The order of the tours and the exact route/itinerary may vary depending upon where the vessel will dock and local conditions. Transportation has been obtained for the excursions in St. Petersburg; however, the vehicles' air-conditioning system may not be to North American standards. Not all venues, museums, and attractions are air-conditioned; therefore, guests should dress accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for every shore excursion. Heavy traffic conditions along the routes to/from the Palaces of Peterhof & Pushkin should be expected for the months of May through August. Due to the high volume of visitors expected at the various attractions and venues, you may encounter large crowds and long lines (queues) at the venues. Due to this reason, local guides may decide to alter the tour itinerary and the order in which the tour is accomplished. It may not be possible to visit all sites listed. This is beyond the control of the local tour operator or Royal Caribbean International.
Important Information Regarding Visa Requirements in Russia.
During your two-day visit to St. Petersburg, a very special program of excursions has been planned. Guests who have purchased one of the available excursions will not require a visa while on that particular excursion. If you would like to visit St. Petersburg after taking a tour, you will need to obtain a Russian visa.
Please be advised that without a visa, shoreside visitation is limited to the period of the excursion and you will not be permitted to leave the ship outside of excursion hours. If you do have a visa, we still recommend advance purchase of excursions as some tours have limited capacity.
Guests who wish to sightsee independently or sightsee outside of Royal Caribbean shore excursion hours MUST obtain an individual Russian Visa before leaving home. Should you wish to obtain an individual visa for Russia, you will need to have the contracting company (tour agent or travel agency) provide you with the necessary Visa Support Letter and documentation. It will then be necessary to contact the visa service of your choice. All nationalities should consult their appropriate consulate to define their needs for this call. Visas cannot be issued on board the ship. In order to receive a Russian visa, a guest must have a valid passport, which does not expire within 30 days of the last day of the cruise.
Guests who have not purchased one of the available excursions, do not possess a Russia visa, or whose visa is not properly supported by the proper documentation will not be permitted ashore in St. Petersburg by local Russian Immigrations.
Guests on an independent car or van excursion purchased from Royal Caribbean do not need an individual visa to participate in this program.
Independent Car or Van Excursions: In addition to the normal assortment of excursions, Royal Caribbean offers guests a chance to explore St. Petersburg and the countryside via private car or van with a driver and qualified English or foreign language-speaking guide. Please refer to the Independent Car or Van Excursions for more information about this program.
Shopping and Currency Regulations: Due to the evolving political and economic situation in Russia, persons visiting the country must adhere to regulations concerning the use of foreign currency and the purchase of some items in St. Petersburg. Once on board the ship, you will be advised of the current policies concerning shopping and currency regulations.
For a select shore excursion to be provided in another language (i.e. Spanish, French, German and/or Italian), the required minimum of 25 guests must be met. Please contact the Shore Excursion office directly on board the vessel for further details.