Ultimate Beverage Package on all Cabins & Specialty Dining for Ocean View, Balcony or Mini Suites!

About Scandinavia & Russia Summer Cruise

Sail from Copenhagen, Denmark to …Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, & Sweden!


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Set sail, from Copenhagen, Denmark, aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Getaway on an unforgettable cruise through Northern Europe. Our itinerary brings us through Scandinavia and Russia and includes some of Europe’s most popular cities, destinations and countrysides. We’ll visit the sought after ports of Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Germany and Helsinki, Finland before we arrive in the fascinating city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Once there, STI has 2 days (overnight) which allows us more sightseeing opportunities (Hermitage Museum!). We’ll continue on with visits to Tallinn and Stockholm, Sweden before returning to Denmark.

Inclusive Features for the Getaway:

  • 9 Nights Studio, Oceanview, Verandah (Balcony) or Mini-Suite Accommodations Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Getaway.
  • Optional Pre Cruise Stay in Copenhagen with other single members of our group.
  • Cool, New Single Studio Accommodations – Just what you’ve told us you’re waiting for! – This is a new category of stateroom with a truly innovative approach to solo guest accommodations. You’ll experience a thoughtful, contemporary design, a comfortable layout, and best of all, pricing tailored to you. You’ll also enjoy exclusive key card access to the Studios Lounge: your own private spot to meet up with friends, have coffee or make plans for the day. Click here for details!
  • Yum Yum – 16 Different Dining Options including an Upscale Steakhouse, a Traditional Brazilian-inspired Churrascaria, Gourmet French Restaurant, Authentic Teppanyaki, Traditional Italian, Tempting Chinese, Sensational Sushi, NEW Fresh Seafood at Ocean Blu by Geoffrey Zakarian, Freshly Prepared Pasta Dishes at our Action-Stations and an Amazing Salad Bar. Additional fees apply and are paid directly to Norwegian Cruise Line.*
  • 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
  • Pools and Jacuzzis including Spice H2O (free) and Vibe Beach Club FOR ADULTS ONLY with Oversized Hot Tub, Full Service Bar, Water Spritzers, Chilled Towels (additional fee).
  • Better than Las Vegas! – FREE Entertainment Galore! Announcing, Legally Blonde, the Musical, Burn the Floor, the hottest, most sexy and passionate dance show and Grammy’s with live Jazz and R&B – Oceanside! Plus all the other live shows and entertainment like no cruise line but NCL! Watch for more announcements as we near the inaugural.
  • Party Time – Dance the Night Away at Spice H20’s day-and-night pool experience with live DJ action, big screen and fireworks, stop in 17°F Svedka Ice Bar (the first true ice bar at sea) or party under the stars at the adults-only, private Posh Beach Club.
  • Relax, Chill Out – Get Lucky in the Full-Action Casino, Get Pampered in the First-Class Mandarin Spa, Get Fit at Pulse, the State-of-the-Art Fitness Center, Get Out of the ordinary at the Upscale Cigar Room or Sugarcane Mojito Bar.

Read all about the studio cabin experience on our BLOG

Exclusive Singles Travel Features :

  • STI Team service assures that you get the most from your “big ship” cruise experience. With all the innovation and what seems like so many things to do, so many dining choices, leave it to us, your Getaway experts.
  • COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, 70s Dance Party, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Adventure Team Sport Events, Flash Mob Dance Lessons, Ice Cream Social, Pub Crawl.
  • HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes to be announced 3 months prior to departure.  Your Concierge will post to the chat for this trip.
  • COORDINATED SIGHTSEEING IN EACH PORT – Announced 6 Months Prior to Departure
  • OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT – Announced 6 months prior to departure.
  • PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY CHAT FOR THIS TOUR – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
  • Special Attention from Professional, Experienced, Singles Travel International Concierge*
  • Great Times with other Singles!

*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

STI will provide each member with a Singles Travel International Activities Calendar so that you are prepared once you board. STI reserves the same shows for our group and specialty restaurant reservations will be taken at our Welcome Aboard meeting. Prefer to do your own thing? Make your own individual dinner and show reservations in advance at www.NCL.com.

**Read about what is included in the Ultimate Beverage and Specialty Dining Packages.

ULTIMATE DRINK PACKAGE TERMS: Includes a variety of spirits and cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to $15. Includes fountain soda and juice, and non-alcoholic beer. A 20% discount will be given on bottles of wine (champagne and sparkling included) purchased on board. Does not include room service, package sales, bottled water, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated super premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, fresh squeezed juices, Lavazza coffee beverages, wine dispenser, energy drinks or vending machines.

SPECIALTY DINING PACKAGE TERMS: Members in Oceanview & Balcony cabins have 3 specialty dinners included in our cruise. Specialty Dining Packages include NCL’s steakhouses, churrascarias, French, Japanese, Mexican and Italian restaurants. You may choose to dine in entertainment-based and à la carte priced restaurants for an additional charge. Dining options vary by ship. Read the FAQs and Terms & Conditions for more details.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.


