Orthodox Cruise Company (Russian River Cruises)
MS Mikhail Sholokhov Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Mikhail Sholokhov
|Year built||1985 / Age : 33|
|Builder||Elbewerft Boizenburg GmbH (Boizenburg, Germany)|
|Class||Russian river cruise ship (Dmitriy Furmanov class, Project 302)|
|Operator||Orthodox Cruise Company|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||129 m / 423 ft|
|Beam (width)||17 m / 56 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||5600 gt|
|Passengers||150 - 282|
|Decks with cabins||3|
Review of MS Mikhail Sholokhov
MS Mikhail Sholokhov cruise ship (теплоход / круизный корабль "Михаил Шолохов") is a Russian river shipping passenger vessel built for the USSR (Soviet Union) in Eastern Germany. The vessel belongs to the Dmitriy Furmanov class (aka Project 302).
History and ownership
From the same series are also all the Viking River Cruises ships in Russia and Ukraine - Viking Akun (1990, MS Marshal Koshevoy), Viking Helgi (1984, MS Alexey Surkov), Viking Ingvar (1990, MS Narkom Pakhomov) and Viking Truvor (1987, MS Sergey Kirov). The series included a total of 28 vessels, manufactured in the period 1983-1992. All these ships are with 4 passenger decks, diesel-electric propulsion, each with three Russian diesel engines (type "6ЧРН 36/45" / 6-cylinder, power output 2200 kW) and three propellers. Their original capacity was 332 passengers (max) and 98 crew.
The ship was built in 1985 for the USSR / Russian state-owned company "Volga-Donskoe Retschnoje Parochodstwo" ("Волго-Донское пароходство" / "Volga-Don river shipping company", today "Азово-Донское Пароходство") based in Rostov-on-Don. Currently, the vessel is owned by the Russian river cruise shipping company Doninturflot (Донинтурфлот) and operated by its subsidiary company Orthodox Cruises (Ортодокс). The ship is also often chartered by Imperial River Cruises (Russian tour operator).
This cruise vessel is named after Mikhail Sholokhov (1905-1984) - Soviet writer, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature (1965). He is best known for its novels about Don Cossacks during the Russian Revolution (1917), the following Russian Civil War (1917-1923) and the period of Soviet collectivization (1928-1940).
MS Sholokhov cabins as types are single, double and quadruple / quads. All cabins are air-conditioned and heated. Each stateroom as amenities offers individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, radio, flat TV, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single sink vanity), large windows (excepting Lower Deck cabins which are with portholes).
Most staterooms are with two single beds. The Suites are 2-room accommodations with separate bedroom (one double bed, sofa) and spacious living room (with L-shaped sofa). An extra folding bed is available for a third person. Suite bathrooms are with bathtub / shower configuration. Category A1 are single-occupancy cabins, each with one single bed.
The list of onboard venues and facilities includes 2 restaurants (one dining room, one dinner / bar-restaurant), 3 bars (one panoramic, one with dance floor), conference center (meeting room), show lounge (music salon), souvenir shop, library (reading room), sun deck with loungers and deckchairs, sauna room, laundry facility, resident doctor.
River cruise itineraries
Mikhail Sholokhov ship's itinerary program offers regularly scheduled Volga River cruises in Russia, between St Petersburg and Moscow. The list of visited ports along the itinerary routes (northbound and southbound) includes Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Goritsy Monastery, Uglich, Yaroslavl.
Part of the crew are Russian government-licensed tour guides who run the onboard and ashore enrichment program. Throughout the voyage, these professional tour guides give lectures themed on the country's culture, art and history, as well as information about all visited ports of call along the cruise itinerary.
Doninturflot Orthodox Cruise Company ships
Orthodox Cruise Company operates a fleet of Soviet-design large river ships and serves mainly foreign tourists. The parent company Doninturflot (established in 1992) is the shipowner and manages the fleet.
- Doninturflot started operations with the ships MS Maxim Litvinov, MS Mikhail Sholokhov and MS Sergei Dyagilev.
- Since 2002, Docturflot charters Akademik Glushkov (currently MS Igor Stravinsky) owned by OOO Rosflotinvest.
- In 2004 was acquired MS Anton Chekhov from Yenisei River Shipping Company (Russia).
- In 2006 were acquired MS Peter Tchaikovsky and MS Ivan Bunin from the Moscow-based cruise shipping company "Passenger Port".
- In 2008 was bought MS General Lavrinenkov from "Ukrrechflot" (Ukraine).
- In 2011 was bought MS Marshal Koshevoy (from Ukrrichflot, Ukraine) , but in April 2013 the ship was sold to Viking Cruises (now operates as Viking Akun).
- In 2016, was purchased MS Tikhi Don from the UK-based Grand Circle Travel company. In 2017, the ship started operations for Orthodox Cruise Company serving international tourists.