Contributor Level: Purser

St. Petersburg, Russia Port Issues and Reviews 2016

Hello, dear cruisers!

The cruise season 2016 in St. Petersburg (Russia) is now officially completed. Therefore, it's time to summarize the results for us, but for you - to leave a comment or a proper review.

My name is Valeria and I am the press officer of "Passenger Port St.Petersburg "Marine façade". I am NOT connected to any tour company and my only goal at this stage is to make services better INSIDE the Port for YOU personally.

Your forums and replies in the past years helped us a lot in understanding the problems tourists face when coming to St. Petersburg. We do understand your anxiety 

Here are the main port's issues we have lined out on the basis of past reviews:

1. Wrong information in terms of visas spread onboard the vessels (only shore excursions bought from cruise company allow pax to go on shore without having visa, which is not exact true)

2. Passengers who bought private shore excursions are being kept on board the vessel until the rest of passengers with standard cruise excursions leave the vessel and pass the immigrations control first

3. Vessel staff directing private tour passengers to a limited number of immigration counters which results in long lines to wait. Long queues in general when disembarking 

4. Wrong information spread by cruise lines through letters in terms of dangerous situation in the city of St. Petersburg and encouraging to buy only "safe excursions on board the vessel"

I would highly appreciate if you correct me in case I am wrong in some points or maybe some of the above issues are not happening anymore. 

I would also appreciate if you add some more concerns about operations in the port such as work of immigration and customs control, etc. Whatever you have found inconvinient? 

Remember, I am here to make your stay in St. Petersburg better! Even perfect 

Let's summarize 2016 St. Petersburg Port experience here.

Thanks in advance for your helpful information!

Tags: St. Petersburg Russian Federation Europe - Northern Europe #cruiseport #russia #stpetersburg #marinefacade

5 Answers

Contributor Level: Admiral

I have visited your port and had no problems there.  Thanks for all the information you gave. 

Contributor Level: Captain

Hi Valeria.

This is great information. 

We hope to visit your beautiful port some day soon.

Contributor Level: Captain

Well, that did not post quite the way I wanted it to... That last mess of characters was supposed to be Thank You or as it is spoken, Spasibo!

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Hi Valeria - we are visiting in June on the Marina, and would also appreciate any advice on where our guide could take us that are not typically on the "excursions", such as restaurants, or local art galleries. Looking forward to our visit.

Contributor Level: Purser

We are going take a Baltic Seas cruise, and will visit St. Petersburg coming May. We are in our final phase of booking onshore excursion during our 2-day stay in the splendid city. Among numerous excursion packages from the cruise line, and other travel agencies, we tend to book a 1.5 day tour. Would you please enlighten me how the 1.5 day tour work out; is that 1 day on the first day of arrival to port, and half day on the second day in port?




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