Cruises to Baltic/Russia are the most popular cruises in Europe. Cabins often sell out 6 months in advance, especially cabins for 3, 4 and 5. So put your cabin on hold today!
See links below for lists of every 2018 Baltic Russia Cruise with Military and Veteran Discount
Book them all at a discount online, or Contact Us for help and we’ll book it for you.
Need a cabin for 5 on Baltic Russia cruises?
There are very few of those and they sell out fast. Here are the few ships which have some cabins for five:
Costa: Magica and Pacifica both have ocean view and balcony cabins for five.
Norwegian Breakaway: (only the O1 family ocean view and very expensive Haven 2-bedroom villa)
Royal Caribbean: Brilliance and Serenade only have a couple categories which hold 5 (FO ocean views and D1 balconies only), Navigator only has the FO’s and expensive suites.
Will the prices of Baltic / Russia cruises come down if I wait?
No! This is the most popular cruise itinerary in Europe with the shortest cruising season, so these cruises usually sell out and the prices go up the closer you get to the departure date.
So DO NOT WAIT to book a Baltic Russia or Norwegian Fjord cruise!
What is the most important thing you need to know to prepare for a cruise to St. Petersburg?
- Book a shore excursion for St. Petersburg. Unless you have a Russian Visa, which takes a long time to get, you cannot get off the cruise ship unless you are booked on a shore excursion, which covers you through their visa. Most tour operators have this. And all tours booked through the ship do. (We recommend a tour company below.)
- Buy a local sim card to use in your phone while in St. Petersburg. (Those are available at newsstands and convenience stores in St. Petersburg.) If your phone is ON while in Russia, even if you only use it to take pictures, you will include large roaming charges – like, up to $75 per day.
- TAKE YOUR PASSPORT and your tour ticket and get off the ship as soon as possible, as the passport check lines can be very long, and could take up to 2 hours to get through if you are at the end of a slow line!
The other stops on a Baltic / Russia cruise – Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Gdynia, etc – do not require you to have a shore excursion booked to get off the ship.
What are the most interesting things to see in St. Petersburg?
If you have two days in St. Petersburg, you will have time to see many of the most interesting sites. If you only have one day, you’ll have to make some hard choices.
While of course, you may have your own opinions, here’s advice from our agents who’ve cruised to St. Petersburg.
1. The outside of the Church of Spilled Blood.
2. The inside of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
3. The massive Hermitage Museum.
These three places are very close to one another, so it will be easy to fit them all in.
4. Catherine’s Summer Palace
5. Peterhof’s Lower Garden
The inside of Catherine’s and Peterhof’s ‘summer palaces’ are both amazing, but they are similar enough that if you are short on time, only visit one or the other. And between those two, I would choose Catherine’s Palace. The interiors of both are very similar.
We found an amazing place for lunch, with great food, right across the river from the Hermitage, so the view is fantastic. It’s called Koryushka – just Google it to see location, menu and pictures.
The metro stations are very interesting, as they were built by Stalin, and intended to be very grand and opulent, as a way of celebrating communal transportation.
Can we recommend a tour company?
YES! We used a private company called Dancing Bear, and while it was not inexpensive, it was the best decision we could have made.
We booked a private tour with them, which came with a private car, English-speaking guide and driver.
We never waited in line, and the car and driver were waiting curbside whenever we were done, and zipped us around the city to the next site. It was amazing! I mean, St. Petersburg is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And there’s so much to see, we wanted to be sure that we got the most out of it. Not to mention, we got to skip all the lines with our tour guide!
Book any private tour with them and mention Military Cruise Deals and get 5% off the price AND a free souvenir!
The owner of Dancing Bear is named Julia, and her number is +7921-324-46-40.
Are kids free on Baltic / Russia cruises?
The only cruise line which almost always offers kids free on Baltic cruises is MSC, and they have only two ships doing Baltic Russia cruises this year (when they are the 3rd and 4th pax in a cabin and age 11 and under).
Only one of those, the Preziosa, has a couple of expensive balcony cabins which will hold five. But they are super expensive are very likely sold out already. The other MSC ship in the Baltic, the Orchestra, does not have any cabins for five.
Thus, if you have 3 kids, you’ll have to get two cabins to get on an MSC Baltic cruise, and then only the child in the cabin for three will be free (assuming that child is age 11 or younger).
Sometimes Norwegian has a promotion offering 3 and 4th passengers free in a cabin. (And as of January 4, that is happening on some dates on the Norwegian Breakaway in May, September and early June.)
There are very few cabins for five on Norwegian and Costa, so call us ASAP if that’s what you need, as often most cabins for five are not revealed online.
Looking for a Baltic / Russia cruise in 2019?
MSC and Costa usually do not post their cruise schedules until a year in advance.
However, most other lines have all their cruises scheduled two years in advance.
Not finding what you’re looking for? We’re experts who have cruised to Russia! Call or email us for help!