Russia might not be the most obvious cruise destination, but it’s the perfect choice for those who favor art and culture over sandy beaches and tropical drinks. With shore excursions that include visits to grandiose castles, time spent wandering through quaint cobblestoned villages, and the opportunity to experience the iconic architecture of St. Petersburg in person, a cruise to Russia and the Baltic Sea has something to offer for just about everyone. No matter your interests, you’ll be able to discover more on a Crystal Cruise Russian Cruise.
Those interested in something a little extra can enhance their cruise with a pre- or post-cruise extension. By spending an extra day or two in the city of your choice, you’ll be able to explore even more of Northern Europe. Whether you’d prefer to spend more time visiting the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam or the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, anything is possible with the right amount of planning and preparation. If you’re curious about which cities you’ll visit, check the itinerary of your specific cruise or contact an All-Travel agent for more information.
Crystal Serenity & Symphony
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Crystal Cruise to Russia will take you on board the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. The Crystal Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. With an expanded space-to-guest ratio and elegantly appointed staterooms, each room has an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding land.
Things to Do in Russia & the Baltic Sea
Although each cruise has a different itinerary and will make stops in different cities, there are several very popular port cities throughout Russia and the Baltic Sea that are sure to delight those interested in shopping, fine dining, sight-seeing, and history. With its authentic regional flavors and a cuisine that’s based on fresh and natural ingredients that vary according to the season, you’re sure to love the simplicity and purity of Helsinki’s gastronomy. Those interested in art and culture will enjoy the theaters, museums, and art galleries of Copenhagen, while Stockholm is one of the best cities in the world for architectural tours.
No Russian cruise would be complete without a day or two spent in St. Petersburg, one of the most well-known cities in Russia. St. Petersburg is a dream come true for those interested in culture and architecture, as the bustling city center and decorated bridges arching above its waterways and canals are a visual delight. Also nestled within St. Petersburg’s city limits are St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and the world-famous Russian Ballet. Regardless of your interests, a Crystal Cruise to Russia is certainly a once in a lifetime experience.
Russian Cruise Tips
Whether you’re traveling with a group or planning your own excursion, start thinking about your Russian tour visa a few months in advance. The process involves a lot of paperwork and can be time consuming, so the more time you give yourself to send your paperwork in the better. One great way to mitigate the cost of using a visa processing service is to pick up your visa in person in cities that have a Russian consulate, otherwise you’re looking at a fee between $250 and $450 per person.
Since you’ll be visiting so many different countries and cities on a cruise through the Baltic Sea, currency can be an issue. If you want to avoid the hassle of constantly exchanging currency, consider using a pre-loaded debit card or credit card without international fees. As far as the language gap goes, Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet, so learning some of the letters and a few phrases before you embark will help you get around. Finally, Russians dress very nicely for the theater so, if a ballet or play is in your plans, pack a sport coat or a nicer dress.