CRUISES

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  • The North Pole Expedition (14 days)

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    Perhaps nowhere on Mother Earth can the excitement of a new experience be any greater than by taking a voyage into the Arctic or even beyond, by braving the polar ice cap to reach the North Pole. This region is one of the most remote and extreme on the planet, sadly, it is disappearing at an alarming rate. The polar ice cap has been retreating for almost thirty years now and along with it

    NATURE CONSERVATION

    Nowadays the Arctic is one of the last ecologically intact wilderness sanctuaries on our planet. The Arctic’s ecological balance, however, is extremely precarious. Under the region’s extreme climatic conditions, animal and plant life exists on the verge of their tolerances. Therefore our expeditions are arranged in a way that minimizes disturbance to wildlife and the fragile natural environment of the Arctic. All our expeditions comply with all International ecological requirements and requirements for conservation of natural resources.

    OUR EXPERTISE

    The North Pole Expedition is presented to you in partnership with Expedition Cruises, the market leader in Arctic-bound adventure tourism. Expedition Cruises has been leading expeditions into the Russian Arctic on its chartered icebreakers and expedition cruise ships since 2001. Its expert guides have led expedition cruises to such faraway places as the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya as well as to the islands of Vaigach, Oranskiye and Vise. The company is operating the only expedition cruises to Franz Josef Land archipelago.

    Icebreaker "50 YEARS OF VICTORY"

    The “50 Years of Victory” is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. For those with an appreciation of such vessels, the “Victory” is a new generation ship, an upgrade of the Arktika-class. Among its state-of-the-art features are a spoon-shaped bow designed for greater ice breaking ability, an automated, digitized control system, the most up-to-date nuclear safeguards and protection systems. As a working icebreaker, the “Victory” is vastly more suitable to life on board than was its predecessor the “Yamal”. Though its cabins and suites are as comfortable and spacious as were those on the “Yamal”, the “Victory” offers its passenger much more room for socializing and get-together. Qualified chefs prepare a variety of international cuisine and experienced waitresses attend your needs. The bar has a large supply of alcoholic and soft beverages.

    NB. The “50 Years of Victory” is the property of the Russian Federation and has received maritime registration under the name “50 LET POBEDY”.

    June 19 — July 2
    June 30 — July 13
    July 14 — July 27
    July 25 — August 7

    The North Pole Expedition — Itinerary.

    Day Location Excursion program

    1 Helsinki
    Welcome to Helsinki, the cozy Finnish Capital.

    Following your arrival in Helsinki and subsequent transfer to your hotel, you will be greeted by our representative in the lobby of your hotel.

    2 Murmansk
    Helsinki-Murmansk flight and embarkation.

    Following a short tour of Helsinki, you will board a chartered plane for the short two hour flight to Murmansk. There, you will board “50 Years of Victory”, one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, after which time you will depart Murmansk and start your journey north via Kola Bay.

    3 The Barents Sea
    While continuing your journey north across the Barents Sea, you will be introduced to the safety instructions which have been put in place to ensure your complete protection:

    • while aboard the “50 years of Victory”
    • during our expedition in the higher arctic altitudes


    You will likewise have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and learn all about its unique icebreaking capabilities and how ice fields are negotiated. One of the highlights of this day will be a tour of the engine room – amazing! All this and more are on the day’s agenda!

    4, 5 and 6 Voyage to the North Pole
    As exciting as reaching the North Pole will be, the three days voyage there will leave you feeling no less so. Adrenaline and awe await you as you go up on deck and witness first-hand the sheer power of our ship as it battles its way through the mighty ice fields that separate you from your arrival at the top of the world. No less inspiring will be the views and panoramas of the astonishing arctic landscape.

    Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way north. Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you will experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it plows its way through the ice.

    For those wishing to take some time away from their new-found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack will do the trick.

    7 The North Pole
    Seven is more than just a lucky number; it’s the day we expect to reach the North Pole. With heart-pounding anticipation, the “Victory” will be slowly maneuvered into position at exactly 90? N. Welcome to the Geographical North Pole.

    But this is only the start of your adventure. Disembarking from the ship, you will experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of standing on the top of the world. To celebrate this victory, you will join hands with the other passengers while everyone literally walks around the world during our special International Round Dance. Topping off the day will be our North Pole barbecue.

