St. Petersburg Cruises

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

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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.


From 1st October 2019, some cruise passengers visiting St Petersburg (Russia) can do so with an e-visa, available for some nationalities only, to be obtained before the cruise.
Please refer to the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for all information including eligible nationalities, timings and procedures to obtain the e-visa. Alternatively, the current procedure remains in place: all MSC Guests visiting St Petersburg with an MSC excursion do not need a visa, and benefit from the usual advantages of all MSC Excursions (direct assistance while on excursion, insurance, priority disembarkation, etc). Our offices are available to answer any doubt you may have or provide additional information if needed.

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