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Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:05 PM
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baltic cruise azamara journey

we are wanting to take a baltic cruise on azamara in July.
can anyone share information/experiences with us?
The ship goes to russia and we are told we do not need visas if we travel with ship excursions.
these look very expensive to us. is it possible to tour on our own or perhaps pick up a guide for st petersburg before we leave home?
the Hermitage holds GREAT interest.

Can you share yur experiences on AMazura?
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Mar 4th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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Never been on Amazura.

You need a local tour guide compnay in St.Petersburg and they will look after the Visa for you.

If you do the ship tour ,then again, they look after the Visa for you.

The Visa costs about $ 80.00 if you had to purchase one on your own.

Yes, the ship tours are expensive.

I used Alla when I was there and she will look after everything for you.

I just wrote to Alla on behalf of two groups that are going (on different dates in May ... I asked Alla to e-mail them directly, ...Alla did e-mail them and now they are all booked for when they arrive in late May!!!

Here is Alla's e-mail address.

Alla Ushakova

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Mar 4th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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Sadie - if you haven't already done so - register (it's free) with www.cruisecritic.com The Boards (forums - look at upper left hand corner of home page) contain a specific Azamara board. You'll find numerous posts from people who have taken a cruise with this line.

We're going with them for the 7/12/09 Baltic sailing. There is also a "Roll Call" thread for members of CC and you'll find posts about guides and people willing to share tours to cut costs.

Six of us have a private tour with DenRus - another company with a good reputation for tours in St. Petersburg. Look at their website at www.denrus.ru

We're looking forward to trying Azamara!
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