Having visited St. Petersburg earlier in the year with a "big" cruise ship and two short days to see it all, I was looking forward to the three and one half days this time. I was not disappointed. But let's start at the beginning.
I had taken Viking River Cruises on the Danube a number of years ago and was impressed. When I mentioned it to friends who had not taken a river cruise before they were intrigued. One of my friends made comment that we should go to Russia before it was too difficult. We started looking for river cruises and it was agreed that Viking was our choice. May was a good month for us and the weather would not be too cold.
We made the necessary arrangements and booked out travel and took off. We did not use the service that was offered or the airlines. We did the visa route ourselves and booked out own air. We all had a great time commenting on what had to be done and why.
Our cabin was one cabin away from the entrance to the dining room. Near the constant coffee and snack area. We were near the elevator. Being in the aft of the boat we did hear some reverse noise, but very little. It was small but not difficult to navigate around in with two women. We did not spend much time during the day in the cabin anyway. Saw no reason to pay the extra for "A" cat.. as we had a balcony and a few more square feet.