Cruising along the rivers of Russia and Eastern Europe, including the majestic Volga-Baltic Waterway, Neva and Svir, the Viking Truvor provides an excellent standard of river cruising to guests who wish to explore this beautiful part of the world. Benefitting from a complete refurbishment in 2013, passengers can enjoy an exceptional experience from the moment they step on board, from the spacious staterooms and elegant public areas to the culinary marvels served in the restaurant and the luxurious creature comforts that will make the vessel a home from home.
As an American river cruise operator, Viking river cruises tend to appeal primarily to guests from the USA, but are also popular with other English-speaking nations, particularly the UK. All passengers benefit from the Viking Daily newsletter that is delivered to every stateroom to allow forward planning, while the crew members onboard – including a dedicated Cruise Director – will ensure an excellent, professional service throughout the voyage.
The maximum capacity of the Truvor is 210 guests. With 115 crew members onboard, it means guests can enjoy a superb passenger to crew ratio of less than 2:1.
The Neva Restaurant on the Middle Deck is the only restaurant onboard, and it offers beautiful, breathtaking views of the landscapes via its panoramic windows. Guests can enjoy a casual, yet elegant ambience in here, while enjoying a selection of regional and traditional menu options, for breakfast, lunch and dinner sittings.
Breakfast consists of a buffet-style selection of cereals, pastries, meats, eggs, fruit and cheeses. The lunch menu includes a variety of soups and sandwiches, as well as a choice of entrees and desserts. Guests can enjoy a five-course contemporary meal for dinner, made up of regional specialities that will help guests to sample local produce, freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. Regional wines are also available to complement the meal perfectly.
All onboard meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are inclusive, and there’s a beverage bar onboard where you can help yourself to tea and coffee.
There is an Observation Lounge and two bars onboard the Truvor (Sky Bar and Panorama Bar), both of which offer stunning panoramic views. Evening entertainment tends to include local acts performing regional-specific music and dancing, and is usually low-key and understated. Guests onboard the Truvor often enjoy grabbing a comfortable chair in the Panorama Bar, where they can relax, sip wine and soak up the beautiful views.
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners are a social highlight of any Viking cruise, with some guests choosing to get dressed up on these occasions.
Onboard, guests can make use of a well-stocked library offering a range of books, including travel guides that can be useful ahead of port visits. There is also an open-air promenade on the Main Deck, which is popular for leisurely strolls. There is free Internet to use across the ship and a boutique for browsing and buying.
Whilst cruising, passengers can take advantage of activities that are specific to the region, including culinary workshops, folklore presentations and various multimedia talks that shed light on local history, including Romanian and Bulgarian history, Romanov Tsars, Vikings in Europe and the Orthodox Church.
As part of a river cruise on the Viking Truvor, guests will be able to take part in a variety of shore excursions and port visits, including sightseeing tours and guided walks. Optional trips to ballet and opera performances are also available, as is independent exploration.
All staterooms, regardless of the deck they are situated on, benefit from outside views, varying from large picture windows in Main Deck Deluxe staterooms to verandas in staterooms and suites on the Upper and Middle Decks.
Accommodation varies in size between 140 sq. ft. (Deluxe Staterooms) to 400 sq. ft. (Suites), but all benefit from similar amenities including hotel-style beds (with optional twin configuration), private modern bathrooms with shower, premium bath products, bathrobes and slippers (on request), 26” flatscreen TVs with a range of channels, telephone, in-room safe, fridge, hairdryer and climate control. Bottled water is complimentary and replenished daily. Neutral décor gives rooms an airy, contemporary feel.
In addition, suites benefit from having two TVs instead of one, a massive veranda that spans the sleeping and seating areas, and a bathtub with separate shower in the bathroom.
The Viking Truvor predominantly sails between Moscow and St. Petersburg for the 13 day ‘Waterways of the Tsars’ voyage. As part of this itinerary, guests can enjoy 11 guided tours and explore some of Russia’s best kept secrets. From the iconic Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, this itinerary includes multiple days in both of these cities, as well as trips to the Church of Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich and the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi.
As a special treat, guests also have the opportunity to see a traditional Russian ballet, as well as pre- and post-cruise extensions in Moscow and Helsinki.