Ten open-roof river boats to be launched on the Moskva River in spring
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Ten open-roof river boats to be launched on the Moskva River in spring

River boats with a telescopic roof will make stops at seven city quays, including near Zaryadye Park and Luzhniki Sports Complex.

Ten new riverboats cruising up and down the Moskva River will open the 2018 summer navigation season. The boats will be launched in time for the FIFA World Cup, some of whose matches will be hosted by Moscow.

This is modern passenger water transport with climate control and a retractable telescopic glass roof. Depending on the weather, the roof can cover the deck or slide back, like the roof of a convertible car.

The river boats will be easily recognised by the bright colour of the body, which will come in all colours of the rainbow, as well as pink, lilac and dark red. Each boat will be able to hold 44 passengers. Every boat will be fitted with an audio guide speaking nine languages. The planned cost of one trip is 500 roubles.

“We want to do all we can to make the upcoming World Cup something more than just matches at stadiums. The main goal is to create a festive atmosphere all across the Russian capital and to give football fans a glimpse of our city. This requires developing pedestrian routes, diversifying bus tours and offering cruises along the Moskva River,” said Head of the Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev.

The river boats will run at 30-minute intervals. Each route will include stops at Kievsky Railway Terminal, Luzhniki, Vorobyovy Gory, Gorky Park, Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge, Zaryadye and Novospassky Bridge quays.

Ten open-roof river boats to be launched on the Moskva River in spring

Summer navigation on the Moskva River usually begins in April and lasts until October or November depending on the weather. In warm months, several carriers are operational across the city and in the nearest suburbs.

This year, summer navigation ended on 9 November giving way to winter river trips on ice-class cruisers capable of cutting through 20-cm-thick ice.