Just a very belated note to thank you again for all the work you did to ensure Ralph Magel and I a wonderful trip in April and May of this year. I will not fail to recommend your cruise line to anyone I know who is thinking of taking a trip to Europe. Your generous offer to have us picked up at the airport has left us breathless. Is there someone I can write to (email) to let them know how helpful you have been with Russian Visa matters, because I really believe that without all your help (above and beyond the call of duty) we would not be going to Russia at all? Thank you so very, very much.
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People are amazed when I tell them about the cruise, the wonderful people and the areas we visited. They are enjoying my pictures also. Thanks again for this cruise !
I highly recommend the Ukrainian Waterways “By Dnieper to Black Sea Pearl” journey for several reasons. First, the itinerary is unique and often unfamiliar to the average traveler. Cities like Kherson and Zaporizhye are well worth a visit, and the cruise further affords the visitor an opportunity to see the Ukrainian countryside plus the Dnieper Delta. Second, the cruise also visits two crown jewels: the scintillating capital Kiev and the Black Sea port of Odessa. Third, the cruise is a very affordable option. The costs are attractive, and the cruise experience provides a combination of unique services and local know-how. Fourth, the ship offers many services. There is a dining area with river views, gift shops with local arts and crafts, and two bars on the top floors. Panorama bar was my personal favorite, for it had a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant and knowledgeable staff, and a nice range of local wine. They also have an espresso machine! Fifth, the ship’s staff as well as local guides were all excellent. Natasha in particular took great care of us, and she provided a lot of local recommendations in each port. (I really enjoyed her perspective on her hometown of Zaporizhye.) Sixth, Imperial River Cruises partner with an extensive network of local guides, all of whom provide unique insights into the different ports of call. My favorite tours were in Odessa and on the island of Khortitsa, a visit which included an exciting Cossack horse show.
Thanks for the opportunity to cruise the river from St. Pete to Moscow. We had not been to Russia previously and truly enjoyed exploring the cities and countryside. Margarita was a perfect hostess. She is a great asset to your cruise line. Galina was also very helpful. It was very interesting to have an ice breaker go before our boat as we crossed the lake! What an experience! The suggestion I would have is to include more of the optional tours and perhaps raise the price a bit if you have to. I think many people would appreciate not having to add on so many optionals. Also I think soda and bottled water should be included. I understand why liquor and beer are not, but it would be nice to have the others a part of the package. Again, thank you for the opportunity. I would like to return some day and probably take a longer cruise, the one crossing Russia from north to south.