I remember back when it was rare for a ship to go to St Petersburg Russia (in the 80s and 90s) - so it was a special treat. Now they just had one day with seven large cruise ships docked there. How things change. I probably would not recognize the city anymore.
St. Petersburg Passenger Port sees record cruise ship, tourist arrivals
Today, June 25, seven cruise ships called at the Passenger Port of St. Petersburg "Marine Façade", a record number in the 2014 cruising season. More than 12,000 cruise passengers disembarked to visit Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Seven vessels «AIDAbella», «Brilliance of the Seas», «Legend of the Seas», «Marina», «Mein Schiff 2», «Seven Seas Voyager» and «Thomson Spirit» stopped over at the St. Petersburg Passenger Port as part of the Baltic Sea cruise itinerary.
The gross tonnage of the cruise vessels is in excess of 450,000 tonnes with the overall length of more than 1,5 km.
JSC Passenger Port of St. Petersburg "Marine Façade" is in the ownership of the city of St. Petersburg and is the largest passenger seaport in Russia. Construction of Marine Façade began in 2006. The port can accommodate cruise and ferry ships of up to 311 m long and with a draft of up to 9 m. The length and depth of new access channels - 10 km and 11 m, accordingly. The port operates seven piers. The quay wall length – 2,171.06 m.
St. Petersburg is an absolutely wonderful place to visit! We spent two full days touring and wished we had at least another one day to just explore. It was definitely one of the highlights of our 12-night Baltic cruise.
And we used a great tour company that made it so much nicer than anything offered by the cruise line. There were only 10 of us in a brand new Mercedes Benz van, while those doing it through the cruise line were packed onboard 45 passenger buses. (Guess who had more fun with that one?)
But you really do need to take an organized tour because there is so much to see. Plus, a smaller tour group can skip to the front of those long lines, whereas the larger groups and individuals doing it on their own can't. So you get to see more and spend less times in line.
St. Petersburg is definitely one of those places you must see!
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In researching a cruise to visit St Petersburg I looked up which ships are in port each day. There are days with only one ship vs 7 so it definitely pays to do some research and go with less tourists in port.