MS Ivan Bunin

MS Ivan Bunin Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Ivan Bunin

Year built1985  /  Age : 34
Flag state Russia
BuilderVEB Elbewerften Boizenburg (Rosslau, Germany)
ClassUSSR Russian cruise ship (Project 302)
Ferry route / homeportsSt Petersburg-Moscow-Rostov on Don
OwnerDoninturflot (Russia)
OperatorOrthodox Cruise Company, Imperial River Cruises
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)129 m / 423 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5500 gt
Passengers190 - 232
Crew110
Decks5
Cabins104
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2010
Sister-shipsDmitriy Furmanov-class
Former namesAlexey Vatchenko

Current itinerary of MS Ivan Bunin

MS Ivan Bunin current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. Prices start from USD 3156 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 May, 2019 and ends on 28 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
18 May    Departing from Moscow, Russia hotels
19 May    Moscow, Russia
20 May - 17:30    Moscow, Russia
20 May    Moscow Canal, Russia
21 May    Volga River, Russia
21 May 15:30 - 19:30    Uglich, Russia
22 May    Rybinsk Reservoir, Russia
22 May 08:00 - 12:00    Yaroslavl, Russia
23 May    Volga-Baltic Waterway, Russia
23 May 11:30 - 14:30    Goritsy, Russia
24 May 16:00 - 20:00    Kizhi Island, Lake Onega, Russia
25 May    Svir River, Russia
25 May    Lake Ladoga, Neva River, Russia
25 May 13:00 - 16:00    Mandrogi, Russia
26 May 08:00    Saint Petersburg, Russia
27 May    Arriving in Saint Petersburg, Russia hotels
28 May    Flight

Review of MS Ivan Bunin

MS Ivan Bunin cruise ship ("теплоход Иван Бунин" круизный корабль) is a traditional Russian river passenger ship built for the USSR (Soviet Union) in GDR (Eastern Germany). MS Bunin cruises on Volga and Don rivers in Russia - between Moscow and Rostov-on-Don (19-day itinerary), between St Petersburg and Moscow (11-day itinerary) and also St Petersburg-Astrakhan-Rostov (20-day itinerary).

From the same series are a total of 28 boats manufactured in the period 1983-1992. All these ships are with diesel-electric propulsion (three propellers) and originally designed with capacity 332 passengers (max).

The ship was built in 1985 for the USSR / Russian state-owned company "Volga-Donskoe Retschnoje Parochodstwo" ("Волго-Донское пароходство", today "Азово-Донское Пароходство") based in Rostov-on-Don. Currently, the vessel is owned by the Russian company Doninturflot (Донинтурфлот) and operated under charter by the Russian companies "Orthodox Cruise Company" and "Imperial River Cruises Russia".

MS Bunin cruise ship (Russia, Volga River)

The ship is named after the first Russian writer awarded Nobel Prize for Literature - Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870-1953). MS Bunin was completely refurbished in 2010.

Traditionally for this type of Russian cruise ships, MS Bunin ship facilities include:

  • 2 restaurants (dining room, and bar-restaurant / dinner-only
  • 3 bars, small Boutique (Souvenir Shop)
  • spacious Lobby (Reception / Gest Services Desk), Coffee Station (coffee, hot water, packed tea, milk, cocoa, cookies)
  • Bar Lounge (piano bar)
  • Conference Hall and Bar (Music Hall / Cinema / Meeting Room)
  • Reading Lounge (Library)
  • Sun Deck (Solarium with outdoor seating / deckchairs and 4-seat tables), outdoor swimming pool (metal-frame above ground pool located aft), covered fitness area (outdoor Gym with exercise machines)
  • wrap-around Promenade (outdoor deck), outer deck sitting areas
  • Medical Room (Infirmary)
  • Beauty Salon (hairdresser and barber services, massages)
  • Ironing Room (laundry service), Sauna
  • Wi-Fi on the ship costs $5 per device per day.

Onboard entertainment programming includes games, traditional tea ceremonies (with pies), themed parties ( folk shows, dancing evenings), daily live mussic performances (grand piano and concerts), Russian language lessons, dancing and singing classes, blini (pancake) and vodka tasting, lectures. Dining Room's menu also features local food specialties (based on the itinerary's regions and ports).

Ship's crew includes resident, Russian government-licensed tour guides (speaking fluent English or German) who run the cruise company's onboard and ashore enrichment program. Throughout the voyage, these professional tour guides give lectures themed on the country's culture, art, history, current politics, as well as information about all shore excursions and visited river ports along the cruisetour itinerary.

Cabins

The ship offers several different categories of staterooms, including 8 Triple, 8 Dedicated Single, 50 Standard Twin, 36 Junior Suites and 2 Suites. Standard amenities in all cabins are individually controlled air-conditioning (thermostat-controlled heating and ventilation), wardrobe, bedside table, mirrored dressing table with padded stool, mini-refrigerator, radio, flat TV, safe deposit box (in the closet), en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single sink vanity), large opening windows (excepting Lower Deck cabins which are with portholes).

Most staterooms are with two single beds. Panorama Suites and Family Junior Suites are 2-room accommodations with separate bedroom (with double bed) and living room (with sofa and armchairs). Suites can accommodate a 3rd person via folding bed. Panorama Suites are with bathtub / shower configuration.

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 Aleksey Vatchenko, MS Bunin is one of Russia's signature "Project 302" river cruise ships.

Dmitriy Furmanov-class Russian river ships

"Dmitriy Furmanov class" (aka "Project 302") are 4 series of Russian river cruise ships built in GDR (Eastern Germany) for USSR (Soviet Union) in the period 1983-1992. The vessel class name honors the Russian writer Dmitriy Andreyevich Furmanov (1891-1926) who also served as Bolshevik commissar (Red Army officer).

