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gaptooth
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
The Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise on Viking Kirov [now called Truvor] which my wife and I took cost us £6000 not including spends. We were impressed that so many excursions were included but these were all to tourist traps apart ... Read more
CdMAgFox
Member Since 2005
13 reviews
1,234 forum post
Waterways of the Czars Viking River Cruise July 5 - 17, 2011 ~~Welcome to Moscow! July 5th~~ By noon today, July 5th, we had deplaned our Delta flight 46 from Atlanta - a 10.5 hour flight, had passed through Russian ... Read more
swl781
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
4 forum posts
What a wonderful river cruise in Russia. We started in Moscow, where we lived on the boat for 3 days and did local tours, then cruised for 5 days, with stops each day, then spent 3 days in St. Petersburg with local tours. What a fabulous ... Read more
Ray in NH
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
9,362 forum posts
This was a very different "cruise" for us - our first river cruise, after seventy-some ocean cruises. We had discussed this type of cruise for some time, and after perusing many web-sites, brochures, and travel writings, we decided to ... Read more
Pamela Warburton
1 review
My journey started at Heathrow Airport, where I met up with several couples going on the same cruise (recognising the red Viking labels on their luggage).We soon got talking and had lots of things which we were all looking forward to ... Read more
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bulkan
1 review
Not rated Sailed October 2010
We recently returned from the Russian Waterways cruise on the Viking Pakhamov. This was the culmination of our special Golden wedding year, so we treated ourselves to this cruise. Our expectations were high based on our three previous ... Read more
Rosebud46
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Our twelve day cruise aboard the Viking Kirov was enjoyable. Traveling with friends, we made many memories to share. Our flight to St. Petersburg from Southern California arrived at 10:30 PM, long after our fellow cruisers had retired ... Read more
tonyphoto
Member Since 2010
1 review
Sailed September 2010
My wife and I (until I lost her to cancer six years ago) made it to Europe some 8 times over the years. The first trip was pretty much on foot, then by rail, then with friends in their car. We stayed in tiny, cheap hotels and ritzy places ... Read more
ryan981
Member Since 2010
1 review
We landed in Amsterdam but without luggage for 5 days. Cruise line (viking) took good care of us and assisted us in getting luggage 5 days later. Program Director provided great assistance/services like free long distance phone calls to ... Read more
Rikka
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
89 forum posts
Sailed September 2010
My husband and I have cruised on ocean going vessels before and have travelled extensively. We are both in our sixties and are pretty active. When we were on a hiking trip to Germany a few years ago, we ran into some folks who were just ... Read more
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Bucky Pope
1 review
Sailed July 2010
Being children of the cold war, we had mixed feelings about visiting Russia. Needless to say, our concerns were unfounded. Not only did we have a great time on the Viking Kirov, but we updated our image of Russia and the Russian people. ... Read more
jennifer
Member Since 2000
15 reviews
Sailed July 2010
Our cabin was a good size and the bed was comfortable; linked twins, with 2 duvets. The shower room was small, but reasonable and there were good sized fluffy towels and also face towels. Storage space in the cabin was adequate, with ... Read more
meezerpleaser
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 helpful vote
The purpose of this review is to explain why, after our recent cruise in Russia, my husband and I will avoid Viking River Cruises in the future, and why we will advise others to avoid Viking, too. We are experienced travelers, and we ... Read more
BlueAngel1009
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
86 forum posts
This was our first big river cruise and we are so happy that we chose Viking. Our cabin was small, but adequate. We had a wonderful view of the river (unless we were tied up next to another ship in port). I brought my computer and internet ... Read more
magsdad
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
Although Viking states that the Pakhomov has been remodeled, it's hard to find evidence of any renovation on this 20-year old vessel. The standard cabins have very small beds that are uncomfortable even for a normal sized person. The ... Read more
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aladdin512
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 forum posts
We debated long and hard whether or not to spend the money on this trip. We believed all VRC advertised and decided that it would be the trip of a lifetime. It WAS...the worst trip of our lifetime. We were on the Pakhomov. We are WELL ... Read more
Spunnman
Member Since 2006
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed May 2010
This review will not cover the stops on the trip as those can easily be reviewed on Vikings web site and the company's descriptions are an accurate depiction of the place you will see. In fact, I think it is safe to say that all ... Read more
Quiltsalad
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
218 forum posts
Sailed September 2009
Just Returned We just returned Sunday from the Moscow to St. P on the Surkov and it was a most pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable trip. You do get your fill of churches though, it got to be a bit of a joke...."oh boy more icons." I thought ... Read more
Bithynia
Member Since 2009
1 review
Sailed September 2009
My sister and I took the Viking River Cruise, "Waterways of the Czars," September 3-15, 2009, traveling on the newly renovated Viking Surkov. Our experience was extremely positive. The ship, decorated in Scandinavian Modern style, was ... Read more
Radster
Member Since 2009
1 review
Sailed August 2009
Booked a Categrory B, Deluxe Cabin on the Viking Surkov for the Waterways of the Czars cruise (Aug. 10-22,2009). On day one of sailing there was an obnoxious smell of raw sewage in our cabin and in the hallway. We informed reception and ... Read more
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SpecialEnvoy
Member Since 2009
1 review
The Viking River Cruise "Waterways of the Czars" (July 31 - August 12, 2009) was our first cruise experience, and will likely be our last. While we enjoyed Russia and its many attractions, we were very disappointed in most aspects of the ... Read more
jhallyday
1 review
Sailed August 2008
Be careful - when reading the brochure. Torstein Hagen says in the intro that " no time is wasted with lengthy coach excursions as most of our cruises moor in the centre of towns and cities". This does not apply to the "Waterways of the ... Read more
margaret schaulis
1 review
My river cruise was from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Sukrov which wasn't the ship that I expected from the brochures. Very few if any, amenities on board to entertain the guests which were 168, not a full ship. Other than lectures, ... Read more
savysailor55
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
1 forum post
REVIEW OF VIKING SCHUMANN CRUISE ON THE ELBE RIVER (PRAGUE TO BERLIN) SEPT 07 Viking bills itself as the premier river cruise line in the world. Our recent cruise challenges this assessment. My wife and I, along with another couple, are ... Read more
Donna Sandin
1 review
I was one of 50 mostly "seasoned" travelers who signed up with Smithsonian Journeys for a trip from Moscow to Saint Petersburg on the Sergei Kirov (named for a well-liked Communist Party leader) that is now run by Viking River Cruises ... Read more
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