opportunity to attend lectures and further immerse yourself in the culture.
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Enjoyed the Baltics and Russia, the river cruise from Saint Petersburg to Russia was relaxing (not rushed). Particularly thought the local guides were very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. The accommodation on the MS Kronshtadt was compact but comfortable. The lunches and evening meals on the cruise were okay however the breakfasts were lacking (gave a rate of 2 out of 10). We were spoiled by the excellent breakfasts in the Baltics and Helsinki, they served freshly baked breads with selections of jams plus eggs however you wanted them etc. I think we had the same bread from day one to the end of the cruise, same for pastries, no juices only juice drinks, coffee not hot, forgot to turn the hot water urn on......I could go on.
The staff in the dining areas spoke little English, however they were very obliging. I think we would try another operator instead of Travelmarvel, some of our fellow travellers who have used Travelmarvel in the past said that it was not their usual standard.
St Petersburg is an amazing place, full of history, hustle and bustle but a total feel of safety. Cruising the waterway to Moscow was full of history with unbelievable architectural history. The lakes are like inland oceans, you can't see land either side of the cruise ship. The locks are amazing especially the one that takes 4 cruise ships at once. Moscow big attraction of the Red Square at night was so pretty and mesmerising, a lasting memory. Riding the huge network of underground trains ( the Metro) (over 200 stations) was an experience. Going to the Space Museum was a great highlight and a visit not to be missed.
Our overall Russia experience was top notch and highly recommended. This was our 2nd tour with Travelmarvel, and we will do more with this company. Regarding the cruise ship MS Surikov, the cruise director, staff were lovely, food was enjoyable, however there were one or two things that were a surprise to us which I believe will be addressed in the future, but definitely wouldn't put us off travelling again on the Surikov.
I read an article in the weekend's paper about a similar cruise along with part of the same page by Travelmarvel. The Travelmarvel experience was nothing like the one written about. Personally I would not recommend the cruise to others because there were very long periods of "nothing to see" - i.e. our cruise took us for many many miles through large lakes and pine lined river sides. Our stops were very targeted to tourist venues and we didn't really "see" Russia at all. There was little free time for us to use for ourselves and the guided stops were way too organised and "time limited" from our perspective.
Having travelled to Russia 43 years ago I would have liked more opportunity to see more of the real Russia and how the average man on the street is faring. St. Petersburg was quite beautiful and Moscow similar. Our guides (despite what I suspect could have been a negative report) were just wonderful - their command of English was wonderful and they provided us with just excellent attention and they actually made our trip - you might pass this on to Travelmarvel.