About Phoenix Cruises
The German tour operator Phoenix Reisen was founded in 1973. In 1988 they started cruising the oceans with the charter of the ship Maxim Gorkiy. Starting as a pure ocean shipping company, Phoenix Reisen expanded its range in 1993 to include the popular river cruises. The four well-known ocean liners are now joined by more than 30 river ships as well as a few smaller ships for exceptional destinations. The shipping company is still in family hands and attaches great importance to a friendly and pleasant atmosphere aboard their ships. Language on board of all ships is German.
The Rachmaninov is a classic middle class ship which was built in 1984 and refurnished in 2014. It has large decks and exterior walkways, from which you can relax and observe the sights and the beauty of nature along the russian rivers. There are 5 passenger decks with space for up to 208 passengers. The ship is 129 m long and 17 m wide. On board there is a panoramic restaurant, a foyer with reception, a music lounge, a panoramic salon, bars and wifi in the panoramic bar. Furthermore, there is a board shop, a hairdresser, sauna, massage opportunities, laundry service, sundeck with decks, chairs and deckchairs.
All staterooms are oceanview staterooms and have large openable panoramic windows. The staterooms on the lower deck have portholes. All staterooms are equipped with shower, toilet, air-conditioning, heater, TV and radio, safe, daily newspaper and voltage 220 V. The De Luxe staterooms are spacious with double beds, which can be seperated on request.
On board the Rachmaninov you enjoy full board service. Included is a rich breakfast buffet and lunch and dinner. The multi-course menu includes a good russian cuisine with traditional specialties. On river days there is also an afternoon coffee, tea and biscuits. Captains welcome and dinner are crowned with a festive menu and the crew will take care of your special diets on request (Diabetics, Gluten-free, Lactose-free etc.).
Bordlife and Entertainment
On captains evening all guests prefer to dress elegant, on the other days a sporty and leger atmosphere lets everyone wear an informal dress. The on board languages are German and Russian and the currencies are Rouble and Euro. VISA- and MasterCard credit cards are accepted. Smoking is only permitted in labelled areas on the sun deck.Board and card games are offered for you and there is a dance night with live music. Whilst the overnight stays the ships mostly stop at places where you can take a walk at land.
Shore programs and visits
Through a variety of shore excursions, you have the opportunity to get to know the country and it’s people along the route. The excursion program is adapted to the length of stay of the ship and is accompanied by qualified tour guides. The excursions are usually in German language. The shore excursions can be booked directly on board or partly in advance online at the shipping company. Payment is on board. At some cruises a variety of shore excursions is already included.
If you want to travel in a classic atmosphere on the rivers in Russia and enjoy the beauty of the places you visit, Rachmaninov is the right ship for you.