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5th June, 2012

St Petersburg by Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon

On our second day in St. Petersburg our guests could choose from 3 tours, Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk, Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo and St. Petersburg Highlights – Part 2. One of the more popular tours was Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, this excursion highlights a masterpiece of world architecture: Catherine Palace. After an hour-long drive, past the monument to the Glorious Defenders of Leningrad and along the Pulkovo Highway, passing the limit of the German army’s advances in 1941 our guests arrived at Catherine Palace. Once named the eighth wonder of the world, its heavy amber panels were looted by the Nazis, but has since been restored to the warm tones of its original glory. After a guided palace tour guests could enjoy a walk in the landscaped grounds before returning back to the ship.

In the afternoon more exciting tours awaited in the form of the Spilled Blood Cathedral, shopping and canal cruise, Peterhof Parks and Fountains or St. Petersburg Cathedrals. For those guests who took the Spilled Blood Cathedral, shopping and canal cruise embarked upon a cruise that showed them the area around the River Moika, one of the city’s most fashionable addresses. Peter the Great conceived the Neva as the main thoroughfare of the city and from the river many could admire St. Petersburg’s magnificent waterfront. The tour also visits one of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful churches – the Spilled Blood Cathedral. The church was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II assassinated on March 1, 1881 and the temple is one of the finest examples of Russian revival style. Following their visit to the cathedral they had time for shopping at the nearby souvenir market.

For those guests staying on board they could join Cruise Staff Resty, Duncan and Claire as they played games such as Bean bag boules, Shuffleboard and Beetle Drive throughout the day.

As all of passengers came back to the ship many joined the Cruise Staff out on the Verandah deck with a glass of ‘Moscow Mule’ as we set sail from this historical and mesmerizing port. With the sun shining on our departure it brought a lovely ending to a busy couple of days with musical accompaniment from Perfect Mood.

Team trivia kick started our evening’s entertainment with Explosive Productions dancer Kayleigh as she put those teams to the test with a fun general knowledge quiz.

Tonight’s ShowTime welcomed back for the final time this cruise Banjo Entertainer, Steve Galler as he welcomed guests to join in with their voices in his performance ‘Down at the Old Bull and Bush and all that Jazz!’ We then continued the evening with music for dancing from The Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

For those guests who wanted to enjoy the extra hour tonight could join our resident duo Perfect Mood for late night libations in Cooper’s bar with a possible sing-song until late.

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