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MV Rus from Vladivostok to Toyama


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Some photos from a journey I did on my own in 2008 when I went from Stoke to Tokyo without flying. The journey was on the pretty old MV Rus and took around 36 hours, leaving Vladivostok at around 9pm and arriving in Toyama 36 hours later-ish in the morning. The journey was expensive but comfortable with every meal provided. Russian immigration took about 30 minutes to clear, still a bit of the KGB about them and the officer on duty went off to his superior with my passport for a good 15 minutes. I hadn't paid a penny for the ticket when I boarded the boat but everyone's name was called on the full day at sea and you had to go and pay your fare in US dollars cash at the ship reception desk (I paid something abusrd like 450 dollars to share an outside berth with a Japanese chap)! Japanese immigration and customs boarded the ship at Toyama and everyone was processed in the ship canteen before customs officers went through each cabin very thoroughly, I'd say the process took about 90 minutes. 

The ship seemed to list at the angle shown in the photos for the whole duration of the crossing (swimming pool gives a good clue). The photo of her in Vladivostok was after she had arrived from Japan in the morning before we departed and you can just make out the outside decks are covered in Japanese cars! Apparently for the voyage from Japan to Russia, they even empty the pool and stick a couple in there too! 

The company went bust and a different company took it over sailing to a different Japanese port via South Korea but it seems as though it's freight only post covid, hopefully it'll come back again soon although I wouldn't fancy travelling through Russia these days, covid or no covid. 

 

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This is really great, massively envious of such a trip.

How was the Russ generally? That class of ships and the other, larger class of Soviet cruise ferries were notably brown in decor as built and it looks like this one still was.

She's still going somewhere as an expedition cruise ship (or was pre Covid).

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39 minutes ago, hhvferry said:

This is really great, massively envious of such a trip.

How was the Russ generally? That class of ships and the other, larger class of Soviet cruise ferries were notably brown in decor as built and it looks like this one still was.

She's still going somewhere as an expedition cruise ship (or was pre Covid).

Good detective work, I tried to find information online but struggled, have you got any links? 

She wasn't too bad at all, a very retro feel onboard (both decor and service levels!!) but it had a certain charm to it. 

I seem to remember the cabin being clean and comfortable as well as sleeping well and the en suite being fine.

You could walk everywhere, including right up to the front of the bow which was fantastic (I have a photo of me standing on it somewhere). Doors to all manner of machinery rooms were left wide open on deck.

I was lucky to have good weather, the day at sea was glorious sunshine for the whole day so spent most of the day out on deck as I recall.

The food was a good laugh, very Russian and there wasn't much choice, if any for most meals. I was glad to hit Japanese soil on that front. 

I'd love to do a similar trip one day but I'd want Russia to change quite significantly before doing so. The Trans-Siberian railway was equally, probably even more memorable. Vladivostok is a nice city too. 

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Equally jealous. But here's a photo of her sister I snapped in 2008 on Zakynthos on a family cruise - the Ugo Foscolo, originally named Mikhail Sholokhov.  She'd been acquired to run for ANEZ but it came to nothing and after rotting for a while she went to the knacker's yard just 3 years later....

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8 hours ago, CirrusDesAigles said:

Good detective work, I tried to find information online but struggled, have you got any links? 

She wasn't too bad at all, a very retro feel onboard (both decor and service levels!!) but it had a certain charm to it. 

I seem to remember the cabin being clean and comfortable as well as sleeping well and the en suite being fine.

You could walk everywhere, including right up to the front of the bow which was fantastic (I have a photo of me standing on it somewhere). Doors to all manner of machinery rooms were left wide open on deck.

I was lucky to have good weather, the day at sea was glorious sunshine for the whole day so spent most of the day out on deck as I recall.

The food was a good laugh, very Russian and there wasn't much choice, if any for most meals. I was glad to hit Japanese soil on that front. 

I'd love to do a similar trip one day but I'd want Russia to change quite significantly before doing so. The Trans-Siberian railway was equally, probably even more memorable. Vladivostok is a nice city too. 

 

This is the website of her operators and the page for the ship - https://albatros-expeditions.com/ships/ocean-atlantic

It looks like she's been berthed in Las Palmas since April last year so who knows what the future holds. 

They also had one of her sister ships which was the Ocean Endeavour but she no longer appears on their website. She also is laid up in Las Palmas according to her ais signal.

This series were sort of evolutions of the Pomerania of Polferries and her four Polish and Turkish sisters. Simplon has decent English coverage of the series with some brochure internal images - 

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/SovietPCs1.html#anchor71591

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4 hours ago, hhvferry said:

This is the website of her operators and the page for the ship - https://albatros-expeditions.com/ships/ocean-atlantic

It looks like she's been berthed in Las Palmas since April last year so who knows what the future holds. 

They also had one of her sister ships which was the Ocean Endeavour but she no longer appears on their website. She also is laid up in Las Palmas according to her ais signal.

This series were sort of evolutions of the Pomerania of Polferries and her four Polish and Turkish sisters. Simplon has decent English coverage of the series with some brochure internal images - 

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/SovietPCs1.html#anchor71591

Tremendous, looks like they've spent a few quid on her. Given her a complete new lease of life. 

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