Silhouette looks like she is at anchor and not docked at St Petersburg?

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#1
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Hi, looking at ship trackers, the silhouette is just outside of St Petersburg at anchor and not docked. I think based on the itinerary she should have docked at 7am. The trackers may have it wrong but they are generally accurate - does anyone know if that's the case and why? Thanks.
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Been watching that all day. She sailed around a bit, is stationary again. Wonder if they have refused her docking...EM
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Originally posted by born2krooz
Yes we are at anchor..too windy to get up the channel.


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That's huge disappointment. How many days are you scheduled to be in St Petersburg?
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They'e missed their first day. Just have tomorrow. Must be the size. Little Hamburg made it in, and she was behind them. She's docked downtown. Zuiderdam, Mein Schiff 1 and Britannia have made it out...EM
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Wow - I was supposed to be on that cruise, but we had to change to the August 4th sailing. How disappointing that must be, but hopefully they will at least have the day tomorrow.

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We were on the Silhouette August 2016 and also had itinerary changes in St Petersburg. After our 2 days there, we couldn’t leave due to high winds so we spent an extra night tho we couldn’t get off of the ship and ultimately missed Helsinki. Enjoy your time in St Petersburg.


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Wow, I just saw it on Marinetraffic that the Silhouette is leaving (I checked as my DH is on the Seabourn Ovation). I´ve been on the Silhouette in July 2016 and we missed out the first day due to heavy storms and flooding in town. No ship was able to leave the port and we were not able to get in (plus no docking space as the others didn´t make it out).


Hamburg, Deutschland and Azamara Journey are downtown. Artania and Seabourn Ovation are docked in the cruise port. All of them are smaller ships.


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The disappointment is quite evident on the ship. The atmosphere is very subdued and public spaces are crowded. Finding places for two to sit together is near impossible. It’s too chilly to be outside. We booked this cruise for St. Petersburg as did most on the ship and hope to have the opportunity to go there again (but not on a cruise) but some of the much older couples are devastated. The captain said this has only happened once before, three years ago, and for only the first day. It’s interesting to read that it also happened in August, 2016.
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OMG ..we were on this cruise just 2 weeks ago and had lovely weather in SPB ...how quickly Mother Nature can change her mind !!
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Very disappointing, this was the reason we booked this cruise, for St. Petersburg. Upsetting too that Celebrity's response is "mother nature" so sorry.
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Originally posted by aus30
Very disappointing, this was the reason we booked this cruise, for St. Petersburg. Upsetting too that Celebrity's response is "mother nature" so sorry.


So what would you suggest as a solution? I was up at 4 when they tried to make another attempt at getting in..it was quite scary. Cruise itineraries are always subject to change and safety always comes first.


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Originally posted by aus30
Very disappointing, this was the reason we booked this cruise, for St. Petersburg. Upsetting too that Celebrity's response is "mother nature" so sorry.
Perhaps, you're not that familiar with cruising. No itinerary is guaranteed on any ship, on any sailing. The safety of the ship and it's passengers are of the utmost importance. Yes, it can be disappointing when you miss a favorite port, but that's cruising for you! Perhaps Celebrity will make some type of good will gesture to these passengers, but they are certainly not obliged to do so.
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This happened on a cruise two years ago. I think it was the Silhouette and they only had the one day instead of two days. 6/7 July 2016. We were following them on the Eclipse, but were a couple of days behind them. We were there 9/10/11 July 2016 and fortunately for us we didn’t suffer the disappointment that the weather has created for others.


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Originally posted by kcraw4d
We are at sea again today due to weather and thus won't be visiting St Petersburg on this cruise


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oh no...that is too bad.
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#20
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Yes, I received a text from my friends who are currently on the Silhouette. Due to strong winds, the ship was not able to dock in St. Petersburg on either of the 2 days. They are now on their way to Warnemunde. It is unfortunate that they missed St. Petersburg (which, imho, is the crown jewel in the Baltic itineraries) but there is no guarantee that any ship can dock at a specific port. It rarely happens in St. Petersburg but it can and does occasionally occur.
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