MS Tolstoy Cruise Ship | Russian River Cruises

Lev Tolstoy Cruise Ship

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"Seldom did art work so much like nature," wrote fellow writer Thomas Mann about the work of the namesake of this craft. However, he could just as easily have written this about MS Lev Tolstoy.

The Lev Tolstoy ship was named for one of Russia's most famous writers. This Anton Chekhov-class (Type Q-056) passenger ship, built in 1979 by skilled Austrian shipwrights for high-ranking Soviet officials to host foreign dignitaries, features two restaurants and two bars, air conditioning in all guest areas, a beauty salon alongside a sauna, a reading room, and an observation lounge.

It carries 250 passengers from Moscow to St. Petersburg, as well as our southern route from Astrakhan to Moscow and spaciously, accommodates 168 guests.

Although a 30-year-old luxury craft of state, the Tolstoy has been recently refitted with all modern amenities, including full bathrooms, individual room thermostat controls, and refrigerators.

Staffed by a crew whose first regard is guest experience, everything aboard this exemplary Russian river craft is first-rate, from laundry and medical services to the mouth-watering continental and regional specialties offered daily by the galley.