To CAC, who asked about experiences with the PD, Alex, on their upcoming Russia Revealed trip.
We traveled on the Russia Revealed tour in 2010 with Alex Didkovsky as the PD for our group. I think you will enjoy him.
Alex comes across as a highly educated, intelligent (almost geekish), articulate PD. Compared to the other PDs, he was less outgoing. His home was originally in Moscow and told of the interesting experiences of him and his parents under Communist rule. During the off season, he worked for the Russian space agency. I am unsure, but I seem to recall that he may have done some computer-related work with the space program. At the time, Alex was engaged to a musician who I believe played a stringed instrument.
Alex was highly organized, knowledgeable, responsive to the needs of our group, and flexible when unforseen circumstances prompted a need for change. As mentioned earlier, I believe you will enjoy him as you will Misha, Dasha, Asia, another Misha, and Elena, if they too are on your cruise.