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16 V I K I N G C R U I S E S From Russia with love A cruise along the Waterways of the Tsars is a journey into the heart and soul of this enormous country, discovers David Short Just outside Leningrad on a hot day in May 1969, during the Cold War, my friend and I found ourselves being berated by an armed and a very angry security official. He had stopped us for driving our Mini on the wrong, unauthorised road. After a lot of gesticulating and shouting, we were made to clean our car with a dry cloth, and ordered to keep to our authorised route.

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