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St. Petersburg Russian Ballet Show Excursion Reviews

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Don't miss a chance to see Russian ballet performed live in St. Petersburg, home to some of the country’s finest dancers. Almost every line offers a ballet excursions in St. Petersburg.


1 review

Mea culpa... this was my first ballet (Giselle) and I really enjoyed it - surprisingly moving too. The theatre was intimate but no crush for a drink during the interval. Most civilised. Actually, this ballet was in Moscow and not St.Petersburg. Sadly Moscow has fallen off the CruiseCritic map.

Provider: AmaWaterways


1 review

Ballet was an interesting experience for a non-ballet-goer; I loved the young musicians playing in the foyer at the interval.

Provider: AmaWaterways

Vivacious Van

1 review

It was the first time we had seen a ballet and it was an obvious choice of trip to make. First time in Russia, first time to the ballet. It was Swan Lake. I had nothing to compare it with so I am unable to be critical. There were times when I thought one or two of the dancers were out of sync and I do wish they smiled occasionally (perhaps it is not the done thing). The building was of course old, tired and in dire need of refurbishment with a trip hazzard of a red stair carpet. Perhaps this is something for the future. I was disappointed by the fact that only a handful of people dressed up for the evening performance and they all seemed to be off the cruise ship along with ourselves. I had been advised (in this instance totally incorrect) that the Russians dressed up for the Ballet and that if you were to go in wearing flip flops and shorts and/or jeans and jumper you would be totally under dressed. Well, we wore the dinner jacket and the pretty dress with heels. Should have gone in jeans and jumper. It seemed to be a sell out performance which is good for them and provides a good atmosphere for everybody attending. Incidentally, although the seating was tired looking, it was comfortable with plenty of leg room. Well worth the trip.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


1 review

The ballet company that Viking took us to see was interesting but I would have gladly paid more to see one of the highly talented companies such as Marinsky or Alexandrinsky. The company we saw seemed semi-professional and the theatre was clearly in need of renovation, but the performance of "Sleeping Beauty" was entertaining

Provider: Viking Cruises


1 review

Fun evening for those who have been to a live ballet!

Provider: Viking Cruises


5 reviews

A group of 8 had opted for this at the Hermitage Theatre. This accommodates an audience of only about 250, so everyone had an unhindered and close view of the excellent performance of Swan Lake (although it should be noted that in this rendering nobody died!). Eduard drove us to the theatre and he was waiting for us when the performance finished. We were back on board by 23:30 - oh so many superlatives in one very full day! One comment - TJ Travel informed us that the dress code for the ballet would be semi-formal, so we all dressed appropriately. However, the audience, mainly East Asians, had clearly not heard this message and you could say that either we were the smartest set in the theatre, or we were terribly over-dressed!

Provider: Independent Operator

1 review

Lovely. You should not be in Russia without going to a ballet.

Provider: Viking Cruises


1 review

Even as an athlete I could never do what they do. A great experience and enjoyable evening. A bit warm in the theatre so dress accordingly.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises


1 review

This was an evening event. The group was very talented and their costumes were gorgeous. The theater was too warm and the seats were literally wooden benches covered with fabric. Very hard to enjoy show after two hours.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International


3 reviews

Russian Army was preforming folk show of singing, dancing and gymnastics. Great!

Provider: Holland America Line


7 reviews

The Alexandrinsky Theatre was almost worth the price of admission. The ballet company and orchestra were not top companies, but certainly decent, making this a very worthwhile experience.

Provider: Independent Operator


8 reviews


Provider: Independent Operator


1 review

Unexpectedly great performance by young dancers -- notably, the conductor did so without a score.

Provider: Viking Cruises


1 review

Great city to visit. Again, the advantage is we were able to park in town with a great view right outside our cabin. We booked a tour with Anastasia Travel with 3 other couples we met on Roll Call. Worked out great. We had a nice roomy van.

Provider: Independent Operator


2 reviews

Taken into St.Petersburg to a small theatre where we saw the Russian Army singing and dance troupe. Champagne in the interval. What an evening and after driving back late at night though the city and it is still light at 11.30 pm. Well recommended.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

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