Scenic Cruises newest river vessel, Scenic Tsar, launched on June 16 with the announcement that it is the first new ship to be granted Russian registration in 25 years. The Russian Maritime Authority classifies ‘new build’ as one that is at least 80 per cent new and any ship wishing to meet that level of qualification must go through a stringent ‘new build’ Russian registration process. The Scenic Tsar underwent a total reconstruction, the most extensive re-build ever undertaken in Russia, and met all criteria.
With only its original steel hull, floors and ceiling remaining, Scenic Tsar now boasts a new deck of cabins, two new bars, a new lounge, a new restaurant, a new wellness area, a new galley with all new equipment, all new cabins (walls, showers, toilets, and all fittings), new air conditioning, new main engines and drive units, new generators, all wiring and electrical fittings, new plates on the steel hull, and all new furniture, curtains and soft furnishings.
Scenic Tours/Cruises Managing Director, Glen Moroney said that in order to operate a ship that met “…both our world-class standards and the complex Russian regulations, we chose to embark on a total gut and re-build of an existing ship. Scenic Tsar is a new style of ship and will take the experience of river cruising in Russia to a whole new level.” Moroney added that “Scenic Tours’ objective is to deliver the same high level of quality and service over all of our products with professionally trained and experienced staff providing a standard of excellence.”
Renowned for their world-class Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ design, which set a new luxury standard in European river cruising with the April launch of the Scenic Crystal, Scenic Cruises is again setting a new benchmark with the Scenic Tsar, their first boutique small ship in Russia. The 112-guest deluxe ship will offer Scenic Cruises signature of all-inclusive: all meals – both continental and Russian cuisine, premium wines, beers and soft drinks served at dinner, tours, entertainment, special excursions, airport transfers, and even gratuities and baggage handling are all included in the fare.
93% of cabins have private, full-size balconies, stylish en suites, satellite TV, in-room safe and mini bar, and bottled water replenished daily. In addition to the luxurious new features and amenities, Scenic Tsar also includes complimentary Wi-Fi and an on board doctor.
15- and 19-day itineraries sail July through October this year, between St. Petersburg and Moscow, with four days each in St. Petersburg and Moscow and visits to Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Goritsy and two of the ‘Golden Ring’ cities (the 19-day version adds four days in Kiev). Guests will discover Russia’s most iconic sites, and experience exclusive Scenic Enrich events, from lunch at an old-world wooden restaurant to a private ballet concert at the Palace of Prince Vladimir.