Benefitting from a refurbishment in 2011, the River Victoria is a Uniworld vessel that graces some of the beautiful waterways of Russia, including the Volga, Neva and Svir rivers. Explore the imperial cities and majestic landscapes that Russia is home to, aboard a luxurious ship that complements its surroundings beautifully.
PassengersThe large River Victoria is one of the larger river vessels in operation, and can accommodate a maximum of 202 guests. However, the 110 staff members onboard ensure an approximately 1:2 staff to passenger ratio, resulting in impeccable hospitality, despite the capacity. Uniworld is an American river cruise line, and as such the majority of guests who choose to embark on a River Victoria itinerary are from the USA. However, well-travelled and affluent guests from the UK, Australia and Canada also find the ship and its far-flung itineraries appealing.
Dining The main dining venue onboard, known as the Pushkin Restaurant, can be found on the Neva Deck and dishes up breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily. The onboard chefs produce delicious regional and international dishes, inspired by local specialities and prepared using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible. Alternative dining venues, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, include the Chagall Lounge on the Sun Deck, and the Katarina Bar and Lounge area. Guests can enjoy unlimited drinks during their river cruise, including wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Hot drinks including speciality teas and coffees are also complimentary. Suite guests can also enjoy in-room breakfasts.
Entertainment Guests can enjoy the relaxing vibes of the bright and airy Chagall Lounge on the Sun Deck, which benefits from large panoramic windows and a full-service bar. It is also home a dancefloor that can be enjoyed every evening. Alternatively, there is a small and intimate Katarina Bar situated on the Volga Deck, which is an ideal area to relax if you’re hoping for a little more peace and quiet. The space also features an outdoor patio, where you can admire the views as you sip your favourite drink. As part of every itinerary, guests can attend welcome and farewell receptions and dinners – perfect for mingling with fellow travellers.
Activities Onboard, the River Victoria features an internet corner that provides free Wi-Fi access, as well as a library and a boutique situated on the Moskva Deck. Guests can also spend time unwinding on the Sun Deck, thanks to the plentiful lounge chairs and loungers available. An enrichment programme is also available, including Signature Lectures on topics including Russian civilisation and history. Onshore, guests can join one of the many excursions on offer. Thanks to the ‘Choice is Yours’ programme, passengers can opt for trips and excursions that suit their individual preferences, from city walking tours and village visits to canal cruises, artisanal demonstrations and museum tours. Guided tours are all led by expert local guides, who can provide in-depth information about the area. Quietvox audio headsets ensure every guest can hear the narrative clearly, no matter where they are in the crowd.
Accommodation There are ten suites onboard, including two Presidential Suites (409 sq. ft.), two Junior Suites (334 sq. ft.) and six Deluxe Suites (269 sq. ft.). There are also 91 staterooms, split into six different categories, according to size and features. All staterooms and suites situated on the Volga Deck feature full balconies, as do Cat. two and three staterooms on the Neva Deck. The remaining categories still offer views of the river, via windows. Regardless of the accommodation you choose, you can enjoy the same high standard of features and amenities, including hotel-style beds fitted with fine linens and a pillow menu, en-suite bathroom with L’Occitane bath products, plush towels and bathrobes, individual climate control, telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment and satellite channels, complimentary bottled water and in-room safe.
Spa/Wellbeing The lower Onega Deck is home to both a fitness room and a massage room. Guests can also relax on the Sun Deck – the unspoilt views and relaxing atmosphere are often enough to rejuvenate mind, body and soul!
Itineraries The River Victoria delights guests with a 13 day trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg, as part of the ‘Imperial Waterways of Russia’ itinerary. Alongside city tours of Moscow, Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg, guests can also enjoy a walking tour of Uglich, a cruise to Kizhi Island to visit its open-air museum and UNESCO-recognised site, and the chance to visit iconic Russian landmarks including the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, the Rococo architecture of Catherine Palace in Pushkin and the Hermitage Museum in Moscow. Other highlights of this incredible trip include the chance to take a look at daily life in Goritsy, including the opportunity to watch a performance by local school children and a woodwork demonstration, as well as a village day in Mandrogi including a shashlik picnic lunch and an exclusive Russian ballet performance at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.