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As am still getting over jet lag, this will be short.

The good, the bad, the great , the annoying

The Good and Great:
The staff was wonderful. Mostly Filipino wait staff who were very friendly, accommodating and professional. The cruise tour leader, Katherine was also wonderful. She's German and has a very dry sense of humor.

Food was very tasty and presentation of same was fab.

Our cabin very comfy and roomy!

The ship and room, were immaculate.

Panorama Bar was just that - Great viewing while cruising on the various rivers.

The surprise a cappella singing group in Uglich was a joy; the folkloric music night also a joy. These were included items.

Nice to have Russian History lectures on board and various other activities while cruising.

The Bad and Annoying -

Don't think there was actually anything "bad". However, the numerous stops in souvenir shops and the two labeled as "art exhibitions" were very annoying to me. I don't need to spend some of my precious time in St. Petersburg or Yarolsavl in a rip-off souvenir place.

Mandrogy - They should cut this out of the cruise and spend one more day in either Moscow or St. Pete. Mandrogy is just a big resort.

We went in October - Most cruisers were in their 70's and 80's so we were youngsters (comparatively). Not sure if it's different in the summer.

Skies grey all the time. We had some sunshine but that was rare. If you go in October bring your warm clothing. We woke up to 32 degrees and temp would go up to 40-something. But, at least we didn't have to deal with mosquitos and heat waves!

Wish we had had more time in Moscow and St. Petersburg. So much to see. We were in each city for 3 days and were given 1- 1.5 days in each city to be on our own. You can buy one of their extra trips, but we went it alone and very very glad we did. We saw things others didn't even know about. And we took our own time about it.

Architecture and food in both cities was wonderful. I was especially amazed as just the massiveness of Moscow. Loved the old Soviet monuments and buildings.

Have never been on a river cruise or a big cruise ship before so can't compare with others.

We got a good price and so we went.

Very glad we did. Russia is wonderful.

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