Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
19Trip End Aug 06, 2013
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We went down to the plated dinner last night and we both had Wild Russian Rabbit. It was just OK, but in the end they should have let the rabbit run wild. After dinner there was a Folk Music concert in the lounge and it was quite good. The band consisted of two female singers and and a male who plays something similar to an accordion. They were very passionate about their music. We both had trouble sleeping last night, but while a little tired no worse for wear.
Kizhi Island is an "open air" museum and is officially called State Historical Architecture and Ethnographic Preserve"
Last night we passed partially through Lake Onega, the second largest fresh water lake in Europe. There are over 1300 islands and the shoreline is mostly pine trees. We will cross it completely today.
We have just returned from a tour to the ship's Bridge. It was quite interesting. Discussions included a description of the various instruments, the dimensions of the ship (I remembered that the ship is 13M high 123 M long and 15M wide and has a draft of 4M) navigating canals, rivers and lakes, crew size (100) and speed of 14 Knots or approx 26 MPH, and in general how the bridge runs. The ship was built in 1980 and refurbished in 2010. MAny questions wer asked and answered in our allotted time frame. The Captain and mates speak little English resulting in one of the crew translating all questions and answers.
We have heard comments from some of the guests concerning the quality of the cruise as compared to other European Cruises. Jill and I don't quite understand this as we knew when we purchased the cruise that we could not expect the same quality as the cruises that go through Germany, France, Holland, Etc
We also went to a lecture on Russian Tea that was held by our Cruise Director Inna. It was quite entertaining, but not particularly educational.