Imperial River Cruises has over 25 years of experience specializing in the waterways of Russia and Ukraine. IRC is partnered with Orthodox Cruise Company, the largest ship operator in Russia. River cruise is a great way to get to know a country and its peculiar cultures: our itineraries run along several greatest rivers of Europe and are constructed in a way to stop at the most attractive cities and villages giving chances to examine the most picturesque sites. 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!
IRC is a member of reputable industry organizations, meeting strict operational, safety, and administrative standards. In recent years the cruise line has handled many corporate travel excursions for American, Canadian, Australian, and European business executives. The company’s vast experience enables it to offer land tours in all price categories, from budget to VIP. They are also known for offering special cruises catering to music lovers, orchestras, choirs, and other professional (or scholastic) music organizations.
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 - 250 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.
IRC has been founded and successfully managed by Alexander Bout, IRC's acting President and cruise industry veteran whose career has been spent with such companies as Black Sea Shipping (Vice President), OdessAmerica Cruises, Sea Ways International Group and World Quest Cruises (President).