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65 Viking 2002 Yacht for Sale

Asking price: $1,100,000.

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  • 65' Viking

Last updated Jan 15, 2024

65' Viking 2002





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  • Yacht Details: 65' Viking 2002
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Engines: MTU
  • Last Updated: Jan 15, 2024
  • Asking Price: $1,100,000
  • Max Draft: 6' 0''

65' Viking additional information

  • Beam: 19' 1''
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Displacement: 110,000 lb
  • Fuel Tank: 1 x 2000|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 1 x 360|gallon
  • L-shaped sandstone distressed leather sofa with storage below
  • High gloss teak coffee table with cedar bull nose 
  • High gloss teak end table with drawers
  • Large Panasonic LCD TV on mechanical lift with Satellite TV access
  • Teak & Holly threshold at salon door
  • MAXX ICE ice maker
  • Hunter Douglass silhouette blinds
  • Spiral staircase to flybridge
  • BOSE speakers
  • Ship's brass clock and barometer
  • Bar with onyx granite top and high gloss teak bull nose
  • (2) Black leather swivel stools
  • Direct and indirect lighting
  • High gloss teak cabinetry throughout
  • Onyx granite counter tops
  • American standard sink
  • Kenmore 4-burner cook top
  • Kenmore convection oven
  • Sharp Carousel microwave oven
  • Kenmore dishwasher
  • Sub Zero under counter refrigeration and freezers
  • Pantry area forward of galley
  • Exhaust fan
  • High gloss wood plank floor
  • U-shaped laguna sand leather seating with storage underneath
  • High gloss teak dinette table with onyx granite top, teak pedestal and teak base
  • Two large storage cabinets
  • SEA 157 VHF radio
  • High gloss plank wood floor
  • Starboard side Maytag washer and dryer
  • (2) Storage cabinets
  • Central vacuum system
  • Portside master stateroom with ensuite head 
  • Athwartship island berth with storage below
  • High gloss teak end tables with storage on both sides of bed
  • (2) Reading lights
  • Twin cedar lined hanging lockers with full length mirrored doors
  • High gloss teak credenza with onyx granite counter top and drawer storage
  • Leather ottoman stool
  • JVC stereo CD/DVD player
  • Flat screen TV
  • Designer fabric wall covering
  • Overhead hatch with shade
  • Underneath Bed Rope Lighting
  • Overhead Dimmer Lighting
  • Cruise Air heating/air conditioning with SMX control
  • Private access to Master Stateroom Head
  • VIP layout with cross over berths
  • Queen berth to port with storage below
  • Single berth to starboard with storage locker below
  • Toshiba flat screen TV
  • Cedar lined hanging locker
  • High gloss teak shelves
  • Designer wallpaper treatment
  • Teak forward bulkhead
  • Private access to ensuite head
  • Granite sink and counter top with cabinets underneath
  • Mirrored medicine cabinet
  • VacuFlush freshwater head
  • Stall shower with automatic sump
  • Shower light
  • Wood plank floor
  • Mirrored ceiling
  • Single berth with storage below 
  • Cedar lined hanging locker with storage below
  • Reading light 
  • Over head hatch with shade
  • Access to ensuite head
  • Bi-Fold shower door
  • Day head access
  • Upper and lower bunk beds with storage outboard
  • Overhead lighting
  • Samsung flat screen TV
  • Engine room access door
  • Oval sink and vanity
  • Mirrored medicine cabinet 
  • Access via internal staircase 
  • L-shaped laguna sand leather sofa
  • High gloss teak coffee table
  • Overhead hatch with shade 
  • Bar with sink, refrigerator and Toshiba flat screen TV
  • BOSE speakers mounted in aft corners
  • Carpeted sole
  • Center steering
  • (1) Stidd leather helm chair and (2) double companion Stidd leather chairs
  • Electronic controls, compass, bow thruster stick 
  • MTU main engine displays
  • MTU main engine controls
  • Two large spotlights on hardtop.
  • Moritz ship's alarm system


  • (2) Furuno BB NavNet 3D 12" multifunction displays
  • FLIR navigator infrared camera
  • Simrad auto pilot control system
  • Elbex camera system
  • (2) ICOM M504 VHF radios on helm
  • KVH M& dome satellite TV
  • (2) Raymarine multifunction displays
  • 6 foot open array Furuno radar
  • Search light ACR RCL 600
  • (2) 19" Nauticomp screens, hooked up to Furuno BB NavNet 3D
  • Aft bridge rail with 7 rod rocket launcher
  • Powder coated aft bridge ladder and handrail
  • Overhead teaser reel box with Miya Epoch CX6 reels
  • Aft and forward facing cockpit controls with bow thruster
  • Simrad autopilot
  • Ritchie compass
  • Aft facing bench seat with cushions
  • Center rigger
  • Elbec Camera
  • Spreader lights
  • Powder coated ladder to hardtop
  • 40 hp Evinrude AB Nautilus 11'1" 2011 
  • Marquipt 1500 lb davit with hydraulic lift and rotation
  • Simpson-Lawrence windlass system 
  • Winslow 8 person life raft
  • Twin MTU 16V-2000, 1800 hp engines
  • Onan 21.5kw generator
  • Onan 27.5kw generator
  • Dual racors and gauges in engine entryway
  • Aqua whisper sea recovery 400 galon water maker
  • Shelves over both generators
  • Oil change system
  • Fuel prime pumps
  • Delta T air boxes
  • Alpha laval fuel polisher
  • Fuel priming pumps
  • Engine room blowers
  • Battery disconnect switches
  • Racor secondary fuel filters
  • Cruise Air marine A/C and heat system
  • Charles ISO boost system, port and starboard
  • Engine room cameras
  • Sea-Fire fire system
  • Main engine start and stops
  • 2 Newmar battery chargers
  • Eskimo ice maker for fishbox
  • Air line from engine room compressor to dockside utility box in cockpit
  • Mezzanine seating area with cushions
  • Teak cockpit sole
  • Release Marine teak fighting chair and rocket launcher
  • Transom livewell/fish box 
  • Eskimo fish box ice maker
  • Rupp triple spreader outriggers with electric teaser reels
  • (6) Clearing rod holders in house haunches 
  • (6) gunnel mounted rod holders
  • (4) under gunnel cockpit speakers
  • Under gunnel lights
  • Transom door with flip gate
  • Bait freezer
  • Refrigerated cockpit drink box
  • Deck mounted fish box with macerator pump
  • Port and starboard cable masters
  • 12V under gunnel DC electric power
  • Fresh and salt water washdown
  • Engine room access
  • Tackle drawer storage
  • Stainless steel gas shocks on sole hatches 
  • Stainless Steel Boarding Handrail
  • JL audio speakers
  • Freezer and step cooler
  • 5 deck fish wells 
  • Cockpit cover

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Boat Review: Viking 65 Convertible

  • By By Dean Travis Clarke
  • Updated: October 12, 2001

Viking Yachts has, in its three newest models, embarked on a journey into truly advanced technology, design and construction. Each new model employs refinements gleaned from the last model. So to say that each new boat Viking builds is the best it’s ever built is no exaggeration. The company’s goal is perfection, and although there’s never been a perfect boat, Viking gets a little closer with each new model. The 65’s entire hull is end-grain balsa composite. Even the stringers are now foam filled except under the engines. Amazingly, the new 65’s hull weighs a scant 1,000 pounds heavier than the Viking 58s. Styling has changed a bit. You’ll see more crown on the foredeck and flybridge, fewer sharp corners and more soft, radius turns. Frameless windows even have a crown in them to soften the lines.

Performance Fore and aft vision for the helmsman is the best you’ll find anywhere on this size boat, thanks to the placement of the helm and the notched cutout in the flybridge coaming forward. The wheel turns like silk; you’ll experience an immediate response, and small, incremental course changes can be accomplished remarkably quickly. However, turn the wheel hard over and the 65 banks gently, scribing a large arc that doesn’t decrease your speed. Backing down at 6.5 knots in total control, I couldn’t get any water at all to enter the cockpit through the scuppers, tuna door or over the cap rail. Looking at the scupper from the inside, I have no doubt that any water that might gather in the cockpit wouldn’t be there for very long. To make a boat this size go fast takes impressive power. Our test boat packed twin 16-cylinder, 2000 series DDC/MTUs into the engine compartment. Each engine produces 1,800 hp at the peak of the torque curve. Top speed according to two GPS units proved an impressive 39 knots. But a far more economical 34-knot cruising speed seemed very comfortable while still cooking right along. Looking from alongside, the 65 appears to run with a very modest bow inclination. But as with most high-speed large convertibles, there’s actually a fair bit of hull lifting out of the water. At cruising speed, the ocean meets the hull right about amidships.

