ClothingRussian cruises sail from May to September, which is the warmest part of the year in Russia. The weather is still a bit chilly in May (it is similar to weather in Washington DC in April), so we recommend that you bring a light jacket if you are traveling during this time. You may need it in the evenings. Same applies to September. This is when the temperature starts to decline and it rains more often. Even if you are traveling during the "official summer" from June to August, you should still pack a sweater just in case.
If you plan to attend an opera or ballet, we recommend that men bring a jacket and dark shoes and women bring attire that they usually wear for public events. There is no need to overdress and you can leave your night gowns and smoking suites at home.
The welcome reception and the concert at the end of the cruise do not require any special attire.
ShoesYou should bring comfortable shoes for shore excursions.
You can bring a regular wheeled Samsonite-like suitcase to carry your things. If you plan to carry more than can fit in your pockets, you should bring a backpack for land excursions.
We recommend that you bring shampoo with you. Shampoo may or may not be available in your cabin and its best to bring it with you, just in case.