We are planning a trip in late May for a cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. I've looked at several possibilities on the internet including Viking. I am somewhat leary of the small cabins on the Viking ships; upgrading to a deluxe is expensive, and possibly not available. Has anyone booked with the Peter the Great Cruises? It looks reasonable and they have been in operation for 15 years. Also, would those who have done this recommend starting from Moscow or from St. Petersburg? Beverly
No doubt about it--the 90 sq. ft. cabins are small. Yet I have some fairly large clients (some over 6 feet tall and/or well over 220 lbs.) who have stayed in them and had no complaints.
Most people do not spend a lot of time in their stateroom, and therefore they reason that they'd rather spend "discretionary funds" on a lovely keepsake (like a lacquered box or a replica of Faberge egg) instead of on a roomier cabin that might also be available to them (Viking has 200+ sq. ft. staterooms on the same ships).
And, although some of the cabins are quite small, Viking's ships have other amenities which you can enjoy: a roomy, comfortable library; a massage by a masseuse on board; two large lounges, which offer live ongoing entertainment every evening; a fairly large souvenir shop; two dining rooms; large outdoor decks, etc.
And, another rationalization for opting for savings on the smaller cabins: you really go to Russia for the destination--to see and experience Moscow and St. Petersburg and all the quaint villages in between. The shore excursions are the important elements of a cruise in Russia. With that in mind, Viking's onboard guides and the local guides in each port are extremely knowledgeable and personable--they make the cruise experience in Russia what it is: awesome!
We opted for a deluxe cabin on the Viking Kirov gor our cruise. It was wonderful! The best vacation yet. Food was excellent and our tour guides were excellent. We were glad that we had the larger cabins, yet our cruisemates in the smaller cabins were fine. There were no complaints, they just "adapted". On another cruise with Viking on the Elbe River, we had a small cabin (120 sq.ft.). It was no problem. We just adapted.