Russian river cruise features cats dressed in maritime uniforms

When I see a whimsical travel story, there are a few countries that I would immediately assume the story is from. Japan is at the top of the list. Near the bottom is Russia, land of harsh winters and Putin, but perhaps I should reconsider that after seeing this story about what a Russian river cruise company is doing to attract travelers.

Since 2008, VODOHOD Russian River Cruises has had cats dressed as sailors patrolling the Nikolay Chernyshevsky, a ship which cruises between St. Petersburg & Moscow.

It all started with the idea to have one cat dressed up in a maritime uniform. The cat, whose name is Sailor, looks exactly the way you’d expect a Russian ship officer cat to look.

russian-sailor-cat

A friend joined Sailor onboard later, so there now are two cats helping keep the ship purring (at least when they aren’t asleep). I’m not a cat person, but these cats seem cool, at the very least because they seem moderately tolerant of being dressed up in sailor costumes. Good work, Russia!

via RT, My Modern Met, & Laughing Squid

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