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NIKOLAI CHERNISHEVSKI - CRUISE SHIP

 
 

The Vantage Travel Company leases the Nicolai Chernishevski regularly each summer and organizes 9 or10 cruises between Moscow and St Petersburg.

 
 

Here we have photos of events and individuals taken during our cruise on the Chernishevski in July 2005. Everyone in our party agreed that it was a very enjoyable and memorable occasion. For photos of the Volga and other rivers and lakes please go to Volga.

 
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The bow of the N. Chernishevski at the Moscow river port.

 
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The midship section of the N. Chernishevskii at the Moscow River Port.

 
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Looking aft on the top deck of the N. Chernishevskii at Moscow river port

 
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The dock side restaurant next to the N. Chernishevski at the Moscow northern river port.

 
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One of the first events prior to sailing is the 'life-boat drill' during which no life boats were sceen but everyone donned the life preservers found under their beds. - Here are Amanda and Mike with John enjoying the drill.

 
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Several tourists during life boat drill as we get underway.

 
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Mike, Elizabeth and Amanda are enjoying their first experience with 'life boat' drill on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Larry and Jim are decked out in life preservers on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Ed, Betsy, Elizabeth and George look cool in their life preservers on the N.Chernishevski.

 
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Franz and Myrna modeling life jackets on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Jim and Bill are seasoned travelers now with their life jackets on for drill on the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Julia and William in the forground and Lana and Doug further down the passageway during life boat drill on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Lana and Doug look great in life jackets on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Even the Chernishevski - Vantage hotel director and staff participate in donning life jackets .

 
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Mike and Amanda are all set for a safari on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Mike, Amanda and Elizabeth enjoying their first dinner on the Chernishevski

 
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Ed and Betsy and Lana enjoying their first dinner on the Chernishevski

 
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Mike and Larry enjoying dinner on the Chernishevski.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda with Rostislav - the Chernishevski ship souvenier shop salesman.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda with two of the restaurant staff on the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Several of the river cruise ships at the Moscow Northern River Port as our ship gets under way for the cruise.

 
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Looking aft on the top deck of the N.Chernishevski as we descend in the first lock on the Moscow- Volga canal - 8 meter drop - and it is still light well after 11 PM.

 
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George and John are forward on the middle deck as the N.Chernishevski is lowered in front of the massive down stream gate of the first lock (number 6) of our cruise on the Moscow- Volga canal.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda on deck of the N. Chernishevski as it passes through the Moscow-Volga canal.

 
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Three young sailors - part of the crew of the N.Chernishevski - on board as the ship is at Uglich.

 
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Doug, Amanda. Elizabeth, Mike and Lana at lunch on the 3rd day of our cruise on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Betsy and Ed enjoying great sunshine on the top deck of the N. Chernishevski as we cruise on the Volga River.

 
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Four of the excellent restaurant ladies dressed in Russian costume for a party on the N.Chernishevski.

 
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This fine gentleman doubles as staff photographer and drink dispenser in the restaurant on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Tourists having lunch in one of the two restaurants on the N.Chernishevski as we cruise on the Volga River.

 
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These two jovial Russians doubled as staff musicians and photographers on the N.Chernishevski. In addition to excellent music they must have made 1000 photos of the tourists during all phases of the tour - both on shipboard and at every stop.

 
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These two jovial Russians doubled as staff musicians and photographers on the N.Chernishevski. In addition to excellent music they must have made 1000 photos of the tourists during all phases of the tour - both on shipboard and at every stop.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth with four of the very attentive restaurant staff of the N. Chernishevski

 
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This Russian lady is the head supervisor and chef of the N. Chernishevski. Here she is conducting a very well received and enlightening demonstration on decorating with vegetables and cake decorating.

 
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This Russian lady is the head supervisor and chef of the N. Chernishevski. Here she is conducting a very well received and enlightening demonstration on decorating with vegetables and cake decorating. Note the green swan made from an apple cut up artisticly. Now she is decorating a cake.

 
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This Russian lady is the head supervisor and chef of the N. Chernishevski. Here she is conducting a very well received and enlightening demonstration on decorating with vegetables and cake decorating. Note the green swan made from an apple cut up artisticly. Now she is decorating a cake.

 
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Some of the results of the N. Chernishevski chef's handiwork in preparing vegetables as table decorations. The apple is a swan and the egg is a rabbit.

 
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Some of the results of the N. Chernishevski chef's handiwork in decorating a cake and pie.

