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In the Footsteps of the Cossacks 2019

An iconic journey along the Dnieper River in the Ukraine & the Danube River in Romania aboard the MS Dnieper Princess

  • 9 September 2019
  • 20 September 2019
  • History and Culture
  • Kiev

There are cities that symbolise a nation and Kiev is one of them. Kiev is the soul of Ukraine, playing a key part in its past, present and future. A handsome city, Kiev offers parks, boulevards and gardens, as well as many historic sites. For almost 300 years Kiev was the centre of Kyivan Rus, a mighty Eastern Slavic state whose territory spread from the Western Buh to the Volga, from the Black Sea to the Baltic. Kiev is friendly and dynamic, a great introduction to the colourful and diverse traditions of Ukraine, and September is the perfect month to visit this warm-hearted country. Our journey takes us along the Dnieper River to some fascinating sites. At Zaporizhzhya, we experience a taste of a Cossack past, with a dramatic display of skilled horsemanship. We will also visit the little known and scenic Dnieper Delta and the settlement of Vilkovo, a myriad of waterways and backwaters where locals use gondola style boats as part of their daily life. A real highlight of this voyage will be our time in Odessa, well known as a vibrant Black Sea resort, and a remarkable city founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great. Here we will have the chance to explore the city’s many churches and spend an evening at the beautiful Opera House. We then continue along the Danube River into Romania where we will take a half day to visit the ancient coastal city of Constanta.

We are delighted to include Ukraine in our cruise portfolio and this journey promises a rich tapestry of culture and history, with a heartfelt welcome along the way. If you wish to extend your holiday time, we are offering a five night extension in the beautiful Romanian region of Transylvania, during which you will travel through some of the last untouched and least travelled areas of Europe.

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Dnieper Princess

Dnieper Princess

The mixed-nationality MS Dnieper Princess accommodates a maximum of 230 passengers. Built in 1976 and refurbished in 2016, this comfortable and well run vessel is ideal for exploring the Dnieper River. 

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Itinerary

  • Dnieper river
  • Kiev

Day 1 - London to Kiev, Ukraine.

Fly by scheduled flight from London to Kiev and transfer to the MS Dnieper Princess for embarkation. Join your fellow travellers this evening for the Welcome Drink and Dinner.

Day 2 - Kiev.

This morning enjoy a guided tour of this vibrant and friendly capital city. Our visit includes the old city, located on seven hills on the right bank of the mighty Dnieper. We will also see St Sophia Cathedral, erected in 1037 by unknown architects in Russian- Byzantine style to commemorate the victory of King Yaroslav the Wise over the Petcheneg tribes. The cathedral contains a unique collection of mosaics composed of smalt of 177 different colours and shades, and frescoes on religious and secular themes. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is free to explore Kiev at leisure, or alternatively depart on an optional tour to see the Open Air Museum. The museum was founded in 1960 and consists of more than 200 buildings and constructions brought from different parts of Ukraine and re-built here. This evening there will be opportunity to enjoy an optional “Kiev by Night” boat trip, including a folkloric show.

Day 3 - Kiev.

After breakfast, depart for a trip to the wonderful Kyiv Cave Monastery, set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnieper River, the monastery’s cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes, and its hoard of Scythian gold rivals that of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, whilst the underground labyrinths are home to mysterious mummified monks. In 1051 St Anthony of Lyubech and his disciple St Theodosius journeyed from Mount Athos in Greece and took up residence here. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon depart for a rousing performance by the Ukrainian National Male Choir, an unforgettable experience. The choir performs an acapella of the best masterpieces of Ukrainian sacred music. Sail this evening.

Day 4 - Cruising.

Today you will have a chance to relax and enjoy a day of cruising as we head towards Zaporizhzhya. Whilst sailing the ship will offer a Ukrainian national day, giving you the opportunity to experience Ukrainian cuisine as well as language lessons.

Day 5 - Zaporizhzhya.

This morning we arrive in the town of Zaporizhzhya. Situated on the lower Dnieper, at the confluence of Lenin Lake and the Kakhovka Sea, Zaporizhzhya is an historic and important Cossack city with beautiful river vistas, and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Ukrainians who visit nearby Khortitsa Island. Our morning city tour will include the small but interesting Museum of the Cossacks and later this afternoon we will attend a Cossack horse show, an exhilarating demonstration of Cossack horseriding, sword and whip fighting, gun shooting and dancing. Return to the ship and sail overnight to Kherson.

