Review of MS Rossia deck 5 (Sundeck-Bridge)
On Sundeck (deck 5) are located a large Bar Lounge (President's Lounge, hosting group activities and doubling as Dancing Saloon / Cinema / Conference Hall, with floor-ceiling windows) and the Navigation Bridge (fore-located Wheelhouse with adjacent Captain's Suite and officers quarters).
Aft on Sundeck is the Funnel (ship's smokestack/chimney) and the Solarium - an open-air sunbathing area with teak garden furniture (padded loungers, deckchairs, umbrella-covered 4-seat tables).
Entertainment at President's Lounge is focused on pre-scheduled activities and live performances (classical and Russian folk music). Onboard lectures are themed on Russia's history, culture, politics. Port talks (by a professional tour guide) provide information on visited riverports, nearby towns, shore excursions and tours available for booking. Passengers also enjoy traditional Russian tea ceremonies, Russian language lessons, dancing and singing classes, vodka tasting, handicrafts (matryoshka / nesting doll painting class, napkin folding lessons), blini (pancake) course, cooking demonstrations, vegetable carving. A Navigation Bridge tour (visiting the Wheelhouse) is offered once per cruise and is also complimentary.
One elevator (passenger lift) interconnects all cabin decks (2-3-4, excluding decks 1-Lower and 5-Sun). The cruise ship is not recommended for wheelchair users.