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By Wendy Gore
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Zosima Shashkov Overview

Zosima Shashkov, part of Vodohod’s fleet of river cruise ships, is a four-deck vessel that has been purpose-built for sailing along the waterways of Europe. This vessel, which bears the name of a minister of the Sea and River Fleet of the USSR, was built in 1986 and can hold up to 296 passengers. Zosima Shashkov was fully refurbished -- receiving an upgrade to its facilities -- in 2012. Onboard, there are two restaurants, one of which converts into a nightclub, as well as a piano bar, coffee bar, solarium and sauna.

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About Vodohod Zosima Shashkov

All of the accommodations onboard Zosima Shashkov are outside cabins which feature air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Most of the cabins -- excluding those on the lower deck -- offer large windows.

Entertainment onboard Zosima Shashkov includes live performances by Russian folk musicians and classical musicians, as well as Russian cultural and historical activities, such as Russian singing, dancing and nesting doll painting lessons. For a true taste of Russia, passengers can take part in a vodka tasting and Russian tea ceremony.

A typical itinerary onboard Zosima Shashkov would involve cruising the waterways between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Passengers who venture ashore can take walking tours that highlight the history and culture of Russia’s famed cities, focusing on sights like architectural landmarks, cathedrals and museums.

Zosima Shashkov’s two restaurants serve European cuisine, along with traditional Russian fare. Breakfast is a buffet spread, while lunch is usually a hearty meal that features at least one Russian soup -- an essential staple on most lunch menus in Russia. Dinner can be something of an event onboard Zosima Shashkov. There are themed nights that highlight the food of various Russian local regions and the ship’s chefs pull out all the stops for the Captain’s dinner, which often showcases Russian culinary specialties.


Vodohod Zosima Shashkov Ship Stats

  • Launched: 1986
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 296
Zosima Shashkov Ratings
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Zosima Shashkov
PhotosbyPharos
Sail Date: Sep 2017
authentic experience than the more luxurious western style river cruise ships. Also Vodohod's Zosima Shashkov had single cabins at a sensible price. I had realistic expectations of the 3-star experience:...Read More
Zosima Shashkov
millerthomas1
Sail Date: Aug 2018
We knew in advance that the cabins would be very small and cramped. However we did not know that the common area rooms were small and overcroweded and the low ceilings enhanced the noise. We were very disappointed...Read More
Zosima Shashkov
4dogs27
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Itinerary great, view going along the river very nice. She is very clean but most definitely 3 stars. In fact when someone was complaining at the reception desk that is what the reception said " We are a 3 star...Read More
Zosima Shashkov
alisonkittle
Sail Date: May 2016
My husband and I took a Russian river cruise on the MS Zosima Shashkov from St. Petersburg to Moscow through Gate1 Travel in May 2016 and wanted to share our experiences with other travelers interested...Read More

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