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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Party on a Boat

MTBook a boat and let the party begin.
The Moscow River, and the reservoirs beyond, can be yours. For an evening, at least -- or even a few days.

Ferry firms are offering boats for private parties and cruises, and most can take guests up to the peaceful reservoirs north of the city, traversing the Moscow Canal.

Ship-shop.ru lists rental options for every taste -- there's the tiny 10-person boat Mir for 3,000 rubles an hour, or the water-churning Raketa, which for 4,000 rubles an hour can carry 35 passengers at 65 kilometers an hour.

For that extra frisson, you can order an on-board girly show for 15,000 rubles or a Spanish-themed party for 4,800 conditional units. Meals are also available.

Firm Talisman (517-1775) has one boat, the Moskva, for 6,500 rubles an hour on weekends and 6,000 rubles at other times. There's enough space for 80 people to dine on board, or for 120 to sightsee.

Guests aren't permitted to pilot the boat, a company representative said.

The Svytatitel Nikolai (Paterik Travel, 490-4682, www.paterik-travel.ru) includes 10 staterooms, two karaoke systems, a couple of lounge chairs and a restaurant, and can seat up to 120 people. Prices vary according to the day of week, but for four to six hours on a Saturday the cost is 8,500 rubles.

If you want to spend the night on the ferry, a four-day trip costs from 320,000 rubles. It can dock wherever clients choose, and meander down forgotten canals and rivers inaccessible to regular passenger ferries in the regions around Moscow.

There is another cornucopia at Stolichnaya Sudokhodnaya Kompaniya (257-3924, www.cck-ship.ru), which runs city "water trams" but offers party boat hire as well. Prices start at 270 rubles per person for a one-hour trip round the Khimki reservoir, and boats can be rented for tours of central Moscow from 5,300 rubles an hour. There are various boats for hire with the option of banquet catering and a bar, as well as private picnics at Khvoiny Bor with a chef working the barbecue.