Former names: MS Rossiya, MS Sovetskaya Rossiya
MS Rossia current position
MS Rossia current location is at Russia Inland (coordinates 56.32791 N / 44.09175 E) cruising at speed of 11.3 kn (21 km/h | 13 mph) en route to SPB. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.Current Position
Specifications of MS Rossia
|Year of build||1978 / Age: 45|
|Builder||RSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft GmbH (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany)|
|Class||USSR Russian cruise ship (Project 301)|
|Ferry route / homeports||St Petersburg-Moscow|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||125 m / 410 ft|
|Beam (width)||17 m / 56 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||3570 gt|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Former names||MS Rossiya, MS Sovetskaya Rossiya|
|Operator||Plantours Kreuzfahrten, APT-Travelmarvel, Emerald Waterways, Mosturflot|
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MS Rossia cruise ship ("теплоход Россия" круизный корабль) is a traditional Russian river passenger ship built for the USSR (Soviet Union) in GDR (Eastern Germany). The boat is currently owned and operated by the Russian shipping company Mosturflot ("Мостурфлот").
The 5-starred riverboat Rossia is often chartered by some of the world's largest river cruise companies, including Emerald Waterways (since 2020), APT Touring (via its brands Evergreen Tours and Travelmarvel), Riviera Travel UK (since 2020), Plantours Kreuzfahrten (since 2018), Grand Circle Travel (since 2007). MS Rossia cruises on Volga River, departing from homeports Moscow and St Petersburg. Most itineraries are one-ways (11-day), some are roundtrips. In 2020-2021, Travelmarvel additionally offers two flight-and-hotel inclusive cruises - 14-day itinerary ("Helsinki and Treasures of Russia", from Helsinki Finland to Moscow) and 20-day itinerary ("Baltic Charm and Treasures of Russia", from Vilnius Lithuania to Moscow).
The shipowner Mosturflot (Moscow Tourist Fleet / "Московский туристический флот") is subsidiary of Moscow River Shipping Company (1857-established). Mosturflot owns pleasure boats and cruise ships. The company is also licensed as a river cruisetour operator, provides its own ship repairs and technical maintenance, as well as shipping security, pilotage, escorts (boat assistance).
Mosturflot's cruisetour services include inland cruises (on its own boats) on the Russian rivers Volga, Neva, Kama, Don, Oka, as well as on the lakes Beloe, Onega and Ladoga. Itineraries (a selection of 300+ routes) have durations between 1-day (mini-cruises) and 22-day, visiting 50+ call ports in Russia. Mosturflot also operates as a travel agency for Russian (river- and sea-going) and international cruises. The company also specializes in private cruise ship charters (for leisure and business meetings) with passenger capacity 8 to 300, optional staterooms, shipboard catering and entertainment, custom-made excursions (in port cities).
The ship was completely renovated and modernized in 2006-2007 (including machinery) and last refurbished in 2018 (complete exterior and interior refurbishment).
MS Rossia staterooms (a total of 112) are on 4 decks (out of 5). However, all Triple Cabins (on Lower Deck) are currently not available for booking, which reduces the total number of staterooms to 106.
Accommodations include 6x Balcony Suites (sized 16-17 m2, fore-located on decks 3-Upper and 4-Boat), 72x Deluxe Suites (balcony cabins sized 15 m2, location on decks 3-4), 34x Comfort Suites (sized 12 m2, location deck 2-Main) and 6x triples (sized 11 m2, location deck 1-Lower, currently not open for booking). All staterooms are outside (no interior cabins) and with large opening windows (except Lower Deck cabins with round-shaped and non-opening portholes).
The 6x Suites and the 72x Deluxe Suites have step-out balconies, each fitted with 2x deckchairs. Triple Cabins (on Lower Deck) are 3-bed staterooms, each with 2x Porthole windows (non-opening). Based on availability, Triple cabins can be also booked as doubles. All Triple Cabins are currently not available for booking, which reduces the total number of staterooms to 106.
Each cabin as standard amenities offers central air-conditioning (individually controlled heating and ventilation system), private en-suite bathrooms (WC/toilet, glass-door shower, washbasin with underneath storage, hairdryer, emergency call button), HDTV (local and satellite reception, infotainment system), refrigerator, wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), seating area (a coffee table with 2 armchairs), phone (intercom), mirrored vanity (dressing table / writing desk) with chair, bedside cabinets (2-drawer) with bed lights, wall-mounted reading lamps, twin beds (convertible to a double Queen-size bed), complimentary bottled water (provided daily), 110-220 V power sockets. Ceiling height is 2,2 m.
Following multi-million refurbishments, all cabins feature larger (than the original ones) sizes, new furniture and flooring, deluxe bedding, modern LED lighting.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
Dining onboard MS Rossia features European cuisine sp[ecialties with elements of Russian traditional cooking. Breakfasts (7-9 AM) are buffet-style, plus Early Bird coffee (6 AM). Lunches include 2x soups (1x Russian), 2x main courses, dessert. Dinner (7 or 7:30 PM) is waiter-served and with a traditional Russian food menu. Waiters are dressed in traditional costumes. Wine by the glass (white or red) is complimentary with each dinner.
Onboard entertainment 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 river ports, 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.
Signature formal events organized on each voyage are the Captain's Welcome Reception (on embarkation day) and the Captain's Farewell Dinner (on the voyage's last night). The chartering cruise company employs its own Cruise Directors to provide its customers with personalised service, including cruisetour itinerary and excursions information, assistance, suggestions on ashore touring and dining-shopping options.
MS Rossia ship facilities include:
- 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).
- On Boat Deck (deck 4) are located cabins, Bar Lounge (Tsar's Bar, forward observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, capacity 52 seats)and a smoking-allowed area (open deck space aft-starboard).
- On Upper Deck (deck 3) are located cabins and the Dining Room Restaurant. On Upper Deck is also the Ironing Room (chargeable laundry service).
- On Main Deck (deck 2) are located cabins, Medical Office (Infirmary served by a resident physician, doctor's services are chargeable, only emergency first aid is free), Beauty Salon (hairdresser and barber services), Fitness (Gym Room), Library (small Reading Room with leather furniture), Gift Shop (Souvenir Kiosk), Lobby (Reception Desk, Cruise Director's Office), 24-hour Coffee Bar (self-service station with coffee machine, teas, hot and cold water, ice, bottled water, cookies).
- Lower Deck (deck 1, currently off-limit to passengers) houses Triple cabins, Sauna Room and Spa )Massage Room).
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.
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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The 1978-built MS Rossia is one of Russia's signature "Project 301" river cruise ships. The vessel was originally launched under the name "Rossiya" (1978-79, with IMO number 7638155) and soon renamed to Sovetskaya Rossiya (1979-2003). Currently, the riverboat is Russia-flagged (MMSI number 273436890) and registered in Moscow.
After its inauguration, the ship was deployed in Ukraine and managed by GlavRechFlot (Ukrainian SSR) for Dnieper River cruises leaving from Kiev and to the Black Sea. In the period 1979-1991, the ship operated as "Sovetskaya Rossiya". The vessel was decommissioned in the period 1992-2002. In 2000, it was transferred to KSK Kiev (Ksk-Avtomatyzatsyya), fully restored (at the expense of Russia's Moscow River Shipping Company / Московское речное пароходство, sister-company of Mosturflot) and in 2002 sold to Mosturflot, which operated it in 2003-2006. After completing drydock repairs and refurbishment in Romania (2006-2007), the ship was purchased by GCCL (Grand Circle Cruise Line) and operated cruises on the Moscow-St Petersburg route (2008 through 2014). The riverboat was laid-up in 2015-2016 (in Moscow) and in July 2016, GCCL sold it back to 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).
"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, now Alexander Borodin)
- 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)