    Optional: For the more daring and adventurous, a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

    8,9,10 and 11 The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic
    During the many years that we have been operating in the Russian Arctic, we have gained a truly unique experience exploring the many arctic lands in this region, one of the most remote in the world. It is truly our pleasure to share it and our love for these vast lands with you.

    Given favorable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is in the offering.

    12 and 13 The Barents Sea
    During the three day journey back to Murmansk, you will have ample opportunity to relive your arctic adventure sharing your favorite memories of all that has befallen you while on this voyage.

    And if you didn’t do so before, then take some time out to really enjoy the facilities and amenities that have been provided for your on-board comfort – a game of volleyball, a visit to the gym, a dip in the pool and a sauna followed by a massage. Or simply relax in the ship’s lounge, bar or library.

    14 Murmansk
    After disembarking in Murmansk, you will be returned to Helsinki where you will spend a last evening in the Finnish capital.

    Cruise Summary
    Ship - 50 Years of Victory
    Days 14
    Nights 13

    Categories USD
    Twin Standard - $23,995
    Mini Suite - $26,595
    Junior Suite - $32,995
    Grand Suite - $33,495
    "Victory" Suite - $33,995
    "Arktika" Suite - $34,995
    Double cabin/sgl use +70% to 100%

    Air flight Helsinki — Murmansk — Helsinki– $1,690

    ADDITIONAL INFO

    Expedition rates include :

    • 2 nights in a 4-5* hotel in Helsinki, breakfast included
    • Group transfers when embarkingdisembarking your charter flight Helsinki – Murmansk – Helsinki
    • Voyage aboard the Ship as described in the itinerary
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the Voyage by helicopter (as detailed in the planned group excursions)
    • Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers
    • Four meals a day (including fresh bakery items every afternoon) and tea / coffee station and drinking water dispenser around the clock
    • Waterproof boots for the duration of the cruise
    • In-cabin: bathrobe and hairdryer
    • Informative pre-departure materials and expedition log with picture album on DVD
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • Special expedition parka
    • Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation (in addition to other risks). Coverage – 100,000 EUR
    • Letter of Invitation. This document should be presented to the Russian Consulate in your area in order to obtain a Russian Visa


    Not included:

    • Travel expenses to and from Helsinki
    • Transfers to and from your 4-5* hotel in Helsinki before and after the expedition
    • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A RUSSIAN VISA IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP. THIS VISA MUST BE OBTAINED BY THE CUSTOMER AND IS AT HIS / HER OWN EXPENSE. Please, contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Russian Visa
    • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
    • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required)
    • Luggage and cancellation insurance. (Strongly recommended – Imperial River Cruises can suggest a reliable provider of such insurance)
    • Excess Luggage charges on international and local flights
    • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel


    Tips for stewards and other service personal aboard (at your discretion)

  • Imperial Russia Waterways (10 days/11 days/12 days)

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    Our Moscow – St. Petersburg river cruise is a trip to Russia that you have dreamt of all your life. It is our most popular destination with first time and experienced travelers alike. In addition to the several days of exploration and sightseeing the magnificent imperial Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, your itinerary will include picturesque and ancient Volga River cities of the "Golden Ring" and mysterious Kizhi Island.

    M/S Chekhov

    chekhovM/S Chekhov is a large river vessel (Project Q-056), specially designed for long river voyages. This ship is one of two, representing the Austrian project of river cruise-liners, designed as an alternative to the German-made vessels of project 301 and 302. This ship features innovative design of public areas including two bars (one of which has a swimming pool under a sliding glass roof), reading lounge, lecture room and a movie theater. The accommodations include single, double and triple occupancy cabins. All cabins are outside with large picture windows, climate control, private bathrooms and speaker for announcements. Passengers have a beauty salon, souvenir shop and sauna at their disposal. Laundry and doctor's services are also available. M/S Chekhov’s main route is along the Volga River, Volga-Baltic river way, and Don River.

    The ship is designed for guests sharing similar tastes and interests in travel. The crew is specially trained to cater to the needs of Western tourists. The ship features outside staterooms affording majestic views of the passing countryside. All are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished and have refrigerators. The two dining rooms offer Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon, dance hall and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. It does not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

    On every cruise there’s a government-licensed guide who will fill you in on the history, mythology and art of the ports you visit, so you’ll go home with more than just a tan - you’ll take with you a greater understanding of Russia.

