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We had been looking at Viking Cruises for a year before we went on this cruise and selected Russia because it is a unique destination. It was just my wife and I with no children. The crew was fantastic and we really felt cared for. I particularly enjoyed the various lessons that we had each day on history and the language. That was a great aspect for a country like Russia where we didn't feel we knew a lot about it before going. Now we really would feel a lot more comfortable there if we went back. Food was excellent, in fact better than any ocean cruise we had ever been on. Excursions were very enjoyable and interesting. The Moscow and St. Petersburg excursions are longer and the days more packed with things to do, which was great, but we also very much enjoyed the small town/city visits where we had more relaxation time overall. We would have enjoyed more time to browse the crafts and local items available on many of the excursions but we also felt that if we hadn't been interested, the tour guides were helpful to some degree in keeping us unmolested. The shipboard tour guides were excellent and good people. We had a cabin with a balcony which was a reasonable size. The balcony was very usable for us on this trip because the weather cooperated so well, the temperature was crisp and cool most days and dry. Internet connection was adequate throughout the trip. Overall, we loved the trip. The cruise exceeded our expectations particularly in terms of the service and the food. We will do another Viking Cruise in the future.

Fantastic service and the beauty of Russia

Viking Akun Cruise Review by tmikelove

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We had been looking at Viking Cruises for a year before we went on this cruise and selected Russia because it is a unique destination. It was just my wife and I with no children. The crew was fantastic and we really felt cared for. I particularly enjoyed the various lessons that we had each day on history and the language. That was a great aspect for a country like Russia where we didn't feel we knew a lot about it before going. Now we really would feel a lot more comfortable there if we went back.

Food was excellent, in fact better than any ocean cruise we had ever been on. Excursions were very enjoyable and interesting. The Moscow and St. Petersburg excursions are longer and the days more packed with things to do, which was great, but we also very much enjoyed the small town/city visits where we had more relaxation time overall. We would have enjoyed more time to browse the crafts and local items available on many of the excursions but we also felt that if we hadn't been interested, the tour guides were helpful to some degree in keeping us unmolested. The shipboard tour guides were excellent and good people. We had a cabin with a balcony which was a reasonable size. The balcony was very usable for us on this trip because the weather cooperated so well, the temperature was crisp and cool most days and dry. Internet connection was adequate throughout the trip.

Overall, we loved the trip. The cruise exceeded our expectations particularly in terms of the service and the food. We will do another Viking Cruise in the future.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 423
Comfortable and very clean. We used the balcony a lot and really enjoyed the weather and the beauty of the waterways. The AC was a problem. At times, it got hot in the room and we really had no ability to adjust the air to be cooler and thus had to open the balcony door to let in cooler air. That was ok, except at night quite a few harmless but annoying insects visited us as well. Cleanliness and persistence of cabin staff was excellent.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    The sites selected were very good but a lot of driving in a bus. I believe this was the tour where we got caught in very bad traffic late. However, we went to a concert exhibiting local music which was very enjoyable and a learning experience for me. Guide was very good.
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  • Red Square
    Red Square was beautiful and had some very unique features to it, particularly the way the food and souvenir shops were set up. There was a preparation for a big event in town and that made parts of the area unavailable We enjoyed each of these excursions. Would've preferred a little more free time. Guide was very good.
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  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    Part of river cruise. Most beautiful cathedral that we viewed in Russia although many incredible cathedrals. Came at the very end of the entire cruise and we were fairly tired by that point but still interesting. Good local guide.
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  • Hermitage Museum
    Truly one of the world's great museums. We loved it. One of our ship guides led us through the Hermitage. Much more than expected.
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  • Neva River Cruise
    Amazing river experience in St. Petersburg which rivals Venice. Every other building is a palace and saw some incredible sites. Very good guide.
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