Day 6 - Kherson & Dnieper Delta.

Arrive this morning into Kherson, a city with a past dating back to the ancient Greeks who were believed to have had a colony in the immediate area named Chersonesos Taurica. From here we will take a boat trip to the beautiful Dnieper Delta with a stop along the way to see a traditional fishing village. Return to the ship and sail to Odessa.

Day 7 - Odessa.

Arrive into Odessa this morning and after breakfast depart for a tour of this elegant city, the gem of the Black Sea. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1794, following the Russian victory over the Turks, Odessa today is a busy port and popular resort. One of its most famous features is the Potemkin Steps which rise to a height of almost 500 feet from the sea to the upper town. During our tour we will stroll along the famous Promenade and see the acoustically perfect Opera House which is one of the most impressive buildings in Europe. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is free to explore at leisure or join an optional tour to the Fine Arts Museum. This evening there will be an optional performance of ballet or music at the Opera House (subject to schedules and availability).

Day 7 - Odessa.

Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent sightseeing or shopping in this dynamic resort. There will also be two optional tours available, firstly, a tour of the “Churches of Odessa”, a chance to visit some of the many historic and beautiful churches of this city. There will also be an optional trip by coach to the ancient city of Belgorod- Dnestrovski, located about two hours from Odessa in the historic region of Bessarbia. The story of the city began at the end of the 6th century B.C when people from the Greek city of Miletus founded the town Ofiussa-Tyre on the banks of the Dniester estuary. The Medieval fortress “Akkerman” standing on the bank of the Dniester estuary is one of the largest and best preserved in Ukraine. Return to the ship and sail in the evening towards Vilkovo.

Day 9 - Vilkovo & the Danube Delta.

Arrive this morning in the unique town of Vilkovo, located on the border of Ukraine and Romania at the confluence of the Danube and the Black Sea. Vilkovo is a picturesque, cosy settlement with a myriad of waterways that take up almost half the town and where the local transport is more often than not a gondola-style boat. The area is made up of dozens of man-made islands, formed out of silt and clay, and surrounded by fabulously beautiful gulfs and backwaters. We will enjoy a morning guided tour and this afternoon there will be a boat trip to the Danube Delta, one of the most important wetlands left in Europe.

Day 10 - Izmail.

Arrive this morning into the historic port of Izmail, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Danube and strategically located to guard and control the upper reaches of the Kilia branch of the Danube — an area once known as Bessarabia. After breakfast join a city tour to include a visit to the Diorama Museum. Sail in the early afternoon and cruise overnight. to the small town of Fetesti on the River Danube. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 11 - Constanta, Romania.

This morning we will continue our cruise along the eastern Danube arriving into Fetesti in the early afternoon. From here we join a half day excursion to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city with a colourful history dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Your tour includes a visit to the Archaeology Museum and the Peter & Paul Orthodox church. After some free time to walk along the popular promenade and marina, return to the ship and overnight in Fetesi.

Day 12 - Bucharest to London.

After breakfast today we disembark and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 2 hours) for our return flight to London.

  • Waterways of Vilkovo
  • Odessa Opera House
  • Pelican on the Danube Delta

Bucharest to Kiev

  • Dnieper river
  • Kiev

Day 1 - London to Bucharest, Romania.

Fly by scheduled flight from London to Bucharest, and on arrival transfer to the port of Fetesti (approx. 2 hours) for embarkation aboard the MS Dnieper Princess, where we moor overnight. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Welcome Drink & Dinner.

Day 2 - Constanta.

After breakfast this morning, join a half day excursion to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city with a colourful history dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Your tour here includes a visit to the Archaeology Museum, and the Peter & Paul Orthodox church. After some free time to walk along the popular promenade and marina, return to the ship and sail towards Izmail in Ukraine.

Day 3 - Izmail, Ukraine.

