Smoking is prohibited everywhere inside the ship, including bars and open decks (with the exception of special smoking area). Smoking is allowed only within the special smoking areas at the aft on the middle deck and at the aft on the boat deck.
There are no laundry machines on the cruises, but there is laundry service available for additional payment. However, you will be able to use iron rooms on ships. We recommend that you bring enough clothes to last you through the entire trip. This way you won't have to worry about your laundry at all.
Russia uses 220 volt electric plugs. Most of electric devices these days support from 110 to 240 volts and you can easily confirm this by looking at the electric adapter of your electronic device. If your device only supports 110 volts you will need to buy a special adapter. If it supports 220 volts then you just need an outlet adapter.
Russia uses European outlets with two round pins. You can find an adapter at any electronics and even pharmacy store in US or online.
Tip: there are no hair dryers on the cruises and if you bring your own, you should make sure that it supports Russian voltage and that you have an outlet adapter.
You probably know that borsh is Russian national meal and we assure you that you will have a chance to try it together with other succulent Russian dishes. Menu on board has been specially designed to give you a chance to try all famous Russian meals. Russian food is made from very similar ingredients as most of European cuisine. You will notice that there is a greater emphasis on potatoes and that there are more salads with mayo (just like in Canada - it must be a northern thing).Tip: You will even have a chance to learn how to cook Russian food in special Russian food class if it is included in the program of your cruise.