Fishability Needless to say, the large cockpit of any 65-footer provides more than enough room for multiple anglers to fish side by side without crowding. But the first impression of the Viking 65’s cockpit inspires minimalist awe. It’s so clean it borders on stark. Gaffs, mops and the like stow efficiently under the side walkways, as do the hose and shore power cable. Viking has molded in a ledge or step along the forward edge of the cockpit where cleaning supplies, fish, drinks, bait and anything else can be stored unobtrusively. An additional step up to the salon door contains a refrigerated drink cooler. The cabinetry along the salon bulkhead also contains the obligatory rigging station, sink, tackle drawers, etc. After about an hour’s cruise out to the tuna grounds, I discovered another terrific aspect of the 65’s cockpit. Viking has tapered the back ends of the cabin sides toward the center of the boat, effectively channeling air into the cockpit. This totally eliminates any “station-wagon” effect from the exhaust, leaving not a speck of spray to besmirch the salon’s cockpit window. All those anglers who regularly sit atop the cockpit cabinetry underway will particularly appreciate it. There must have been a hundred boats out in one fairly small area fishing for giant bluefin tuna. During our day of fishing, we raised, caught and released a 100-pounder. As far as I could see (or hear on the radio), we were the only boat to catch a fish that day. That certainly speaks well for our boat’s fish-raising ability. Oh, and reaching over the gunwale to remove the hook and revive the bluefin proved a comfortable and well-balanced reach. While pulling tuna spreader rigs at a 3- to 4-knot trolling speed, I detected absolutely no discernable wake turbulence. The spreader bars generated far more white water than the boat did. At 8 knots the prop wash was solid through the first wave aft, but still I saw no chine turbulence. I know there was a time when hardcore anglers swore that no boat over 40 feet long could fish effectively. They obviously never fished a Viking 65. It doesn’t matter what maneuvers you perform to catch a fish; this boat will back, spin and run responsively enough to match even the fastest big game. Altogether, I can think of only one change I’d ask the factory to make if I were buying a new 65. Despite the exceptionally good nonskid on the bow, there’s a space between the cabin sides and the foredeck where, if you’re walking forward to anchor, there isn’t adequate handhold security. Sure, adding a handrail may disrupt the lines slightly, but I’d rather do that than fall overboard.

Flybridge Air-conditioning evaporators have been moved from the bridge, where most builders put them, to down inside the boat. This freed up a ton of space for additional rod storage on the flybridge. A big refrigerated drink box assures you’ll only need to make one beverage trip per day to your belowdecks storage. I like several noteworthy features about this flybridge. First, you could get everyone aboard seated topside for evening harbor cruises and still not be crowded. Second, the helm has plenty of room behind it to move across the bridge to the guest helm seat. Third, a Plexiglas insert in the forward flybridge coaming affords the helmsman a wonderfully clear view of the bow for anchoring and docking.

Interior The Viking 65 comes in two accommodation layouts. A three-cabin arrangement provides a study in lieu of crew’s quarters aft for those who want to live aboard or take extended trips without sacrificing shore-side business. A four-cabin layout features two cabins with large beds and two others with over/under bunks. Both layouts provide a private head for each cabin. All the A/C comes out behind the window valances in the salon so you have no ugly vents in the overhead. Even the air intakes have been hidden in the stairwell below. Viking has finished the 65 impeccably with gloss-finished teak throughout. At first the galley appears to be bare counter space, but you’ll find hidden drawers containing the refrigerators and freezers, a three-burner electric stove, microwave, dishwasher and all the other appliances.

Engine Room The Viking 65 not only provides ample width through the cockpit access hatch but full standing headroom in the compartment. The extra cabin between the engine room and the master stateroom provides a healthy noise buffer. As in the cockpit, the word stark comes to mind in the engine room. Systems that need frequent maintenance are positioned conveniently, as are all switches. Additionally, you’ll find plenty of storage space for tools and spares.

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2002 Viking 65 Convertible

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  • Jupiter, FL, US

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2002 Viking 65 Convertible

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This 65' Viking Convertible will let you experience the Viking difference.  With flawless engineering and well-designed styling, the 65' Viking is in a class all its own. Owner wants to move up to a larger motor yacht.

She was peeled and completely repainted from the waterline up by Viking in 2022 to the tune of $300,000.  Also has a new short block on starboard side with 800 hours and 5000 hours on port.  Just received all new fluids and filters (8/1/22), as well as waxed and bottom touched up.

  • port motors had brand new injectors and seals installed
  • The bundles were cleaned
  • New turbos on both motors
  • New computers on both engines

advanced co brokerage Florida power is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Denison Yachting - Palm Beach.


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2002 Viking 65 Convertible

There are 4 owner & guest staterooms including 4 guest heads with showers, sleeps 8 guests.

The master stateroom is located amidship and features a king-size bed centerline with upgraded mattress. The entertainment system features a Sharp 20" LCD flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. Storage areas are twin cedar-lined hanging closets with mirrored door; lift-up and drawer storage under bed; teak end tables at forward and aft ends of bed with drawer and door storage, and entry teak credenza with drawer storage.

The VIP stateroom is forward with a 15" JVC TV in teak panel and stereo speakers recessed in headliner; a queen-size island berth; Amtico flooring; a hanging locker; drawer storage under the bed; teak storage cabinets on both sides of the bed. This stateroom also boasts an ensuite head with recessed Halogen lighting; a Headhunter head; and a large stall shower with brass fixtures.

The guest stateroom, located starboard, has upper and lower single berths with storage in the cedar-lined storage below lower bunk, Amtico flooring, and a cedar-lined hanging locker with drawers underneath. The ensuite head has recessed halogen lighting and a stall shower with brass fixtures.

Down a few steps from the main salon to the portside and aft of the master stateroom is the crew quarters/guest stateroom, equipped with upper and lower single berths; cedar-lined locker; and, a private head with shower.

The main salon features entertainment equipment including a Harmon Kardon upgraded stereo receiver and a Channel Plus system to run salon VCR/DVD throughout entire boat. This boat has the upgraded Premier Edition decor in Indigo Sunrise with custom wrapped fabric valances, wrapped hatch carpet installation, new headliners, U-shaped Ultraleather Chamois-upgraded sofa with plenty of storage underneath, full canvas carpet runners, Hi-Lo teak cocktail table.

  • Large U-shaped dinette with teak table
  • Kenmore trash compactor
  • Hunter Douglas silhouette blinds
  • Corian counters - Magna Sahara
  • Custom Amtico flooring in galley & dinette
  • Sharp Microwave/convection oven
  • 3-burner electric cooktop
  • Sub-Zero large capacity refrigerator & freezer (under-counter style with varnished teak faces (2) refrigerator units and (1) freezer unit
  • Overhead halogen & fluorescent lighting
  • Kenmore washer/dryer - Nov 2017
  • Vacuum system
  • Custom runners throughout
  • New headliner (2021)
  • King size berth w/storage below, plus (4) drawers
  • Double hanging locker with mirrored doors
  • (2) End tables w/lamps
  • Teak credenza/drawers
  • Bomar hatch w/screen and shade - Nov 2021
  • Private access to head
  • Sharp LC-20A2 20 Flat-screen TV
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • New headliner
  • Corian countertop with teak cabinet
  • Mirrored vanity with trim
  • Stall shower with glass door
  • Upgraded Vacuflush head with porcelain bowl
  • Linen closet with mirrored door
  • Amtico flooring
  • Centerline queen size berth w/storage below
  • 15" JVC TV
  • Bomar overhead hatch with shade
  • Hanging locker
  • Reading lamps
  • Carpeting with hatches
  • 2021 New Bomar Hatches and sunscreen
  • 2021 New AC Unit installed
  • New headliner and wallsides
  • Upgraded Vacuflush head w/ porcelain bowl
  • Mirrored framing around medicine cabinet
  • Teak vanity with Corian countertop
  • Upper/lower berths with storage below
  • Stereo speaker w/remote control
  • Access to guest head
  • New Bomar overhead hatch w/screen and shade
  • Carpeting with cutout hatch
  • Avonite counter and sink
  • Stall shower
  • Vacuflush head w/ porcelain bowl
  • Mirrored vanity
  • Access to companionway and guest cabin
  • Upper/lower berths
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Access to en-suite head
  • Molded Avonite counter and sink
  • DDEC trolling valves
  • Freshwater outlet
  • (4) Bose 151 speakers
  • Redone 2021 - (2) Release teak helm chairs with footrests
  • New refrigerator/freezer
  • Freshwater spigot
  • Bow thruster control in throttle with teak pod
  • Back up controls
  • New Molded-in110V LED spreader lights
  • New cushions (2021)
  • New Costa clear enclosure with vents
  • (8) Rod holders
  • Robertson upgraded compass
  • Sat radio - Clarion stereo
  • Garmin 7616 VSX (2) MFD
  • Furuno 1100L Color Sounder
  • Furuno RD 30
  • Simrad Auto Pilot AP22
  • New Head (2021)
  • Icom HF IC M506
  • Icom VHF IC M-502
  • Icom VHF IC M-504
  • Trac Vision SAT TV system
  • Fusion MS VD750 Stereo
  • Updated software by AME 2021
  • New Garmin 6' Array HD - by AME 2021
  • Custom Pipewelders Hardtop Package
  • Bridge release 41' Rupp Outriggers- Triple spreaders
  • Antenna mounts
  • Redone to be mounted on hardtop
  • (8) Rod holders on rails
  • Anchor/running lights, molded in
  • Rails: bridge, 3-sided double aft
  • LED lights (2)
  • Teaser reels, US#9 recessed in hard-top
  • 4-Red recessed lights 4 blue recessed lights
  • Bomar hatch added
  • Mezzanine seating- New cushions (2022)
  • Teak deck on mezzanine
  • Bait freezer
  • Refrigerated drink box
  • Live well in cockpit sole
  • Fish box in cockpit sole
  • New helm chairs redone with new covers in 2021
  • Tackle storage
  • Eskimo ice machine with discharge to box
  • Transom door
  • 24V Electric reel plugs
  • Faux teak toe rail
  • New Sunshade/Cockpit Cover
  • Shark grey painted hull (2022)
  • Metallic silver boot stripe
  • Black bottom paint
  • Molded in fiberglass thru hulls
  • Bow thruster
  • Prop pocket
  • Freshwater wash-down in anchor locker
  • Anchor locker
  • Fortress anchor and rod
  • Transom Hawse pipes
  • Awlgripped engine room, anchor locker, and lazzarette
  • Fauxed transom and toerail
  • New windlass and stainless anchor
  • 24 V DC Electrical service
  • All new gel batteries in 2021
  • 27.5 kW Onan generator and 21.5 kW Onan backup generator
  • (2) Battery chargers (2019)
  • (2) MTU 16V2000 engines rated 1800hp
  • 27.5 kW Onan Generator 
  • 21.5 kW Onan Generator
  • Dual power steering pumps
  • Fuel transfer system
  • Racor primary fuel filters
  • Shelves over both generators
  • Gas water separator for gen exhaust
  • Dripless shaft logs
  • Oil change system
  • Fuel prime pumps
  • 1200 GPD water maker Sea Recovery
  • Eskimo ice machine
  • AC/DC lighting
  • New Spot Zero (2022)
  • New Veem Props (2022)
  • New Water Pumps (2022)
  • New Marine Exhausts (2022)

