In a word, charming! We really enjoyed walking thru old town which is only about an easy 10 minute walk from the pier. We toured the kiek in de kok and the bastion tunnels (rented an audioguide at the TI) and saw just about everything we wanted to see. Had an outstanding lunch at Von Krahli Aed.
Gorgeous city! We spent more time in the Vasa museum than we had anticipated, visited the Royal Palace (Royal armory and treasury were fantastic) and spent the remainder of our time wandering around Gamla Stan.
OMG!! The reason we took this cruise was because of the 2 days in SPB. We were simply awestruck! On our first day, we took a ride through the city to familiarize ourselves with some of the venues (with stops along the way for photos). We were then treated to a canal tour of SPB by boat.
During our 2 days, we toured the Catherine Palace, Hermitage (Winter Palace), Peterhof, Peter & Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood. We also visited the farmer's market, took a subway ride, did a little shopping and took a hydrofoil ride out to Peterhof (which is located on the gulf of Finland).