Sun, Jul 21:  Pre Cruise Package Arrivals in Copenhagen- Optional Welcome Dinner
Mon, Jul 22:  Board the Getaway and Sail from Copenhagen, Denmark 5:00 p.m.
Tue, Jul 23:  Warnemunde (Berlin)  7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wed, Jul 24:  At Sea
Thu, Jul 25:  Helsinki, Finland 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fri, Jul 26:  St.Petersburg, Russia 7:00 a.m.
Sat, Jul 27:  St.Petersburg, Russia 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Jul 28:  Tallinn, Estonia 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Mon, Jul 29:  Stockholm, Sweden 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tue, Jul 30:  At Sea
Wed, Jul 31:  Copenhagen, Denmark 7:00 a.m.
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Cruise Departs: Tuesday, July 22, 2019
Return: Thursday, July 31, 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

This beautiful capital city is full of cobbled squares and canals, giving it a historical feel, but it is also considered to be Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan city. You can expect to enjoy museums, cafes and fine shopping while also getting a medieval experience in The Latin Quarter!

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany

Germany’s capital city is rich in history since the wall came down over 20 years ago. Warnemunde is known for it’s long beachfront and marina, a late 19th century lighthouse and distinctive East German Architecture. The charming, seaside town is also home to famous landmarks like Brandenburg Gate, Elegant Bavarian Quarter and Reichstag.

Helsinski, Finland

Known as the “White City of the North”; Helsinski is a classic sea-city with a dramatic coastline dotted with colorful bays and inlets. The National Museum, here, will show you Finnish history all the way back from the Stone Age! Fall in to the laid back rhythm of this vibrant city with beautiful islands, bright green parks and an ornate Cathedral overlooking the harbor. Explore Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum, or visit Temppeliaukio Kirkko, a church built inside of a massive block of natural granite and topped with a copper wire roof.


St. Petersburg, Russia

Welcome to the Cultural Center of Russia! Here you will see stunning architecture, Tchaikovsky Operas and the famous Kirov Ballet. With over 200 museums and one of the largest English Gardens in Europe; the “Venice of the North” is sure to impress. The architectural gems like Kazan Cathedral and Winter Palace will keep you busy during our 2 day stay in this unique, imperial city.

Tallinn, Estonia

Another capital city that impresses it’s guests with medieval homes, as well as modern cafes and boutiques. Venture inside the ancient walls of Old Town to discover the medieval Toompea Castle and a 15th century apothecary shop. Visit Tsar I’s Kadriorg Palace, where you can explore the surrounding sculpted gardens, peaceful woodlands and the art that fills the inside.

Stockholm, Sweden

Unique with it’s network of waterways and bridges laced between the sea and a freshwater lake; Stockholm can easily be explored either by water or on foot. The cobblestone streets and gabled old townhomes lead you to the stunning, 17th century palace that overlooks the harbor, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, where you can learn all about the prestigious Nobel Prize.

OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT: Available 6 months prior to departure.

BOOK EARLY TO GET LOWEST FARES. Please schedule your flight to arrive in COPENHAGEN (CPH) before 1:00 p.m. on July 22 and depart after 12:00 p.m. from COPENHAGEN (CPH) on July 31.

*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Norwegian Cruise Line without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.


Our Package Includes:

  • Personal Services of our STI Concierge
  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Accommodations
  • Transfer from Hotel to Ship on July 22
  • Full, Hot Daily Breakfast (1)
  • Hotel Tax

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Copenhagen. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities. If you show up, your card will be automatically charged.

Optional pre tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.



Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

REVIEW the important information on the FAQ tab for this trip.

Say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat and see “Who’s Going”.

A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this cruise.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after March 15, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months from your return date.

Click here to upload to our secure folder.


Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 14 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.


The cruise departs from Copenhagen, Denmark on July 22, 2019 and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 31, 2019. Therefore the cruise is 9 nights/10 days. Plan to come early and spend a day in Copenhagen with others members of the group. When adding our optional night in Copenhagen, your vacation will be 10 nights/11 days. Note that most flights departing the US are overnight flights. Therefore, you may actually be gone for 11 nights/12 days.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by March 15, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to call our office with your payment details, prior to that date, to protect your reservation. If you make a reservation after March 15, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation. Rates are set by STI, include all of our special services may be higher than the NCL rates.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

– After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

– Between March 15 and April 12, 2019 – 25% penalty applies.

– Between April 13 and May 12, 2019 – 50 % penalty applies.

– After May 13, 2019 any cancellations or “no-shows”  100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

If you plan to arrange your own flights, make sure to arrive in Copenhagen before 1:00 p.m. on July 22 and depart after 12:00 p.m. on July 31.

Of course, if you plan to join us in Copenhagen, for 1 night before the cruise, arrive anytime on July 21. Our first event will begin about 5 p.m.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Our cruise does not include airfare, transfers in Copenhagen and extra hotel nights before and after the cruise. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), meals not indicated in itinerary, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, gratuities to STI staff ($15 per day) and NCL crew members. NCL adds a mandatory $14.50 per person, per day gratuity to your shipboard account. Please advise your STI vacation specialist in advance if you’d like to add this charge to your final payment. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.

NOTE: If you plan to explore St. Petersburg, Russia on alternate tours or on your own, you are responsible for your own visa. A visa is REQUIRED for US passport holders in Russia.

The STI excursions INCLUDE your visa.

We MUST receive a color copy of the first page in your passport (page with your photo) within 7 days of booking in order to process your Russian Visa for shore excursions reserved with STI. Fax to us at 877-765-6874 or email service@singlestravelintl.com.

We have partnered with Shore Trips to provide pre-booked and pre-confirmed excursions in each port -of -call. Our tours are offered so that you may share your cruise experience with other members of our group, as they are exclusive to our members. In addition, once you make your reservations, you won’t have to spend any more time trying to figure out what to do every day!

WE EXPECT THESE TOURS TO SELL OUT PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. In addition, for Russia excursions, we must have a color copy of the first page of your passport and your reservation with Shore Trips must be placed no later than noon EST on April 25, 2019.

Every tour is pre-booked and pre-confirmed. Booking our excursions also allows you to spend your time leisurely on board the ship. You will be sitting by the pool while others are in the shore excursion lines waiting to book. Our prices are competitive and well worth booking.

The Shore Trips site is easy to use. First, CREATE AN ACCOUNT and you may do this by going to website. Once you have created an account and signed in, click on the word FIND YOUR GROUP, then 1 STI-Scandinavia & Russia Summer Cruise to see the excursions that are being offered for our cruise. A full page description is available if you click on the title of each tour.

Note that all Shore Trips tours are non-refundable once booked unless we find a replacement for you. We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of finding out that the tour you wanted has sold out. In order not to incur an additional $10.00 fee all tours must be booked 48 hours prior to departure.

Absolutely. But book early and take advantage of the new Solo Studios with no single supplement! If you miss out, not to worry, our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by March 15, 2019. Of course, single cabins (non Studio) are available at an additional rate assessed by Norwegian Cruise Line. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 129 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Copenhagen, which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the Price & Options Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and meeting details will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 14 days prior to trip start date.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course. We have a 1 night package before the cruise. Click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP to add this option to your vacation. If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans.

Our 1 Night Package Includes:

*Personal Services of our STI Concierge Team
*Company of other Single Travelers
*Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Room at the Copenhagen Strand Hotel
*Optional Dinner
*One way Transfer from the hotel to the Getaway on Monday
*Hotel Tax

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Copenhagen. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities. If you show up, your card will be automatically charged.

Note: Transportation between the airport and the hotel is not included in our pre or post tour packages.


Taxis from the airport will cost approximately DKK 250 ($40 USD).  All taxis run on a meter and accept dankort and most major international credit cards.

We found a very helpful link to some alternate manners of transportation from the airport to the city in Copenhagen.

Click here to read more.

If you choose to take the metro, follow these specific directions to get to our hotel.

The metro runs directly from terminal 3 to Kongens Nytorv. Get off at Kongens Nytorv and walk to Copenhagen Strand Hotel in around 8 minutes.

Copenhagen Strand is located at Havnegade 37, 1058 København K, Denmark.


Embarkation and cabin check-in is at 12:00 p.m. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Concierge.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Travel Director/Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our Daily STI Program. We reserve seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. STI group dining is generally served at 8:00 p.m. and varies by cruise line. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.

In addition, on the Getaway, there are 20 themed bars and a la carte restaurants in which to dine and play. Singles Travel International will provide a Singles Only Dining & Show Schedule in advance and members may sign up on the STI and NCL sites before the cruise. Signing up early ensures that you will be guaranteed a chance to enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship. Charges are ala carte, approximately $60 per dinner experience and will be charged to our cabin account at time of consumption.

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

The only time to visit this part of the world is summer, otherwise it’s too cold. The average daytime temperature for most ports will be low to mid 80s and evenings average 65-70 degrees. Be prepared with a jacket.

Check each city individually at www.weather.com.

A passport is required for cruise travel to Scandinavia and Russia. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit http://www.travel.state.gov/.

We MUST receive a color copy of the first page in your passport (page with your photo) within 7 days of booking in order to process your Russian Visa for shore excursions reserved with STI. Click here to upload to our secure folder.
or email service@singlestravelintl.com.

If you plan to explore St. Petersburg, Russia on alternate tours or on your own, you are responsible for your own visa. A visa is REQUIRED for US passport holders in Russia.

