Award-winning river cruise line APT has announced it is introducing a newly refurbished Russian river cruise ship in 2015, which it promises is the most luxurious vessel to grace Russia's waterways by far. The MS Anastasia is currentlyundergoing a multi-million dollar refit and refurbishment ready for her maiden APT voyage on 10 May 2015.
Highlight features include:
· Five unique dining locations including:
§ Indochine by Luke Nguyen – featuring a French-Vietnamese fusion menu created exclusively by celebrity chef and APT Ambassador, Luke Nguyen;
§ Zhivago's Chef's Table Restaurant – guests can watch through the glass-enclosed kitchen as their chef prepares a degustation-style meal in a private dining room. Accompanied by free-flowing wine, each guest will have access to the restaurant twice while cruising at no extra cost;
§ Louisa & Roberto's Italian Restaurant – offering traditional Italian-inspired fare;
§ Tsar's Caviar and Champagne Bar – a selection of fine sparkling wines are complemented by an elegant menu of featuring caviar, salmon and more (a surcharge applies to all menu items at Tsar's)
§ Café Volga – a selection of freshly made-to-order café-style dishes.
· An expansive Sun Deck, offering unparalleled views and:
§ An outdoor lounge with ice cream bar where guests can relax in the shade and enjoy gelato and drinks; and
§ Heated pool and two hot tubs, also situated on the sun deck.
· The Anastasia Spa with a sauna and gym as well as a massage, hair and beauty salon.
· The Hermitage Lounge which serves as the heart of the ship, features a plush lounge area, bar and breathtaking views by day and transforms to a magnificent showroom by night.
· 24-hour tea and coffee bar offering European teas, lattes and cappuccinos all day, every day.
· Outside balconies on 70 percent of suites, with all suites benefitting from features such as: comfortable queen or twin-size European beds; a mini fridge and complimentary bottled water daily; satellite flat-screen television; spacious ensuite with a hairdryer and toiletries; large wardrobe with full length mirror; individual climate control; laundry and pressing services; and daily servicing.
According to APT's General Manager Marketing and Sales, Debra Fox, the MS Anastasia takes luxury travel through Russia to a new dimension, translating APT's European river cruising experience to this popular destination:
"For the first time Russia's rivers will be graced by a vessel that exudes five star luxury and sophistication. We want the experience on the ship to be as unforgettable as the sights our guests will see on the shore. This is an exciting and groundbreaking development for this destination and one that APT is proud to be leading."
APT is offering river cruises aboard the Anastasia as part of several itineraries for 2015, including the 14-day Russian Waterways from Moscow to St Petersburg via the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers. It is also possible to combine the Russian Waterways river cruise with a rail journey aboard the world-famous Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, travelling from Vladivostok to Moscow.
Priced from $7,795 per person, twin share, highlights include: Moscow sightseeing, such as a tour of Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Armoury museum within the walls of the Kremlin; visits to the Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl, as well as Goritsy. Other features include Lake Onega and Europe's largest Lake, Ladoga. In St Petersburg visits to the Catherine and Peterhof Palaces, along with a folklore show and hydrofoil ride over the Neva Riva, complete the tour.
APT 'Signature Experiences' include a the chance to explore the open air museum of wooden architecture on Kizhi Island, where guests will see the World Heritage-listed Church of the Transfiguration built in 1714; and a spectacular ballet performance in St Petersburg at the world-famous Hermitage Theatre.
As well 14-day luxury Russian river cruising at its finest aboard the Anastasia, also included in the price is: all meals on board at all restaurants ; the widest choice of staterooms and suites in Russia, many featuring outside balconies; all Freedom of Choice™ sightseeing and Signature Experiences; tipping, airport transfers and porterage; and all soft drinks, wine and local beer with lunch and dinner onboard the cruise.
To book an APT River Cruise aboard the MS Anastasia in 2015 call 1300 196 420, visit aptouring.com.au or see your local travel agent.