Have you ever seen how a boat livery is made? Most likely no. And this is a very interesting and unusual process. Ships in Russia are painted exclusively in winter, on hard ice, when the huge handsome man is immovable and there is an opportunity to accurately apply a drawing using large stencils.
This is exactly what the masters of "ship painting" were doing last week in the backwater near Nizhny Novgorod, from where the three-deck motor ship "Severnaya Skazka" (formerly "Karl Marx") of the Sozvezdie cruise company will leave in April, but in a new look.
In fact, the external appearance of the ships, namely the application of a unique pattern, is not done by artists, but by the crew members under the leadership of the captain.
How it's done? First, the drawing itself, its design is approved, then it is transferred to large stencils. They are delivered to the backwater, where the motor ship "rests", and are attached to the "body" of the ship with large magnets. The contour is outlined with felt-tip pens, and then paint is already applied with rollers. All this, as a rule, takes 1-2 weeks.
The new image and name of the Sozvezdiya motor ship are largely associated with the geography of routes, northern flora and fauna, including cruises to the Solovetsky Islands and other pearls of North-West Russia - the Republic of Karelia, the islands of Kizhi and Valaam.
Travelers can choose from a wide variety of cruises from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Among them are the popular "Constellation" thematic cruises with visits to drama theaters. In addition, tourists also fell in love with cruises with excursions to ancient estates.
The innovations will also affect the entertainment program on board. Travelers will be delighted with musicals based on northern folklore, carried away with lectures on the history of the Solovetsky Islands and the White Sea-Baltic Canal, the peculiarities of the northern flora and fauna, interesting facts about the peoples of the north. Also, master classes on local crafts await guests of the ship.