We arranged a two-day experience outside the NCL umbrella with Anastasia. We were four couples on a van sufficient for twice as many, but the tab was less than half the similar package on a 50-person bus set up by the cruise line's partner. Alexander and Anna took great care of us as we hit all the high points from downtown to Pushkin to Peterhof. The company had the right to jack up the price because we were fewer than the minimum dozen but did not. On the second day, when a planned hydroplane trip to Peterhof to start the day didn't work out, an Anastasia manger gave us each a $30 reduction on the spot and did not add it back in when we were able to return to downtown by hydroplane from Peterhof. I had hoped to add an evening experience but was fragged by the time we got back to the Sun after a full, full first day. In almost every place, Anna finagled us to the head of any long line. That saved at least two hours getting into Hermitage and even more getting into Catherine's Palace out in Pushkin.