Arrive in the early afternoon into the historic port of Izmail, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Danube and strategically located to guard and control the upper reaches of the Kilia branch of the Danube - an area once known as Bessarabia. After lunch join a city tour here, including a visit to the Diorama Museum. Sail in the evening and cruise overnight to Vilkovo.

Day 4 - Vilkovo & The Danube Delta.

Arrive this morning in the unique town of Vilkovo, located on the border of Ukraine and Romania at the confluence of the Danube and the Black Sea. Known as the “Ukrainian Venice”, Vilkovo is a picturesque, cosy settlement, with a myriad of waterways that take up almost half the town, and where the local transport is more often than not a gondola-style boat. The area is made up of dozens of man-made islands, formed out of silt and clay, and surrounded by gulfs and backwaters. We will enjoy a guided tour here in the morning, and this afternoon there will be a boat trip to the Danube Delta, one of the most important wetlands left in Europe. Sail in the early evening to Odessa.

Day 5 - Odessa.

We arrive into Odessa this morning and after breakfast depart for a tour of this elegant city, the gem of the Black Sea. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1794 following the Russian victory over the Turks, Odessa today is a busy port and popular resort. One of its most famous features is the Potemkin Steps which rise to a height of almost 500 feet from the sea to the upper town. During our tour we will stroll along the famous Promenade and see the acoustically perfect Opera House which is one of the most impressive buildings in Europe. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is free to explore at leisure, or you may wish to join an optional tour to the Fine Arts Museum. This evening there will be an optional performance of ballet or music at the opera house (subject to schedules and availability).

Day 6 - Odessa.

Today is a full day at leisure, for independent sightseeing or shopping in this pretty resort. There will also be two optional tours available, firstly a tour “Churches of Odessa”, a chance to visit some of the many historic and beautiful churches of this city. There will also be an optional trip by coach to the ancient city of Belgorod-Dnestrovski, located about two hours from Odessa in the historic region of Bessarabia. The story of the city began at the end of the 6th century BC when people from the Greek city of Miletus founded the town Ofiussa-Tyre on the banks of the Dniester estuary. The Medieval fortress “Akkerman” standing on the bank of the Dniester estuary is one of the largest and best preserved in Ukraine. Return to the ship and sail in the evening towards Kherson.

Day 7 - Kherson & Dnieper Delta.

Arrive this morning into Kherson, a city with a past dating back to the ancient Greeks, who were believed to have a colony in the immediate area named Chersonesos Taurica. From here we will take a boat trip to the beautiful Dnieper Delta with a stop along the way to see a traditional fishing village. Return to the ship and sail this afternoon.

Day 8 - Zaporizhzhya.

This morning we arrive in the town of Zaporizhzhya. Situated on the lower Dnieper, at the confluence of Lenin Lake and the Kakhovka Sea, Zaporizhzhya is an historic and important Cossack city with beautiful river vistas, and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Ukrainians who visit nearby Khortitsa Island. Our morning city tour will include the small, but interesting Museum of the Cossacks and later this afternoon we will attend a Cossack horse show, an exhilarating demonstration of Cossack horse-riding, sword and whip fighting, gun shooting and dancing. Return to the ship and sail this afternoon.

Day 9 - Cruising.

Today you will have a chance to relax and enjoy a day of cruising as we head towards Kiev. Whilst sailing the ship will offer a Ukrainian national day, giving you the opportunity to experience Ukrainian cuisine as well as language lessons.

Day 10 - Kiev.

We arrive in the mid-morning into Kiev. After an early lunch, depart on a guided tour of this vibrant and friendly capital city. Our visit includes tour of the old city, located on seven hills on the right bank of the mighty Dnieper. We will also see St Sophia Cathedral, erected in 1037 by unknown architects in Russian-Byzantine style to commemorate the victory of King Yaroslav the Wise over the Petcheneg tribes. The cathedral contains a unique collection of mosaics composed of smalt of 177 different colours and shades, and frescoes on religious and secular themes. This evening there will be opportunity to enjoy an optional “Kiev by Night” boat trip, including a folkloric show.

Day 11 - Kiev.