    All Cabins are equipped with shower, toilet, air-conditioner, refrigerator.

    MS Russ

    russThe m/s Russ is a modern river cruise ship built in Germany in 1987. It was extensively renovated in 2007, and furnished with carpeting and furniture imported from the USA and Finland.

    All cabins are outside with large (except lower deck) scenic windows, equipped with private facilities, air-conditioning, refrigerator and 220 volt sockets. Suite cabins on boat deck are equipped with bath tubs. Public areas and amenities aboard include sauna, hairdressing salon, first-aid post and souvenir shop.

    MS Litvinov

    LitvinovThe motor ships built in Germany and commissioned in 1990 are modern river vessels equipped with the latest navigational aids. They have been constructed to provide maximum comfort and safety on rivers, major lakes, waterways and reservoirs. Each ship features all outside staterooms with large picture windows and private facilities. Each cabin has individual temperature controls and air conditioning.

    The dining rooms offer Russian and Continental cuisine. Ample deck spaces allow for unobstructed views. Aboard each ship you'll find a small shop, pleasantly appointed bar, music salon, theater and beauty salon. The deck plan varies slightly with additional Sun Deck cabins.

    MS Chernyshevskiy

    ChernyshevskiyThis magnificent motor ship, built in 1981 in German shipyards, is one of the best modern motor ships (project 302, river-sea class), is built to meet the highest international safety standards with all modern amenities. All cabins are outside with large (except lower deck) scenic windows, equipped with private facilities, air-conditioning, refrigerator and 220 volt sockets. Suite cabins on boat deck are equipped with bath tubs. Public areas and amenities aboard include sauna, hairdressing salon, first-aid post and souvenir shop.

    MS Rachmaninoff

    rachmaninoffThis classical river vessel, built in Germany in 1991 and completely refurbished in winter 2013-2014, is a well-run motor ship and the ideal size for river voyage on Russian Waterways. There are many river vessels in Russia and the M/S Sergey Rachmaninoff is one of the best. During its refurbishing according to the highest European standards, special efforts were made to create maximum comfort. All cabins are outside (with the exception of the lower deck) and have a promenade walkway outside the cabin and large picture window which can be opened (with the exception of the lower deck). Every cabin has a private bathroom (completely renovated in 2013-14), individual air conditioningheating control, radio and wardrobe. Outside you will find spacious decks with loungers, chairs, and tables. All these luxuries will allow you to admire the beauty of the river’s landscapes. The staff on board offers friendly and efficient service to make you feel as comfortable as at home. You will be pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort in the air-conditioned public areas affording majestic views of the passing countryside such as a Reading Room, a Conference Hall and two onboard bars. In addition, there is a souvenir shop, doctor’s office, beauty salon and laundry service. You will be impressed with the level of service and food quality of our two delightful dining rooms offering Continental and Russian cuisines as well as specialties of the surrounding regions. Traditional entertaining programs include evenings filled with live concerts, dancing, quizzes, lectures on Russian history and traditions conducted by experienced licensed guides.

  • Ukrainian Waterways and Black Sea Cruises (10 days/12 days/13 days)

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    Includes ports of Zaporozhnaya, Kherson and Sevastopol. City tours, Ukrainian villages, cuisine, language lessons, museums, churches, cathedrals, caves, monasteries, concerts, opera, ballet, Cossack horse show. Optional trips to the Danube delta and Yalta.

    MS Dnieper Princess

    dnieper-princessThe ship has 4 decks; maximum capacity is 260 passengers (150 cabins). Each cabin offers private WC with shower, air-conditioner. Among other facilities is sauna, beauty salon, 2 souvenir shops. Two cozy restaurants offer the best dishes of Ukrainian and European cuisine, and delight the guests with exquisite interiors and excellent services. Yalta restaurant (84 places) is waited for you on the Boat deck; Kyiv restaurant (176 places) welcomes you on the Upper deck. The doors of Sky Bar (120 places, Sun deck) and Panorama Bar (82 places, Boat deck) are always open for you for an aperitif before lunch or dinner, or a cup of coffee while enjoying panoramic view of the river. Our board program includes lectures on Ukrainian history and modern life, shows on the Sun deck and rich evening entertainment in the bars.

