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My husband and I took the Volga Dream cruise with an several nights in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the Helsinki extension. Everything was perfect - we could not think of anything we would have done differently. A major advantage of the Volga Dream is that on either end of the cruise you are in hotels in the center of Moscow and St. Petersburg, rather than staying on the ship as is true for most Volga cruises. This means you have much easier access to the city and have a better feeling for what the city is like, as well as being able to see much more, spend the evenings doing whatever you want (going to the Bolshoi, for instance, or having a leisurely dinner) without worrying about getting back to the ship. The Volga Dream itself is a 5 star experience. The accommodations, the food, and the staff are all excellent. The on-board Russian history lectures were a high point, delivered by a professor of history who was not afraid to share her opinions of Russia today. And of course, there is the beauty of the cruise itself, as well as the various small towns at which the ship docked. The guides were all excellent, extremely knowledgeable, and spoke impeccable English. We had opted for the platinum level, which meant that our group was very small. In addition to having a better tour experience, we were able to spend time with the guides having extensive conversations about their own lives and experiences. All of the logistical arrangements made by Firebird/Travel All Russia worked perfectly, and made the entire trip seamless and easy. We would recommend them to anyone.

Volga Dream cruise and land arrangements superb

Volga Dream Cruise Review by Constance5045

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My husband and I took the Volga Dream cruise with an several nights in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the Helsinki extension. Everything was perfect - we could not think of anything we would have done differently. A major advantage of the Volga Dream is that on either end of the cruise you are in hotels in the center of Moscow and St. Petersburg, rather than staying on the ship as is true for most Volga cruises. This means you have much easier access to the city and have a better feeling for what the city is like, as well as being able to see much more, spend the evenings doing whatever you want (going to the Bolshoi, for instance, or having a leisurely dinner) without worrying about getting back to the ship.

The Volga Dream itself is a 5 star experience. The accommodations, the food, and the staff are all excellent. The on-board Russian history lectures were a high point, delivered by a professor of history who was not afraid to share her opinions of Russia today. And of course, there is the beauty of the cruise itself, as well as the various small towns at which the ship docked.

The guides were all excellent, extremely knowledgeable, and spoke impeccable English. We had opted for the platinum level, which meant that our group was very small. In addition to having a better tour experience, we were able to spend time with the guides having extensive conversations about their own lives and experiences.

All of the logistical arrangements made by Firebird/Travel All Russia worked perfectly, and made the entire trip seamless and easy. We would recommend them to anyone.
Volga Dream, VP Sales & Marketing has responded
Dear Constance, We always enjoy reading feedback from our guests and we are so grateful that you’ve taken the time to share your impressions of our lovely ship and the service we provide. Most important of all, we are delighted to read your kind remarks about our staff and we’ll be sure to let them know about your high opinion of them and the service you received. You’ve encapsulated everything we try to let people know about our Volga Dream - we couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Thank you once again. Yours, Volga Dream
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin 404
Our cabin was on the uppermost deck, and was roomy and extremely comfortable. We had a king bed and large windows, and you could actually lie in bed and watch the scenery go by. There was a large ample closet, a desk, and an armchair.The bathroom had an enclosed shower, and was well outfitted. Everything was very clean. It couldn't have been better.