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Jim“A real Russian experience with excellent food and service. Unlike the "Americanized" tours with faux French & Italian food this was a treat. Everyone on the crew was friendly and answered questions about everything we saw and experienced. A vast improvem...“

Imperial River Cruises

Imperial River Cruises

4.5/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in New York City, USA
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TOURS
15
AGE RANGE
18-80
RESPONSE RATE
100%
RESPONSE TIME
0-1h
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  • Amazing Value
  • Unforgettable Journeys
  • Rich History and Culture
  • 25 Years of Experience
  • Offering Cruises in many languages
  • True Russian Experiences

Welcome! World Traveler, Imperial River Cruises (IRC) is essentially the same age as the U.S. river cruise industry itself. It might seem improbable, but river cruises were not common on the American market 25-27 years ago. IRC was established in 1993 and played an i...

Welcome! World Traveler, Imperial River Cruises (IRC) is essentially the same age as the U.S. river cruise industry itself. It might seem improbable, but river cruises were not common on the American market 25-27 years ago. IRC was established in 1993 and played an important, if not main role, in developing Russia and Ukraine as river cruise destinations for the North American Market. IRC is partnered with Orthodox Cruise Company (OCC), the largest ship operator in Russia. The combined experience of the IRC and OCC founders in the cruise industry totals more than 60 years. Cruise industry veteran, Alexander Bout’s career has been spent with such companies as Black Sea Shipping (vice president), OdessAmerica Cruises, Sea Ways International Group and Imperial River Cruises (president). His partner, Michael Kovalev, has been the owner of Dontourfeet with 12 river cruise ships and the general director of Orthodox Cruise Company for the past 27 years. IRC is a member of reputable industry organi zations, meeting strict operational, safety, and administrative standards. In recent years the cruise line has handled many leisure travelers from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and China. The company’s vast experience also enables it to offer land tours in all price categories, from budget to VIP. We are also known for offering special interest and incentive cruises, catering to music lovers, orchestras, choirs, and other professional (or scholastic) groups or organizations. Our great team of professionals will do everything possible to please you in your unforgettable journeys across Russia and Ukraine. We would love to welcome you aboard each ship and wish you “Bon Voyage!” Sincerely, Alexander Bout and Michael Kovalev,

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18 Imperial River Cruises Reviews

Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Average
0%
Rather Poor
6%
Bad
0%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
N/A
Guide
5 / 5
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  • Moscow to St Petersburg - Russian River Cruise 2019 - MS Rachmaninoff - Imperial Russian Waterways
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 9, 2019
    This was a fun and informative holiday. All the staff were helpful and friendly.A good introduction to Russia
  • Moscow to St Petersburg - Russian River Cruise 2019 - MS Rachmaninoff - Imperial Russian Waterways
    4.0 - Good
    Written on July 8, 2019
    Everything was great. The only negative item was Air Conditioning. On the boat A/C was marginal, transportation A/C was poor. Food was excelant, tours great, wi…
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  • 2019 Discover Cossack Legacy - Ukrainian Waterways - River Cruise
    1.5 - Rather poor
    Written on June 30, 2019
    This booking was a total ****ing shambles. Firstly, cruise reception had no record of us and our allocated cabin had been given to someone else. Fortunately, a…
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  • 2019 Imperial Russian Waterways - Moscow to St Petersburg - River Cruise MS Ivan Bunin and MS Tikhi Don
    3.5 - Good
    Written on June 26, 2019
    The driver was quite erratic causing me to feel sick. As it was Ramadan he was also very grumpy. Jalal did his best on all accounts to make our trip enjoyable
  • 2019 Imperial Russian Waterways - Moscow to St Petersburg - River Cruise MS Ivan Bunin and MS Tikhi Don
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on June 24, 2019
    Was a wonderful way to experience Russia. The program covered all the must sees. All cruise staff were absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend. Only one poin…
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  • J
    2019 Great Mother Volga - Luxury River Cruise
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 12, 2018
    I have just returned from your Great Mother Volga river cruise on your ship from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don, which ended on October 7. I wanted to tell you…
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  • L
    Russian Waterways 2019 - St. Petersburg to Moscow - River Cruise - MS Rachmaninoff
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 10, 2018
    I recently took the Imperial Russian Waterways cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg this past September. I can’t tell you how pleased I was with the overall exp…
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  • J
    Moscow to St Petersburg - Russian River Cruise 2019 - MS Rachmaninoff - Imperial Russian Waterways
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 1, 2018
    We’ve enjoyed our trip on the river boat very much. My wife is ready to go back right now!! We both said this was our best trip ever (and we have taken several)…
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  • P
    2019 Discover Cossack Legacy - Ukrainian Waterways - River Cruise
    4.8 - Excellent
    Written on August 24, 2018
    I have many fond memories of my Ukrainian cruise. I would recommend Imperial River Cruises as your guide into the heart of this fascinating land, Europe’s bread…
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  • J
    2019 Imperial Russian Waterways - Moscow to St Petersburg - River Cruise MS Ivan Bunin and MS Tikhi Don
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 4, 2018
    A real Russian experience with excellent food and service. Unlike the "Americanized" tours with faux French & Italian food this was a treat. Everyone on the cr…
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About Imperial River Cruises

