St. Petersburg Cruises

The State Hermitage Museum
Peterhof Palace
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

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St Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, is located at the mouth of the Neva River, overlooking the atmospheric Baltic Sea. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination offers fascinating excursions around the capital, known for its culture, architecture, and storybook streets.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

• The State Hermitage Museum

• Peterhof Palace

• The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The State Hermitage Museum, located in the centre of Saint Petersburg, is one of the most extensive museums in the world. Consisting of six superb 18th and 19th-century buildings, the complex houses approximately three million notable works by Italian, Dutch and French artists. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll view the collection acquired by Empress Catherine the Great around 1764. Marvell at a vast array of paintings, textiles, furniture, and priceless jewellery. 

Take an MSC Cruises excursion to Peterhof Palace, a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former residence of Peter the Great. Built in the early 18th century, it is one of the most astonishing architectural feats in Russia, housing an assemblage of paintings, furniture, fabrics, and porcelain. Explore extensive gardens adorned with a multitude of stunning fountains, notably the Grand Cascade and the Samson. The trick fountains, including Little Oak, the Fir Tree, and the Umbrella, are a real favourite with children!

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, constructed between 1883 and 1907, is an iconic Saint Petersburg landmark. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll admire the building’s unique architectural features including a colourful interior, onion-shaped domes, intricate biblical mosaics, and an ornate façade.


Vanaf 1 oktober 2019 kunnen sommige cruisepassagiers die St. Petersburg (Rusland) bezoeken dit doen met een e-visum, dat maar voor sommige nationaliteiten beschikbaar is en dat eveneens voor de cruise moet worden verkregen. Raadpleeg de site van het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken van de Russische Federatie voor alle informatie, inclusief welke nationaliteiten in aanmerking komen, openingstijden en procedures om het e-visum te verkrijgen.
Als alternatief blijft de huidige procedure van kracht: alle MSC-gasten die St Petersburg bezoeken met een MSC excursie hebben geen visum nodig en profiteren van de gebruikelijke voordelen van alle MSC Excursies (directe assistentie tijdens de excursie, verzekering, voorrang bij het uitstappen, etc). Onze kantoren staan tot uw beschikking om eventuele twijfels te beantwoorden of om aanvullende informatie te verstrekken indien nodig.

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    A great power
    A great power

    European Russia stretches from the borders of Belarus and Ukraine to the Ural mountains, over 1000km east of Moscow; even without the rest of the vast Russian Federation, it constitutes by far the largest country in Europe.

    Formerly a powerful tsarist empire and a Communist superpower, Russia continues to be a source of fascination for travellersMoscow, Russia’s bustling capital, combines the frenetic energy of an Eastern city with the cosmopolitan feel of a Western one. 

    With its dense human traffic and show-stopping architecture – from the Kremlin’s tsarist palaces and onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, through the monumental relics of the Communist years to today’s massive building projects – the metropolis can feel rather overwhelming. 

    By contrast, with its beautiful canals and graceful buildings, St Petersburg, Russia’s second city, is nicknamed “the Venice of Northern Europe”. 

    A cruise to Russia is a unique chance to visit this seaport, founded in the eighteenth-century by tsar Peter the Great and intended to emulate the best of Western European elegance

    Today, its people are more relaxed and friendly than the capital’s, and its position in the delta of the River Neva is unparalleled, giving it endless watery vistas.