Nice but not great
12 Night Imperial Waterways Of Russia (Moscow To St. Petersburg)
Sail Date: May 19, 2017
Ship: River Victoria
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 314
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago
This ship is old and it shows. Carpet in decent shape and exterior paint is new but rooms were dated, bathrooms small and the lounge furniture must have been the original stuff.
Young staff that tried real hard to please everyone. Dining room understaffed so service was slow with lots of mistakes on food orders. Food top notch, nicely presented with suburb wine pairings.
Local tour guides were generally good. Cruise directors were good but got off on the wrong foot with a lot of passengers that arrived late. As the cruise progressed they worked hard to regain their momentum.
One bright spot was a Russian Professor who gave daily lectures on Russia and it's culture.
We found the Russian people to be warm and friendly and look forward to going back for another visit but not on a cruise like this.
UniWorld does not own this ship and I assume leases it. We walked through several of the shipping companies other ships and were amazed at the better condition they were in. UniWorld needs to reconsider their deal with the Russians.
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Don't get coffee or tea in any of the lounges. Go downstairs to the coffee bar and bring it back. Free wine is only included with dinner.