Posted August 30th, 2017, 02:09 PM
Last edited by ChucktownSteve; August 30th, 2017 at 02:16 PM
Just asking as I just booked this trip last night with RCL for next May..I'm a little paranoid about getting back to the ship on time in these ports, but everyone is using these independent tours and I look on their websites and they look great. The SPB website even says they guarantee to get you back to the ship on time. Is it really not a concern?
I just used SPB for a three day deluxe tour in St. Petersburg. They are rated #1 of the tour companies on TripAdvisor. They have about 3,900 reviews and are five circles. It is definitely not a concern or they would not get such rave reviews.
The tour itineraries we were on were jam packed and the best independent tour I have ever taken in any port! Lunch in restaurants were included all three days. The guide we had was so knowledgeable. She even had an art history degree so she knew which of the paintings and pieces of art to go to and which ones to skip. We learned the history behind the art not just looking at the art. Her name was Svetlana. If you can get her you will not be disappointed!
Our roll call had about 32 people sign up so we were split into two groups and we all had headsets to hear the guide. SPB not only gives an initial discount to Cruise Critic roll calls but if you hit 16 people, they give you one free tour. We got two free tours which saved us a total of about $100 per couple.
This is just my experience a little over two weeks ago.