We will shortly be travelling on a baltic cruise on the Star Princess. We wish to book a tour of St Petersburg using DenRus and understand from them that no Russian visa is required provided that you are in posssion of a valid passport and photocopy and have written proof of participation in a tour arranged by a licenced and authorized operator
We are receiving contradictory information from the Princess Line who advise that we will not be allowed past immigration unless we are part of a tour organized by the ship and covered by the ship's group visa, or have a Russian visa. They also mention the difficulties in getting from the ship to the town independantly.
Has anyone had experience of using DenRus for St Petersburg tours without a Russian Visa?. Where do you meeet them having left the ship and is there any problem leaving the ship independantly?
Apparently this happens: the cruise lines are getting threatened because people are not taking their overpriced tours. If you go to Denrus' website, there is a link to this topic - it says, "ship warnings about denied exit" on the left side of the page.
The thought of it makes me angry - the cruise lines are flat out lying.
You will have to let me know what you find out in the end - I'm taking this cruise next year.
We are on the July 14th cruise - 4 people and will be on the Denrus 2 day tour. From the information given by Denrus, expect to be told you can't leave the ship and that you can only use Princess shore excursions, or that you had to get a VISA.
This makes us not want to use any of the Princess excursions.