Hi, would appreciate some advice on the reliability of ferry trips in the Baltic Sea during December. Plan on boarding a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki for transfer to a St Peter Line later in the day for the overnight trip to Saint Petersburg. We will be vacationing in Russia.
From my research, I have discovered there are several lines between Tallinn and Helsinki, including Tallink Silja with a 2-hour sailing departing from Tallinn at 10.30am and arriving into Helsinki at 12.30pm.
St Peter departs Helsinki at 6pm and arrives into Saint Petersburg at 9.30am the following morning.
My questions are:
1. How reliable are the ferries in terms of their schedule (departure and arrival times)?
2. How frequently does the weather impact on ferry schedules during late December?
3. St Peter Line's website appears to suggest check-in and boarding is from 1-3.30pm despite the ship only leaving at 6pm. Is this correct? I would have liked to spend a bit of time sightseeing in Helsinki.
4. Where would you go through passport control and what would the procedure be? Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg?
5. Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg, how long does it take ferry passengers to actually get off the ship?
Appreciate your advice, comments and experience.
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How can i reach city centre from airport, easiest way? What would you say the best things to do in few hours.
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