The large Princess Mary cruise ferry makes regular flights, the route of which runs from St. Petersburg to Helsinki.
The Princess Mary ferry was built in 1981 at the Finnish shipyard Perno. Its original name is MS Finlandia. In terms of volume, capacity, and also the number of beds, at that time it was the largest ferry in the world. In addition, it was also wide. This size allowed to take on board the maximum number of cars.
However, the "thick" ferry was very difficult to manage, especially in winter. This fact was the reason that “MS Finlandia”, after eight months of operation, was sent to the Perno shipyard, from where it began its journey. There, it was reconstructed, giving it more elegant forms. In addition, in 1985, restaurants were renovated at the Helsinki shipyard, the interior was changed, and additional cabins were completed.
In the fall of 1988, MS Finlandia changed its owner. The owner of the ferry was Suomen Yritysrahoitus. In early May 1990, MS Finlandia was renamed MS Queen of Scandinavia. A month later, it was acquired by the company DFDS, which used a ferry on the line along the route from Copenhagen to Oslo through Helsinki.
The Queen of Scandinavia in 2000 was reconstructed again. This time it was carried out at a Polish shipyard in Gdynia. From 2001 to 2007, a modern ferry went along the Newcastle-Eimenden route, after which he began to carry passengers from Newcastle to the Haugesund, calling in Stavanger and Bergen.
In February 2009, in the Swiss harbor, Oskarshamn began to use the ferry in the form of housing for workers. In December of the same year, the Danish police chartered a ship, placing it in Copenhagen.
Company "St. Peter Line »the ferry was acquired in 2010. The ship began to be used along the route from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, giving it a new name. With the spring navigation of 2010, the Princess Mary ferry began its new life.
Company "St. Peter Line ”offers its customers a wonderful stay aboard a comfortable ferry. Passengers will find cozy cabins of various classes, restaurants, bars, cinemas, an aqua zone, the Duty Free store, and a kids club. There is a Captain Nemo casino on the ship, the bulk of the profits of which go to charity.
Princess Mary ferry takes on board up to 1600 passengers. On her car deck can accommodate up to three hundred and ninety-five cars.
How the Princess Mary walks
The ferry schedule is permanent. He walks from St. Petersburg to Helsinki every other day. Departure time varies depending on the season - 19.00 or 20.00. In Helsinki, the ferry arrives at the Western terminal (Lansiterminali). Local time he is met at eight in the morning. Until seven in the evening passengers can visit the sights and go shopping in the Finnish capital, and then the Princess Maria ferry leaves for the starting point of its route.
Princess Mary Cruise is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Explorers restaurant is open on the seventh deck for passengers. The decoration of its walls used marine decorations. Blue carpets and tablecloths of the same color are pleasant to the guests' eyes, on which light from stained-glass lamps softly lays down.
The chef of the restaurant offers Russian guests a menu containing French and Italian goodies. Among his dishes are venison, whitefish baked with Provencal potatoes, and tagliatelle made with zucchini.
For guests from abroad, the restaurant offers traditional dishes of Russian cuisine. These are Siberian dumplings and beluga caviar, various pickles and appetizers, the famous borsch and Kiev cutlets. In other words, all that is the culinary visiting card of our country.
The restaurant also has gourmet dishes. This is Princess Maria salad, which includes warm goat cheese, as well as a steak of the same name.
The most delicate dessert “In Romanovsky” also has an unforgettable taste. These are pancakes with strawberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the method of preparation of which was recreated according to the recipe of a chef of the royal family.
Varied in the restaurant and the wine list. Fine Italian, French, Australian and Chilean drinks are served here.
Cruises on the Princess Maria ferry will undoubtedly be remembered by visitors to the 7 Seas Restaurant. Its format is an abundant buffet that delights passengers with a variety of salads, appetizers, hot dishes and seafood.
In the 7 Seas restaurant, any guest can be creative in creating their own dinner. Vegetarians, gourmets, as well as those who follow a special diet, can combine dishes to their taste. Red and white wine is included for dinner without restriction. Additionally, a glass of champagne or a glass of vodka is also served here.
On board the ferry collected a lot of gambling entertainment. The Captain Nemo casino has slot machines and roulette. You can spend time in this institution for popular card games.
The casino has a certain betting limit. At roulette it is one euro, and in a game on cards - ten. Denominations of slot machines begin with euro cents (one, two or five).
Ferry casino lovers are advised to purchase a special tour. Depending on the deposit made by the client, they are offered certain services of this institution. The pre-paid amount can be five hundred euros, as well as one, three or five thousand.
High rollers are accommodated in “Deluxe” cabins; they provide breakfast and dinner in the restaurant. The cost of the deposit includes a free shuttle to the station. At the same time, program participants, regardless of the level of payment, can spend at least four hours at the gaming table . For lovers of sports poker, Texas Hold'em tournaments are held.
Gambling fans are given the right to become a member of the Captain's Club. Its members have the opportunity to participate in promotions, receive bonuses and discounts in bars and restaurants. They have other privileges.
Princess Maria invites its passengers to spend time in comfort. At the same time, comfortable cabins are provided for customers. Depending on the cost of purchased vouchers, passengers can stay in B-class cabins. They are located on the fourth, fifth and sixth decks. This type of cabin is designed for two or four people and is equipped with a bathroom and air conditioning. Without a doubt, the B-Class is a wonderful combination of quality and price.
Other cabins are located on the same decks. They are classified as class A. In these rooms, a wardrobe for clothes is provided, there is air conditioning and a bathroom. From these cabins at night you can admire the splendor of the starry sky, and in the morning enjoy the gentle sunshine.
The most convenient mid-price range includes rooms for A-Deluxe passengers. These cabins, located on the fifth deck, have seating areas equipped with a coffee table, armchair, sofa and air conditioning. The bathroom includes a hairdryer. These cabins include breakfast in the restaurant.
The next type of room for passengers is Deluxe. They are located on the sixth deck of the ferry. The walls of these cabins are decorated with paintings by the marine painters. Vacationers are offered air conditioning and a hairdryer, a minibar and an LCD TV, a glass coffee table and soft comfortable chairs. The cabin price includes breakfast with caviar and champagne.
Where can I spend time on board?
All passengers who have purchased vouchers for the Princess Maria ferry leave only positive reviews. Numerous services that the organizers of leisure offer, delight everyone without exception. Passengers can use the gym and pool. It offers vacationers - a Finnish sauna and bars. There are play rooms for children.
Connoisseurs of tobacco and strong alcohol are waiting for a cigarette bar. In a nightclub, you can become a spectator of the show program. For passengers, there are two cinemas with a capacity of up to two hundred and thirty guests. Here you can watch movies in 3D.