 
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A swan made from an apple and some other table decorations demonstrated on the N.Chernishevski

 
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The ship's purser welcoming tourists for a visit to the bridge of the N. Chernishevski

 
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Some control levers on the bridge of the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Our Vantage company interpreter translating for the N. Chernishevski captain who is standing right behind her during our visit to the ship's bridge.

 
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The captain of the N. Chernishevski is explaining the ships various control and navigation equipment.

 
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The captain of the N. Chernishevski continues to explain procedures, meanwhile the officer on duty (in shirt and tie) never takes his eyes off the ship's course and navigation requirements.

 
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The duty officer of the N. Chernishevski can't be distracted by all the tourists swarming on the bridge

 
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The veteran captain of the N. Chernishevski here poses for a photographer. After so many cruises for the Vantage company he must be used to these invasions of his command spaces.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth with the captian of the N. Chernishevski on the ship's bridge.

 
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The captain and duty officers navigating the N. Chernishevski

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda relaxing on the sun deck of the N. Chernishevski. But where is the sun? Actually it is still above the horizon as it is for over 20 hrs of each 24 at this latitude, but there is a cold wind blowing across the lake.

 
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The daily ship schedule noted that there would be a 'surprise' dinner. But we were nevertheless startled to find on entering the restaurant that there had been a 'mutiny' by the crew who donned pirate garb and took over for a great party.

 
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The 'pirates' led by the ship's purser herself hiding behind dark glasses have captured Eckhart, the Vanguard 'hotel' honcho and have him tied up for ransom.

 
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Having siezed control of the N. Chernishevski restaurant the earstwhile crew takes advantage of their 'pirate' status to engage in a little gambling.

 
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These 'pirates' don't seem so ferocious after all. They soon joined the passengers on the N. Chernishevski for a gala party.

 
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Time for another party on the N. Chernishevski - this time to sample caviar and tea. Our musicians are busy as usual.

 
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A nice selection of Russian handicrafts suitable to set off a tea party complete with samovar on the N. Chernishevski as it crosses Lake Ladoga.

 
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Some of the N. Chernishevski dining room staff line up in traditional Russian dress for another party.

 
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Some of the N. Chernishevski dining room staff line up in traditional Russian dress for another party.

 
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Some of the N. Chernishevski dining room staff line up in traditional Russian dress for another party.

 
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Russian musicians and singer belt out folk songs for the tourists on the N. Chernishevski during a caviar and vodka party.

 
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Rostislav is explaining to Franz and Myrna how a samovar functions.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda busy working on creating matroshka dolls during a class on the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Elizabeth is rapidly getting to be an expert at doll painting.

 
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The dining room crew of the N. Chernishevski is setting out the champagne and food for the captain's farewell party on deck as the ship crosses Lake Ladoga on the last evening before arriving at St. Petersburg.

 
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Everything is in place on the sun deck of the N. Chernishevski for the captain's rousing farewell party.

 
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Mike, Elizabeth and Amanda enjoying the farewell party on the N. Chernishevski.

 
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George at the farewell party on the N. Chernishevski - the sunlight at this high latitude is quite strong.

 
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Jim and Bob enjoying the fairwell party on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Ethyl and Bob on the N. Chernishevski sun deck for the farewell party.

 
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Mike, Elizabeth and Amanda on the sun deck of the N. Chernishevski for the captain's reception party

 
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Amanda admiring the sunset on the N. Chernishevski

 
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The captain of the N. Chernishevski is bidding the tourists farwell as the ship purser translates.

 
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John, Franz and Ed with the captain of the N. Chernishevski at farewell party.

 
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George, John, Franz and Ed with the captain of the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Lavona and two Jims enjoying the fairwell party on the N. Chernishevski sun deck.

 
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Amanda has captured the audience with her singing during the talent show presented by various of the tourists on the N. Chernishevski.

 
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Amanda singing during talent show on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Amanda singing during talent show on the N. Chernishevski

 
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Amanda is so pleased to receive a prize for second place in the matroshka doll painting.

 
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One of the deck crew of the N. Chernishevski preparing to throw a line to the dock as the ship ties up at St. Petersburg after a very enjoyable cruise from Moscow.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth with Eckhart ( Vantage hotel supervisor) and Elena (Chernishevski purser) on the dock at St. Petersburg.

 
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Mike, Amanda and Elizabeth on the dock at St. Petersburg.

 
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Mike, Amanda and Elizabeth on the dock at St. Petersburg with cruise ships in background.

 

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