This ship is a great gain - for our travelers are having much better cruise experience from now on! Good old m/s 'General Lavrinenkov' has been reborn as 'Excellence Katharina' through complete renovation, that should really be called a wonderful transformation. Originally named after the Air Force hero of the WWII General Vladimir Lavrinenkov, the ship used to be elegant and charmingly smart, just as hero-officer would be - but this was before renovation. European designers and the construction team have done their best, and ship's comfort became upscale! Besides pleasant and usable interior designed in pleasant colors the ship acquired much more convenience: most of cabins now have balconies, and elevator goes from deck to deck. Cruise program is vivid and versatile, and is designed to feel at ease in a warm shipboard atmosphere. Parties, games, live music concerts, dancing evenings and shipboard entertainment - all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday and pleasing festival mood for you! From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, this floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. Part of the perfectly trained Crew and the Cruise Team are government-licensed guides ensuring the intellectual cruise component. So, you'll go home with more just a tan, but with many stories about history, mythology, arts of the ports of call along with the insight into local mentality.