We have done many river cruises and loved them all. But this one was unique and special. We would have been nervous to travel to Russia alone due to the language and logistics issues. Viking made this experience a breeze. They had done the research regarding interesting locations, timing, informative speakers, cultural sites, excellent tour guides, and regional foods. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the view.
Each day was a new location and a new adventure. We saw modest towns, historical sites, exquisite museums, a concert with Russian instruments and musicians, a ballet, churches and the beautiful Russian countryside.
Our ship was beautiful, immaculately clean, and well-appointed. We so enjoyed sitting in the Panorama Bar and watching the world go by. The ship was the perfect size. We were able to meet new friends from around the world. The food was sensational and we enjoyed the regional soups and dishes. The chef gave us a fun cooking class. There was always something to do and places to go. We were never bored. We felt like we learned so much about Russia and its people.
The cabin was comfortable and well-appointed and very clean. The bathroom was more than adequate in size.