UPD: You can see prices and schedule for 2020 here.
St. Petersburg-based ferry line Moby SPL has announced the start of sales for the season 2019, so you have a good chance to book early and save money as current prices are rather affordable. While the Moby’s schedule remained unchanged (details below), there is some news in pricing.
Moby SPL operates one ferry Princess Anastasia cruising around the Baltic Sea: St. Petersburg, Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), and Stockholm (Sweden) on a regular basis with calling to the port of Riga within special cruises.
The season 2019 starts on March 23 in St. Petersburg and ends on December 28, which followed by New Year’s special cruises in early January 2020.
The terminal where Moby’s Princess Anastasia gets moored in St. Petersburg is The Morskoy Vokzal, NOT the Marine Façade. The Morskoy Vokzal (as the Marine Façade too) is located on the Vasilievsky island in the center of the city with a 15 minute leg by bus to the nearest subway stations Primorskaya or Vasileostrovskaya.
The address of the Morskoy Vokzal terminal is 1, Ploshchad Morskoy Slavy (1, The Square of Marine Glory, in Russian – Площадь Морской славы, 1).
Schedule Of Moby SPL’s Princess Anastasia 2019
The schedule of the Princess Anastasia is just like it was in 2018, with a two-week-cycle and two-route format. We mean that the ferry runs along two cruise routes and within two weeks it makes a few trips along them.
These routes are:
• St. Petersburg – Helsinki – St. Petersburg (short cruise);
• St. Petersburg – Helsinki/Tallinn – Stockholm – St. Petersburg (long cruises).
You naturally can board the vessel at any port for any leg.
How these cruises are put into the two-week cycle:
• The first week of the cycle starts on Monday with the long cruise, from Monday to Friday;
• Then the short «version», St. Petersburg – Helsinki – St. Petersburg, from Friday to Sunday with Saturday being for Helsinki.
• The second week really starts on Sunday with the ferry departing for its another long cruise and getting back to St. Petersburg on Thursday;
• Then again the short cruise to Helsinki Thursday – Saturday, with Friday being for Helsinki.
Then the cycle repeats.
Important: for the period April 28 – May 12, the schedule looks a bit different as the Princess Anastasia goes to special cruises to Riga and Stockholm during long May holidays in Russia.
What does this schedule mean for those who want to visit St. Petersburg on a visa-free tour? Given that the visa-free access is provided for ferry passengers for 72 hours, it means that you
• either arrive in St. Petersburg on Friday (the first week of the cycle) and then depart on Sunday,
• or arrive in St. Petersburg on Thursday (the second week of the cycle) and then depart on Saturday.
As the ferry arrives in St. Petersburg and departs from here in both cases at 09.00 am, you have 48 hours here from 09.00 to 09.00 – either Friday + Saturday or Thursday + Friday. Which option is better? We think there is no any difference between them.
With a Russian entry visa you can stay here as long as your visa permits, of course, no matter how you arrived and how you depart. In case of a visa-free 72-hour stay for ferry passengers, you arrive and leave by ferry (the same rule applies to cruise lines passengers, but the procedure differs).
Fares For Moby SPL’s Princess Anastasia 2019
First of all, some news: in 2019, the company has introduced three kinds of fare depending on the terms of refund.
These are as following:
• Smart: you are refunded 100 percent when cancelling your booking 42 days prior to your departure date, 50 percent if 41-14 days and zero percent if than 13 days or less. Additional services and surcharges are refunded entirely.
• Flex: you are refunded 100 percent when cancelling no later than 14 days prior to departure and zero percent if less than 14 days are left before departure. Additional services and surcharges are refunded entirely.
• Low fare: this tariff plan gives the best prices for certain day, but you are refunded zero percent when cancelling your booking. Additional services and surcharges are refunded entirely.
We looked into the booking system of Moby and made up a list of some tariffs for four types of cabins, from the cheapest to the most expensive, (there are totally 14 types of cabins) for randomly chosen high season days in July for the both cruises.
• Moby uses a dynamic pricing (there are no regular prices any more), so the prices below are strictly indicative, they were right on the publication date;
• the prices below are for two adults;
• all the fuel and port surcharges are included;
Prices for St. Petersburg – Helsinki – St. Petersburg on July 19, 2019
• B2V — 89 euro
• A2 — 118 euro
• CO2 (commodore) — 252 euro
• SUI (suite) — 732 euro
Prices for St. Petersburg – Tallinn – Stockholm – Helsinki – St. Petersburg on July 21, 2019
• B2V — 221 euro
• A2 — 302 euro
• CO2 (commodore) — 505 euro
• SUI (suite) — 1427 euro
• B2V is an internal cabin for 1-2 passengers, bunk beds, 7 sq. m., 4-6 decks.
• A2 has a porthole (that’s the cheapest cabin with a window) for 1-2 passengers, 8.5 sq. m., 4-6 decks.
• CO2 (commodore) has a porthole, a double bed, for 1-2 passengers. Mini-bar, breakfast Deluxe in each port of call and access to a sauna in the morning hours (only one time during a trip) are included into the fare; decks 5 and 6; registration is in a separate desk.
• SUI (suite) is a two-room apartment with a seaside view for 1-3 passengers. 26.4 sq. m. Mini-bar, breakfast Deluxe in each port of call and access to a sauna in the morning hours (only one time during a trip) are included into the fare; deck 6; registration is in a VIP hall desk.
The website of the Moby SPL ferry company in English: https://stpeterline.com/en_US
If you are not eligible for the e-visa, you need to obtain a traditional visa. For this you will need a Russian invitation letter applying to a Russian embassy or a consulate.