MS Rossia

The traditional and authentic MS Rossia was built to sail the iconic waters of Russia. Spread out over four decks, your river ship provides the perfect vessel from which to see this fascinating country in all its glory.

A fantastic selection of modern amenities encourage you to truly settle into your home away from home. You will find a restaurant serving Russian influenced European fine-dining, the Tsar Bar, where you can relax with your favourite tipple enjoying views of the unfolding scenery, the Tsar Bar is where you will find our complimentary WI-FI. On board we also have a library and a wellness centre, offering a range of sumptuous treatments. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and relax in your spacious cabin, complete with hotel-style bed, television and refrigerator, as your outside-facing window frames the beautiful scenery passing by.


Accomodation Types

All cabins are air-conditioned and offer either two single beds or a queen-size bed as well as a private bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Further amenities include an LCD television, minibar and two life jackets for your safety.

Superior Balcony Suite

Measuring approximately 16.3 square metres (175 square feet) on the Upper Deck, offer additional living space, plus an additional window and fully glazed French doors that open on to a private balcony with a table and two chairs.


Balcony Cabins

Measuring approximately 14.6 square metres (157 square feet) on the Boat and Upper Decks, feature fully glazed French doors that open on to a private balcony with a table and two chairs.


Comfort Cabins

Measuring approximately 12.4 square metres (133 square feet) on the Main Deck, come with a fixed window.



Deck Plans

All cabins are air-conditioned and offer either two single beds or a queen-size bed as well as a private bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Further amenities include an LCD television, minibar and two life jackets for your safety.

Sun Deck

  • Sun Deck
  • President Bar

Boat Deck

  • Tsar Bar
  • Superior Balcony Suite 
  • Balcony Cabin


Upper Deck

  • Restaurant
  • Balcony Cabin

Main Deck

  • Medical Centre
  • Library
  • Reception
  • Comfort Cabin
  • Coffee Bar


Dining

Your days begin with a buffet-style breakfast of hot and cold options, including some Russian specialities. Lunch (buffet starter) and three-course dinner menus feature a mix of international and locally inspired dishes with vegetables and simple salads, hearty stews and sweet desserts, served with charming hospitality by your friendly and professional English-speaking crew. Tables are set for four to eight in a comfortable and traditional setting at the ship’s main restaurant located on the Upper Deck.

Restaurant

Experience complimentary · Cuisine varies

Savour a delicious array of international and local buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in MS Rossia’ on-board restaurant. With flexible seating and a menu of delicious, local dishes, you can look forward to an inspiring dining experience throughout your Nile river journey.


Entertainment

With onboard games, dancing and nightly local entertainment, your Russia cruise will certainly be a memorable one. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures provided by the onboard guides, as well as Russian language and culture tutorials.

Reception

For all enquiries, concerns and questions during your Nile river cruise, MS Rossia’ reception is the place. Available 24 hours a day and manned by a friendly and helpful crew, the reception is the place to go for help and advice during your holiday.

Souvenir shop

More information coming soon.

President Bar

More information coming soon.

Reading Room

More information coming soon.

Enrichment

With a different port call almost every day of your cruise; Emerald Waterways have organised a series of inspiring days ashore – taking you to the very heart of the beautiful towns and cities we visit. Exploring authentic local cultures, Emerald Waterways excursions are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides – introducing you to a wealth of knowledge.

Featuring as many as 16 destinations across up to five different countries, an Emerald Waterways cruise provides the perfect platform to absorb a huge array of cultures and traditions in one fell swoop. Every Emerald Waterways cruise itinerary is carefully planned to ensure the ship visits only the most fascinating, rewarding port towns and cities – affording you the opportunity to derive maximum reward and pleasure.

Whether exploring a new town on foot or navigating the streets of an ancient city by coach, English-speaking guides will be on hand to bring your destination to life through educational and enlightening commentary. And to ensure you don’t miss a second of the tour, we will provide all of our guests with a personal headset.

Language Lesson

Take part in a riveting Russian language lesson where you’ll learn the essentials of this beautiful language.

Excursions

  • Enjoy a tour of Russia’s most iconic places including Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.
  • Explore St Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof Park and the Hermitage Museum.


