Soviet Leisure II
It was like American cruising but the buffets had a lot more borscht and cabbage in them. It was like American cruising but the bars had 30 types of Vodka instead of 30 types of Rum. It was like American cruising but the entertainment featured Cossack dancing and balalaikas instead of Broadway-style shows. It was like American cruising but the crew were from the Soviet Union and Warsaw pact countries rather than Indonesia or the Philippines. It was like American cruising, but it was Russian.
In the fourteenth instalment of this project, I build on the story of the Soviet home cruise fleet to reveal that the Soviets also operated an international cruise fleet, including for a Western clientele, during the Cold War.
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