A great trip to learn more about Russia and the Russian people

Viking Truvor Cruise Review to River Cruises - Russia

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 9
Helpful Votes: 99

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
Waterways of the Tsars - Moscow To St. Petersburg
Sail Date: August 22, 2016
Ship: Viking Truvor
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 223
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We enjoyed this cruise although it was organized very differently from our previous Viking River Cruise. The itinerary was good and enabled us to optimize our time in Russia. Unfortunately, one of our ports of call, Kizhi Island, was canceled due to issues with the fog. We didn't like the layout of this ship as much as we did the longboats as there were many steps that were rather precarious. The food on this trip was not nearly as good as the Grand European although the desserts were divine. We thought the costs of the shore excursions was very expensive, but they were excellent tours with great guides. Our biggest surprise was how beautiful and colorful Moscow is. The Russians were very friendly and welcoming. We felt very safe the entire time.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food in general was not that good, but the desserts were wonderful, and service was good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
The two musicians were very good, and we enjoyed them. The problem was that they weren't scheduled for the cocktail hour or even daily.

Children's Programs

Not applicable

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The service was good with the exception of the Sky Bar during cocktail hour. Several nights we waited 45 minutes before being served a cocktail.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Too many steps, and the steps were rather precarious. There was also a lack of public bathrooms - just one by the dining room. The ship was very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our assistant, Dasha, did a very good job. The only issue was the noise level was high because we were close to where they tied up the boat.

Ship Tip

The food needs to be improved, except for the desserts which were great.

Cruise Moscow Canal

3 out of 5
Condition of the boat was not that good.
1 out of 5
This port of call was canceled.

Cruise Svir River

5 out of 5
1 out of 5
We felt like this was a total tourist trip with little historical or cultural value.
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