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We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Russia and the Ocean cruise visits are restricted by virtue of being visa free - this means that you are 'herded' in organised groups; counted off and counted on. Vikings cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow was with Visa and meant that you had free time to visit as you pleased. The ships, Ingvar was ours, are larger than Vikings normal European river fleet. Wider and longer, giving an Ocean cruise feel. Beneficial because the lakes in Northern Russia are like seas. Vikings standards of cleanlines, service and cuisine are very high and the overall quality of the cruise was superb. Individual requirements for breakfast, lunch and dinner were catered for with the standard of presentation of dinner really good. Complimentary wine and beer served at lunch and dinner. The red wine was ok, but only just. You could, as we did on one occasion, select a different wine at extra cost. Sparkling wine was always available, which pleased my wife. The excursions that were included in the price were excellent and we saw all of the major attractions in St P and Moscow within the price of our cruise - no essential extras. There were optional visits at the usual £70 plus and we did pay to 'queue bust' at one notable location; the Peterhof Palace. We had been warned that queues could be as long as two hours for entrance; paying for this paid off as we were first in at 09:30 and out in time for the fountain show. That was the only thing we paid extra for. There are no gym, pool, sauna, solaria etc on board so typical river cruising. Compared with the Danube and Rhine we had done previously the Rivers of the Tsars cruise exceeded our expectations. So much so we would like to do it again but the other way round.

Waterways of the Tsars - outstanding

Viking Ingvar Cruise Review by Woggler

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2016
  • Destination: Russia River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Outside Stateroom
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Russia and the Ocean cruise visits are restricted by virtue of being visa free - this means that you are 'herded' in organised groups; counted off and counted on. Vikings cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow was with Visa and meant that you had free time to visit as you pleased.

The ships, Ingvar was ours, are larger than Vikings normal European river fleet. Wider and longer, giving an Ocean cruise feel. Beneficial because the lakes in Northern Russia are like seas.

Vikings standards of cleanlines, service and cuisine are very high and the overall quality of the cruise was superb. Individual requirements for breakfast, lunch and dinner were catered for with the standard of presentation of dinner really good. Complimentary wine and beer served at lunch and dinner. The red wine was ok, but only just. You could, as we did on one occasion, select a different wine at extra cost. Sparkling wine was always available, which pleased my wife.

The excursions that were included in the price were excellent and we saw all of the major attractions in St P and Moscow within the price of our cruise - no essential extras. There were optional visits at the usual £70 plus and we did pay to 'queue bust' at one notable location; the Peterhof Palace. We had been warned that queues could be as long as two hours for entrance; paying for this paid off as we were first in at 09:30 and out in time for the fountain show. That was the only thing we paid extra for.

There are no gym, pool, sauna, solaria etc on board so typical river cruising.

Compared with the Danube and Rhine we had done previously the Rivers of the Tsars cruise exceeded our expectations. So much so we would like to do it again but the other way round.
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Deluxe Outside Stateroom
Cabin DX 205
The cabin was small by Ocean cruise standards However there was adequate room to sit. We did not spend much time in the cabin ast the cruise had so much to offer out and about.
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