Health & Fitness


Kids & Teens

There are no dedicated kids/teens facilities onboard MS Rossia. 


Useful Information

Disabled Facilities

Riviera Travel's ships are not adapted for wheelchair access; if you are intending to take a wheelchair with you please contact the operator directly.

Due to popularity of river cruising when there is more than one ship in port the ships could be moored alongside each other. If the ship happens to be moored away from the landing pier disembarking could involve walking across gang planks and the sun deck of other ships.

River cruises operate with a smaller crew than ocean cruises and do not have the crew available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility therefore a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.

The itinerary included with the river cruises involves shore excursions visiting places with cobbled streets which can be on an incline making navigation of these streets difficult for anyone with reduced mobility.

Cruising down the Rhine, Danube or any of the European rivers Riviera Travel offer gives you the opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery and there is a lot to enjoy from the comfort of the ship. If you can’t do many shore excursions, river cruising in Europe can still be very enjoyable and worthwhile. Please contact the operator with any concerns you may have.

Dress Code

One of the things Emerald Waterways guests love about travelling with us is the relaxed dress code. We’re not strict about what you wear, only that you bring clothes that will help you enjoy the great cultural tapestry of Europe in complete ease and comfort.

Below, we list our recommendations for the clothing you should bring for an eight-day European river cruise, both for days and evenings. We’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible, taking into account different clothing for the time of year.

During the day, your everyday clothing should do the trick, so no need to splash out on a new wardrobe. Our good friend, the travel writer and cruise expert, Alan Fairfax, says: “Think chinos and sports shirts, while ladies - the choice is yours.”

  • A choice of t-shirts, tops or casual shirts that are comfortable for day-long wear. In the colder months, these can be worn as a base layer.
  • A couple of warm sweaters, sweatshirts or knitted tops. Even in spring and summer evenings can be chilly, so make sure you have something warm to pull on – particularly when you’re away from the ship.
  • A few pairs of trousers, jeans or chinos (we’d recommend around three for an eight-day cruise). Of course, if the forecast looks warm, bring a couple of pairs of comfortable shorts, too.
  • A light weather-proof jacket, rising to a good winter coat in the colder months. Even the summer months can’t guarantee dry weather, so don’t get caught without a rain and wind-proof jacket.
  • A good pair of walking shoes. The cobblestones of Europe can be tough on feet, so make sure you bring a pair of comfortable, thick-soled walking shoes for comfortable daily wear.
  • Swimwear. With Emerald Star-Ships boasting a pool, be sure to pack your swimwear to enjoy a leisurely dip as your ship floats to its next destination.
  • Hats, gloves and a scarf – for those chilly winter days on the river.
  • Sunglasses and sun hat.

During evening meals, smartening up is a nice touch, but there’s no need to bring your tuxedo; open-neck shirts, trousers and dresses complement our luxury surroundings just fine.

  • A selection of long-sleeved, open-neck shirts for gents, and a couple of casual evening dresses for ladies. There’s no need be overly formal – think smart casual comfort.
  • A couple of pairs of chinos, smart jeans or trousers. These can be the same as the ones worn during the day, paired with an open-neck shirt, for instance.
  • A blazer or smart jacket. Though not necessary, it’s nice to dress up for the Captain’s Welcome dinner or evenings spent onshore – but there’s no need to bring a tie.
  • A comfortable pair of smart shoes. While you’re free to wear the same pair as during the day, there’s a chance they could get dirty, so it’s good to have a reserve for the evenings.

Age Restrictions

The minimum age limit is 12 years old at the date of departure. We reserve the right to limit the number of children on any particular cruise. Any minor must be accompanied by and share a cabin with an adult aged 21 or over. If the adult is not the minor’s parent, a ‘Parental Consent Guardianship Form’ must be signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to sailing.

Dietary Requirements

We cater for most dietary requirements, please ensure you contact the reservations team when making your booking.

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on-board all the Emerald Waterways ships throughout the public spaces, cabins and suites.

Please note: Wi-Fi connection strength and speed may change as the vessel moves.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in the cabins or any indoor parts of any of the ships in the Emerald Waterways fleet.

