Thursday 2 August 2018
By the time I woke up, we were just leaving the locks at
Kremenchugskaya - a 48ft rise.
Looking aft from the ships bows.
Early morning view from the balcony.
Passing river traffic.
Wheelhouse tour at 09:45.
Looking aft from the bridge/wheelhouse.
There was some discussion with Captain Oleg Kitaev about the age
of the ship - our tour brochures said she was built in 1979
but the captain insisted it was 1990 - and said the brochure
should be changed!! - I think he was getting confused between
At 10:30 we were on the Sun Deck for a demonstration of how to
by chef Lena - assisted by two volunteers.
The ships staff were all mustered - in national costume.
Canadian volunteer showing off her effort.
Receptionist Anna took the microphone for a folksong - she had an
Kay enjoying her varenki.
Program Director Oliver strutting his stuff......
.... while Anna sings on......
.... and the girls start danciing - sedate at first....
... then in gets a bit wild!
We didn't have to wait for this lift bridge to open for us.......
... it opened as soon as we arrived.....
Local ship spotter??? - or a bridge worker taking a photo for the
Down goes the centre span as we leave.....
.... ready for the next train.
14:30 - arriving at Kremenchug
with our coaches getting ready for us.
Inching our way to the mooring.
Anorak that I am - I spotted this sign for KrAZ
- famous for
building heavy trucks
Our guide Lena told us that this was a 'Joseph Stalin' tank - but
we all know that it is an ISU-152
(although based on a JS2 tank chassis).
As if on cue - a KrAZ truck!
Our hosts - Valentina and granddaughter Paulina.
Back on board - and casting off at 18:00.
Evening sun on the water.
Sunflower seed silos off the port bow.
Locals enjoying the warm evening.