it was a wonderful experience and i would recommend the Vodohod cruise line to any one. the beds are narrow. i was travelling as a solo - so one bed for sleeping and one for putting stuff on. the referigerator in the room worked ( I did not use it). the meals are generous. you do have to order a couple of days in advance and you are expected to sit at the same table and place during the trip. the crew are russian with limited english , german french etc so they know place the ordered meal in number place on the table. six to most tables. four courses for lunch and dinner, Big range for buffet breakfast, from cold meats cheeses to hot dishes, cereals, sweet cakes. The tables are with marked signs ie english speaking or french speaking or the name of the tour company.
on my trip there were tour group from Austria, italy and Iceland as well as the above mentioned ones.
you will need all your own lotions and potions, shampoos ( one cake of soap provided).
rooms cleaned daily, towels in line with green policy, sheets replaced every 3/4 days.
suggestion take a thermos / insulated cup and your tea bags if you like a cup of tea. dining room is only open at meal times, there is a hot water tap on one floor - but unlike more expensive Viking no biscuits or cafe machine. no cups - thats why you need your own insulated mug.
wifi seems to work well early in the morning only at the one place place on the ship. If you come from australia i would say its shaped.
guides speak excellent english french german etc and are allocated to each group of passengers, they are also called upon to sort out the issues when people dont understand the instruction to sit in the same place for each meal.
bar / drinks they are not out to make a fortune from selling alcohol.
unlike Viking there are no flags red carpets crew to find you on land and guide you to the boat - you have to find it yourself. just a matter of reading the name. the russian name is in big letters and the english above the door. make an effort to recognise or write the russian name - then it will be easy to find the boat. warm musical welcome on board.
great places to see as you cruise along - lots of information.
there is walking on the daily trips - so come fit, no lift on the ship there are steps to climb.
if the ship is V shaped i guess as you go higher you get a little more room in the cabin. shower toilet once mastered actually gives you more room than newer ships. I would have liked a bath mat - not that it would be practical. next time toweling slip ons.