Our ship was berthed in Moscow for 3 nights the last cruise of this season.
We had a portside cabin. We were in front of the main terminal building which was in process of being refurbished. Next year it will be beautiful, unfortunately for us we were looking at an ugly construction site with piles of trash & garbage. If we where one berth over on either side we could have been looking at green park & trees. I'm not sure why Viking planners weren't sensitive to that, when you spend the kinda $$ for a Viking cruise. The reason we enjoy river cruising is cuz of the views whether docked or not. Unfortunately not this cruise!
On the 3 nights in St. Petersburg we were sandwiched between two other Viking ships, so you open your shades you're staring in another ships stateroom. It seems that this becoming common practice on busy ports middle of high season but this wasn't the case on this cruise! They were just getting ready to mothball their boats for next year!
#416 is an Awful cabin, cannot call it a stateroom!
We were directly beneath the Sky Lounge & the the dynamic Philipino duo would entertain the very few guests till midnigh. Most included excursions were usually early morning & if we wanted breakfast we didn't get much sleep. After the first 2 nights we decided to join them rather than tosing & turning trying to get some zz's. Also the people next to us would watch old classics till past midnight until I went over to tell them to lower the volume! So the walls on the Ingvar are quite thin.
The Cabin space is small with only one chair, no small lounger (again) or somewhere for the second guest to sit!. The closet is tiny, even for us that travel with just one carry on! No drawers, only two small cabinet spaces w/ curved shelves, totally useless!
The balcony was spacious but too cold in October to enjoy. The glass slider was an akward design, the type you pull in & then slide & it didn't provide a good seal.
I slept on the slider side cuz it was too cold for spouse. You could feel outside cold draft!
& finally but not least the wortless bathroom, another tiny space with a very small shower & a plastic curtain. I'm only 5'8" & 175 lbs & most of the time water leaked everywhere! The massive useless soap dish next to the sliding shower handle made pulling the shower handle difficult so you give up && water goes everywhere!
As I said before, the Ingver Ship was a bust!
When people spend $10-12K for a 12 day cruise their expectations are high!
Viking makes a point to claim they're the best! Well w/ the Ingvar they have a lot of work to do to make that claim. By the way this was our fourth river cruise with Viking.