Travel by ferry from St. Petersburg
• Travel by ferry from St. Petersburg
In St.Peterline two ships: SPL Princess Anastasia, who walks along the route St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Stockholm-Tallinn-St Petersburg, and Princess Maria, which connects St. Petersburg and Helsinki. We sailed on the ground. I do not really understand, what's the catch fly from St. Petersburg to Helsinki whole night, when the distance is overcome by car or bus hours for five, and high-speed train Allegro at all three and a half. But, as it turned out, first of all, this service is aimed at EU citizens, for whom only when you travel on these ferries have the opportunity to stay in Russia for 72 hours without a visa.
Thus, on our ferry had seen a large group of Germans, as well as the Swedes, Finns, and even the Spaniards. Sorry did not have time with any of them talk, it would be interesting to find out their experiences.
My cabin class on the fifth deck. Area 9 squares, however, the standard for this class cabins on ferries. The situation, as you can see, minimalist: nothing more. Extra outlets, but one only, also not found. Well, that took a tee, but here's how to charge their gadgets all four passengers - a mystery. So, I recommend stocking extensions that will be going to travel on this vessel.
In the bathroom did not find a hairdryer and its something I have not picked up, used it everywhere, "default" is, I had to buy in Helsinki, it is an old recently covered.
While explored the cabin, the ship slowly left the port and headed in the direction of Helsinki, the scenery outside the window began to change.
Went stroll the decks. The ship Princess Anastasia was built in the Finnish city of Turku, in 1985 there were a called Olympia in the Finnish company Viking Line, in 1993 sold to the British P & O Ferries and renamed Pride of Bilbao, and later in Bilbao. St.Peterline ship purchased in 2010, the same year and received its present name. Serve as floating hotels during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Onboard entertainment standard for the ferries.
In the same evening. Show all sorts of shows, a disco. I'm not a fan of it, but almost no empty seats at shows.
Go look better than the food, tasty meal is always happy, and on ferries is usually good and varied cuisine.
As it should be on board a number of restaurants and bars, the price tags on the food, in principle, acceptable, an average of 20 euros for a meal of one dish and some drink, but alcohol is expensive. In one of the restaurants with live music. Then I liked the most: playing jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll, with good soloist sings Elvis Presley. Ensemble name is not remembered
I wish in passing zainstagramit pictures, but the internet in the whole boat turned out to be paid, at the same time terribly slow, and for seven euros an hour, which could not be divided into several sessions. Well I have a mobile router, and at least on the bank was a normal Internet access.
Now we'll move to the restaurant Seven Seas, where you can buy a subscription for 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners (for the entire cruise) for 144 euros, while you are given the "buffet". That's my breakfast looked. In general, it is standard for ferries and for European hotels, but on our ferry and there is oatmeal, which in my view is always winning over traditional cold cereal and yogurt. Of course I have something to fill the belly and a hearty breakfast lovers: omelets, sausages and other meats such as I have something for breakfast besides molochki not able - cranky traveler
And this is my modest dinner. The range of evening "buffet" in the Seven Seas is not particularly impressed me after the Finnish ferries. In principle, such as I'm a fan a little but eat, it would not be much more expensive (or even approximately the same) to eat in the on-board restaurants, where, in my opinion, the food is delicious and the choice of interesting dishes wider than the Seven Seas .
washed down ceiling bow and went to roam the ship further.
Oh yes, our cruise was dedicated to the theme of families with children. His I do not have yet had to include an inner child)). On board there is a playroom with animators ...
and a circle of needlework, where you can take for 10 euros a master class on creating what some man-made souvenirs.
Before the open decks always been able to get when it was already dark: after walking around the city have steadily cut down for an hour or two, just as sunset began. Still wake up in the morning for 7-8 Super owl - sheer torture. But travel is rarely otherwise.
And finally, the most interesting part of my story and our journey. Managed to get to the bridge and get to the captain!
The captain of our ship Ricardas Maksimavichus.
The best view of the vessel - from the bridge.
I never have been used on bridges and in the wheelhouse of such large vessels. But unfortunately time is allocated very little, rasprosit about everything the team on the bridge failed. So, in a report in my favorite genre will not pull. We'll have more time for that purpose to go on board of a large ship.
In the meantime, let's just see pictures. Here at the helm stood for a moment, I felt like this.
Place the navigator? Or boatswain? Too, I did not understand.
Yes, here it is possible and a half-day freeze, if allowed! I did not expect. All cabins of vehicles that I've seen this a toy compared to this giant.
Another appliance after a steering wheel, which I like found, radar, which can see other ships in a given radius surveillance.
I used to wonder how you can find out in a pile of instruments in the cockpit. But it is much steeper.
And complete the story of Anastasia views in Tallinn port.