St. Petersburg, Venice Of The North
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg is situated at the mouth of the Neva River. The city became one of Russia's largest cruise ship ports and the country's only gateway to the Baltic Sea, which is why St. Petersburg is called "the Marine Capital of Russia." The city is characterized by so many rivers and canals that St. Petersburg often is called the Venice of the North.
Ships pass forts, cathedrals, palaces and other attractions on the transit to the berth in the center of the city.