The cruise on the Caspian Sea “Treasures of the East” was postponed, said the statement by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia.
The first cruise was planned to be held in Peter the Great motor ship in summer 2019. The ship that currently being built will be put into use with at least one-year delay. The trial running inspection of the ship is scheduled for the summer of 2019, while the acceptance of the ship – by the end of the year.
According to the Press Secretary of Mosturflot Alexander Filimonov, “demand for cruise visits in the Caspian Sea is high. We plan to carry out several trips in the Caspian Sea by the autumn of 2020. We want to send the motor ship to Sochi in the winter. It will probably operate as a floating hotel”, he said.
Peter the Great motor ship is designed for 310 passengers, who will travel in comfortable 155 cabins with balconies and 12 luxury cabins.
It is supposed that the cruise program will be the 11-day / 10-night route “Treasures of the East” with the starting and termination points in Baku (Azerbaijan) and calls to the ports of Bandar-e Anzali, Nowshahr (Iran), Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan), Aktau (Kazakhstan), Astrakhan, Makhachkala, Derbent (Russia).
According to the tourist experts, the Caspian countries – Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia – have a very good marine tourism infrastructure and are rich in historical and natural monuments that may be of interest to travelers.
In this regard, Avaza National Tourist Zone, a world-class resort on the shores of the Caspian Sea, is of particular interest. Its construction is started in 2007. During more than 10 years, dozens of luxury hotels, sanatoriums, rest complexes, yacht clubs and other tourist infrastructure have been built here.