After breakfast, depart for a trip to the wonderful Kyiv Cave Monastery, set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnieper River. The monastery's cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes, and its hoard of Scythian gold rivals that of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, whilst the underground labyrinths is home to mysterious mummified monks. In 1051 St Anthony of Lyubech and his disciple St Theodosius journeyed from Mount Athos in Greece and took up residence here. Return to the ship for lunch, and this afternoon you will have time at leisure or alternatively take the optional tour to see the Open Air Museum. Located in a suburb of Kiev on a picturesque hillside, the museum was founded in 1960 and consists of more than 200 buildings and constructions brought from different parts of Ukraine and re-built here. This evening there join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner and a performance by the Ukrainian National Male Choir, an unforgettable experience. The choir performs an acapella of the best masterpieces of Ukrainian sacred music.

Day 12 - Kiev to London.

After breakfast today we disembark and transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

  • Waterways of Vilkovo
  • Odessa Opera House
  • Pelican on the Danube Delta

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £200 OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
Prices per person based on double occupancy
9 to 20 September 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Twin Main Deck £1995 £1795
2 Standard Twin Upper Deck £2175 £1975
3 Deluxe Twin/Double Upper & Boat Deck £2795 £2595
4 Junior Suite Twin/Double Boat Deck £2995 £2795
5 Single Cabin Upper & Boat Deck £2295 £2095

Bucharest to Kiev

Prices per person based on double occupancy
20 September 2019 to 1 October 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Twin Main Deck £1995 £1795
2 Standard Twin Upper Deck £2175 £1975
3 Deluxe Twin/Double Upper & Boat Deck £2795 £2595
4 Junior Suite Twin/Double Boat Deck £2995 £2795
5 Single Cabin Upper & Boat Deck £2295 £2095

Tour Reference Code: RCDP090919/RCDP200919

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 11 nights aboard the MS Dnieper Princess on full board basis • Shore excursions • Tour Manager • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Optional excursions as described, travel insurance.

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Dnieper Princess

The mixed-nationality MS Dnieper Princess accommodates a maximum of 230 passengers. Built in 1976 and refurbished in 2016, this comfortable and well run vessel is ideal for exploring the Dnieper River. 

 
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    MS Dnieper Princess
  • MS Dnieper Princess
    MS Dnieper Princess
  • Panorama Bar
    Panorama Bar
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Twin cabin
    Twin cabin
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    All cabins are outside facing and have a window which can be opened. Standard cabins measure from 9 to 10 square metres, Deluxe cabins measure from 15 to 18 square metres and Single cabins measure 7 square metres. They are equipped with private en-suite facilities, individual climate control, radio and hairdryer. Deluxe cabins also have a flat screen TV. Standard twin cabins are small but comfortable whilst Deluxe cabins are larger in size and offer a higher level of comfort. Standard cabins have fixed twin beds whilst the Deluxe cabins have twin beds that can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) to make a double. 

  • Your Space

    Spread over three decks, the ship’s public spaces include two pleasant restaurants which accommodate guests in one sitting. There will be a mix of nationalities on board, mostly from Germany and Norway, and seating in the dining rooms is open at breakfast, with fixed seating at lunch and dinner. The Sky Lounge/Bar offers plenty of space for relaxing and socializing and large windows for you to experience unforgettable views as you enjoy coffee, tea or a light snack. The vessel also has a gift shop and a hairdresser. In favourable weather the Sun Deck offers an ample space to sit and read or watch the world go by as you sail along the river. 

  • Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s restaurants on the Upper and Boat Decks. The food reflects the flavours of the region, with specialty dishes being served and the onboard team taking great pride in producing flavourful dishes. Breakfast is a buffet arrangement whilst lunch and dinner are a served affair. Vegetarian dishes are available and other special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Tea, coffee and tap water are served with all meals. Outside of meal times you may purchase drinks from the bar. 

  • Life Onboard

    The staff on board provide a friendly and efficient service and work hard to ensure that your cruise is informative, relaxing and enjoyable. There is also a doctor on board (charges apply). Your Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will accompany you throughout the tour and be on hand each day to assist whilst expert English speaking guides will provide you with information and commentary on the included excursions. 

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted that you have chosen the MS Dnieper Princess for your upcoming voyage.

    Accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers over three decks, we have chosen to take an allocation of cabins on board as she is the ideal choice of vessel for our cruises along the Dnieper. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming and you will be able to enjoy great service and hospitality on board. Facilities include two restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes, a comfortable lounge/bar and a large Sun Deck which is the perfect place to observe the banks of the majestic Dnieper River as you sail along. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal and the friendly onboard staff of 100 will do much to add to your enjoyment throughout your journey.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director on board.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the onboard Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Tea, coffee and water at mealtimes are included in your holiday price and other drinks can be purchased. Payment is accepted in Ukranian Hyrvnia or by credit card (Visa, Mastercard).

    BEAUTY SALON

    No salon is available on board.

    CABIN DIMENSIONS & FACILITIES

    Standard cabins measure from 9 to 10 square metres, deluxe cabins measure from 15 to 18 square metres and single cabins measure 7 square metres. Standard cabins have fixed twin beds which cannot be made into a double and deluxe cabins and junior suites have twin beds that can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) to make a double. Cabin windows can be opened on all decks. All cabins are equipped with private en-suite facilities, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, radio and hairdryer. Deluxe cabins and junior suites also have satellite TV and a safe.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR & TOUR MANAGER

    The cruise operators contract a Ukranian Cruise Director who will look after the day to day operations on board the ship. You will travel with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager who will be on hand to ensure that the tour runs smoothly.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board is the UAH (Ukranian Hryvnia). Drinks and services, such as gifts, may be purchased by credit card or cash (UAH) only. Onboard services e.g. purchases from the gift shop or hairdresser must be paid for at the time of purchase. Personal cheques or debit cards are not accepted.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s program will be delivered to your cabin.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions and something slightly dressier for the evening.

    ELECTRICITY

    Electricity on board is 220v with 2-pin power outlets. In the bathroom there is a 110v socket (220V in the deluxe cabins) which may be used for electric shavers only. We recommend you take an adaptor with you. In the interests of safety, please note that the use of electrical irons on board is strictly prohibited.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator on board.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures shall be provided following your embarkation. There is a doctor on board (charges apply).

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors.

    FIRST AID

    There is a doctor on board and a number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price. 

    GIFT SHOP

    A gift shop selling various practical and souvenir items is available on the Upper Deck. Payment for purchases is in cash (UAH or Euro) or by credit card whilst the ship is in Ukraine. Payment is in cash only (UAH or Euros) whilst the ship is in Romania.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is a hairdresser on board. Payment is in cash only and UAH or Euros are accepted.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day and you will be provided with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, we would please ask for you to return your shore pass to Reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    There is a laundry service on board but no dry cleaning service.

    LIBRARY

    There is a reading salon on the Upper Deck with a small stock of books and games. We recommend you bring along your own travel literature and guides.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    Meals are taken in the ship’s two restaurants on the Upper and Boat Decks. The restaurants serve local dishes in addition to an international menu and tables seat four to six guests. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served on board. Breakfast and afternoon tea are buffet style service with open seating and lunch and dinner are fixed seating with served menu choices and a self-serve salad bar. Certain dietary requests can be catered for (on request). Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager or Noble Caledonia Tour Manager upon your embarkation.

    MOSQUITOS

    Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Newspapers are not available on board.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily program due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    Payment for drinks will be added to your ship account and chits issued at point of purchase. Full payment is due at the end of your cruise by cash (UAH only) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard). Personal cheques or debit cards are not accepted. Any other purchases such as from the gift shop or hairdresser must be paid for at the time of purchase. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board as this would be contravening official regulations.

    POST

    The vessel’s gift shop sells postcards and stamps for you to purchase (subject to availability) and items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so each day, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire shall be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this. 

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day. A member of crew can be contacted 24 hours a day.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Room (cabin) service is not available on board.

    SAFE

    Deluxe cabins and junior suites have a safe. For all other cabin categories, reception has a safe facility which you are welcome to use for any valuables you may have. Please remember to remove all items from the safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions are available to you in your cabin.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to close the Sun Deck (when it is too windy). Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    There is no telephone in the cabins.

    VISITORS

    Please contact Noble Caledonia to request permission to invite a visitor(s) on board. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any persons.

    WATER

    Drinkable tap water is available at mealtimes. Bottled water is available for purchase from the bar.

