MS Dnieper Princess

MS Dnieper Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Dnieper Princess

Year built1967  /  Age : 51
Flag state Ukraine
BuilderRSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft GmbH (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany)
ClassUSSR Russian cruise ship (Project 301)
Ferry route / homeportsKiev-Odessa
OperatorImperial River Cruises
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)125 m / 410 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5400 gt
Passengers320
Crew98
Decks5
Cabins150
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2008
Sister-shipsVladimir Ilyich-class
Former namesYevgeniy Vuchetich

Review of MS Dnieper Princess

MS Dnieper Princess cruise ship ("Printsesa Dnipra" круизный корабль) is a traditional Russian river passenger ship built for the USSR (Soviet Union) in GDR (Eastern Germany). The boat cruises on Dnieper River (Ukraine) on 13-day roundtrip itinerary from Kiev to Odessa (Black Sea), as well as on 12-day Ukraine to Romania itinerary (Kiev-Odessa-Fetesti, and the reverse). The vessel is currently operated by the Russian shipping company "Imperial River Cruises" and the Ukrainean company "Chernova Ruta".

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Ship's interior design is done in classical style. Great attention was paid to arranging of onboard dining areas that came out cozy and spacious. Decorations and design of the public areas add to hospitable and friendly atmosphere and encourage guests to socialize and enjoy their stay.

Dnieper Princess is able to accommodate a maximum of 320 passengers. The cabins are quite small (average 10 m2 /110 ft2), but are functional and feature large picture windows that open (except for the Low Deck cabins that have portholes). Cabin amenities consist of two pull man style berths, radio, air conditioning and private bathrooms with sink and shower.

There are two restaurants on the ship, both serving meals in one seating. The two cozy bars and a concert hall are located on the Sun Deck. Meals include Ukrainian and international choices. Ship's crew is young and friendly. While not on the level of western style vessels or services, Dnieper Princess provides an excellent means of exploring exciting tourist destination. The ship is non-smoking throughout, except the outdoor areas.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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Built as "Yevgeniy Vuchetich", MS Dnieper Princess is one of Russia's signature "Project 301" river cruise ships.

Vladimir Ilyich-class Russian river ships

"Vladimir Ilyich class" (aka "Project 301") are 3 series of Russian river cruise ships built in GDR (Germany) for USSR (Soviet Union) in the period 1974-1983. The vessel class name honors Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924) who is considered the founder of USSR (Soviet Union).

These Russian river cruise ships (a total of 22 units) were all produced by VEB Elbewerft Boizenburg as one of the industry's most successful riverboat designs. These ships were used for passenger (cruise) shipping in Northwestern USSR - in the rivers Volga, Belomorkanal, Lake Onega, Volga–Don Canal, Kama and Amur riversas well as on Dnieper River (Ukraine ) and in Black Sea. Following the USSR's collapse (1991), all these boats were acquired by private companies (Russian and foreign).

Russian river cruise ship (Project 301) Vladimir Ilyich-class

"Project 301" ship technology

All "Project 301" ships have the following details:

  • LOA length 125 m (410 ft),
  • width 17 m (55 ft)
  • DWT tonnage 3063 tons
  • V-shaped hulls - differ by series as external elements, window shape (rectangular or rounded), wheelhouse headlights
  • 5 decks
  • Each boat has capacity 240 passengers and 110 crew, 102 cabins (all outside), 2 restaurants, 2 bar lounges, Sauna Room, Souvenir Shop, Lobby (Reception Desk with safe), 360-degree Promenade Deck (with outdoor seating).
  • Powerplant includes three marine diesel engines "Viertakt-Dieselmotor " (4-stroke, model 6ЧРН 36/45 / aka ЭГ70-5) each with turbocharger.
  • The 3rd (last) series motorships are with stronger propulsion (bow thrusters).
  • Staterooms are single and double (originally 1-2-3-bed cabins), all fitted with en-suite bathrooms.
  • After reconstruction, to the ships were introduced larger cabins (including suites).
  • Depending on series, boats differ in terms of size and equipment (different diesel engine designs). Many of these Russian ships were completely refurbished and rebuilt for foreign river cruise companies (like Viking, AMAwaterways, Grand Circle). During their multi-million dolar drydock refits, vessel's passenger capacity was considerably reduced to improve travel comfort and safety.

Project 301 ships

From Project 301's first series are the boats

  • Vladimir Ilyich (1975, now Sankt Peterburg / Санкт-Петербург)
  • Mariya Ulyanova (1975, now Viking Rurik)
  • Yevgeniy Vuchetich (1976, now Dnieper Princess)
  • Sovetskaya Ukraina (1976, now Konstantin Korotkov)
  • Tikhiy Don (1977, Тихий Дон)
  • XXV Syezd KPSS (1977, now Petr Chaykovskiy)

From Project 301's second series are the boats

  • Sovetskaya Rossiya (1977, now Nizhny Novgorod / Нижний Новгород)
  • 60 let Oktyabrya (1978, scrapped as Avicena)
  • Rossiya (1978, Россия)
  • Vladimir Mayakovskiy (1978, Владимир Маяковский)
  • Lenin (1979, now Mikhail Bulgakov / Михаил Булгаков)
  • Aleksandr Ulyanov (1979, now Kronstadt / Кронштадт)
  • Mikhail Lomonosov (1979, now Viking Sineus)
  • Konstantin Fedin (1980, Константин Федин)
  • 30 let GDR (1980, scrapped as Ferris Flotel)
  • Vissarion Belinsky (1980, Виссарион Белинский)

From Project 301's third (last) series are the riverboats

  • Sovetskaya Konstitutsiya (1981, now Nikolay Karamzin / Николай Карамзин)
  • Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1981, Николай Чернышевский)
  • Nikolay Dobrolyubov (1981, now Andrey Rublev / Андрей Рублев)
  • Aleksandr Radishchev (1982, Александр Радищев)
  • Aleksandr Griboyedov (1982, now Knyazhna Viktoria / Княжна Виктория)
  • Fedor Dostoevskiy (1983, Федор Достоевский)

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