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We just returned from a Volga cruise on the Lev Tolstoy. Based on our weather experience, I would select the later cruise.
As far as which deck, I do not think the ship has elevators, so pick a deck with the least amount of stair climbing. We were on the main deck, but had to go down one deck to the dining room, and 2 decks to leave the ship.
We enjoyed our cruise in spite of the weather.
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It serves no purpose to list all the cruises I have been on chronologically. Many of the lines or ships do not exist any more, or have been renamed. I have sailed on NCL,Bermuda Star, Regency, Royal, Silverseas, Mississippi Queen, Vantage, Marco Polo, Scottish Highlander, Princess, Victoria, Hebridean Princess, Paul Gauguin, Regent, Oceania, Cunard, Rembrandt, and Lev Tolstoy.
I'm planning to go on a river cruise on the Volga next summer. This will be my first river cruise experience and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm 33 and I will be travelling with my mom.
So here are my questions:
1) How bad are lower decks? We are thinking of getting a cabin on the main deck but I wanna hear your thoughts on this. (The ship will be either MS Krasin/MS Karamzin or MS Litvinov/MS Chekhov)
2) We have two date options: 6th June or 28th June. It will be a 10days itinerary either ways. Which date sounds better?
I'm sure I will have more questions after booking the cruise but these are all for now.
Thanks for your help and wish you all a great day/night.
We went in July, and Moscow was very hot and humid but it got better once we left there and were in route to St. Petersburg.
Can you tell us which ship you choose, and post a review when you get back?
Star Princess, October 2014 (CA Coastal - SF, Ensenada, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Barbara - SF)
Sapphire Princess, September, 2012 (Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers)
NCL, Norwegian Pearl, April, 2010 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
NCL, Norwegian Sun, April, 2009 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
Coral Princess, May, 2008 (Repo SF to Vancouver)
NCL, Norwegian Star, May, 2007 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
Carnival Paradise, Nov. 2005 (LA to Ensenada)
MS Karamzin, July, 1996 (Volga - Moscow to St. Petersburg - Russian River Cruise)
HAL Rotterdam, July 1993 (Alaska)