About the ship
The Mstislav Rostropovich is a luxurious four-deck vessel, built in Slovakia in 1980, fully refurbished in 2009. It is named after Mstislav Rostropovich, a Russian conductor and composer, public figure and key figure in the musical art of the twentieth century. The ship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and travels at a speed of up to 26 km per hour.
Length - 135 m
Width - 16.8 m
Passenger capacity - 212
The ship public areas include an expansive panorama lounge with a bar; conference hall for onboard lectures and entertainment; fitness room with solarium, hair salon and medical room. There is a lift serving all decks. Wi-Fi access is available in panorama lounge. Entertainment onboard Rostropovich is centered on performances and activities designed to offer guests an experience of authentic Russian culture and history.
Ship layout "Mstislav Rostropovich"
For many, despite covering almost one eighth of the world Russia remains a mystery, one of the world’s unknowns. It’s rich in history, cultural intrigue and natural wonders combine to make Russia a must-visit destination for anyone seeking something truly unique.
Russia has so much to offer. From an authentic tea ceremony to a day spent exploring old churches, every moment is designed to blow you away. Because the true magic of Russia is that it’s unlike anywhere you’ve ever been before.
The network of spectacular rivers and lakes are an attraction in themselves. Ice-blue waterfalls cascade over mountainous outcrops at Plutorana Plateau; tiny islands float in the midst of the expansive Lake ladoga; and Moscow’s canals offer a unique viewpoint for the city’s sights.
We organise cruises from Moscow, St Petersburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan
The onion-topped buildings and twisted-spire churches of Moscow and St Petersburg are iconic, Russia has so much more to explore. There are frescoes by Dionisius, a 45,000 year old mammoth and a city built on frozen ground. Whichever cruise you embark on, you’ll be amazed by everything you uncover about this continent.
My wife and I have just done the Volga river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg which started on the 23rd of September , we just wanted to say thank you for one of the most memorable trips we have done , the facilities , day trips and food were amazing BUT the crew are what made this trip so spectacular, from the moment we arrived we felt like royalty, every single member from the captain to the chambermaids were fantastic, Professor Vladamir was informative and our group guide Alonya were absolutely fantastic, Andrey who gave the Russian language lessons made it fun and informative , you should be very very very proud of every single crew member aboard this ship....thank you so much.
The ship Rostropovich is really a beautiful ship. It has really wide and comfortable cabins. Lisa dealt with us nicely and she also showed me the other cabins that were empty at the ship and gave information. Although common areas at the ship are not so wide, the designed them in a maximum.
Restaurant & Food; The food at the restaurant were so delicious and plates designed nicely. The service at the same time good and presentation of the food plate was amazing. Having an alternative main course option would be better for lunch and dinner served outside of the ship.
All staff including receptionists, onboard guides…etc. were sympathetic, energetic and helpful J Land tours/city visits were organized well. The social activities arranged on board was really fun and enjoyable.
Thank you so much for arranging everything for us. Considering we had only a day in Moscow we had a superb guide who helped us make the most of the day, finishing at the Kremlin.
The cruise was affected by ice on Lake Onega and the crew could not have been more assiduous in rearranging the schedule to the maximum advantage of everybody, which must have made for a great deal of work (and stress) for them.
Due to the delay we were flying out of St Petersburg on the same afternoon we arrived, but they arranged a half day touring the city with an excellent guide again, finishing at the airport in time for our flights. Nothing but praise is due to the staff of MS Rostropovich.
My wife and I recently done the ten day cruise up the Volga river aboard Ms Rostropovich , from the time we arrived on the dock everything was taken care off , the cabin was spacious the bathroom and shower hot and roomy , the cabin has a bar fridge and two bottles of water supplied a day , to in the room and wi fi in the common lounge worked fine when in appropriate locations near shore , food was beyond amazing so much food with plent of variety , dinner was 4-5 course each night ,lunch and dinner are at fixed seating each night and breakfast you can sit where you like ,lunch and breakfast were buffets , on board there were history lessons , modern day life q&a which were fantastic and Andrey gave Russian language lessons which we thoroughly enjoyed, the day trips were fun and informative , now the staff , they were to a man and lady above amazing , always smiling helpful , funny and help you learn about their culture and to relax and I cannot praise them enough , I would thoroughly recommended this ship and cruise .
