Scenic Cruises launched the 112-passenger Scenic Tsar last month, a complete stern-to-hull rebuild that signals ongoing growth and interest in Russia’s Volga River.

Scenic Tsar cabinScenic gutted the original ship, keeping only the original steel hull, floors and ceilings. The ship now has several categories of cabins, ranging from 34 balcony cabins at 215 square feet each, to two, 334-square-foot Panorama suites. There are also 12 Deluxe balcony suites at 236 square feet, and four 300-square-foot Royal suites. All of the cabins have balconies, except for four on the lower deck that are 150 square feet each.

The cabins have new walls, showers and toilets and have satellite TVs, safes and minibars; bottled water is replenished daily. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. The Tsar features a restaurant, a bar and lounge, a fitness center and a massage room. Behind the scenes, the galley equipment is all new.

Scenic also replaced the ship's conditioning system, main engines and drive units, generators, all wiring and electrical fittings, plates on the steel hull, and furniture, curtains and soft furnishings.

Scenic is offering four different itineraries on the Volga River: a 15-day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise; a 19-day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise & Ukraine itinerary; a 27-day Berlin, the Baltic States, and Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise; and a 31-day Imperial Jewels of Russia, Ukraine and Trans Siberian Rail Odyssey. All the itineraries include calls in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Scenic Cruises is owned by Australia-based Scenic Tours. The company already owns six river cruise ships that sail through Central and Western Europe: the Scenic Crystal, Scenic Pearl, Scenic Emerald, Scenic Sapphire, Scenic Diamond and Scenic Ruby. Those ships range from between 167 and 169 passengers each, compared to the Tsar’s 112 passengers.

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