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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Hours listed may vary from actual hours due to recent use. Purchaser is encouraged to verify hours prior to purchase. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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viking yachts 65 ft

65 ft Viking 2004

Price: $999,000, btc price: 14.537.

viking yachts 65 ft


The 65 Viking is one of the best-selling Viking Convertibles of all time. The 2004 65 Viking Convertible, “Tricia III” is a fantastic example of this classic model. She features the optional and more desirable four stateroom arrangement, a full tower, teak decks, 2000 series MTU power, twin generators and a whole host of other value-added features. In 2003 the hull bottom of the 65 was re-designed with prop pockets to reduce the draft by a full foot.  “Tricia 3” is a highly desirable shallower draft 65 model. She has been used exclusively as a cruising vessel under her current ownership but offers the best of all worlds with tournament level sportfishing features as well as cruising comforts. “Tricia III” is priced for an immediate sale and offers tremendous value. Below please find a list of her features, highlights, and customizations.

Disclaimer: FYI Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by HMY Yacht Sales, Inc.

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2000 Viking 65 Convertible

Boat Name: "Sandman"

Sandman is a 2000 Viking 65 Convertible currently available for sale in Hampton Virginia. This boat has a price of $1,099,000. Our team at Seattle Yachts is here to help you find the right boat for your needs, budget, and style. We have access to boats off the market that will never be seen online, so contact us today with your interest.

Price: $1,099,000

Viking 65 Convertible Yacht For Sale


As one of the most popular models produced by Viking Yachts, the 65 Convertible stands out because of its superior fishability and its comfortable interior accommodations. This 2000 model, called "Sandman", has been improved to combine the timeless design of the 65 with the modern stylings and technologies found in newer sportfish.

"Sandman" sports a freshly painted black hull, which is accented by faux teak toe rails, a faux teak transom, and a teak cockpit and covering boards. It has been outfitted with a set of hydraulic outriggers, as well as a new sound system and a new Garmin electronics package. 

The interior of this 65 looks absolutely stunning, with updated softgoods and window treatments, as well as a new entertainment system. "Sandman" comes with a four stateroom and four head layout, which includes a spacious master stateroom, a forward VIP with a queen berth, a guest bunkroom, and an additional guest stateroom or crew quarters with engine room access. 

This Viking 65 is in remarkable condition and is centrally located in Hampton, VA. Contact the central listing agent for more information or to schedule your visit. 

2021 Improvements

  • New Black Hull Paint with Boot Stripe
  • New Faux Teak Transom, Toe Rail, Helm Pod, and Exterior Salon Door
  • New Hard Top Non Skid and Underside Paint
  • New Prop Speed
  • Soda Blasted Bottom and New Epoxy Barrier Coat and Bottom Paint
  • New Stainless Rubrail with New Rubrail Drip Guards
  • New Bow Non Skid
  • New Cockpit Paint
  • New Engine Room Paint
  • New Paint on Mezzanine Fish Boxes and Hatches
  • New Rubber Engine Room Mats
  • New Mezzanine and Cockpit Teak
  • New Teak Ladder Treads
  • New Teak Covering Boards and Teak Coaming
  • New Gemlux Rod Holders
  • New Bridge Tackle Storage
  • New Rupp 41ft Riggers with Hydraulic Arm Package
  • New Cockpit Cover with Carbon Fiber Poles, Bags
  • New Underwater Lights and Cockpit Rope Lights
  • New Spreader Lights
  • Refinished Fighting Chair, Helm Chairs, and Teak Table
  • New Fighting Chair and Helm Chair Covers
  • New Exterior Soft Goods
  • All New Recovered Chairs and Couches
  • New Interior Valances
  • New Interior Window Shades 
  •  New Aft Salon Teak Valance
  • New Garmin Electronics
  • New 8" Multi Zone Audio Matrix Touch Panels with Intercom Camera and Intercom Support in Master Stateroom and Salon
  • New Sony 49" Ultra HD Flat Screen TV
  • New Kaleidescape Movie System Server
  • 12TB Skyhawk SV Hard Drive
  • New Interior/Exterior Cameras
  • All New Interior and Exterior Stereo Systems
  • All New Interior and Exterior Speaker
  • 100ft Bluetooth Support System
  • New Batteries
  • New Trim Tab Actuators
  • 2 each New Shore Power Cables


All New Electronics 2021

  • Flir M332 Camera
  • 2 each Garmin VHF 315 Black Box with New Overhead Speakers
  • 3 each Garmin 8616 Plotters
  • Garmin 12kw Radar
  • Garmin 3kw Multi Beam Transducer
  • Garmin GSD26 Sounder Module
  • Garmin AIS 800

Vessel Walkthrough

Sleeps 8 in 4 staterooms. There are 4 owner and guest staterooms including 3 guest heads.

This vessel boasts Viking's ultimate layout with 4 spacious staterooms, including private crew quarters with direct access to and through the engine room. All hanging lockers are cedar.

Beginning with the salon door, the spacious living area includes the custom luxury decor with full appointments (pictures, lamps, etc.), a large, plush U-shaped settee with Scott Boyle teak hi-low cocktail table with drop leaves and inlaid marlins design, a new leather chair, full carpet runners, and full sofa covers. 

Starboard across from the galley is a large L-shaped dinette with teak table.

The galley contains all the amenities including custom Amtico floors, sub-zero drawer style refrigeration and freezers with (4) drawers for refrigeration and (2) freezer drawers. Other galley appliances include stove with Corian covers, garbage disposal, convection/microwave oven with doors over, trash compactor, slide-outs in overhead cabinets for easy access to the abundant storage. The galley countertops are Corian with bullnosed edges. A large pantry is accessed from the companionway, and holds volumes.

Of course this vessel features Viking's excellent fresh water system with AC pump for home like water pressure, hot water heater, and dockside water inlet. Wet ice is available from icemaker in salon.

Master Stateroom

The palatial master stateroom is on the port side of the companionway with a centerline king bed with cedar-lined lift-up storage under, drawer under bd and vanity table, portside cabinet with drawers, and more storage for linens and toiletries in the large ensuite head. This head features a large shower stall with custom full glass door, custom wallpaper and custom mirrored ceiling.

VIP Stateroom

The forward VIP stateroom features a centerline queen bed with abundant storage in the cedar hanging locker and under bed cedar-lined lift up storage, and offers private access to the head with stall shower, custom mirrored ceiling and custom wallpaper.

Guest Stateroom

Starboard guest stateroom features upper/lower bunks, storage under, cedar hanging locker and drawers. This stateroom also features private access to the guest head with custom wallpaper and mirrored ceiling.

Crew Quarters

To port are steps down to the crew quarters. Sleeping accommodations are upper/lowers with an oversized bottom bunk. There is storage in every nook and cranny with drawers, bins and one large hanging locker. Crew quarters boast a private head with stall shower, custom mirrored ceiling, custom wallpaper, sink and vanity, and head. It also features instant access to the engine room through a water-tight door.

Hull and Deck

The hull is custom painted Black in 2021 with new boot stripe. The bottom was blasted and painted in 2021. The refrigerated drink box in cockpit step holds 5+ cases of drinks. Additional freezer and refrigerated storage are in large fiberglass boxes forward of the flybridge console.

The flybridge maintains the custom boat look with single lever controls at the pod helm, Murray Brothers teak chairs, new 3-sided Strataglass enclosure, flush mounted overhead electric teaser reels, and custom teak rounded bridge ladder steps. 

Small details abound like freshwater outlets on the flybridge and in the anchor locker.

  • Cockpit Mezzanine with Storage and Grill
  • Electric search light
  • Transom door w/ walk-thru gate
  • Spreader lights
  • Freshwater & saltwater washdown systems
  • Cockpit cover
  • Coast Guard safety package
  • Fenders & lines
  • Navigation lights

Fishing Equipment

  • Murray Brothers fighting chair w/ off-set pedestal & rocket launcher
  • Rupp outriggers 
  • Bait freezer
  • Cockpit sink
  • Three side bridge enclosure 
  • Flybridge rod storage
  • Cockpit livewell
  • Murray Brothers helm chairs
  • 6-Rod rocket launcher (flybridge aft rail)
  • (4) Gunwale rod holders

Down the companionway to starboard is the washer/dryer with cabinet for storage of laundry items.

