Posted July 2nd, 2005, 08:21 AM
Last edited by madforcruising; July 2nd, 2005 at 08:25 AM
advanced apologies at my distinct lack of computer literacy!
I am travelling with my other half and our two teens on the constellation in four weeks.We would like to do some independant sightseeing in St Petersburg and have applied for our visas.This is mainly as we would like to see the city, day and night, at our own pace.
I understand from what most people are saying that this may prove a little difficult to say the least.Has anyone had a positive experiance?Please tell me how!
Does anyone know which port the ship may dock at and if a shuttle bus to the exit is provided.Also can you obtain roubles on board the ship for public transport.
I would be very grateful for any advice whatsoever .I am very new to this and can't tell you how impressed with the wealth of experiances and information you all share.
many thanks(and I hope Ipush the right buttons here!!!!)
I´ve been to St. Petersburg twice now, both times with the Jewel of the Seas, so I ca´t really comment on Celebrity and St. Petersburg.
However as far as I know it is prohibited by russian law to bring rubles in or out of the country. So I highly doubt there will be currency exchange on the ship for russia.
As others said the ship is far out of the city center docked in an industrial harbour area with absolutely no transportation. To reach the gate of the port would be a very long walk and nothing you really want to do. No sidewalks to walk on, dirty roads with lots of heavy traffic, railways, trucks, etc.
The gate of the port is guarded and the cars are checked when leaving and entering the port for official papers that allow them into port. I´m not sure what will happen dif pedestrians leave or try to reenter the port area and what documentation you would have to provide for them. I´m not sure if your seapass card would be enough for them.
From the gate of the port it´s still a long way to the city. Maybe you could be able to catch a taxi from there but I would not bet a single cent on the chances.
I made the mistake to apply for individual visa the first time to St. Petersburg too. I thought well I´m going on ship tours but I want to be able to leave the ship independently too. Big mistake as I spent a lot of money on the visa and there is no way to get any use out of them.
As others said I highly warn everybody who wants to explore St. Petersburg on their own from the dock. It´s not a good idea.
On the other hand there are good ship tours as well as independent tour companies.
If you like you can check out my website for my review with tour description of the independent company I used. It´s th eone that´s already menioned above. They were great and I highly recommend them.
They set up a tour especially for us. We told them what we like to do and what duration of tour we would like to do. They out all this together to a great schedule with a very knowledgeable guide and excellent driver. We too passed all lines and just went into all the palaces and museums we visited.
If you have any questions let me know. I´m interested in how you decide what to do and to hear from your experience once back from your trip.
Have a great time.
P.S. I just reread your post and saw your comment about seeing the city day and night at your own pace. You can really do this with an independent tour company when you work out what you like to do with them. We´ve been able to stop whereever we liked i.e. for photos. They are very accomodating.
Only thing was of course we had to be at the palaces, hermitage etc. at certain times as they arranged the priority entrance for us, otherwise we would have to spend hours of waiting in the long lines. One of the cons doing it on your own.