New lease of life for Soviet-era vessels
The ship series was built from 1974 to 1983 (“Project 301”) and from 1983 to 1992 (“Project 302”) at the VEB Elbewerft Boizenburg/Rosslau Boizenburg shipyard in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). The vessels were built on the orders of the Soviet Union and were intended for operation in the North-West Volga, Moscow, White Sea-Onega, the Volga-Don, and Kama for the Russian Amur Shipping Company. The ships became the first mass-produced series of vessels of this class in the former USSR.
Nowadays, the vessels (which can accommodate up to 360 passengers) sail tourist routes from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Moscow to Astrakhan, other routes on the Volga, and from Kiev to Odessa. They are also used on shorter routes from St. Petersburg to Valaam, from Moscow to Uglich, and from Kiev to Kanev. In between voyages, the ships are used as floating hotels.