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Enjoy cruising and wanted to see a bit more of Russia than just St. Petersburg, so this river cruise appealed on all levels. Apart from tedious procedure in obtaining the visa (you must visit in person), all other arrangements were hassle free. The boat was lovely, although we were told by regular Scenic cruisers not as luxurious as other European boats. However, it was obvious to us that it was probably the best on the river. It was a charter from a Russian company. Our only criticism might be the acoustics in the main dining area could be improved. The food, service, staff and indeed everything on board was good. The Scenic staff were fantastic and we were taken care of better than any other company we have cruised with. The itinerary was fascinating and varied and not one, single day was felt to have been wasted. It was a full on itinerary, but there was always the option not to participate and if you chose not to, you were taken care of on board. Our entire perspective on Russia and her people was changed by this trip and we were so glad we went. There were downsides - Russian traffic in cities is horrendous and the weather is very unpredictable but accepting one as a way of life and going prepared for the other is all that's needed. Would not personally consider this to be a suitable trip for children or teenagers, unless they were interested in Russian history. The majority of the 98 passengers were 50+

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Scenic Tsar Cruise Review by voxuna

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Enjoy cruising and wanted to see a bit more of Russia than just St. Petersburg, so this river cruise appealed on all levels.

Apart from tedious procedure in obtaining the visa (you must visit in person), all other arrangements were hassle free.

The boat was lovely, although we were told by regular Scenic cruisers not as luxurious as other European boats. However, it was obvious to us that it was probably the best on the river. It was a charter from a Russian company. Our only criticism might be the acoustics in the main dining area could be improved.

The food, service, staff and indeed everything on board was good. The Scenic staff were fantastic and we were taken care of better than any other company we have cruised with.

The itinerary was fascinating and varied and not one, single day was felt to have been wasted. It was a full on itinerary, but there was always the option not to participate and if you chose not to, you were taken care of on board.

Our entire perspective on Russia and her people was changed by this trip and we were so glad we went.

There were downsides - Russian traffic in cities is horrendous and the weather is very unpredictable but accepting one as a way of life and going prepared for the other is all that's needed.

Would not personally consider this to be a suitable trip for children or teenagers, unless they were interested in Russian history. The majority of the 98 passengers were 50+
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Plenty of storage. Comfortable bed. Nice balcony. Small but well laid out shower room. This was on the port side so fairly noisy when in port at St. Petersburg as it is next to a busy road. However, did not keep us awake.