Observing Russian History from a Luxury River Cruise

Viking Helgi Cruise Review to River Cruises - Russia

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 57

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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Viking Helgi

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

Sail date: October 08, 2017

Ship: Viking Helgi

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 415

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

In spite of the rain and cold, Viking Cruises, the staff, and tour guides helped us to create memories we cherish and want to share with others. This type of group travel has quickly become one of our favorites and we plan to do more of it and invite even more friends to join us.


5 out of 5
Smooth, professional, and convenient.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was excellent with many local specialties offered each day. The wait staff was outstanding, personable, and quickly learned our favorites.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The Russian history was well presented, interesting, exceptional speakers.


4 out of 5
Thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment of the singer and piano player.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone we encountered was an outstanding representative of Viking Cruises.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well cared for vessel.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Olga kept our room tidy and clean. Drawers for clothing would be nice, cabinet shelves worked ok.

Ship tip

Get active before going so you can participate fully in the wonderful excursions. Viking provides incredible tours you don't want to miss.

Ports of call

Moscow, Russian Federation

5 out of 5

Uglich, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
I really enjoyed visiting with the local family. What a wonderful memory and pleasure being welcomed into this couples home.

Yaroslavl, Russian Federation

5 out of 5

Kuzino, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
The monastery was an interesting history lesson......the school visit was a memory to treasure.

Kizhi Island, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Fascinating history tour.

Mandrogi, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Another fascinating look at Russian arts and crafts.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
Everything about this port was amazing. The Hermitage, our first ballet, the Kommunalka Hone-Hosted Visit.....it was a wonderful 3 days.


5 out of 5
Smooth, uneventful as it should have been, the staff was courteous and helpful. The early, early morning wait staff was smiling and friendly. Thank you Viking for employing such good people.
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