MS General Lavrinenkov Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS General Lavrinenkov
|Builder||Elbewerft Boizenburg GmbH (Boizenburg, Germany)|
|Owner||Imperial River Cruises|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||129 m / 423 ft|
|Beam (width)||16 m / 52 ft|
|Passengers||91 - 182|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||MS Excellence Katharina|
Review of MS General Lavrinenkov
MS General Lavrinenkov is a Russian cruise ship owned by the Imperial River Cruises company. The ship is exclusivelly chartered (under the name "MS Excellence Katharina") by the German river travel company Reiseburo Mittelthurgau. It offers cruises along Volga River, leaving from Moscow and Rostov-on-Don.
Good old General Lavrinenkov was built in Germany and reborn as “MS Excellence Katharina” via complete renovation. It is named after General Vladimir Lavrinenkov (1919-1988), an Air Force hero of WW2. After its refurbishment, the ship acquired usable and pleasant interior design in warm colors, as well as much more convenience. Now most cabins have balconies, and one passenger elevator serves all decks. Cruise programs onboard include games, parties, dancing evenings and live music concerts. From the sweeping sundecks to the spacious lounges, this floating hotel provides unique journeys on the Russian waterways.
There are several different categories of staterooms aboard Excellence Katharina, including Standard Single, Standard Twin, Deluxe and Suites. All staterooms are air-conditioned and heated. Amenities include wardrobes, en-suite bathrooms, outside picture windows. Traditionally for this type of Russian passenger ships, MS Lavrinenkov has two bars, two comfortable dining rooms, a conference hall, reading room, beauty salon, laundry facility, a souvenir shop. Part of the crew are Russian government-licensed tour guides who ensure the intellectual component of the cruise vacation. Throughout the voyage, these professional guides give lectures themed on the country's culture, art and history, as well as information about all visited ports of call along the itinerary.