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We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied. Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out that Azamara has a private tour section. We worked with Zsofia Sarkadi and she provided us with a 3 day tour. It was a fantastic experience. The tour company that Azamara use was first rate. Our guide, Ludmilla Stepanov was as good as they come. She is an English teacher so language was no problem. During the tour, our driver would drop us near the entrance and when we finished that tour, he was always right there. We visited all the places you read about, and a bonus was a canal tour. Again this tour was conducted in English by a young lady that studies English at the University. If you would like to see St Petersburg, I highly recommend this way. It is slightly higher than the larger shore excursions, but so pleasant. The Journey's best feature is their crew. They are very friendly, and after the first day, usually know your name and your preferences. The small ship let us dock right near the town center at most of the stops, so you could just walk off and see the town.

St Petersburg

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by jjo96

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied.

Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out that Azamara has a private tour section. We worked with Zsofia Sarkadi and she provided us with a 3 day tour. It was a fantastic experience.

The tour company that Azamara use was first rate. Our guide, Ludmilla Stepanov was as good as they come. She is an English teacher so language was no problem. During the tour, our driver would drop us near the entrance and when we finished that tour, he was always right there.

We visited all the places you read about, and a bonus was a canal tour. Again this tour was conducted in English by a young lady that studies English at the University.

If you would like to see St Petersburg, I highly recommend this way. It is slightly higher than the larger shore excursions, but so pleasant.

The Journey's best feature is their crew. They are very friendly, and after the first day, usually know your name and your preferences.

The small ship let us dock right near the town center at most of the stops, so you could just walk off and see the town.
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Hi jjo96, thank you for writing a cruise review for us. The crew on both of our ships do deserve so much credit. And thank you for using our Private Tour option. We are always happy to plan a special private tour for those who want something different. So glad you enjoyed the tour and the English-speaking guides.
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Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Cabin VX 7078
Very nice room, with a veranda. Our cabin attendants did a great job at keeping the room in tip top shape.
As with most cruise ships, the shower was small, but you got used to it
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