I have recently returned from an excellent city-break in Moscow. (Sorry no ships were involved).
I did in fact visit Russia in 1983. Quite a lot has changes as you might expect, yet other things have stayed the same.
I booked my recent trip myself using the UK budget Airline ‘Easyjet’, booked a Hotel on-line and applied for my own tourist Visa.
Moscow is a wonderful, safe, friendly city – full of culture. I’d really recommend it if you enjoy Museums, architecture and history. However I appreciate that few people would chose it as a tourist destination at present. The only down-side is Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in Europe.
For the record, the ‘Ukraine situation’ had NO affect on my experience as a tourist. Below is a short slide show of my trip: