ClothingRussian cruises sail from May to September, which is the warmest part of the year in Russia. The weather is still a bit chilly in May (it is similar to weather in Washington DC in April), so we recommend that you bring a light jacket if you are traveling during this time. You may need it in the evenings. Same applies to September. This is when the temperature starts to decline and it rains more often. Even if you are traveling during the "official summer" from June to August, you should still pack a sweater just in case.
If you plan to attend an opera or ballet, we recommend that men bring a jacket and dark shoes and women bring attire that they usually wear for public events. There is no need to overdress and you can leave your night gowns and smoking suites at home.
The welcome reception and the concert at the end of the cruise do not require any special attire.
ShoesYou should bring comfortable shoes for shore excursions.
You can bring a regular wheeled Samsonite-like suitcase to carry your things. If you plan to carry more than can fit in your pockets, you should bring a backpack for land excursions.
We recommend that you bring shampoo with you. Shampoo may or may not be available in your cabin and its best to bring it with you, just in case. Russian cruise ships do not offer internet access and there will be no internet cafes along the way. Cell phone reception will also be limited while enroute.
You can use your cell phone while in Moscow and St. Petersburg, however. And you can use one of numerous internet cafes too.
Activating your cell phone for international roaming
You can use your cell phone in Russia, but then you need to contact your cell phone service provider before your departure to Russia and ask them to activate "international roaming." Please note, it could be quite expensive, up to 3 dollars a minute.To unlock your phone you will need to call your service provider and to receive the special unlocking code and instructions how to apply it to your phone.
Tip: if you buy a local sim card you can save money on calls in Russia. International calls will cost about the same as calls made in roaming ($2-3 a minute). Ask your cruise director if you want to purchase a local sim card.