Welcome! World Traveler, Imperial River Cruises (IRC) is essentially the same age as the U.S. river cruise industry itself. It might seem improbable, but river cruises were not common on the American market 25-27 years ago. IRC was established in 1993 and played an important, if not main role, in developing Russia and Ukraine as river cruise destinations for the North American Market. IRC is partnered with Orthodox Cruise Company (OCC), the largest ship operator in Russia. The combined experience of the IRC and OCC founders in the cruise industry totals more than 60 years. Cruise industry veteran, Alexander Bout’s career has been spent with such companies as Black Sea Shipping (vice president), OdessAmerica Cruises, Sea Ways International Group and Imperial River Cruises (president). His partner, Michael Kovalev, has been the owner of Dontourfeet with 12 river cruise ships and the general director of Orthodox Cruise Company for the past 27 years. IRC is a member of reputable industry organi zations, meeting strict operational, safety, and administrative standards. In recent years the cruise line has handled many leisure travelers from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and China. The company’s vast experience also enables it to offer land tours in all price categories, from budget to VIP. We are also known for offering special interest and incentive cruises, catering to music lovers, orchestras, choirs, and other professional (or scholastic) groups or organizations. Our great team of professionals will do everything possible to please you in your unforgettable journeys across Russia and Ukraine. We would love to welcome you aboard each ship and wish you “Bon Voyage!” Sincerely, Alexander Bout and Michael Kovalev,

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Imperial River Cruises Ships

  • MS Tchaikovsky
    MS Tchaikovsky
    MS Tchaikovsky is one of the best and the most elegant ships of our fleet. Peter Tchaikovsky is world-famous Russian composer, and in tot… Read more
    Built
    1977
    Guests
    260
    Crew
    90
    Length
    129.2 m / 423.9 ft
    Width
    16.7 m / 54.8 ft
    Cruising Speed
    25.5 km/h / 13.8 kts
    Engines
    3*736 kW
  • MS Excellence Katharina
    MS Excellence Katharina
    MS Excellence Katharina is the new era of our fleet. Come aboard and see what our European designers and construction team have done to t… Read more
    Built
    1990, Germany
    Guests
    184
    Crew
    98
    Length
    129.2 m / 423.9 ft
    Width
    16.7 m / 54.8 ft
    Cruising Speed
    25.5 km/h / 13.8 kts
    Engines
    3*736 kW
  • MS Tikhi Don
    MS Tikhi Don
    MS Tikhi Don is a very well-maintained ship that has undergone complete general reconstruction to meet the demands and requirements parti… Read more
    Built
    1977, Germany
    Guests
    220
    Crew
    104
    Length
    125 m / 410.1 ft
    Width
    16.7 m / 54.8 ft
    Cruising Speed
    26 km/h / 14 kts
    Engines
    3*736 kW
  • MS Dnieper Princess
    MS Dnieper Princess
    MS Dnieper Princess has interior that is done in classical style. Particular attention was paid to arranging of the dining areas that cam… Read more
    Built
    1976, Germany
    Guests
    260
    Crew
    99
    Length
    129.2 m / 423.9 ft
    Width
    16.7 m / 54.8 ft
    Cruising Speed
    26 km/h / 14 kt
    Engines
    3*736 kW

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  • Are meals included?

    Selected meals are included as per the itinerary.

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    Selected meals are included as per the itinerary.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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    A guide will accompany you on the tour.

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