    Wi-Fi

    Wireless internet connection is available without charge within the ship’s lounge. There may be times when internet connection is slow or not available.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    All cabins are outside facing and have a window which can be opened. Standard cabins measure from 9 to 10 square metres, Deluxe cabins measure from 15 to 18 square metres and Single cabins measure 7 square metres. They are equipped with private en-suite facilities, individual climate control, radio and hairdryer. Deluxe cabins also have a flat screen TV. Standard twin cabins are small but comfortable whilst Deluxe cabins are larger in size and offer a higher level of comfort. Standard cabins have fixed twin beds whilst the Deluxe cabins have twin beds that can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) to make a double. 

  • Your Space

    Spread over three decks, the ship’s public spaces include two pleasant restaurants which accommodate guests in one sitting. There will be a mix of nationalities on board, mostly from Germany and Norway, and seating in the dining rooms is open at breakfast, with fixed seating at lunch and dinner. The Sky Lounge/Bar offers plenty of space for relaxing and socializing and large windows for you to experience unforgettable views as you enjoy coffee, tea or a light snack. The vessel also has a gift shop and a hairdresser. In favourable weather the Sun Deck offers an ample space to sit and read or watch the world go by as you sail along the river. 

  • Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s restaurants on the Upper and Boat Decks. The food reflects the flavours of the region, with specialty dishes being served and the onboard team taking great pride in producing flavourful dishes. Breakfast is a buffet arrangement whilst lunch and dinner are a served affair. Vegetarian dishes are available and other special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Tea, coffee and tap water are served with all meals. Outside of meal times you may purchase drinks from the bar. 

  • Life Onboard

    The staff on board provide a friendly and efficient service and work hard to ensure that your cruise is informative, relaxing and enjoyable. There is also a doctor on board (charges apply). Your Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will accompany you throughout the tour and be on hand each day to assist whilst expert English speaking guides will provide you with information and commentary on the included excursions. 

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted that you have chosen the MS Dnieper Princess for your upcoming voyage.

    Accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers over three decks, we have chosen to take an allocation of cabins on board as she is the ideal choice of vessel for our cruises along the Dnieper. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming and you will be able to enjoy great service and hospitality on board. Facilities include two restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes, a comfortable lounge/bar and a large Sun Deck which is the perfect place to observe the banks of the majestic Dnieper River as you sail along. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal and the friendly onboard staff of 100 will do much to add to your enjoyment throughout your journey.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director on board.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the onboard Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Tea, coffee and water at mealtimes are included in your holiday price and other drinks can be purchased. Payment is accepted in Ukranian Hyrvnia or by credit card (Visa, Mastercard).

    BEAUTY SALON

    No salon is available on board.

    CABIN DIMENSIONS & FACILITIES

    Standard cabins measure from 9 to 10 square metres, deluxe cabins measure from 15 to 18 square metres and single cabins measure 7 square metres. Standard cabins have fixed twin beds which cannot be made into a double and deluxe cabins and junior suites have twin beds that can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) to make a double. Cabin windows can be opened on all decks. All cabins are equipped with private en-suite facilities, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, radio and hairdryer. Deluxe cabins and junior suites also have satellite TV and a safe.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR & TOUR MANAGER

    The cruise operators contract a Ukranian Cruise Director who will look after the day to day operations on board the ship. You will travel with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager who will be on hand to ensure that the tour runs smoothly.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board is the UAH (Ukranian Hryvnia). Drinks and services, such as gifts, may be purchased by credit card or cash (UAH) only. Onboard services e.g. purchases from the gift shop or hairdresser must be paid for at the time of purchase. Personal cheques or debit cards are not accepted.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s program will be delivered to your cabin.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions and something slightly dressier for the evening.

    ELECTRICITY

    Electricity on board is 220v with 2-pin power outlets. In the bathroom there is a 110v socket (220V in the deluxe cabins) which may be used for electric shavers only. We recommend you take an adaptor with you. In the interests of safety, please note that the use of electrical irons on board is strictly prohibited.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator on board.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures shall be provided following your embarkation. There is a doctor on board (charges apply).

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors.

    FIRST AID

    There is a doctor on board and a number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price. 