    MS Fidelio

    fidelioClassical elegance, friendly service, good food, internet access and an enjoyable time on board!Cabins:  The ship's capacity is 146 passengers (72 double and 2 single cabins). All cabins are outward-facing with windows; middle- and upper-deck cabins have larger windows. Cabins are spacious (160 sq. ft.) and comfortable, all with private bathroom and shower. Tasteful furnishings, individual air-conditioning control, satellite TV, hair dryer, telephone, double or two single beds, dressing table and roomy cupboard. The ship has 3 decks. Facilities include swimming pool, sauna, fitness center and souvenir shop. A warm, inviting restaurant offers the best of Ukrainian and European cuisine. Retro Bar (146 seats, middle deck) and Panorama Lounge (46 seats, upper deck) are always open for an aperitif before lunch or dinner, or a cup of coffee while enjoying a panoramic view of the river. If you would like to spend your time sunbathing, swimming or socializing with your new friends in the open air – welcome to the Sun Deck. The onboard program includes lectures on Ukrainian history and modern life, shows on the Sun Deck and evening entertainment in the bars.

     

     

  • Great Mother Volga (15 days/19 days/20 days)

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    Travel along the magnificent waters of the Volga River, the largest river in Europe. Cruise aboard our ships from Caspian to Baltic Sea. Explore the rich culture and learn the history of the ancient Russian cities built on the Volga's banks. Enjoy the splendor of the great Mother Volga River and the Don River; visit the capitals of the Russian states.

    MS Litvinov

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    The motor ships built in Germany and commissioned in 1990 are modern river vessels equipped with the latest navigational aids. They have been constructed to provide maximum comfort and safety on rivers, major lakes, waterways and reservoirs. Each ship features all outside staterooms with large picture windows and private facilities. Each cabin has individual temperature controls and air conditioning.

    The dining rooms offer Russian and Continental cuisine. Ample deck spaces allow for unobstructed views. Aboard each ship you'll find a small shop, pleasantly appointed bar, music salon, theater and beauty salon. The deck plan varies slightly with additional Sun Deck cabins.

    M/S Lavrinenkov

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    The ship is designed for guests sharing similar tastes and interests in travel. The crew is specially trained to cater to the needs of Western tourists. The ship features outside staterooms affording majestic views of the passing countryside. All are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished and have refrigerators. The two dining rooms offer Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon, dance hall and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. It does not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

    On every cruise there’s a government-licensed guide who will fill you in on the history, mythology and art of the ports you visit, so you’ll go home with more than just a tan - you’ll take with you a greater understanding of Russia.

    All Cabins are equipped with shower, toilet, air-conditioner, refrigerator.

    M/S Kandinsky

    kandinskyThere are many river vessels in Russia and the M/S VASILIY KANDINSKIY is one of the best. This classic river vessel, built in Germany in 1992 and completely refurbished in winter 2013-2014, is a well-run motor ship that is the ideal size for voyages on Russian waterways. During its refurbishing, done according to the highest European standards, special efforts were made to create maximum comfort. All cabins are outside (with the exception of the lower deck) and have a promenade walkway outside the cabin and large picture window that can be opened (except lower deck). Every cabin has a private bathroom (completely renovated in 2013-14), individual air conditioning/heating control, radio and wardrobe. Outside you will find spacious decks with loungers, chairs and tables, allowing you to admire the beauty of the rivers and landscapes. The staff on board offers friendly, efficient service to make you feel at home. You will be pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort in the air-conditioned public areas, such as a reading room, a conference hall and two onboard bars, which also afford majestic views of the passing countryside. There is also a souvenir shop, doctor’s office, beauty salon and laundry service. You will be impressed with the level of service and food quality of our two delightful dining rooms, which offer continental and Russian cuisine as well as specialties of the surrounding regions. Traditional entertainment programs include evenings filled with live concerts, dancing, quizzes, lectures on Russian history and traditions conducted by experienced licensed guides.

     

  • Russian Waterways Cruises – 2014 on m/s “Andrey Rublev” (11 days, 10 nights)

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    The M/S “Andrey Rublev” (project 301) was constructed in Germany and was fully renovated in 2011. All cabins on main, upper and boat deck are air conditioned and have large picture windows, private facilities, wardrobe, refrigerator. There are 2 restaurants, 2 bars, conference hall, reading salon, tanning salon on sun deck, first aid services. The capacity of the ship is 300 people.