  • 110V/220V AC electrical system
  • 24V/12V DC electrical system
  • (2) 20kW Onan generators
  • Automatic/manual battery charger
  • Battery parallel switch
  • Dockside electrical cable

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

For more information on this yacht, please contact us..


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10 Motoryachts Over 80 Feet For Sale Now

  • By Yachting Staff
  • May 20, 2024

Most boaters start their journey with owner-operator-size boats, but as their enthusiasm for the pastime grows as well as their voyaging aspirations, so does the length of the boat. There comes a point where some boaters will choose to leave the helm chair and enter the crewed-yacht arena. If you’re a boater considering that move, here are 10 ready-to-roam yachts looking for new owners and new adventures.

Ocean Alexander 27R

Ocean Alexander 27R – Almost Done – Pompano Beach, Florida

MarineMax has Almost Done , an Ocean Alexander 27R, listed at $7.99 million. The low-hour 2022 build will make a lasting impression with its beach club, whirlpool spa and five-stateroom layout which has an on-deck master stateroom and three VIP staterooms in total.

The “R in this series from Ocean Alexander, stands for Revolution,” Yachting previously reported . “It’s an apt description because the series, which also includes the 88-foot 27R and 97-foot 30R, is different from anything else Ocean Alexander has built in its 40-plus years in business. Starting with the styling, which is decidedly modern and edgy, there’s a deliberate break from the builder’s more traditional look. It’s all the more notable that the appearances of both the traditional cruisers and the Revolution series come from yacht designer Evan K. Marshall.”

Sanlorenzo SL96A

2021 Sanlorenzo SL96A – Gatsby – Miami, Florida

The Sanlorenzo SL96A Gatsby is currently listed with Allied Marine for $9.25 million. 

“The ‘A’ in SL96A stands for asymmetric and Sanlorenzo achieves this unique design by, Conserving only the gangway on the starboard side and eliminating the one on the port side, which shifts to the roof of the superstructure,” says Sanlorenzo . “The asymmetrical configuration, seen on SL102A first, frees up about 10 square meters of space for internal use. With respect to a traditional layout, this arrangement offers more space, improving luminosity and flexibility.”

Furniture placement in the salon helps to define the yacht’s social spaces. A six-person L-shaped settee and ottoman are immediately to starboard with only a cabinet separating the settee from the sliding glass doors leading to the cockpit. A formal dining space for eight guests is adjacent to the salon’s settee, a feat only achieved because of the extra space afforded by the asymmetrical design. A flat-screen TV is mounted forward against the bulkhead separating the salon from the galley forward and to starboard, and the on-deck master suite forward and to port. A day head is just forward of the bulkhead and to port.”

Viking Yachts 93 Motor Yacht

2018 Viking 93 Motor Yacht – Obsession – Stuart, Florida

Gilman Yachts has Obsession , a Viking Yachts 93 Motor Yacht, listed and an asking $7.4 million. The 2018 enclosed-flybridge motor yacht has charter potential with its five-stateroom layout, two crew cabins and a sub six-foot draft.

Yachting ‘s initial review of the Viking 93 Motor Yacht reported how the New Jersey boatbuilder’s flagship model was based on its 75 Motor Yacht’s design, but also drew inspiration from a Viking owner’s Westport 112 .

“One Viking owner also has a Westport, and Viking’s designers and top brass spent a good amount of time on board that yacht learning how to nail down the needs of owners in that size range. What Viking developed from that experience is a boat built for socializing, one that lets hands-on owners feel at home while enjoying mega-yacht features.”

Hatteras M90 Panacera

2019 Hatteras M90 – Jetstream – Key Largo, Florida

The Hatteras Yachts M90 Panacea called Jetstream is listed with Atlantic Yacht & Ship for $10.3 million. The 2019 build has an options list that totals more than $2 million. The motoryacht has a four-stateroom, five-head layout that sleeps 10.

This yacht can go the distance or go quickly. Captain’s choice. Twin 1,900 hp Caterpillar C-32A diesels provide power on Jetstream , giving it a reported 24.7-knot top speed and a 22-knot cruise speed. The engines have just 500 hours on them. Jetstream also has a Bahamas-friendly 5-foot-7-inch draft.

This Hatteras M90 Panacea has the performance, but it also has luxury cruising comfort. The salon feels thoroughly modern, thanks in part to the white-oak sole and light-tone furnishings. Frameless house-spanning windows and indirect lighting adds a sense of elegance and enhances the salon’s open feeling.

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge

2019 Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge – Lanikai – Seattle, Washington

Alexander Marine has Lanikai , an Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge , listed for sale with an asking price of $9.8 million. The 2019 motoryacht has a five-stateroom layout, a crew quarters and engines with very low hours. Let’s take a closer look.

When Yachting first reported on the 100 Skylounge we noted at the time that “Ocean Alexander already offers a 90-footer with a four-stateroom layout whose guest spaces would qualify as VIP suites on most yachts. With its OA 100 Skylounge, the builder has added an on-deck master, much like the kind aboard superyachts. That’s one reason why Ocean Alexander calls the 100 Skylounge the entry-level yacht in its six-model mega-yacht series, which stretches up to 155 feet length overall.”

Hatteras 80 Done Deal

2014 Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht – Done Deal – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Atlantic Yacht and Ship Inc. currently has Done Deal , a 2014 Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht , listed for sale with an asking price of $4.1 million. The 80-footer has a four-stateroom, five-head layout with accommodations for eight, and two crew cabins that sleep four.

The four staterooms include a full-beam master stateroom amidships with a centerline king berth and an en suite head. The forepeak VIP stateroom has a centerline queen berth and an en suite head. The portside VIP stateroom also has a queen berth and en suite head. The final guest stateroom is to starboard and has two single berths with an en suite head.

Paragon 94

2009 Paragon 94 – Rhapsody – Chesapeake, Virginia

Rhapsody, a 2009 Paragon 94, underwent an extensive refit by Lyman Morse in 2018. The 94-foot motoryacht is currently listed for $2.975 million with Worth Avenue Yachts, which represents a $750,000-plus price reduction.

The refit included servicing all equipment and systems, updating soft goods, adding a dining area, transforming the flybridge into an enclosed skylounge and repainting the upper deck space.

Twin 1,550 hp Caterpillar C-32 diesel engines work with the yacht’s planing hull form (with 13.5-degree transom deadrise) to help propel this 100-ton motoryacht to a 20-knot top hop and a 14-knot cruise speed. The engines have just over 2,000 hours on them.

Hargrave 82 Open Deck

2007 Hargrave 82 – Roxy Maria – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 2007 Hargrave 82 Open Bridge motoryacht Roxy Maria could be a solid fit for an experienced owner-operator or for owners traveling with a small crew, according to Hargrave Custom Yachts, who built the motoryacht and is selling it for its current owners. The yacht is listed for $1.995 million.

When it comes to boat handling with or without crew, this Hargrave has upper and lower helm stations, bow and stern thrusters and two cockpit docking stations. There are also full walkaround decks and side-deck access from the lower helm station.

With regards to the interior layout, this yacht’s salon has three lounge chairs positioned around the room with a four-person sofa to port. The sole-to-ceiling, high -gloss cherry wood creates a comfortable, warm and inviting entertainment space. This interior design is from Yacht Interiors by Shelley.

Ocean Alexander 84R

2020 Ocean Alexander 84R – Panacea – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Ocean Alexander 84R Skylounge Panacea is currently listed with Gilman Yachts for $6.65 million. The 2020 motor yacht has accommodations to sleep eight guests in its four-stateroom, five-head layout.

Yachting has previously reported that “the 84R is built via resin infusion with structural foam, fiberglass and carbon fiber, for strength at sea. Carbon fiber is applied to high-stress areas and used in construction of the sky lounge. Aluminum beams in the bulkheads and ceiling further strengthen the yacht.”

85-foot Burger Checkers

2001 Burger 85 – Checkers – Destin, Florida

Worth Avenue Yachts currently has the 85-foot Burger, Checkers , listed for sale with an asking price of $2.9 million. The 2001 build underwent an interior refit in 2023, including an updated Furuno glass-bridge navigation suite. The yacht has a three-stateroom, four-head layout, and has a main-deck day head.

Checkers can sleep six in its three staterooms, which includes a full-beam owners’ stateroom with an en suite head amidships. The owners’ stateroom features a king berth on centerline, a flat-screen TV at the foot of the bed, his-and-hers vanities, and walk-in closets aft to port and starboard.

Forward, the two guest staterooms as well as the captain’s cabin are accessible from the pilothouse stairway. The forwardmost stateroom has a centerline queen berth and en suite head. The starboard VIP stateroom also has a queen berth and en suite head. The captain’s cabin has upper and lower single berths and an en suite head.

