Project facts. Large passenger vessels, intended for work on Volga cruise
routes; the largest ships of this class in the world. The project included single,
double and 3-bed cabins, equipped with personal WCs, two restaurants, cafe, saloons,
cinema with sliding roof. Air condition system was installed.
Serial building. Since 1976 till 1983 9 units were built.
Designations. Project 92-016, type "Valerian Kuybyshev".
The shipyard's designation: OL 400, osobna lod - passenger ship 400
Distribution. The ships were delivered to the shipping companies: Volga,
Volga-Don (after the crash in 1983 and repairs also transferred to Volga Shipping
Company). At present the ships are operated, as a rule, on cruise line between
Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Volga-Balt waterway, Ladoga and Onega lakes), on
Volga cruises from Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, sometimes visiting
Modernizations. The ship, which crashed in 1983 (as a result of collision
with the bridge all premises on the upper deck were cut off and the premises on
the third deck were badly damaged), was fully repaired and has almost nothing
different from others, except the sea class fully closed lifeboats installed on
she. Since 90's some ships are undergoing regular renovations to increase the
comfort for the passengers. The forward saloons are converting into bars (on some
ships); the cinema is also converted into a bar; the reception halls are widened
(on some ships); the equipment and internal decorations of the restaurant and
cafe-bar are replaced (on some ships). Some passenger cabins are converted into
the "luxe" and "semi-luxe" class (by uniting of several cabins
into one bigger); the equipment of the cabins and WCs is partially replacing (these
vary on different ships). The navigation equipment is added by the GPS, modern
locators, etc. For the need of regular navigation on the Noth-Western lakes and
in the Black sea regions the ships got the appropriate number of safe equipment
(life rafts) for their correspondence to the rules of the class M.