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St Peter Line ferries

Hi all,
I will be taking the Anastasia from St Peter line ferries this summer and was wondering about my dining options. The website is very vague about dining other than purchasing the breakfast and dinner buffets, but I’d rather not pay the high cost because I don’t eat much. Has anyone travelled on this ship? Will I be able to buy snacks or small meals from the cafe or a restaurant on board? Thank you!

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I took it in 2014. There were other places to eat besides the buffet. There was an Italian restaurant with pizza and pasta and we ate there both nights. We got breakfast at a small snack bar type place. It has been four years so things may have changed. This ferry is much more basic than the ferries between Stockholm and Helsinki

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I did almost exactly what Laura did, in 2016 - same Italian restaurant, LOL! It was surprisingly affordable and decent pizza, though this was in 2016 when the dollar was stronger than it is now. But you don't have to buy ANY meals in advance if you wish not to - I didn't. I didn't even buy breakfast - I had some granola bars with me.

However, the St. Peter Line 72 hour visa-free visit to St. Petersburg has changed since Laura and I did it. The ferry line has been acquired by another company, and since then they have changed the scheduling. (Now only one ferry does the run to St. Petersburg - used to be two.) When I did it, the ferry went overnight from Helsinki and arrived in St. Petersburg in the morning - and as soon as we arrived we got off; after two nights, we got back on the ferry the third afternoon and headed back to Helsinki that night and got off the next morning. But today, as I understand it, they make you stay on board when you arrive in St. Petersburg (unless you have a Russian visa) til early afternoon, then you have three nights and return at about the same time three days later and have to wait to leave til the evening. This gives you closer to 72 hours, a little more time than we had.

Anyway...you'll have more time for breakfast than I did on the arrival in St. Petersburg, and that's a case where maybe I might enjoy a leisurely breakfast, instead of basically rushing to pack and get off in the morning as I did - not really time for breakfast!

Either way, have fun - I really enjoyed the ferry rides much more than expected. The ship may not be as luxurious as the fancy cruise ships, but it was decent enough, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.