Without a doubt it was the crew. There was a Scenic Cruise Director and two Scenic Program directors who were always available.
They were always on hand to assist and made sure that everyone had everything they could possibly need.
They looked after all of the on board entertainment which included lectures and information sessions on Russian history, every day Russian life, Russian language lessons, and vodka tastings. They even ran a workshop on painting the beautiful Russian Matryoshka dolls. Plus, sitting on the Sun Deck while we sailed and just watching the passing scenery. Again, it was so green and fresh with massive fir forests and beautiful countryside.