I can't thank you enough for the detailed description of your Baltic cruise and the wonderful pictures that you shared with us. It makes waiting until July that much harder - we are so looking forward to our cruise. We have been considering a private tour in St. Petersburg with Red October tours. Have you heard anything - good or bad- about them? Did you tour on your own in St. Petersburg or did you have other folks in your group? So many other members from Cruise Critic who are on this cruise are already booked for private tours in groups, so we don't know whether to hold out and try to get a group together or to take the tour, just the two of us. This will be our first European cruise and therefore I am a bit apprehensive about setting off on our own with a guide. Any safety concerns I should know about? Again, thanks for your reply and I look forward to hearing from you again.