There is no baggage limit onboard ship.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing up to 50 pounds, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Our cruise transits many different cultural and economic locations and many of the countries on our itinerary have their own currency.

Please remember that local currency is the only acceptable currency in each country. US Dollars are not accepted when paying for services or goods. Bring $3-500 in cash (new, crisp $10, $20, $50) and/or traveler’s checks plus your credit card/ATM card. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards.
Make a copy of the front and back of all cards and keep safely in a separate location.

Currencies for each country on our cruise/tour.
Sweden=Swedish Krona
Denmark=Danish Krone
Estonia, Finland, Belgium=Euro

We recommend that you exchange $100-$150 USD upon arrival in Copenhagen to get to our hotel and for dinner on July 21.

You may exchange currency as you go along aboard the ship or in most ports, use an ATM machine. Be sure to consult with your bank before you depart to let them know to where you are traveling. That way your charges abroad won’t be held up for approval. It’s also recommended that you download the app for your most frequently used credit card so that you may receive text messages in case of authorization required.

Bring some cash which will be easily converted at local banks or exchange outlets in major cities. On occasion you may be required to present your passport to exchange money, so carry that in a safe place such as money belt or purse that you have under your top or jacket.

**How To Bring Money To Russia**

Buying rubles abroad is usually extremely difficult, and exchange rates, at least for dollars and euro, are much more competitive in St. Petersburg. If you want to carry cash, then bring it in one of those currencies.

Otherwise, the easiest way to access funds is through ATM machines once you get to St. Petersburg. Machines have sprung up all over the city in the last few years, and can be found in the lobbies of most hotels, in metro stations and, of course, next to banks.

The flat-rate charges are small, and exchange rates are normally reasonable (although there’s little way of checking beforehand). Traveller’s cheques are, of course, a safe option, and can now be exchanged in any branch of Sberbank, Russia’s national savings bank, and several other large banks.

Credit and bank cards are now widely accepted in large shops, most restaurants (including fast-food outlets), and larger bars and nightclubs. It is always worth checking before you order, however, as some businesses don’t consider it a major problem if their card terminals are out-of-order for a few days. Visa and Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere, while American Express and Diner’s Club can rarely be used.

It is also worth noting that, due to high instances of card fraud emanating from Russia, some Western banks need to be notified of your travel plans, otherwise they may block your card automatically after the first time you use it in Russia, whether to make a payment or withdraw cash.

Freestyle Cruising is not too dressy, not too casual. We call it “resort casual”, you’ll call it being on holiday. When you’re ready for dinner, it’s collared shirts and pants or nice jeans for men. Slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops are perfect for women. If you want to dress up and add a little glamour when you dine out, feel free. Swimwear, T-shirts and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants after 5:30. An exception will be made with respect to shorts in the buffet and outdoor restaurants. Presentable jeans may be worn in restaurants in the evenings with the exception of a designated “dress up” restaurant. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping. As the temperatures are warm in the Mediterranean you’ll prefer summer wear.

There really isn’t a “formal” night on NCL. They call it Norwegian’s Night Out and our group dresses a bit better than the rest of the crowd, but it isn’t mandatory. NCL does not promote it as formal, they are strictly “Freestyle” which means, dress up if you want, but if not, that’s ok too. Having a fancy dress or suit along just in case you need it is a good idea, but absolutely optional.

Our Concierge Team will create several theme nights and costumes are recommended, although optional. More information about themes will be disclosed closer to departure via our chat and direct emails from our Concierge Team.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear. Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Insulated Coffee-To-Go cup for more java to enjoy poolside.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.


Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

No inoculations are required for travel from North America to Scandinavia or Russia. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) strongly recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician can access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 14 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website,  click here to learn more.


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After more than 15 years in the travel industry, in 2012 I joined the Singles Travel International team. I have enjoyed escorting groups around the globe and I am always ready for adventure! My hobbies besides traveling, include kayaking, fishing, and just being outdoors with my family. I look forward to the opportunity to show you the world!

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After checking out the Singles Travel International website for more than two years, I decided to take the risk and sign up for my dream vacation…New Zealand/Australia. It was the best move I’ve made in retirement..and by far the best trip I’ve ever taken! Everything was perfect….not one glitch. The trip was very organized and well planned. The concierges Else and Heidi handled all details and questions promptly and efficiently with pleasant attitudes,. They made sure everyone was included in all activities that interested them and gave wonderful suggestions and advice when needed. I think what I enjoyed the most were the other travelers. I met people that were passionate about travel and simply said…sooooo much fun! STI has made it very easy to keep in touch with these new travel buddies about future adventures. I have three more STI trips on the bucket list. Thank you Tammy, Robin, Heidi, Else and the entire STI team for the travel opportunities you have opened for me!!

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