These Russian river cruise ships (a total of 27 units) were all produced by VEB Elbewerft Boizenburg and represent an upgraded (larger) version of Project 301 (Vladimir Ilyich-class) riverboats. These ships were used for passenger (cruise) shipping in Northwestern USSR - on the rivers Volga, Belomorkanal, Lake Onega, Volga–Don Canal, Kama and Amur rivers, as well as on Dnieper River (Ukraine), Black Sea (coastal cruising) and Yangtze River (in China). Following the USSR's collapse (1991), all these boats were acquired by private companies (Russian and foreign).

Russian river cruise ship (Project 302) Dmitriy Furmanov-class

"Project 302" ship technology

"Project 302" ships have the following details:

  • LOA length 129 m (423 ft)
  • width 17 m (55 ft)
  • DWT tonnage 3852 tons
  • V-shaped hulls - differ by series as external elements, window shape (rectangular or rounded), wheelhouse headlights
  • 5 decks (4 passenger)
  • Originally, each boat had capacity 332 passengers and 98 crew, all-outside cabins (1-2-3-bed), 2 restaurants (180 seats plus 80 seats), Cafe Bar (79 seats, with dance floor), 2 bar lounges (common rooms), Cinema (102 seats), Music Hall with Bar (75 seats), Observation Lounge with Bar (75 seats), Sauna Room, Souvenir Shop, Hair Salon, Massage Salon, Library, Hospital (first-aid room), 360-degree Promenade Deck (with outdoor seating / 100 seats, sports area).
  • Powerplant includes three marine diesel engines "Viertakt-Dieselmotor " (4-stroke, model 6ЧРН 36/45 / aka ЭГ70-5) each with turbocharger.
  • Propulsion consists of 3 bow thrusters.
  • Powerplant consists of 3x diesel engines (4-stroke 6ЧРН 36/45, aka EГ70-5) with turbocharger and total power output 2,2 MW.
  • Staterooms are single, double and quads (originally 1-2-3-bed cabins) with en-suite bathrooms.
  • After reconstruction, to the ships were introduced larger cabins (including suites) and quads (with 2 upper bunks / wall-mounted Pullman beds).
  • All these traditional Russian ships were modernized, completely refurbished and rebuilt for both domestic and foreign river cruise companies. During their multi-million dolar drydock refits, vessel's passenger capacity was considerably reduced to improve travel comfort and safety.

Project 302 ships

From Project 302's first series are the boats

  • Dmitriy Furmanov (1983, Дмитрий Фурманов)
  • Akademik Viktor Glushkov (1983, now Igor Stravinsky / Игорь Стравинский)
  • Novikov-Priboy (1983, now Sergei Rachmaninov)
  • Aleksey Surkov (1984, now Viking Helgi)
  • Konstantin Simonov (1984, Константин Симонов)
  • Leonid Sobolev (1985, Леонид Соболев)
  • Mikhail Sholokhov (1985, Михаил Шолохов)

From Project 302's second series are the boats

  • Aleksey Vatchenko (1985, now Ivan Bunin)
  • Yuriy Andropov (1986, Юрий Андропов)
  • Zosima Shashkov (1986, Зосима Шашков)
  • General Vatutin (1986, Генерал Ватутин)
  • MS Russ (1987, Русь)
  • MS Lenin (1987, Ленин)
  • Sergey Kirov (1987, now Viking Truvor)
  • Marshal Rybalko (1988, now Zirka Dnipra / Dnieper Princess)
  • Marshal Koshevoy (1988, now Viking Akun)
  • Georgy Chicherin (1988, Георгий Чичерин)
  • Leonid Krasin (1989, Леонид Красин)
  • Nikolay Bauman (1989, now Knyazhna Anastasia)
  • General Lavrinenkov (1990, Генерал Лавриненков)
  • Narkom Pakhomov (1990, now Viking Ingvar)

From Project 302's third series are the boats

  • Gleb Krzhizhanovskiy (1990, Глеб Кржижановский)
  • Maxim Litvinov (1991, Максим Литвинов)

From Project 302's fourth (last) series are the riverboats

  • Taras Shevchenko (September 1991, now TG Shevchenko)
  • Konstantin Stanyukovich (October 1991, now Princess Jeannie / Xian Ni) Regal China Cruises
  • Arkadiy Gaydar (November 1991, now Princess Sheena / Xian Na) Regal China Cruises
  • Aleksandr Grin (December 1991, now Princess Elaine / Xian Ting) Regal China Cruises
  • Vladimir Vysotsky (planned, hull built in 1996, launched in 2003 as "Ocean Diva Original")

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MS Ivan Bunin Itineraries

The below listed MS Ivan Bunin cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Russian River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 May 18 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3156
2019 May 18 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $1959
2019 May 28 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg
2019 May 28 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $1847
2019 Jun 07 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3607
2019 Jun 07 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $2071
2019 Jun 17 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg
2019 Jun 17 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg
2019 Jun 27 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow
2019 Jun 27 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3023
2019 Jul 07 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg
2019 Jul 07 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $1959
2019 Jul 17 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow
2019 Jul 17 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow
2019 Jul 27 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3043
2019 Jul 27 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3247
2019 Aug 06 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3156
2019 Aug 06 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3135
2019 Aug 16 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3156
2019 Aug 16 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3135
2019 Aug 26 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow
2019 Aug 26 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $2911
2019 Sep 05 11 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3156
2019 Sep 05 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Moscow Saint Petersburg $3471
2019 Sep 15 11 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $2930
2019 Sep 15 10 days, one-way from Moscow to Saint Petersburg Moscow $3135
2019 Sep 25 20 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don Saint Petersburg
2019 Sep 26 17 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don Saint Petersburg