2013 -St. Peter Line – St. Petersburg
We caught a taxi to West Terminal , as it seemed too inconvenient to look for a bus.
We checked in early 3pm , a very painless process. They looked at our passport , online Reservation and hotel booking .They gave us our boarding card , which also served as a room key, departure card , arrival card and immigration paper…then we simply walked on to the boat….
Our room was simple but clean and adequate …shower was good…lot,s of hot water. We stayed on the 4th floor…just down the hall from guest services.
We decided on the buffet at 29euros as it included , appetizer ,main and dessert , plus a glass of champagne , vodka shot and unlimited wine…hated the wine but still thought it was good value. We enjoyed trying the different foods …especially the red and black caviar.
After dinner we went to the nightclub and stayed for three hours. Watching the entertainment. All in all a very enjoyable night.
Next morning we had the buffet breakfast for 11 euros..once again , no complaints with the meal .We docked on time. It took about 25 minutes to clear customs . we showed our arrival and departure cards and passport .They give back your departure card, and you keep that on you for your whole stay …it shows the tour you booked with St Peter Line. They didn’t even look at our hotel receipt, But we our own, The people in front of us had trouble though. I think they had a private tour booked and they were questioned and taken out of the line…..no worries though saw them at the Hermitage so they must have straightened it out.
We exchanged money in the terminal, there is an ATM as well and went outside where the shuttle van was waiting.
The van stopped at St Isaacs Cathedral ….which was only a 10 minute walk for us to our hotel…glad we had a map though.
Nevsky Grand Hotel
We are so happy with this hotel. They are very helpful and have a English speaking person on the desk. They let us check in right away at11AM. They gave us a better map and directions to the Hermitage which is only a 10 min walk .Great location. The room is small but clean and nice…breakfast included and we got a great rate with Expedia.