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Russian River Cruise – Waterways of the Tsars

Updated December 14, 2017

// By Margherita

Back to Russia! Did you follow our Russian river cruise in August and September? We travelled between Moscow and St Petersburg on the Waterways of the Tsars Viking River Cruise – here’s what we got up to!

russian river cruise viking ship

We both share a deep connection with Russia. I was named after the heroine of Master and Margarita , one of the best Russian books of the 20th century. Nick is actually of Russian ancestry – his maternal great-grandparents were from St Petersburg, and spent the best part of 50 years wandering around Europe escaping wars and revolutions, before settling in Australia .

russia volga river church

Russia has been at the top of our travel dreams for several years , but somehow something always came up whenever we made plans to visit. Once we couldn’t get a visa on time. Another time we couldn’t get time off. Winter is too cold, summer is too hot.

st petersburg hermitage square high

This year, Russia was one of our travel resolutions . Our desire was for the trip to be special – something different from what we’d done so far. We wanted a higher level of comfort, help with visa arrangements, and a trip that would help us understand the country we longed to visit for so many years . The Waterways of the Tsars river cruise with Viking ticked all boxes, so we made arrangements for a departure from Moscow in late August.

russia volga river lock

Things to Know Before a Russian River Cruise with Viking

When we announced our friends we would be travelling on a Russian river cruise , some of them were really surprised. A CRUISE? You guys are such hardcore independent travellers! What are you doing ON A CRUISE with all those OLD PEOPLE? True, the average age on a Viking river cruise might be a fair bit higher than 35 – but really, who is to say we wouldn’t enjoy the experience?

russian night viking river cruises

This awesome post by One Modern Couple  really nails the point – a Viking river cruise is an experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. In their words ‘River cruises are cultural, experiential, educational and scenic. Enjoy the ride, take in the surroundings, learn about the countries you are visiting – from history to local life, food to language – and experience the destinations in a thoughtful way.’ 

Whether you’re 30, 60 or 90, it doesn’t really matter.

russian river cruise sunset

Secondly,  who’s to say that travelling in a group is not ‘real’ travel? We have always been (and continue to be) lovers of independent travel, but sometimes you just can’t beat the insights given to you by a local guide . Viking River Cruises offer plenty of guided tours included in the cruise price, all led by experienced local guides.

russia river cruise out of moscow

Meals were always excellent – breakfast and lunch included a combination of buffet and à la carte specialties, while dinner was always à la carte. Every day we were given the choice to sample some Russian specialties, like beef stroganoff, borsch, pelmeni, solyanka and lots of delicious desserts.

russian night menu viking river cruise

Another great plus of a Russian river cruise with Viking is that during sailing time lots of cultural activities are on offer – things like cooking demonstrations, Russian language lessons and lectures about Russian history and culture, led by the local tour escorts who were with us for the whole duration of the trip. On top of that, every day we received a briefing detailing the following day’s activities, optional excursions and that night’s menu.

russia mandrogy crazy clouds

Whenever we passed points of interest on the boat, such as Mother Volga statue or the sunken Kalyazin Cathedral, we were always called out on the loudspeaker to make sure we wouldn’t miss them. There was no pressure to join in any of the activities – we could spend the whole day chilling on the deck or on our veranda, looking at the beautiful colourful churches built on the riverbank, surrounded by nothing but nature.

russia volga river

Waterways of the Tsars – the Itinerary

The Waterways of the Tsars cruise is 13 days long, starting either in Moscow or in St. Petersburg . Most Russian river cruises had always been described to me as ‘Volga Cruises’ – in fact, our boat cruised along a variety of waterways, including the Moscow Canal, the Volga-Baltic Waterway, the Rybinsk Reservoir, Lake Onega and Ladoga (the two largest lakes in Europe) and the Neva River (the shortest in Europe!)

Here’s a map to give you an idea of the route.


Days 1-4 Moscow

Three days were barely enough to get an idea of how amazing Moscow is. Our days were packed from morning to night with tours and activities – from visiting Moscow must visits like Red Square, the Kremlin, the Moscow Metro and the Arbat, to quirky locations like the Museum of Cosmonautics , located in one of Moscow’s best districts for Communist architecture (one of our passions!)


Even though our itinerary was packed full, we managed to spend half a day touring Moscow independently , visiting some of the sights mentioned in The Master and Margarita – Patriarch’s Ponds, both Bulgakov Museums and Sparrow Hill. Let’s just say that we need to get back to Moscow soon to explore more! Meanwhile, here’s our things to do in Moscow for first timers article, detailing our Moscow visit with Viking.

moscow metro revolutsia

Day 5 Uglich

After setting sail from Moscow, our first stop was Uglich , a cute town on the Volga River, famous for its pretty churches and for being the location of one of the darkest chapters in Russian history .

russia cruise uglich

After the death of Ivan the Terrible, his youngest son and heir to the throne Dmitry was exiled to Uglich, where he was murdered at the age of 10. Suspicion fell on the tsar’s chief advisor, but Dmitry’s cause of death (i.e. throat slitting) was ruled to be an accident. This episode started a period of political unsettlement, that ended with the start of the Romanov dynasty.

We spent an afternoon around Uglich , starting with a home visit of a local family where we had the chance to try homemade grain vodka (the best we’ve had in Russia) and a variety of pickled vegetables, tea and cakes. Then, we toured the Kremlin – the word ‘kremlin’ actually means fortified city, and several Russian cities have one. Moscow’s Kremlin just happens to be the best known!

russia cruise uglich kremlin

Day 6 Yaroslavl

The following morning we reached Yaroslavl , a much larger city compared to Uglich. It looked like the perfect Russian city – large enough not to get bored (there was even a cat cafe!) but small enough not to get frustrated with the traffic and crowds found in Moscow or St. Petersburg.

russia market yaroslavl

Our Yaroslavl visit was centred around four points of interest . The centre of Yaroslavl is located on the Strelka, a promontory formed at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers. Our first stop was the covered market , where we tasted some local products, and then we headed to the Church of Elijah the Prophet , where we had a guided tour (and played with some cute cats). Afterwards, we visited the Governor’s Mansion , now an art gallery. We were welcomed by some beautiful ladies in period costumes, and treated to a music concert. Our final stop was the Yaroslavl Kremlin , where we admired the façade of the Dormition Cathedral, destroyed by the Bolsheviks and rebuilt and reopened in 2010 in time for Yaroslavl’s millennium celebrations.

yaroslavl governor mansion

Before heading back to the ship, we stopped at the lookout over the Millennium of Yaroslavl Park at the end of the Strelka – the flowerbed right in the centre displays a bear (Yaroslavl’s coat of arms) and the city’s age – 1006 at the time of our visit. Looking good!

yaroslavl millennuim park

Day 7 Kuzino

Kuzino is a small village in in the middle of nowhere – we visited on a chilly and rainy morning, to visit the stunning Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery , the largest in Europe. The Monastery is surrounded by walls and located on the shores of Severskoye Lake, with waters so pure that boat traffic is prohibited.

russia kirillo belozersky monastery

Kirillo-Belozersky was founded at the end of the 14th century, and had its heyday between the 15th and 17th century, when Russia’s tsars and noblemen (including Ivan the Terrible!) paid frequent visits and showered the monks with icons and precious gifts. Luckily the Bolsheviks spared the monastery from destruction, turning it into a museum instead. The day we visited was the feast of the Assumption and the churches were crowded with locals, but we had a lovely guided tour of the museum and time to appreciate its beautiful icons.

russia kirillo belozersky monastery inside

Day 8 Kizhi (Sailing)

Whenever travelling, you always need a plan B. Autumn was well on its way by the time we reached the northernmost section of our cruise, and we were held at a lock for the best part of one night due to thick fog . This meant we had to sail the whole day and miss out on Kizhi , a tiny island on the northern side of Onega Lake, famous for its spectacular wooden churches.


We were all disappointed when boat staff made the announcement – personally, Kizhi was one of the stops I was looking forward to the most, after reading about it on the Guardian and knowing that the site is very difficult to visit without a river cruise. However, we didn’t mind too much because we were both suffering the consequences of the previous night’s vodka tasting , organised by Frank, the hotel manager who also happened to be a real vodka connoisseur!

viking river vodka night

Viking staff were really amazing at keeping us busy during the sailing day with activities like guided tours to the wheelhouse, the room where the captain and sailors pilot the ship.

viking truvor wheelhouse

Day 9 Mandrogy

The last stop before reaching St. Petersburg was Mandrogy , a village on the banks of the Svir River, built in 1996 as a replica of a village destroyed during WW2. A Russian businessman had the idea of ‘rebuilding’ Mandrogy to provide a stop to river cruise passengers before reaching St. Petersburg. So, the village is not actually ‘real’ – it’s more of an open air museum. Cute little painted houses were built around a little forest, with people in traditional dress showcasing traditional crafts and selling souvenirs.

russia mandrogy

Those in search of souvenirs loved Mandrogy – the quality of matrioshka dolls, icons and other handicrafts was far higher than anywhere else we had been. We are not into souvenirs, but if there was a place to get something, Mandrogy would be it. The village was pretty, but it felt a bit fake for us – kind of like a tourist amusement park. Which in a way, it is.

russia mandrogy artist

However, we did enjoy Mandrogy for two reasons – the first was the chance to attend matrioshka painting workshop  where we decorated our own matrioshka dolls. That’s the best kind of souvenir in my opinion! The second was the delicious piroshki place where we had some delicious buttery pastries filled with green onion and egg. Just ask Viking staff and they’ll point you the way to the piroshki place!

russia mandrogy matrioska workshop

Days 10-13 St. Petersburg

After 6 days spent cruising, covering a distance of 1800 kilometers, we made it to Saint Petersburg . We had three gorgeous sunny days, and the city dazzled us with its beauty and artistic wealth – after all, it’s UNESCO-listed ! There’s no way I can convey everything we saw and did in three days in just a couple of paragraphs, so watch this space – a St. Petersburg article is coming soon!

st petersburg hermitage square

There are several St. Petersburg experiences already included by Viking in the tour price – a visit to the Hermitage Museum, a ballet performance, a visit to Catherine Palace in the village of Pushkin and a St. Petersburg city tour, either on foot or by bus. On top of that, we also joined some optional tours – a river cruise, a morning tour to amazing Peterhof Palace and my very own favourite, a Cossack performance!

st petersburg spilled blood church

Things to Know Before Travelling to Russia

  • Make sure you sort out your Russian Visa on time . Viking Cruises helps with an invitation letter that you can use to apply for your own Russian visa at your closest consulate – the process is pretty straightforward, provided you are applying in your own country, and takes approximately 2-3 weeks.
  • You can also ask Viking to sort out your Russian visa for an additional charge . This is especially convenient if you live in the US or if your hometown doesn’t have a Russian consulate.
  • River cruises of Russia only run between April and October, when the waterways are not frozen. The weather can be change dramatically between Moscow and Saint Petersburg , the latter usually being much colder than the former. Make sure you check the weather reports before packing!
  • English isn’t widely spoken around Russia , not even in the main cities. If you’re planning to spend some time travelling independently, learning a bit of Russian is a VERY good idea. The Russian language classes we had on board came in very handy!
  • Russia’s currency is the rouble , which fluctuates quite a bit. Larger cities are full of moneychangers, and some souvenir shops (like those in Mandrogy) also accept euro and USD.

russia mother volga statue

We would like to thank Viking Cruises for having welcomed us aboard the Waterways of the Tsars cruise.