    GIFT SHOP

    A gift shop selling various practical and souvenir items is available on the Upper Deck. Payment for purchases is in cash (UAH or Euro) or by credit card whilst the ship is in Ukraine. Payment is in cash only (UAH or Euros) whilst the ship is in Romania.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is a hairdresser on board. Payment is in cash only and UAH or Euros are accepted.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day and you will be provided with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, we would please ask for you to return your shore pass to Reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    There is a laundry service on board but no dry cleaning service.

    LIBRARY

    There is a reading salon on the Upper Deck with a small stock of books and games. We recommend you bring along your own travel literature and guides.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    Meals are taken in the ship’s two restaurants on the Upper and Boat Decks. The restaurants serve local dishes in addition to an international menu and tables seat four to six guests. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served on board. Breakfast and afternoon tea are buffet style service with open seating and lunch and dinner are fixed seating with served menu choices and a self-serve salad bar. Certain dietary requests can be catered for (on request). Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager or Noble Caledonia Tour Manager upon your embarkation.

    MOSQUITOS

    Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Newspapers are not available on board.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily program due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    Payment for drinks will be added to your ship account and chits issued at point of purchase. Full payment is due at the end of your cruise by cash (UAH only) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard). Personal cheques or debit cards are not accepted. Any other purchases such as from the gift shop or hairdresser must be paid for at the time of purchase. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board as this would be contravening official regulations.

    POST

    The vessel’s gift shop sells postcards and stamps for you to purchase (subject to availability) and items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so each day, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire shall be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this. 

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day. A member of crew can be contacted 24 hours a day.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Room (cabin) service is not available on board.

    SAFE

    Deluxe cabins and junior suites have a safe. For all other cabin categories, reception has a safe facility which you are welcome to use for any valuables you may have. Please remember to remove all items from the safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions are available to you in your cabin.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to close the Sun Deck (when it is too windy). Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    There is no telephone in the cabins.

    VISITORS

    Please contact Noble Caledonia to request permission to invite a visitor(s) on board. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any persons.

    WATER

    Drinkable tap water is available at mealtimes. Bottled water is available for purchase from the bar.

    Wi-Fi

    Wireless internet connection is available without charge within the ship’s lounge. There may be times when internet connection is slow or not available.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Tour Extensions

    • Post-Cruise 20th to 25th September 2019

      Transylvania is located in central Romania, a region of exquisite countryside surrounded by the arc of the dramatic Carpathian mountain chain and is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval towns. We begin our five night tour in Bucharest, where we will visit the massive, communist-era Parliament Palace, “Old Bucharest” in the nearby historic Lipscani district and the mysterious Snagov Monastery – situated north of Bucharest on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake. We also encounter stunning castles such as Bran and the dramatic citadel at Rasnov and our final days are devoted to exploring enchanting Sighisoara and Sibiu.

      Day 1 Fetesti to Bucharest. Disembark the ship in Fetesti and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 2 hours). On arrival enjoy a city tour and lunch at the Phoenicia Restaurant before transferring to the hotel for our two night stay.

      Day 2 Bucharest. After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Snagov Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1408 by Mircea the Elder, Vlad Dracul’s grandfather. Vlad, also known as Vlad Tepes is the historical character on whom Bram Stoker’s book Dracula is based and is said to be buried here by the monks in 1476. Continue on to Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to the city for a late lunch in “Carul cu Bere”, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, with its colourful Belle Epoque interior, stained-glass windows and classic Romanian fare. Later we enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town and the remainder of the evening will be at leisure.

      Day 3 Bucharest-Sinaia-Azuga- Rasnov. After breakfast we depart Bucharest for Sinaia to see the fairy-tale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century. We then continue on to Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal family, where we will stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting. Our final visit today will be to Rasnov Citadel, a historic monument and landmark in Romania. Please note that the entrance to the citadel is a 15 minute uphill walk for those who wish to visit inside. We continue onto Brasov for our overnight stay and dinner at the hotel.

      Day 4 Brasov-Bran-Sighisoara. After breakfast join a morning city tour of Brasov including the City Hall Square, St Nicholas Church and the Old City. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit Bran to see the world famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, used the castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania. Continue on to Sighisoara for an overnight stay.

