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Mrs Mc

Saga Baltics and St Petesberg cruise

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Has anyone done this cruise. As first time cruisers we want to prepare ourselves as much as possible. Ant tips would be appreciated .... Thank you

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We did this trip with Princess from Southamptn and it was wonderful. We used the big red buses in most ports and they were just outside the cruise terminal. Save tickets if you use them as you can get discount on second and subsequent trips even in different ports. As for St Petersburg the two day ship's trip seemed expensive even though it did away with the hassle and expense, around £150 each, of getting a Russian visa. We used a company called Viator who offered more in the two day itinerary than the ship's excursion at just over half the price. They also cover you with their group visa and give you a written guarantee that they will get you back to the ship in time or they cover the costs of getting you to the next port to rejoin the ship.

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Also regarding two day escorted tours around St Petersburg I cannot praise too highly TJ tours for their professionalism and the coverage of all the must-see sights. They also operate with multi-destination escorted tours in the other Baltic cities aswell. 

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Red buses are a great way to see the cities. If you are going to Copenhagen we can recommend the walking tour, with canal boat trip, as a different way to see the sights. We also did the boat trip round the islands in Helsinki which dropped you back at the harbour where there is great food to be tried. You need to go on orgainised trips in St Petersburg, especially if you wish to see the Hermitage, as the ques are long! Give great thought to the amount of time you want to spend each day as the full blown 2 day excursion, although wonderful, can be exhausting. Also if you want to go to the Hermitage look to see how long you actually get looking round there otherwiise you coukd find you are doing a quick, and I mean quick, walk round.

We visited in May with P&O but am sure your excursions will be similar.

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Remember that if you visit St. Petersburg by cruise ship for up to 72 hours and you are sleeping on the ship and use a Russian guide you do not need a visa. Here is the link explaining it all as it seems a lot of people selling the ships tours are not aware of this. http://www.saint-petersburg.com/russian-visa/visa-free-travel/

 

Spot on advice! I was just about to write the very same thing too.

 

We did a very similar cruise: Copenhagen round trip with HAL (on MS Eurodam) last year, and whilst we thoroughly enjoyed St Petersburg, we both found the 2-day inclusive small group tour, quite exhausting.

Peterhof needs to be seen to be believed, whatever you don't do, don't miss that! 

 

I've only cruised with Saga, the once, as yet!

Saga Ruby: in her last year of service. Beautiful, elegant, old ship, sent quite crazily (IMHO) sent to the breakers by Solas regs.

The crew said that both her hull and mechanically, she was good for another 15 years, other than that her interior wood, which was still real wood, (and thus a fire hazard) rather than just a veneer.

 

I personally consider Saga to be amongst the 'niche' UK cruise lines. Their service and service values are second to none, and despite all the often unqualified judgements, their average age range, is very little different to almost any other cruise line around the world, other than those that actively and noticeably promote family holidays with children.

Our dinner table age ranged from 52 to 92, and everyone felt quite at home, and laughter, merriment, good conversation and likewise good manners, were in abundance all the time. 

 

Enjoy your cruise, I'm sure you will!

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