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Port of Call: Saint Petersburg, Russia (Day 1)

We docked at what looks like a very new port facility in Saint Petersburg. After being escorted through customs and meeting up with the tour guide, we were on our way to the Hermitage and Winter Palace.

What else that day?

There's some arrangement with the Russian immigration that allows us to have some sort of shorepass for the cruise. They stamped our passports, but we were required to sleep on board the ship. Which might not have worked out so well for some of the crew...a group of them ran got loud with the Russian immigration official. I think that one of them hadn't had his stamped and now was being told that he couldn't leave.

And the Russian immigration personnel are the least cheery people I've ever seen behind an immigration desk...they make the Germans I deal with look like perky cheerleaders.

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