MS Knyazhna Viktoria

Former names: MS Aleksandr Griboyedov, MS Valentina (APT Touring), River Victoria (Uniworld)

MS Knyazhna Viktoria last position

MS Knyazhna Viktoria last location was at Russia Inland (coordinates 56.56169 N / 37.38354 E) cruising en route to MOSKOW. The AIS position was reported 6 months ago.

Current Position

Specifications of MS Knyazhna Viktoria

Year of build1982  /  Age: 42
Flag state Russia
BuilderRSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft GmbH (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany)
ClassUSSR Russian cruise ship (Project 301)
Ferry route / homeportsSt Petersburg-Moscow
Speed14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph
Length (LOA)125 m / 410 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5400 gt
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsVladimir Ilyich-class
Former namesMS Aleksandr Griboyedov, MS Valentina (APT Touring), River Victoria (Uniworld)
OwnerMosTurFlot (Russia)
OperatorUniworld, APT Touring

MS Knyazhna Viktoria Review

Review of MS Knyazhna Viktoria

MS Knyazhna Viktoria cruise ship cruises in Russia on Volga River, departing from homeports Moscow (northbound itinerary) and St Petersburg (southbound itinerary). The ship's alternative names is "Knyazhna Viktoria" ("Княжна Виктория") when operated by the Russian shipowner MosTurFlot. When chartered by APT Touring, the riverboat is branded as "MS Valentina". When chartered to Uniworld, it is branded "River Victoria". One of the world's largest river cruise companies, Uniworld is part of The Travel Corporation group of companies.

MS Valentina / River Victoria cruise ship ("Aleksandr Griboyedov") features beautifully appointed staterooms, all Riverview with hotel beds, European duvets and fine linens. The suites and staterooms on the Volga and Neva decks have private balconies. Stateroom amenities include flat TV (infotainment system), individual air-conditioning, direct-dial phone, complimentary movie options, bottled water, comfy bathrobes and bathrooms with L’Occitane products.

River Victoria cruise ship, Volga River, Russia

River Victoria ship's public areas include

  • Chagall Lounge (dance floor, full-service bar)
  • Katarina Bar (outdoor patio)
  • Pushkin Restaurant (Dining Room)
  • wellness facilities - Serenity River Spa, Fitness (Gym Room), Beauty Salon (hairdresser-barber services)
  • Medical Office (Infirmary served by a resident physician, doctor's services are chargeable, only emergency first aid is free)
  • Boutique (Gift Shop / Souvenir Kiosk)
  • Library (small Reading Room with leather furniture), Internet Corner
  • 24-hour Coffee Bar (self-service station) with coffee machine, teas, hot and cold water, ice, bottled water, cookies

On Sundeck are the aft-located Solarium (sunbathing area with teak garden furniture - padded loungers, deckchairs, umbrella-covered 4-seat tables), Bar Lounge (hosting group activities and doubling as Dancing Saloon / Cinema / Conference Hall, with floor-ceiling windows) and the fore-located Navigation Bridge (Wheelhouse with adjacent Captain's Suite and officers quarters).

Deck 2 features an open-air Promenade (wraparound walkway encircling the entire ship) with non-slippery decking. Wi-Fi is complimentary and available in all public areas. One elevator (passenger lift) interconnects all cabin decks (2-3-4, excluding decks 1-Lower and 5-Sun). The ship is not recommended for wheelchair users.

The riverboat has a total of 101 staterooms (including 10x Suites) in 9 cabin grades. Staterooms on upper decks (Volga and Neva) have step-out balconies. Cabin amenities include deluxe bedding, smart HDTVs (satellite reception, infotainment system), individually controlled air-conditioning, wardrobe, safe (in the closet), phone, complimentary bottled water. Presidential Suites additionally offers a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary room service.

River Victoria river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative Uniworld Russia cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Uniworld Volga River cruise only or cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. Uniworld offers air-inclusive cruise deals and pre/post cruise hotel packages as extensions (at additional cost).

River Cruise Itineraries

Follows a list of exemplary Volga cruise itineraries (southbound and northbound routes):

  • 6-day from Saint Petersburg to Moscow - Thu Sep 03 (Saint Petersburg, departing), Fri Sep 04 (Lake Ladoga), Sat Sep 05 (Kizhi Island), Sun Sep 06 (Goritsy), Mon Sep 07 (Rybinsk Reservoir), Tue Sep 08 (Uglich), Wed Sep 09 (Moscow, arrive)
  • 6-day from Moscow to Saint Petersburg - Mon May 16 (Moscow, departing), Tue May 17 (Moskow Canal), Wed May 18 (Yaroslavl), Thu May 19 (Goritsy), Fri May 20 (Mandrogi), Sat May 21 (Svir River), Sun May 22 (Saint Petersburg, arrive).

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. For other Russia-based ships, you can visit our dedicated to Russian River Cruises hub.

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MS Knyazhna Viktoria is one of Russia's signature "Project 301" river cruise ships. The boat is fully-owned by the Russian company MosTurFlot.

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 honours 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 rivers as well as on Dnieper River (Ukraine ) and in the 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 a turbocharger.
  • The 3rd (last) series motor ships 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-dollar drydock refits, the 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

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 Kronshtadt / Кронштадт)
  • Mikhail Lomonosov (1979, now Viking Sineus)
  • Konstantin Fedin (1980, Константин Федин)
  • 30 let GDR (1980, scrapped as Ferris Flotel)
  • Vissarion Belinskiy (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)