World-class museums, glittering palaces, and vodka tastings await you on a cruise to Russia.
Once the capital of imperial Russia, St. Petersburg today is a creative hub full of art, culture, and national treasures waiting to be explored on a cruise to Russia. From breathtaking ballet and opera centers to fabulous palaces and cathedrals, the City of Tsars still feels every bit the royal city it once was.
Start out by getting a true taste of Russia. Explore the flavors of historic St. Petersburg on a journey to a local market under the expert guidance of our Celebrity Chef. Stroll through one of the most popular markets in the city, admire fresh local produce, artisanal cheese, caviar, natural honey, fresh fish, and choice meats. Sample some of the market’s delicious offerings before you source ingredients with our chef and make your purchases. Next, enjoy a relaxing coach ride to a restaurant located in the center of St. Petersburg where you’ll sample a variety of Russian vodkas perfectly paired with local delicacies. Back on the ship, meet our onboard chef for a fascinating tour of the galley, followed by an intimate chef-hosted dinner featuring flavors and ingredients from the day’s exploration.
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Join the curator of the iconic Mariinsky Theatre — one of the world's most beautiful and storied theaters — on a limited-access tour of the historic Old Stage (circa 1859) or the New Stage, completed in 2013. Peer into areas that are normally closed to the public and hear fascinating tales of the legends who performed in the Russian Empire's signature venue.
Discover on your cruise to Russia where ballet greats Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov graced the stages; it was here that Tchaikovsky's masterpieces Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker had their premieres. Gaze at the magnificent decor of cherub-adorned ceilings, glittering chandeliers, and magnificent paintings. Then, enjoy an evening performance in this elegant grande dame, seeing with new eyes the drama, excitement and significance of all that has transpired here.
Or, on your Russia cruise, discover treasures of the world-famous Hermitage Museum, which is said to have the largest collection of paintings in the world. It is certainly among Europe's most prominent and historic museums, founded in 1764 at the order of Catherine the Great. On this exceptional tour, admire the Hermitage's magnificent paintings, concentrating your exploration primarily on the works of Italian, Dutch, and Flemish masters. View the museum's ever-changing porcelain, pottery, silverware, furniture, and antiques exhibitions. Then, continue your Russia cruise immersion into the fascinating culture with a Russian vodka tasting organized specially for your group at one of the city's fine local restaurants.
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