Vodohod’s river cruise boat Russ is specifically constructed to navigate European waterways. This four-deck vessel -- which bears the name of the ancestor state of Russia that was in existence between the late-ninth century and the mid-thirteenth century -- was built in 1987 and can hold up to 288 passengers. Russ underwent a full refurbishment in 2012, which upgraded and updated its facilities. There are two restaurants -- one of which transforms into a nightclub -- a coffee bar, piano bar, solarium and sauna onboard.
All of the accommodations onboard Russ are outside cabins, which feature air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
Russ’s onboard entertainment centers on Russian-themed performances and activities. Passengers can expect to experience live performances of Russian folk music and classical music, as well as Russian tea ceremonies, nesting doll painting classes and a vodka tasting session.
A typical itinerary onboard Russ would involve cruising along Russian waterways, such as the Volga River and Moscow canals. Passengers who venture ashore can take walking tours that highlight the history and culture of Russia, focusing on sights like architectural landmarks, cathedrals and museums.
Dining onboard Russ highlights predominantly European cooking, mixed with elements of Russian cuisine. A breakfast buffet starts the day off and lunch is typically a hearty meal that usually includes a traditional Russian soup, such as the robust cabbage soup called “schi.” At dinnertime onboard Russ, passengers are often treated to themed events, showcasing the culinary offerings and culture of Russia.
Zosima Shashkov, part of Vodohods fleet of river cruise ships, is a four-deck vessel that has been purpose-built for sailing along the waterways of Europe. This vessel, which bears the name of a minister of the Sea and River Fleet of the USSR, was built in 1986 and can hold up to 296 passengers.