Iconic, bejeweled Fabergé eggs are the centerpiece of our newest Boutique Adventure, “Special Visit to the Private Fabergé Museum.” The shore excursion, which is available to a limited number of guests on four Crystal Symphony Northern Europe cruises this summer, will immerse guests in Russia’s imperial past with exclusive access to areas of St. Petersburg’s Fabergé Museum that are not open to the public. Guests on the insider tour also will see more than 4,000 antique pieces of Russian decorative arts in palatial surroundings, including Romanov family exhibits, former aristocratic domiciles, and The Brothers Karamazov art collections.
The museum curator will personally guide guests through Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg’s impressive private collection of imperial Fabergé eggs, which includes 15 of the world’s remaining 50 eggs, all elaborately designed by St. Petersburg’s own Carl Fabergé. Nine of the eggs belonged to Russia’s final tsarist family, the Romanovs, and are considered to be the jeweler’s finest works. These, combined with rare silver, religious ornaments, paintings and other objets d’art, are housed within the 18th-Century Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg’s historic city center.
Tour participants will visit palace rooms that are typically off-limits, including the White Column Hall,once the city’s largest ballroom; the Cream Hall, encasing ornate, handcrafted silverware; and theprivate quarters of former palace owner Count Shuvalov, which features an exhibit dedicated to the last Romanovs. And literary enthusiasts will thrill to see the original illustrations for Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, created by Boris Grigoriev and displayed in the Walnut Drawing Room.