Viking Helgi Cruise Review by Radster
- Sail Date: August 2009
- Destination: Baltic Sea
architectural museum & UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wooden churches
& other buildings were brought here from other parts of Russia.
Transfiguration Church - 300 years old, built completely of wood (no
nails) 22 timbered onion domes. It was a rainy, gloomy day and made the
church look ominous (Halloween?), but yet a very interesting excursion.
Goritzy On the Shore of Lake Siverskoye Visited Kirillov-Belozersky
Monastery, founded in 1397 by St. Cyril filled w/ beautiful icons &
frscoes. Now a museum.Yaroslavi - Called the Golden Ring city Figured prominently in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Not much to explore in these ports - churches, icons, frescoes. Uglich Town dates to 1148. Foound this to be a more interesting
excursion, besides just seeing icons, frescoes. Ivan the Terrible's son
was mudered here. The resulting uprising caused great distruction. In
17th-18th centuries wonderful architectural buildings were constructed.
Moscow Amazing City! Very clean. The Metro is easy to navigate. Metro
is very clean, elegant, marble, paintings, chandeliers, sculptures -
Red Square - dating to 15th century. Not as impressive as I imaged,
except for the St. Basil Catheral colorful onion domes.(never got
inside though) Kremlin - More cathedrals, palaces, museums & the
seat of government. By now, I am tired of seeing & hearing about
the icons and frescoes. Every tour guide has the same verbatum speech.
Armory - Fantastic, but very difficult to get close to exhibitions,
especially the Faberge' eggs. The crowds are unbelievable! Exciting
city - much to see and do, but be aware of pick pockets, etc.
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Not at all as advertised -
One chair in front of combination desk/cubboard. No drawers to put your clothes in. Two large pipes. reaching from the ceiling into a large wooden box on the floor - RIGHT NEXT TO THE BED!
This is NOT a deluxe cabin and should not be priced or advertised as such!
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
St. PetersburgThe tour guide was knowledgeable. We all received head 'phones, which is a great help. The Hermitage Tour was excellent, in spite of being extremely crowded,long lines,not enough time. St. Petersburg's architecture is impressive as is the cleanliness of the city. Catherine's Palace is a striking example of Russian baroque architecture (restored). Peter & Paul Fortress - St. Peter & St. Paul Cathederal w/ golden spire. Again, interesting, very crowded, not enough time. `View All 613 St. Petersburg Cruise Port Reviews
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