      Day 5 Sighisoara-Sibiu. After breakfast join a morning walking tour of Sighisoara including the Old Town with its cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. Also visit the Clock Tower known as the Council Tower, built in the second half of the 14th century. Enjoy lunch in “Dracula’s House” restaurant. This afternoon we drive onto the colourful city of Sibiu and have a guided walking tour on arrival. Check in to our hotel for an overnight stay and dinner.

      Day 6 Sibiu to London. After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £995
      Single £1355

      Price Includes: Five nights accommodation in four star hotels on bed & breakfast basis, all meals excluding dinner on day 2, drinks with
      included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), excursions as described, services of a local English speaking guide throughout, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, dinner on day 2.

      NB: For those taking the extension, both the outbound and inbound flight are indirect.

    • Pre-Cruise 15th to 20th September 2019

      Transylvania is located in central Romania, a region of exquisite countryside surrounded by the arc of the dramatic Carpathian mountain chain and home to some of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval towns. We begin our five night tour in Sibiu, with its cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses, after which we encounter stunning castles such as Bran, near Brasov – a Gothic fairy-tale structure associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We also visit the fairytale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century, and the dramatic citadel at Rasnov, designed to protect the region’s villages from Tartarian invasion. We then travel on to Bucharest where we will visit the massive, communist-era Parliament Palace, “Old Bucharest” in the nearby historic Lipscani district and the mysterious Snagov Monastery – situated north of Bucharest on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, and said to be the burial place of the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes III.

      Bran Castle, Brasov Bran Castle, Brasov

      Day 1 London to Sibiu, Romania. Fly by scheduled indirect flight from London to Sibiu. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to your four-star hotel for an overnight stay.  Join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner this evening at your hotel.

      Day 2 Sibiu to Sighisoara. After breakfast join a walking tour of colourful Sibiu, followed by lunch in the old city.  Continue on to Sighisoara and on arrival explore the Old Town with its cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. Also visit the Clock Tower known as the Council Tower, built in the second half of the 14th century and expanded in the 16th century.  After checking in to your hotel, dinner will be taken in the popular “Dracula’s House” restaurant.

      Day 3 Sighisoara-Azuga-Sinaia-Brasov. After breakfast depart for Brasov. On our journey we will stop at Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. On arrival we will visit a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting. We then continue on to see the fairy-tale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century. Arrive in the early evening at Brasov for an overnight stay, and dinner tonight will be at your hotel.

      Day 4 Brasov-Rasnov-Bran-Bucharest. After breakfast this morning depart for a city tour of Brasov, including the City Hall Square, St Nicholas Church and the Old City, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. We then set off for Rasnov Citadel, a historic monument and landmark in Romania. This outstanding citadel was first mentioned in documents in the 1335, built as a defense against invading Tartarian armies. Please note that the entrance to the citadel is a 15-minute uphill walk for those who wish to visit inside. Afterwards drive to Bran to see the world famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, used the castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania. We then continue on to Bucharest and on arrival check in to our hotel for our two night stay. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

      Day 5 Bucharest. After breakfast at your hotel we set off for a visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation and makes for a fascinating tour. After our tour we will have lunch in “Carul cu Bere”, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, with its colourful belle epoque interior, stained-glass windows and classic Romanian fare. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, and the remainder of the day and evening will be at leisure.  Dinner this evening will be under your own arrangements.

      Day 6 Bucharest to Fetesti. After breakfast at your hotel depart for our visit to Snagov Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1408 by Mircea the Elder, Vlad Dracul’s grandfather. Vlad, also known as Vlad Tepes is the historical character on whom Bram Stoker’s book Dracula is based and is said to be buried here by the monks in 1476. Afterwards lunch will be at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Continue on to Fetesti (approx 2 hours) for embarkation aboard the MS Dnieper Princess.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £995
      Single £1355

      Price Includes: Five nights accommodation in four star hotels on bed & breakfast basis, all meals excluding dinner on day 2, drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), excursions as described, services of a local English speaking guide throughout, transfers. Not Included: Travel insurance.

      Not included: Travel insurance, dinner on day 5.

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