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While you're waiting for Viv's photos (they're terrific and now we'll want to see the Russian ones too) here's a link to Ralph Grizzle's slideshow. He did one of the early voyages and did a review on his website. Hope the link works:Fabulous pics! Wonder what kind of camera he used?
Sheila,,,I wrote about my Viking Russian Cruise in response to your AMA cruise complaints.We had similar bad cruise staff experiences(but passengers seemed fine and easy going). Guess its the luck of the draw when ships are owned by others??I would be curious in reading your review. I couldn't find it. If you could point me in the right direction, that would be great.
I answered Shoshana on another section..sorry,but was a few yrs.ago and never posted review.Have learned and do NOW...Thanks - for clarifying
Re.Russian river cruises,,ex.for the negative comment about food and some crew members.I d go on another again and realize this can happen on any cruiseline due to country,ship,passengers,etc....so many variables.All in all,it was a great experience,but might look at other cruiselines offering same in future.
Have been on all the major river lines,,and all good ,,,nothing perfect.
I ll hold off making other tour arrangements till I see exactly WHAT is inc. in Ama tour.I reread the blog, and it seems they did go to the Temple of Literature, if "visited some Confucius temple" is what he was talking about. I think it is. I'm still curious about his mentioning the prison since nobody else visited it with AMA. I noticed there is a gap between 11:30 and 3:00 where you're on your own, so maybe they went on their own? I don't think I need to see it twice, but I don't want to miss it.
Re;hotel.Says in brocure Sofitel,,wonder whay they switched.?