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Cruise by Rivers is a project by Imperial River Cruises. The affiliate is created with a purpose of verifying marketing activity and increasing visibility of travel products by Imperial River Cruises. 

Imperial River Cruises has over 25 years of experience specializing in cruises by rivers of Russia and Ukraine

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 (ORTCC), the largest ship operator in Russia. The combined experience of the IRC and ORTCC 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 Dontourfleet 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 organi­zations, 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 com-pany’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!”

Fleet & Cruises

Our fleet sails Volga, Don, Neva, Svir, Dnieper, Danube Rivers not counting lakes (lakes Onega and Ladoga are among these) and tremendous artificial waterways - those are a very special experience to go through! 

Our ships are specially designed for the inland waterways cruising, and feature outside cabins that allow picturesque views of the passing countryside. All units are comfortably furnished, air-conditioned and have private showers. Highly professional and experienced crew takes great pride in their ship and maintains it in excellent condition. The dining service offers Continental and Russian and Ukrainian cuisine, as well as gourmet specialties of the visited regions. Most meals served on board in a warm homelike atmosphere of the ship's dining room. Service personnel are well trained and eager to offer assistance. Public areas may include bars, small souvenir shops, music salon and/or beauty parlor. Laundry service is also available.

Atmosphere and experience onboard: small ships (180 - 280 passengers) and boutique ship (97 passengers) with a warm, home-like atmosphere. English speaking tour guides to accompany you on shore excursions; ships offer daily musical performances, lectures and folk shows. Our cruises are best for World travelers with an appreciation of European history and cultural traditions who enjoy an international crowd. Our clientelle is well-traveled adults who prefer the intimate setting and slower pace of a river cruise, who enjoy a very international crowd and are looking for a different experience, particularly in the areas of Russia and Ukraine. Or, those who have a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines or an expert judge in matters of taste.



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