During our cruise on the Lomonosov we were kept informed by a news-sheet - Viking News - which was delivered to our rooms each day, and by occasional announcements over the ship's tannoy. Of course, we also had information from the guides who came with us on the shore trips (who worked for the ship) and our Saga holiday rep who was available on the ship to fix any problems we had.
Although the Lomonosov stopped on most days for shore excursions, there were a couple of whole or half days when we just sailed. This was good for relaxing and watching the scenery, but it was also time to attend an optional short course in the Russian language, or Russian political history (very revealing to hear about the end of communism from the Russian point of view ). There was also a vodka and caviar tasting session (at a cost), a short talk on Russian souvenirs (how not to get ripped off) and a most entertaining show featuring volunteer passengers. A young man followed us throughout the holiday, making a movie which was available for sale at the end of the trip.
We had a practical demonstration of a traditional Russian tea time
Learning basic Russian
How to recognise good quality souvenirs
One of several interesting talks on Russian history