12/08/2011 11:44 am ET

The Taras Shevchenko: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Taras Shevchenko is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Taras Shevchenko.


The MS Taras Shevchenko is a river cruise ship. The ship sails the Ukrainian waterways from Kiev to Istanbul. The ship is seaworthy and regularly sails an additional Black Sea cruise extension.

River Cruiser

The Taras Shevchenko is a river cruiser. The ship is smaller than many of the massive luxury liners to better fit through narrower, shallower portions of rivers. The Shevchenko carries up to 240 passengers.

Special Features

The Taras Shevchenko offers a movie theater that also presents live cruise entertainment and speakers. In addition, the ship has a sauna located on the lowest deck. The ship also boasts a sun deck on the top level.


All staterooms on the Taras Shevchenko have windows to give passengers the best view of passing cities and natural areas. Every stateroom comes equipped with a mini refrigerator, private bath and air conditioner. Suites include bathtubs.


The cost of a river cruise on the Taras Shevchenko varies depending the on the stateroom. An ocean view stateroom starts at $2,500 per person for a 15-day cruise. A suite can cost as much as $5,250 per person for the same cruise.


The Taras Shevchenko makes local tour guides available at each port on its route. Passengers recommended Sevastopal. This Black Sea port is home to the Russian fleet, and the military show is well worth catching. Also consider bringing tour information in your most comfortable language to augment the local guides.

Dining Experience

The Taras Shevchenko has two restaurants. The Kiev is the larger of the two and seats 170 passengers, while the Odessa seats only 62 passengers. The meals are mostly traditional Russian and Ukrainian dishes.

Maiden Voyage

The Taras Shevchenko was built in 1991. It is the second Russian cruise ship to bear the name of the Soviet poet and painter.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Taras Shevchenko.


Passenger's video from the Taras Shevchenko including the locks on the Dnieper River.

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