2016 River Cruise Operations in Russia Cancelled?

By ,   February 27, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

River cruise lines that operate in Russia have announced cutbacks and cancellations for 2016 river cruise season.

APT Tours and AmaWaterways will both suspend their operations in Russia in 2016. APT Tours has also postponed the refurbishment of its newest addition, ms Anastasia, to the line's fleet. The new vessel was set to start operations in Russia in May this year.

CroisiEurope reduces its Volga sailings by 4, from 37 to 33. Scenic Tours also cuts back the number of offered sailings, but a spokesperson for the company said the full program for 2016 has not been finalized yet.

Viking Cruises cut back 2015 Russian itineraries, but has not announced its plans regarding Russia sailings in 2016. Richard Marnell, Viking vice president, said the line was optimistic about its 2015 sales.

According to APT the 2016 changes followed cutbacks and cancellations in Russia in 2015 which were driven by the "ongoing uncertainty in Russia". AmaWaterways also explained the reductions to the political tension between the Ukraine and Russia following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014.