Our 12 day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg to Moscow on “Mstislav Rostropovich” in July 2017 went exactly on schedule. We were lucky to have warm, dry, and sunny weather, with low wind, and no river or lake storms. The ship glided smoothly through the water with barely noticeable noise, and there was no seasickness. On board there were 7 or 8 tour groups totalling about 200 tourists from USA, Belgium, Israel, Australia. The presentation where the captain gave a warm and witty speech and every crewmember was introduced by their first name united all people on board and created a relaxed and family-like atmosphere that lasted to the end of the cruise. The crewmembers looked very young but they had already completed their education and received their credentials and were very well trained. They were native Russian speakers but they seemed to be fluent in different languages
My husband and I were very comfortable in the standard room. The light shower curtain made the shower cabin more spacious and showering more comfortable than we had on an American cruise. Our room and the entire ship were immaculately clean. The dinner menu was fancy. The breakfast and lunch food were more like homemade but with a twist, also beautifully arranged, with varieties. There was no shortage of bottled drinking water, and we even used it to brush our teeth as it was not recommended to drink the tap water on the ship.
Russia attracts lots of visitors especially in tourist season. The tour was very well organized and we did not waste time in long lines or in traffic jams. We were well guarded and protected by the Vodohod and our company staff and felt safe everywhere. There were no incidents of pickpocketing although we received numerous warnings.
On-board entertainments included intellectual activities such as Russian language classes and lectures in Russian history. Crew member Alyona is a professional Russian language teacher for foreign students. She gave her numerous students homework assignments, quizzes and even a final test J. Vladimir is a University professor and a professional translator and was our lecturer on Russian history. We liked his visuals from YouTube, TEDs TV, pieces of music, songs and lyrics that he included in his lectures. He gave us a strong taste of Russian character and gave an overview of the Russian history linked to the events in the country after the 90’s and current international events.
The ship’s small gym had a treadmill and stationary bicycles and was good enough for cardio. Adding rubber floor mats and a yoga mat would make yoga and other floor exercises more comfortable and steady. It is too slippery to do it on the gym or hallway carpet. Another nice piece of equipment to have would be a foam roller.
The local tour guides were generally very good. The St. Petersburg and Hermitage tours were conducted by Elena and she was terrific. She not only told us about the sights but also talked in a very informative way about life under Communism. The Moscow tour guide was also very good. The only guide were disappointed in was Marina in Goritsy. Her English was poor. The shortage of local guides with good English in the busy summer tourist season is easily understood. But Russia is a big country with well-established international ties should not compromise and disappoint visitors.
We enjoyed especially Kizhi, the northernmost point of the tour. In July the weather was perfect, though at other times Kizhy can be pretty cold. We also enjoyed Uglich and were lucky to have Vladimir, an English language schoolteacher, as our tour guide. Uglich is his native city and his broad knowledge of its history was delivered in excellent English. Uglich was a real highlight of the cruise. In one of the churches there was an interesting presentation of handpainted lacquer boxes with four types of paintings. In another church we heard a chorus. I would recommend requesting the chorus to sing two songs. Russians like to do things in pairs and the chorus may agree to sing two songs for you, not just one. For those who sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg shopping in Uglich could be a relief after high prices in the capital. For those who sail from St. Petersburg to Moscow it could be the last and probably the best opportunity to buy affordable souvenirs. The price would be good, especially after negotiations with the very nice local people. I found that many souvenirs in Uglich were distinguished by their authenticity, beauty, and practicality. I wish we had more time to walk around the historic part of this quiet, clean and perfectly maintained city.
Along the way from the balcony and decks the views were stunningly beautiful and peaceful. The must-see Kaliazin flooded bell tower looked even more beautiful from the ship at a distance than in the famous photos. Do not miss it!!!
The cruise director, Nadya, was on the top of everything onboard and off. She has a great deal of experience working for foreign tourists. It made our cruise very well organized, uneventful, and comfortable.
The ship's doctor gave to me very effective and safe medications that helped to heal my cold in a day or two -- Гексорал аэрозоль and Тантум верде аэрозоль, Отривин nasal drops, and Стрепсилс in the local pharmacy. Amoxicillin capsules, which we take for sinuses and are by prescription only in the USA, I bought in the local pharmacy over-the counter.
Nikita, our company group manager, distinguished himself by his Russia-bashing attitude that he expressed at any opportunity. His opinion was always based on his personal bad experiences and not on broad knowledge of Russian life. His comments were not well-rounded and objective. Russians are famous for being very patriotic. So we were very surprised and annoyed with Nikita’s attitude. Perhaps he was trying to please a crowd that he perceived as anti-Russian, though that was not our perception of our fellow passengers. Nikita, were you looking for an escape from Russia, may be in one of our suitcases? Or were you trying to please the crowd and earn more tips? So, who are you, Mr. Nikita? Sorry for my rhetoric.