Pay attention! Only the 'I need a visa for entry Russia, but my country is not on the list for obtaining an e-visa, or I was refused (E-Visa denied)' case is considered here!!!If you have a visa (or if you intend to apply), study the detailed manual clicking 'By Cruise Ship + Visa' tab
Of course, you can obtain an ordinary visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation. But not forget, that you can come to St. Petersburg even without any visa. Citizens of any country
arriving in St. Petersburg by sea are allowed a 72-hour visa-free entry!
You can come to St. Petersburg by sea in two ways.
a) on a cruise ship
b) by ferry
Let's compare these methods and find out all their advantages.BIG CRUISE SHIP
Hello friends! We have written for you a rather large article about traveling to St. Petersburg by sea on a cruise ship
. There you will receive information that you may not find anywhere else. We hope this will come in handy for you and you will not only not make a single typical mistake, but also save a ton of money! Details here
, and a short lecture right in front of you!
A cruise on the Baltic Sea by luxury ship is a great way to spend a vacation and visit St. Petersburg. But! There are several limitations that you must remember. ✱
Сruise ships make only a one or two-day stop in St. Petersburg. However, our advice is not to run from one museum to another at the speed of Usain Bolt. Choose one or two attractions
for each day of your stay and be sure to plan your free time for walks, restaurants and shows.✱
You must leave St. Petersburg in the same way (on the same ship) as you arrived. Therefore, do not be late for boarding. Otherwise, you will have big problems.✱
All visa-free passengers are required to purchase a shore tour from a licensed operator for the entire duration of their stay in the port or separately for each day. It is necessary to present confirmation when passing passport control.
There is a life hack here - read here✱
The stop time (usually two nights) is too short for such a fantastic place as St. Petersburg, but if you have already been here or you are just a crazy traveler, then you should note that the territory of stay for visa-free travelers is not limited within St. Petersburg only! Subject to certain conditions, all Russia is available. Those who have already been to St Petersburg usually choose Moscow✱
The port for large sea liners 'Marine Facade'
is located quite far from the city center and main attractions. Connection by public transport
is not very convenient. Therefore, most likely you will have to take a taxi or private transfer
to the pier or buy a tour with included round trip transfers.✱
And something else. A very important trifle. To get ashore you must have, among other things, a medical insurance policy
. If you forgot about it in your holiday bustle, buy a policy online right now
from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of euros.Our advices and life-hacks ✪
You are not required to buy only those tours that the carrier (cruise organizer) offers you. Most often, they are unreasonably expensive. ✪
You can buy the tour yourself online before arriving at the port, for example from Viator or GetYourGuide online agencies
or from another authorized operator. If you buy the tour not from carrier, we strongly recommend doing this in advance, no later than 4 days before arrival at the port of St Petersburg. The tour organizer must have time to provide information about you to the border authorities of Russia.✪
If cruise staff insist on buying a tour from the cruise operator, say that you will file a complaint about their illegal actions. ✪
When buying a tour, pay attention to all services and tickets (not) included in the price
and, most importantly, whether the operator provides the necessary papers (confirmations) for the border authorities.✪
If you are told that you must buy a tour for the whole day to leave the ship, do not believe it. To go ashore, you can buy the shortest and cheapest tour.✪ About the rule of permanent stay in the group.
Formally, you must follow the rules of the territory, duration (the beginning and end of the tour) and permanent stay in the tour group. However, you can get much more.
The main requirement for cruise passengers (unlike ferry passengers) is the need to spend the night on board the ship. But the border authorities are not strict
for the time of returning to the ship, the main thing is just to return to departure.
So you can return on board e.g. after midnight. How to do everything right and not get any penalties? Read here
To get more information, tips and secret lifehacks, see the page SEA CRUISES TO ST PETERSBURG