Cruising to Kherson, a Fishermen’s Island

Dnieper River Cruise – Kherson, Ukraine

DAY 8 Kherson. (Wed.) Included Fishermen’s Island Excursion. Spend the afternoon cruising to Kherson, located 19 miles from the mouth of the Dnieper River and the Black Sea. Arrive in the mid-afternoon and disembark for your excursion to the Dnieper Delta. The Delta’s beautiful landscapes can only be explored by small boat. Set off from Kherson on a touring boat for a scenic cruise to a quaint fishing village located on Fishermen’s Island. Visitors are invited to enjoy the hospitality of the locals and discover their traditional lifestyle. Return to your ship for dinner and cruise through the night towards Zaporozhye.
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Varenyky making competition

We’re not due to arrive at our next destination till after lunch so this morning there are a couple of on-board activities.

09:40 For those who are interested in sailing, an invitation to go up on the Bridge to learn about the Captain’s duties.

11:30  A cooking demonstration by the Chef in the Sky Bar.  He and his assistant show us how to prepare a Ukrainian Varenyky or perogies, a traditional Christmas eve dish.  This typical Ukrainian dish also has its equivalent in other Slavic countries.

We get to taste Varenyky after the demonstration.  Although it looks kind of bland, when you eat it, it’s really quite tasty.

12:30 Lunch is a little earlier today.  When we arrive in Kherson we’ll go on to our shore excursion immediately.

14:00 We anchor in the middle of the river, near Kherson and transfer on to a smaller boat to take a scenic cruise on the narrow canals to the Fishermen’s Island.

On the island, we are taken to one of the farm houses where we get to taste a locally brewed spirit and some biscuits.  We then have time to roam around and see how the villagers live and what crops are being grown on the island and to check out the local handicraft and foodstuff that are on sale.

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Tony and his band of pirates

At 18:00 we set sail for Zaporozhye.

Tonight is Pirate’s Dinner and the crew all dress up in self-made pirate’s gear.  The young Ukrainian girls enjoy the opportunity to be out of their work uniform and enjoy dressing up and creating their own pirate look.

After dinner, enjoy drinks at the Sky Bar and tonight we have a guest singer on board.

We sail overnight to Zaporozhye.

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Photos of Kherson: Kherson Photo Gallery

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