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River Victoria: See imperial Russia on a luxury Uniworld river tour
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Uniworld is known for luxurious river cruises, and the River Victoria is no different. Relaunched in 2011, the 206-passenger boat sails the Volga River between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Along the two-week Imperial Waterways of Russia journey, cruise passengers will visit sites such as Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and Kizhi Island's UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. The itinerary is full of rich experiences, as cruise passengers visit world-class cities in Czar-like style.
The fares are all-inclusive and cover food and drink, as well as onboard entertainment and the tours in each town. Because Uniworld does not technically own the River Victoria, her amenities may differ from that of other Uniworld ships. She also has more decks and is larger than most river-cruise ships due to the fact that the Russian waterways don't have any low bridges.
Where River Victoria sails
Home port: St. Petersburg, Russia
Destinations: Uniworld's River Victoria cruises the Volga River between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Other choices: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection operates a fleet of 21 river cruise ships along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt and China.
Pushkin Restaurant is the main dining option on board and features open seating. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is ordered from a menu that changes daily to reflect the season and the local produce. Chagall Lounge also has a full-service bar and dance floor, and Katarina Bar is another place to enjoy a cocktail. There is also a 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar available.
Here's a 5-minute video about River Victoria's cruise through Russia.
- Sun Deck patio with lounge chairs
- Fitness center
- Serenity River Spa
All of the shore excursion tours are included in the cruise fare. For instance, cruise passengers will be taken on a panoramic city tour of Moscow, visiting sites such as Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and impressive Tverskaya Street. They will also take a tour of Moscow’s famous metro system, which boasts palatial décor, before visiting Arbat Street, longtime hangout for intellectuals and dissidents. In St. Petersburg, guests will visit the Hermitage Museum, which features nearly 3 million works of art by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Beautifully appointed river view staterooms and suites have hotel-style beds draped in fine linens and European duvets. Staterooms (Categories 1 – 3) and suites on the Neva and Volga Decks have full private balconies.
Other amenities include individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, an "infotainment" center with a flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options, bottled water and a safe. Bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products and comfy bathrobes. Presidential Suites include Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, cookies and snack service, and sun beds on a private balcony.
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Top highlights on this ship
- A massage or facial treatment from the onboard spa
- Visiting historic monuments in Moscow during a shore excursion
- Reading a good book in the library
- Dancing the night away at the Chagall Lounge