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Truly amazing place & photography! I loved the view of church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, looks awesome. I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Russian River Cruise from St Petersburg To Moscow.

By: Author Kate O'Malley

Posted on Last updated: December 6, 2021

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Have you ever dreamed of strolling through Moscow’s Red Square or seeing the ballet in St Petersburg – A city where opulent palaces offer a glimpse into one of the world’s most  intriguing royal dynasties .

Russia’s two great cities still invoke the old school romance of travel – a journey into the enigmatic and exotic. However, in a country as immense as it is fascinating, there is so much to see beyond the metropolis of Russia’s great cities.

A Russian River Cruise , St Petersburg to Moscow on Viking Cruises Waterways of the Tsars cruise will take you to Russia’s great cities and beyond.

Take a Russian river cruise from Moscow to St Petersberg to see sights like Moscow's famous Red Square. We enjoyed our Viking River Cruise.

Sailing the rivers and lakes of Russia from St Petersburg to Moscow takes you into Russia’s heartland. It is deep in the country where you find the Golden Ring cities, charming towns and iconic, sometimes forgotten monuments that helped define Russia’s history.

A Russian river cruise opens up possibilities to visit parts of Russia that may otherwise be logistically difficult. It also offers a very efficient and cost-effective way to see the best of this vast country.

Viking river boat with temple on an island in the background.  River cruises in Russia are popular and a viking river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow is the best way to see Russia

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Visiting Russia

Unfortunately, Russia is a country too often sidestepped by many travellers. It has been more than two decades since Russia emerged from behind the Iron Curtain and began welcoming tourists with semi-open arms and a cold stony smile.

However, Russia still carries the stigma of being a difficult country to travel to and in. Thanks mostly to a reputation of complicated, bureaucratic visa processes and rumoured corruption.

multi coloured parapets of russian church.  If you want to see some unique things in Russia then a viking river cruise through russia will leave you plenty of time for self exploration.

Russian Visa Requirements

If you are travelling through Russia on a river cruise, unless you are eligible for the new 16 day e-Visa, most foreign nationals must have a tourist visa.  The Russian visa process can take up to a month or two. It is important to check your visa requirement and make sure you get it submitted well in advance of your intended travel date.

The gradual introduction of the new e-visa is making the process simpler but is restricted for visits of only eight days and specific entry points. Based on this, the e-visa is not suitable for a river cruise in Russia. 

Applying online for your Tourist Invitation Letter is quick and simple, allowing you to proceed with your application. You can read more about planning your trip to Russia here . 

people walking under yellow archway in Moscow.  Getting around Russia is easy on a river cruise in Russia but you will need a russian visa.  We can also show you how to get a tourist visa for russia

Travel in Russia

As independent travellers, our biggest dilemma with Russia is logistics. Russia covers two continents and nine time zones, and the highlights and must-sees are spread far and wide, with nothing in between.

When you don’t have unlimited time or an unlimited budget, the distances can pose some issues. Transport through Russia can be expensive and less than comfortable, and car hire could be a costly alternative.

Golden room with light spilling through the archways and people looking at the painted ceilings and golden walls.  you will see these things in Russia if you go on a viking river cruise and cruise St Petersburg to Moscow

Is a River Cruise The Best Way To See Russia?

We would say yes, a river cruise is a fantastic way to see Russia. For most, Russia is a once in a lifetime adventure, so, it boils down to how much of Russia do you want to see.

A river cruise makes sense for most travellers to Russia and most travel budgets. A cruise enables visitors to experience more of Russia than perhaps they would on their own.

yellow building with black parapet above the archway.  a unique thing to see in russia on your river cruise.

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Viking River Cruise in Russia

Much like some of the unreliable, uncomfortable transport methods available in Russia, some of the Russian cruise lines are shall we say, still a little Soviet.

Viking Cruises, on the other hand, offers a product in Russia to the same high, 5- star standard as their river cruises throughout Europe. A full-service luxury river cruise from the moment you make your booking to the time you disembark.

And much like Viking’s European itineraries, the Viking Russian Cruise itineraries are destination focused with high quality shore excursions and enrichment experiences. 

3 viking river cruise boats docked.  a viking river cruise is the best way to see europe and russia

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Viking’s All-Inclusive Cruise Packages

The big appeal of cruising for some is the all-inclusive aspect, so they know what to expect. With Viking Cruises, you can expect so much more than just an all-inclusive cruise package of meals and drinks.

In addition to optional excursions, there are also lots of free shore excursions throughout the cruise. 

Fly Cruise Packages

You can book your Russian river cruise inclusive of flights from your home port, wherever in the world that may be. An attractive option for those wishing to take the guesswork out of arranging flights, knowing you have access to Vikings Cruises discounted fares and upgrades.

Fly cruise packages include all taxes and airport transfers in Russia. Helpful for those who don’t like to navigate the taxi hustle on arrival in a new country. (Speaking from first-hand experience, Russia certainly has some good taxi scams running from the airport).

Information to assist you with the visa process is also included, the most daunting prospect of visiting Russia for many.

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red and blue church set on emerald green grass on the banks of a river during a cruise from st petersburg to moscow.

Shore Excursions and Tours in Russia

During the river cruise, a high quality tour itinerary of shore excursions and tours are included to ensure you experience the best things to do in Russia.

There are also some delightful surprises, such as an evening at the ballet in St Petersburg. The tour schedule is designed with the arts and culture in mind, not just the big tourist hot spots.

Additional or Optional Tours can also be purchased at each destination such as our traditional Russian Banya experience in Mandrogy or the vodka tasting on board.

dinner setting russian style with vodka glasses and plates of russian food. fine dining is one of the many great things about a viking river cruise.

You also have access to some very appealing Exclusive Access tours such as a behind the scenes look at the Hermitage in St Petersburg.  All tours include transfers where required, entry fees and extremely knowledgeable, tourism professionals as your guides.

a russian river cruise shore excursion with people walking up the T shaped staircase on the red carpet.  river cruising is the best way to see russia.

On Board Lectures, Demonstrations and Activities.

In addition to activities during cruising times, such as cooking demonstrations and traditional Russian tea’s, the guides also offer daily lectures on Russian history and politics.

The lectures are one of the highlights of the trip. Engaging and well-researched lectures, delivered from a Russian perspective, provide an entirely different and refreshing perspective on Russian culture and politics.

chef showing viking river cruisers how to make a typical russian dish on their cruise st petersburg to moscow

Russian Cuisine on Board

Viking River Cruises always excel when it comes to onboard dining. Interchangeable a la carte menus are available at all meal times showcasing Russian cuisine and produce.

The less adventurous are well catered for with an excellent “always available” a la carte menu. Portions are sensible to allow for all courses to be tried and savoured. Unlike the glutenous portions or “ all you can eat” buffet’s some cruise ships favour. 

Viking River Cruises Fine Dining

Drinks are complimentary with all meals, including a tipple of champagne at breakfast if you are so inclined.

A Silver Drinks Package can be purchased, which gives you unlimited drinks from the bar for the entire cruise as well as a vast selection of wines.

The Convenience and Comfort of River Cruises

There is a lot to be said for having your floating hotel accompany you on your journey through Russia. Unlike some ocean cruises where the focus can be on shipboard life at the expense of the destinations, on this Russian river cruise, the destinations are the focus.  

You get the complete package of the best things to see in Russia without having to navigate multiple modes of transport or having to unpack, pack and move accommodation all the time.

viking river cruise boat deck with tables and chairs.  luxury cruising through russia on a viking river cruise st petersburg to moscow

Once you are on board, whether it be in the big cities or the remote countryside, you only need to check in and out once. You do feel like you have your hotel on the road with you – A fantastic boutique hotel.

And it is not only the tour guides who are tourism professionals. You also have at your disposal a 5-star hotel team — professional food and beverage staff, well versed in the art of fine dining and world-class chefs.

set dining tables on a viking river cruise where you will get the finest russian food on your river cruise in russia

The staterooms are spacious and extremely comfortable. Private balconies, quality furnishings, and enough high tech amenities such as Satellite TV and WIFI to keep you entertained are standard throughout the ship.

