MS Peter Tchaikovsky Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Peter Tchaikovsky
|Year built||1977 / Age : 43|
|Builder||RSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft GmbH (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany)|
|Class||USSR Russian cruise ship (Project 301)|
|Ferry route / homeports||St Petersburg-Moscow-Astrakhan-Rostov on Don|
|Operator||Orthodox Cruise Company, Imperial River Cruises|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||129 m / 423 ft|
|Beam (width)||17 m / 56 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||5600 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||MS Lesya Ukrainka, XXV Syezd KPSS|
Review of MS Peter Tchaikovsky
MS Peter Tchaikovsky cruise ship ("теплоход Петр Чайковский" круизный корабль) is a traditional Russian river passenger ship built for the USSR (Soviet Union) in GDR (Eastern Germany). MS Tchaikovsky cruises on Volga and Don rivers in Russia - Moscow-Astrakhan-Rostov-on-Don (17-day itinerary, and the reverse), and between St Petersburg and Moscow (11-day itinerary).
Currently, the vessel is owned by the Russian shipping company Doninturflot (Донинтурфлот) and operated under charter by its subsidiary "Orthodox Cruise Company") and also by "Imperial River Cruises Russia" (tour operator).
The ship is named after the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). MS Tchaikovsky was completely refurbished in 2011.
Traditionally for this type of Russian cruise ships, MS Tchaikovsky ship facilities include:
- 2 restaurants (dining room, and bar-restaurant / dinner-only
- 3 bars, small Boutique (Souvenir Shop)
- spacious Lobby (Reception / Guest 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), 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 music 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 specialities (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 cruise tour itinerary.
The ship offers several different categories of staterooms, including 2 Triple-Quad cabins, 63 Standard Twin, 3 Premium Twin, 20 Junior Suites and 12 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 sofabeds (pull-out coaches). Suites are 1-room accommodations (equally sized) with double bed and sofa and can accommodate a 3rd person via folding bed.
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Built as XXV Syezd KPSS, MS Tchaikovsky 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 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).
"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
- 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 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)
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