There are areas on the ships’ external decks where smoking is permitted.

Vegan Options

While we do not offer a separate vegan menu, all of our vegetarian dishes are clearly marked and there will be a vegetarian option available with every meal.

We do offer all of our guests the opportunity to make dietary requests at the time of booking. These are then reviewed and special arrangements can be made. Personalised menus are also available.

Certified vegan wines are also available on board each of our cruises, one white and one red. If you would like, then you can request something special at the time of booking so that it can be sourced for you before your cruise.

What to Pack for a River Cruise

Essentials

With clothing and footwear wrapped up neatly in your suitcase, it’s time to consider those easy-to-forget essentials that you may or may not need during your river journey. Below, we recommend a list of personal items and electronics which you should pop in your case for a comfortable and hassle-free trip.

Personal Items

Medication

From prescribed medications (clearly labelled) to painkillers, allergy relief tablets and travel sickness pills, you shouldn’t leave home without packing those all-important medicines.

A backpack, satchel or travel bag

Remember to bring the charging lead for your phone, camera and other electronic items, as well as a travel adapter. All Emerald Waterways Star-Ships feature two-pin standard European sockets, so you’ll need an adapter plug.

Insect repellent

Depending on the time of year you travel, you may want to pack insect repellent to divert the attention of Europe’s creepy crawlies, including mosquitoes and midges.

Toiletries and cosmetics

While we provide a selection of complimentary toiletries, we understand there are some things you can’t live without – so don’t forget your washbag.

Travel documents

An obvious one, but easy to neglect; make sure to pack your passport, tickets, boarding passes and any other documents related to your trip.

Tech and handheld devices

A smartphone or tablet

While a river cruise is a chance to escape the realities of everyday life, a smartphone or tablet is useful for helping to plan and research the day’s activities, or help you navigate one of the continent’s bustling cities.

Device chargers and travel adapters

Remember to bring the charging lead for your phone, camera and other electronic items, as well as a travel adapter. All Emerald Waterways Star-Ships feature two-pin standard European sockets, so you’ll need an adapter plug.

A camera

From the Rhine Gorge to Buda Hill, the rivers of Europe boast some truly beautiful vistas, so pack a camera to document those special moments.

Headphones

Whether listening to music by the pool or tuning into coach tour commentary, a pair of headphones is a useful addition to your suitcase.

Extra memory cards

From the moment you set out, you’ll feel the impulse to capture your surroundings, so pack additional memory cards for your camera or smartphone to ensure you never miss a beat.

E-reader

There’s something wonderful about reading a book as the great spectacle of Europe floats by, so if you’re an avid reader, save space in your case with an E-reader.

“Take lots of guide books. You'll want to read more.” – Sarah Lucas

Alan Fairfax was kind enough to provide a handy checklist, compiling some little extras to make your first-time river cruise even more enjoyable.

  • Don’t forget a lightweight plastic hooded rain mac for those unexpected showers.
  • A small rucksack for your camera, binoculars, rain macs and other items when out on excursions is essential.
  • Research the countries you’ll visit. Check their currency, especially if travelling the Danube. If you’re using cash, get it before you leave. If you choose to use a credit card, ensure there are no transaction charges. Emerald Waterways Star-Ships do hold a small amount of currency – please refer to the FAQ page for more information.
  • Don’t forget your electrical plug adapters. All sockets on the ships are the two-pin variety.
  • A phrase book is always handy, especially in the smaller, more provincial towns and villages.
  • Check your mobile network provider for any overseas charges, and don’t forget chargers and cables.

What not to pack

We understand it’s the small touches and finer details which make your travel experience that much more special and care-free. That’s why our Star-Ships are kitted out with a range of carefully-considered amenities and inclusions, taking the stress out of packing for your upcoming Emerald Waterways river cruise.

Below, we list all the things you won’t need to pack for your European river journey.

  • A hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (we provide a selection of toiletries, but you may prefer to use your own)
  • Hiking poles and umbrellas
  • Bottled water for excursion days
  • A travel iron (all ships offer a comprehensive laundry service, for a fee)
  • Coat hangers
  • Bathrobe and slippers