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Thread: The Marine Facade - a new dock for cruise ships in St Petersburg

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    Default The Marine Facade - a new dock for cruise ships in St Petersburg

    It seems that many large ships that in the previous years have been using the Industrial Port will now be staying at the Marine Facade. The new location is a total dark horse - we know little about the logistics of getting to the docking berths there yet. That doesn't mean we won't be able to pick up our clients there - we just don't have a clear concept how. That first arrival of the Norwegian Jewel on May 4, 2009 should clarify things a great deal.

    In the meantime here's a couple of lines from the description of the area by a friend, a local travel agent who visited the site a few days ago:

    "the berths are two kilometres away from the entrance, and you can't walk there - there are bulldozers and excavators working all the time, you won't be allowed to walk, you have to have a car". "The area looks like the Sahara desert - clouds of sand and dust". "cars need a pre-arranged permit to enter the area, you can't just drive in".

    The thing is that the new port facility is being built on the reclaimed land, and the work is still going on. Eventually over a kilometre-wide strip of land will be reclaimed along the western edge of Vasilievsky Island, in the west of St Petersburg. The whole thing is seen clearly on google earth. Here's a coordinate for the Marine Facade: 5956.857'N 3011.657'E

    Peter

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    Default Marine Facade - first experience

    On May 4 our colleague picked up first cruise clients this year from the Norwegian Jewel docked at the Marine Facade.

    She didn't have time to take any photographs, so please wait until our next run there on May 17-18. In the meantime she confirmed the earlier information that construction work is full on at the terminal and the clouds of sand in the air make it look like a desert - a vast open expanse of a yet to be built port terminal in the middle of the Gulf Of Finland, on reclaimed land.

    Your personal first-hand experiences are most welcome here!

    Peter

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    Default the promised photos

    http://www.peterswalk.com/forum/album.php?albumid=3 - a couple of photos taken on May 17 at the Marine Facade. The ship in the distance is Eurodam. No problem with picking up clients, all worked smoothly.

    P.

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    Are there any facilities in the new terminal (gift shop, restrooms, etc.) or is it still under construction?

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    The waiting hall is quite spacious and feels empty. There are toilets there of course, and there was also a sign for a cafe although the actual cafe wasn't in view. Also there was a taxi (or car rental) stand, and I seem to remember there was a person standing behind the desk.

    All that was on the city side of the immigration desk.

    Will try to pay more attention next time we go there.

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    On most recent visit to the Marine Facade a cafe was spotted upstairs - I think it works, at least there was a smell of food.

    There was also a machine dispensing soft drinks, and an ATM. In other words, the place is not completely empty

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    Default Taxis from the Marine Facade to the city

    On one of the visits to the Marine Facade terminal we saw a functioning taxi stand in the main hall. Very reasonably priced too - they have set rates to different places around town. I think it was something from 500 to 800 rubles or so to a list of tourist attractions around the historic centre.

    The trick is that the terminal building is over a kilometre inside the port territory, and no cars except those taxis (and vehicles with pre-arranged port entry permits) can go past the gate into the port to bring you back to the ship. So, if you're venturing out on your own make sure to take the driver's contact tel (or arrange with the girl at the taxi stand) to be picked up for the way back.

    Peter

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    Hi,

    Since st.petersburg is having a marine facade this sea route will develop as a major cruise tour route. This will also help the local business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darwin View Post
    Since st.petersburg is having a marine facade this sea route will develop as a major cruise tour route. This will also help the local business.
    I quite agree. It would help much more though if Russia relaxed its bureaucracy in regard to tourism, and to small businesses too. This goes outside the scope of this forum though.

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