The Russian ministry’s press service, “Sputnik” (real name), reports that the former leader of the Soviet Union plans to build a few ships to capture the home market. Currently, US oriented ships visit St. Petersburg and other Baltic ports.
I’ve been there and we even flew on a Russian jet to Moscow. That was a great excursion. We rode a tour bus to see the major sites. This included the Kremlin. Ditto the onion topped St Basil’s church. Red Square was also neat. Red Square is actually pretty small. On TV we see tanks and missiles parading down. But in reality they probably only go 100 yards and leave the square.
They are calling the construction of three cruise liners the “PV300VD” project. Plans are to lay keel in 2016. They hope to be afloat in 2019.
Routing will be the St. Petersburg <-> Moscow trip, with another offering will be Rostov-on-Don <-> Moscow. They will also visit Crimean ports. Each ship will cost almost $32 million.
The government will “assist” since private companies can’t independently carry out such a project.
The ships will be on the small side at 462 feet long and 55 ft wide. They will hold a tad over 300 pax.
If you speak fluent Russian and have topics that are exciting – you might get a gig. Unknown what their accommodations will be like. Roll the dice.
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