Fabulous Russia

Viking Akun Cruise Review to River Cruises - Russia
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall Rating:

4.2 out of 5
Viking Akun

12 Night Waterways Of The Tsars (Moscow To St. Petersburg)

Sail Date: July 31, 2017

Ship: Viking Akun

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 333

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

I was very happy with the cruise. Staff were very nice, friendly and helpful. Food was excellent and i enjoyed breakfast in the panorama bar. Lectures were interesting and well presented. I didn't like the close proximity of the other ships which made it difficult to use the balcony and at times and made me feel as if i was living in a goldfish bowl.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Long wait for transfer from the airport. Driver was texting and making phone calls for the entire journey.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Only 1 dining room but the food was excellent and service always friendly

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Very good lectures and information on upcoming programme

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Limited

Children's Programs

No children on board

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent and friendly service

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Layout good, stairs were steep and narrow all areas were clean and well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
BATHROOM. No make up mirror, shower very dark and bathroom in general had inadequate lighting. Although there were additional lights in the ceiling there was no switch for them and we were told they were not in use. CABIN. When beds are separated you are constantly banging your head and turning the lights on because the lamp is over your head and the light switches are behind the pillows in the bed nearest to the window. SITTING AREA. Very nice relaxing space with ample space. Fixtures and fittings of a high standard.

Ship Tip

Ships are tied together with very little space separating them. You may step out of the bathroom to find a ship has arrived during your shower and the stateroom opposite has a clear view of you!

Ports Of Call

Moscow, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Amazing city. Traffic is awful. Enjoyed Treasures of the Kremlin Armoury, Sergiev Posad, Moscow by night and Panoramic Moscow Shore excursion. Disappointed that we did not have much time in Red Square, there was no free time to explore. I feel the Kremlin tour starting at 1:30 was to allow for lunch but an earlier start with a boxed lunch on the coach while you are sitting in traffic is a much better option and perhaps have the evening entertainment as a separate excursion in the evening after dinner.

Uglich, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
The home hosted visit was excellent, the lady was interesting and her home and garden were a delight. The Church was amazing.

Yaroslavl, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
The market was very enjoyable, had a chat with our chef. The town center is very colourful and the churches and buildings very beautiful.

Kuzino, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
A very interesting tour of the monastery and the school.

Kizhi Island, Russian Federation

3 out of 5
I enjoyed the tour but think if i had been told it was only a part tour, i had joined the leisurely group to allow time for photos and didn't realise i would miss a lot of the tour.

Mandrogi, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Lovely museum village

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Excursions to Catherine's Palace, The Hermitage, Faberge Museum, Panoramic St Petersburg and Cossack Folklore Show were all very good. Faberge museum was my favourite, no crowds and lots of time to enjoy the exibits.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
All very well organised and arrived in plenty of time for the flight.
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