There are also plenty of comfortable public spaces, both indoors and out with panoramic views to relax and take in the vista while you are cruising.

stateroom with double bed and balcony on a viking river cruise

Cruise St Petersburg to Moscow

For us, opting to travel through Russia on a river cruise was primarily motivated by the itinerary. Most people would be happy to visit Moscow or St Petersburg. But why make an effort to visit this intriguing country and miss all the beautiful and exciting things to see outside of the main cities despite the vast geographic distances.

abonded church with green roof sinking into the ground. unique things to see on your russia holiday

The Cruise Itinerary

The river cruise itinerary is what sold us on this mode of travel. The itinerary enabled us to spend ample time in St Petersburg and Moscow; then with our floating hotel in tow, we took to the river.

It is here where we saw the other Russia. Stunning countryside, small villages, abandoned churches and majestic cathedrals dotted along the river banks. A view of Russia that speaks volumes about the country’s history and culture.

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As we slipped down the river, we had the  White Nights  in our favour so could take advantage of the long days and very short nights of summer. Enjoying the sights of the Russian countryside en route to our next destination. Each day a different destination with a cruising schedule set to maximise time spent ashore.

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Waterways of the Tsars Schedule

Seven different destinations are visited in the 13 days onboard. This includes three full days in both Moscow and St Petersburg. We would not have achieved this on our own in the two weeks we had.

Viking Cruises Waterways Of The Tsars itinerary

Viking Cruises Waterway of the Tsars St Petersburg to Moscow Itinerary

Commencing either in St Petersburg or Moscow, the itinerary allows for three days in each city. You can read about the cruise itinerary and shore excursions in St Petersburg and Moscow here.

St Petersburg & Moscow

Between Moscow and St Petersburg, you can experience the beautiful Golden Ring cities and villages of Russia. These are the towns and cities that lie beyond Russia’s great cities on the Waterways of the Tsars. 

Fortress of Schlusselburg Russia which sits in the middle of a lake.  best things to do in russia is to cruise past these unique russian places to visit

Mandrogy Russia

Mandrogy, built in 1996 as an open-air museum, is a replica of   Verkhine Mandrogi , a Russian village destroyed during WWII. The enterprise was intended to give travellers cruising between St Petersburg and Kizhi a feel for traditional Russian life. 

Unfortunately, we found Mandrogy to be very much that – a fabricated tourist attraction including costumed craftsmen and women with innumerable craft stalls and workshops selling the same trinkets. 

Mandrogy Russia

Paint your Own Russian Matryoshka Doll

The central premise for this village appears to be shopping and, of course, the famed Russian Matryoshka Dolls. You can partake in a workshop to learn how to paint your own nesting dolls or, watch any number of the local artists paint dolls in their style. These, of course, are available for purchase. 

While Mandrogy was not our cup of tea, there was a silver lining to this little settlement – the traditional Russian Banya.

Mandrogy Russia

Experience a Russian Banya

The banya is one of those quintessentially Russian experiences.  One of the oldest Russian traditions dating back centuries. A tradition that has not lost its appeal and is still popular today.

Essentially the banya is a steam room or sauna where water is poured over hot rocks to create steam with temperatures often exceeding 93ºC. However, the banya comes with a little more ceremony than your average steam room or sauna.

Specific brooms are used in the banya called veniks . These are usually bunches of birch or oak branches which are dipped into cold water in the sweltering steam room. They are then smacked briskly over the body.

Typically,  there will be a person responsible for this task – a banschik.  As the banya is considered a very social activity, a  banschik  is often not required as friends will usually smack each other with the veniks.

branches tied together and hanging on a rail waiting to be used to whip the hell out of you in a russian banya. viking river cruises will stop here and allow you to be beaten to a sweating pulp by local russian folk

Thankfully our experience included a banschik as we would not have known the sequence of events nor the protocols for polite smacking! So, how does one banya?

  • Enter the banya and wait for temperatures to become almost unbearably hot.
  • Relax while the banschick  completes a ceremonial beating of everyone’s bodies with the veniks.  It includes intense rustling of the branches either side of your head, which is repeated several times.
  • Leave the banya and allow the  banschick  to pour freezing cold water over you.
  • Adjourn to the adjacent room for tea and jam.
  • Repeat steps 1 & 2.
  • Leave the banya house and run to the river to plunge into the icy waters.
  • Repeat step 6.

Traditional Russian Banya Mandrogy with man serving tea to two viking guests after being in the banya.  this really is a unique thing to do in russia

You get the gist! Used as a method of bathing in Russia for centuries, the banya is said to have a myriad of health benefits. There are many communal or public banyas in the cities and towns, and some people still have private banyas in their homes.

The banya is one Russian experience we highly recommend, providing you have the constitution to withstand the intensity of it.

Traditional Russian Banya Mandrogy with men and women running down a pier to jump into the icy waters.

Near the centre of the Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe, you will find the wild and isolated island of Kizhi. Kizhi is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed open-air museum.

At only 6 km long and 1 km wide, this tiny island is one of Russia’s most visited. The settlements buildings date back to the 15th century, some of which were moved from various Karelian villages during Soviet times to help preserve them.  

wooden buildings on Kizhi Island Russia.  the best way to see russia is with a viking river cruise st petersburg to moscow.

However, the islands most notable and recognisable attractions are the famous wooden onion-domed buildings- the twenty-two domed Transfiguration Church and the nine domed Intercession Church.

Locals will tell you; both churches were constructed without the use of a single nail. The unknown builder is also said to have destroyed his axe on completion of the Transfiguration Church. He is quoted as saying: “ There was not and will not be another to match it”.

the two domed church on Kizhi Island Russia - viking's Waterways of the Tsars Cruise is the best way to see russia in a short period of time

Within the smaller Church of the intercession, you may hear the local clergy, a beautiful and moving baritone choir intone the ancient liturgy. The islands ancient settlement gives insight into the harsh realities of life in the Russian heartland. Places where entire settlements were isolated for much of the year throughout long winters. You can read more about  visiting Kizhi Island here .

3 men singing in a church on Kizhi Island Russia. viking river cruises provide unique opportunities to live like a local for a short while whilst on their river cruise in russia

Along the Volga – Baltic waterway you will find the urban settlement of Kuzino approx. 600km north of Moscow.

In addition to some fascinating churches, some abandoned or in various states of repair that are worth exploring, the highlight of this region is the Kirillo – Belozersky Monastery. More like a fortress than a monastery, the magnificent complex sits on Severskoye Lake.

the Kirillo - Belozersky Monastery set against the river with 5 steeples around the outer perimeter.

Severskoye Lake is deemed so pure no motorboats are allowed on it. According to urban myth, the waters were blessed, giving them qualities similar to those of the mythical fountain of youth.

From humble beginnings in 1397 when two monks founded the monastery in nothing more than a cave dug by two men. By 1494, now a stone structure, it was the largest church in medieval Russia.

Defended by thick walls and towers it was a refuge for not just monks and peasants, but also a place of pilgrimage for Tsars and so benefited from generous donations and tax breaks. Ivan the Terrible was said to be a regular visitor and big tipper. The financially favourable guest list enabled the monastery to grow in size and importance.

Kuzino Russia

By 1764, Catherine the Great had stripped the monastery of its land and converted the complex into a prison. In 1924 the Bolshevik government shut the complex down and executed or arrested the monks. Interestingly, unlike most monasteries, it was not converted into a concentration camp but rather a museum.

Kirillo - Belozersky monastery Russia

Yaroslavl, the largest city on the Volga, lies just 250 km’s north of Moscow which makes this Golden Ring city a popular weekend getaway.

Perhaps this quaint city of six hundred thousand should be called the city of churches because here you will find an impressive kaleidoscope of onion domes. At the convergence of the mighty Volga and Kotorosl rivers is the historic part of the city, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

white church with gold topped green parapets in Yaroslavl Russia. these are the amazing things you will see on a viking river cruise st petersburg to moscow

The city dates back to Prince Yaroslav or Yaroslav the Wise  when he came ashore in around 998, slew the sacred bear worshipped by the local pagan tribes and converted them to Christianity. Hence, the bear on the city’s coat of arms.

Yaroslavl Russia

While these events may have attributed to the city’s religious fervour – the churches that now adorn the skyline were the work of 17th and 19th century merchants on a quest to outdo each other in a bid to beautify the city.  To this day it remains a magnificent city, one that appears to have remained unscathed by the soviet facelift given to much of Russia. 

4 golden domes atop a church in Yaroslavl Russia

Uglich, another of the Golden Ring Cities. A picturesque riverside city filled with inviting parks and brightly coloured church domes. The history of Uglich is steeped in a murder mystery that changed the history of Russia.

Ivan the Terrible was never quite right following the death of his wife Anastasia and so instituted a reign of terror that earned him his name. Although respected for his military victories and management of Russian interests, he was also feared for some terrible deeds.

Uglich Russia

One such deed was accidentally killing his son and heir with a blow to the head. Due to this faux par on Ivan’s behalf, his crippled son Feodor, who by all reports was not well in mind or body, ascended to power. However, the country was being run by Feodor’s brother in law, Boris Godunov.

Uglich Russia

Quietly in the wings was Dimitry, Ivan’s younger son who could have succeeded the throne in light of Feodor’s lack of interest in political issues. In 1591, at the age of ten, Dimitry was found dead thanks to a stab wound. It was decided Dimitry slit his own throat with a sword during an epileptic fit.

