just a heads up - If you want to buy Russian souvenirs like nesting dolls, etc. buy them while on tour in Russia - you will have some time for shopping on the tours - not much but some. Several crew members - waiters and others told us wait til you get to Tallin, Estonia and they will have all of the same stuff cheaper - its a lie! They didn't have very much of the Russian stuff an it was $$$$. After Estonia when everyone who waited to buy stuff realized they couldn't or that it wass $$$$ the Ship had a "Russian Bizarre" where they sold all of the same stuff you could have bought in Russia for 3x the price (or more). They of course go on about how much better their stuff is - another lie. If you look at the detailing on objects you can tell what is good.