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Sochi Olympics to use cruise ships as floating hotels

Jul 11, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

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If you’re still looking for accommodations at the Sochi Olympics, how does a cruise ship sound?

Seven cruise liners with capacities of 1,000 people each will be used as hotels for the entirety of the Games, continuing a trend set with the Sydney, Athens and London Olympics, according to RIA Novosti.

“Four of the liners will be docked in the Cruise Harbour of the Bolshoi Sochi Port, and three more at the Sochi Imeretinsky Port,” official Sergei Voitovich said, according to the report. “The ships will have three- to five-star ratings. Some of them, including cruise liners Princess Maria and Princess Anastasia, are currently serving the international St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Tallinn (Estonia)-Stockholm route.”

The cruise company’s website (in Russian) is here.

Voitovich said nightly rates will range from 4,300 rubles ($130) for a three-star double cabin (breakfast included) to 12,500 rubles ($382) for a five-star suite. It’s not expected for visitors to need more than an hour to get to venues from the ships.

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  1. mogogo1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Actually a really great idea if the host city is a port. That should be what cities use as Olympic villages for the athletes, rather than building permanent structures that are difficult to repurpose after the Games are over.

  2. 13datsyuk13 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I wish Vancouver would have thought of this. It was impossible to find a room there for 1 night. Luckily it wasn’t too cold and that park bench made a nice bed.

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