At the risk of stating the obvious – it was widely assumed the boy was murdered. However, those who dared to accuse Boris Gudunov only did so once. The mystery remains, and so does this beautiful city close to Moscow.

white church with 3 blue domes in Uglich Russia.  Best things to do in russia are from st petersburg to moscow

Should You Choose A River Cruise to Travel Russia?

When it comes to visiting a country like Russia, we feel a river cruise is possibly the best way to maximise your experience of this incredible country.  Had we decided to travel independently, there is no way we would have had the vast and varied experiences we were able to on this cruise.

abandoned church in the middle of the river.  one of the unique things you will see on a Waterways Of The Tsars. St Petersburg to Moscow river cruise with viking river cruise.

The 5-star hotel service, excellent dining and professional tour organisation far exceeded any of our expectations. We now understand why people often choose river cruises as the best way to experience a country. We have since travelled on a number of river cruises through Eastern Europe and the Danube and still believe it to be a value for money way to travel, especially in Europe.

Moscow Russia

If you are looking to see Russia beyond the big cities, cruising the waterways from St Petersburg to Moscow will reveal the beauty of the towns and the landscapes of Russia’s heartland. A river cruise is a fabulous way to travel Russia and a great way to glean a deeper understanding of this mysterious country.

Waterways Of The Tsars. St Petersburg to Moscow

Viking River Cruise In Russia Facts

  • Viking River Cruises has three vessels operating in Russia offering a  13-day “Waterways Of The Tsars” cruise  running between Moscow and St Petersburg.
  • Prices start at ~USD $4,500. Viking Cruises also offer some great “Early Bird” specials available for advance bookings.
  • The cruise includes accommodation, all meals, drinks with meals, tours and onboard lectures. Additional or  Optional Tours  can be purchased on board.
  • Flights, including taxes and transfers, can be arranged inclusive of your cruise price.
  • A tourist visa will be required for most foreign nationals to enter Russia, it is important to check if you will require this well in advance of your cruise date.

We would like to thank Viking Cruises for hosting us on the Waterways Of The Tsars cruise to facilitate this article. As always, all opinions expressed are our own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Viking Rurik cruise ship

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Viking Rurik last position

Viking Rurik last location was at Baltic Sea (coordinates 59.86025 N / 30.49452 E) cruising at speed of 102.3 kn (189 km/h | 118 mph) en route to SAINT-PETERSBURG. The AIS position was reported 1 week ago.

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The Viking Rurik ship cruises on Volga River in Russia, departing from Moscow to St Petersburg , and from St Petersburg to Moscow . This Viking cruise ship is named after Rurik - a Viking in origin (prince/chieftain from the Varangian Rus tribe), brother to Sineus and Truvor. Consolidating the lands of his two brothers, Rurik and his dynasty established their capital in Kyiv. They ruled over Russia (the huge Kievan Rus empire) for nearly 700 years.

Discover the treasures of Russia on one of the best river ships sailing there: Viking Rurik. Fully refurbished in 2012, the ship carries up to 196 guests in its spacious 98 staterooms (32 Deluxe, 2 Junior Suites, 4 Suites, 60 Veranda), as those on the middle and upper decks feature private verandas.

Viking Truvor cruise ship (Russia, Volga River)

Viking Rurik has a total of 98 cabins (of which 6 Suite, 60 Balcony, 32 with a non-opening window) in 6 cabins. All accommodations meet the European standards of elegance and comfort, with amenities like in-room refrigerators, hotel-style beds and 26-inch flat TVs. An expanded restaurant and beautiful public areas are a plus to the pleasure of sailing on Viking Rurik. 

Cabins Types/Categories (number, location), high to low

  • Suites - JR (x2, deck3), AA (x4, deck2)
  • Balcony Staterooms - AX (x36, deck3), BX (x24, deck2)
  • Deluxe RiverView Staterooms - CX (x4, deck1), DX (x20, deck1), EX (x8, deck1).

Shipboard facilities

Viking Rurik dining options include Restaurant Neva (dining room) and Odessa (casual). Other facilities include Panorama Lounge (observation), Rurik Atrium (lobby), Library (Internet stations), Shop (traditional Russian souvenirs /gifts), Promenade (deck 1), Rurik Lounge & Bar and Sun Deck Lounge & Bar (show, observation /both on the top deck), 1 elevator.

Viking Rurik river cruise deals are inclusive of Internet (Wi-Fi), laundry, room-service, Russia land tours/excursions, all ground transfers, themed live onboard entertainment, lecturers, Russian traditional food and vodka tastings, 24-hour tea/coffee, replenished daily bottled water.

Viking Rurik river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative of Viking cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Viking River Cruises Russia cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. On some Viking Rurik's Volga cruise tours, the line offers round-trip USA airfare discount deals (on select cabins or itineraries/dates).

River Cruise Itineraries

Follows the list of Viking Rurik river cruise itineraries as themes, officially announced by the Viking Cruises line:

  • "WATERWAYS OF THE TSARS" are 12-days luxury Volga river cruises from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, and the reverse from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. There are 11 complimentary land tours/excursions and no hotel packages included in the fares. Feature port activities and tours along the route are:
  • St Petersburg excursions (Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum - one of the world's largest and oldest, with a huge and unique collection of arts and antiquities, jewelries, sculptures, traditional Russian ballet performances, Pushkin district excursion, Catherine Palace - the summer residence of the Russian monarchs/"tsars"), St Petersburg bus tour, optional tour to Peterhof Palace (gardens, fountains), St Petersburg departure in early evening (on day 4)
  • Neva River cruise and crossing Lake Ladoga (the largest in Europe, on day 5)
  • Svir River cruise to Mandrogy (local Vodka Museum, Russian handmade souvenirs. Optional excursions in Mandrogy are themed "banya" (visiting a traditional Russian bathhouse) and "matryoshka" (traditional Russian wooden doll making)
  • Cruising along the Russian “Blue Route” (225 km / 139 ml in length)
  • Onega Lake cruise (Europe's second-largest)
  • Kizhi (local Museum of Architecture /outdoor exposition of traditionally built Russian wooden houses, windmills, churches, most of them built without nails)
  • Volga-Baltic waterways cruising (370 km / 230 ml long system of small rivers, canals and 7 locks connecting Volga River with Baltic Sea
  • Kuzino (Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Assumption Cathedral, local museum)
  • Yaroslavl (a local covered market for food and handmade items)
  • Moscow Canal cruise (arrival during lunchtime, half-day long tour in Moscow visits Bolshoi Theater, Red Square, St Basil Cathedral, GUM Store, Metro. The second day offers full-day long parks and monuments tour, with an optional half-day long excursion to Tretyakov Gallery (fine art museum). Third day Moscow touring visits Kremlin and two cathedrals, with optional Kremlin Armory tour.
  • Departures from St Petersburg offer optional 2-night Moscow hotel package. On departures from Moscow, the line offers an optional 3-night Helsinki hotel package (Finland).

Next, are listed two exemplary itineraries with port dates:

  • (southbound) 6-day from Saint Petersburg to Moscow - Oct 03 (Saint Petersburg, dep), Oct 04 (On River), Oct 04 (Mandrogi), Oct 05 (Kizhi Island), Oct 06 (Kuzino), Oct 07 (Yaroslavl), Oct 08 (Uglich), Oct 09 (Moscow).
  • (northbound) 6-day from Moscow to Saint Petersburg - Oct 15 (Moscow, dep), Oct 16 (Uglich), Oct 17 (Yaroslavl), Oct 18 (Kuzino), Oct 19 (Kizhi Island), Oct 20 (On River), Oct 20 (Mandrogi), Oct 21 (Saint Petersburg).

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our  River Cruises  hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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Viking Rurik is one of Viking Cruises Russia ships. The other vessels in the line's "Europe-Asian" fleet are  Akun ,  Helgi ,  Ingvar ,  Truvor , and in Ukraine -  Sineus . You can compare Russian river cruises as prices also on  Uniworld River Victoria  and  Scenic Tours Scenic Tsar  - sailing the same route between Moscow and Petersburg.

The Viking Rurik ship was built in East Germany during the USSR times under the name "MS Mariya Ulyanova". Viking River Cruises acquired the vessel in 1990 and renamed it "Viking Peterhof". In 2012, after an extensive refit and refurbishment, they renamed it once again - to the current "Viking Rurik". MS Peterhof ship was one of all 22 Russian river cruise vessels constructed in the period 1974-1983 (Project name "301" /first series, river passenger ship class "Vladimir Ilyich"). Because of its V-bottom hull shape, Rurik can also operate as Baltic Sea cruising vessel. The ship was ordered by USSR/Russia's "North-Western Shipping Company" (now "Vodohod").

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our  River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there. For other Russia-based ships, you can visit our dedicated to Russian River Cruises  hub.

Built as "Mariya Ulyanova", MS Viking Rurik is one of Russia's signature "Project 301" river cruise ships.

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"Vladimir Ilyich class" (aka "Project 301") are 3 series of Russian river cruise ships built in GDR (Germany) for USSR (Soviet Union) in the period 1974-1983. The vessel class name honours Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924) who is considered the founder of USSR (Soviet Union).

These Russian river cruise ships (a total of 22 units) were all produced by VEB Elbewerft Boizenburg as one of the industry's most successful riverboat designs. These ships were used for passenger (cruise) shipping in Northwestern USSR - in the rivers Volga, Belomorkanal, Lake Onega, Volga–Don Canal, Kama and Amur rivers as well as on Dnieper River (Ukraine ) and in the Black Sea. Following the USSR's collapse (1991), all these boats were acquired by private companies (Russian and foreign).

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