Saimaa Travel
M/S Carelia, Saimaan kanava

Travel restrictions between Russia and Finland continue due to the corona pandemic. Therefore we unfortunately do not organize cruises to Russia in summer 2021, but we plan cruises on Lake Saimaa in Finland. We will tell you more about these cruises on our website during the spring.

We hope to get to Russia again in summer 2022!

M/S Carelia is a passenger ship with two inner decks and a sun deck. The ship can take up to 200 passengers and it sails under the Finnish flag and has a Finnish staff. M/S Carelia sails from Lappeenranta, Finland to Vyborg, Russia through the Saimaa Canal.The cruise hostess on board serves you in all questions and tells you about the history of the Saimaa Canal with announcements during cruise. In addition, you can enjoy music, lottery and other activities on the way.

On board there are two cosy restaurants - buffet restaurant Monrepos and music restaurant Knut Posse. In the tax-free shop you can buy sweets, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages at a reasonable price. The tax-free shop has a small collection of parfumes, cosmetics and souvenirs and it serves as a currency exchange office.

One-way prices 15 May - 12 September, 2020

€59 / person
€40 / child 2-15 years
€10 / child under 2 years

€67 / person
€45 / child 2-15 years
€10 / child under 2 years

Vyborg port fee €10 / person will be added to all reservations. The price is based on the tariffs valid on 3.1.2019. We reserve the right for changes.

For additional fee

M/S Carelia buffet lunch or dinner:

  • Booked and paid in advance €22 / person, €10 / child (2-15 years)
    Booked and paid on board €24 / person, €12 / child (2-15 years)
  • Á la carte -menu available on M/S Carelia

Please book your meals together with your cruise booking. If meals are added in your reservation after payment, we charge €10 service fee for changes.

Service fee €15 / reservation.

Ship schedule

Departure from Lappeenranta, Finland at 7:45
Arrival in Vyborg, Russia at appr. 13:15

Departure from Vyborg at 16:15
Arrival in Lappeenranta at appr. 21:45

Finland and Vyborg, Russia are in the same time during the summer. Check-in starts 30 min before the departure.

We reserve the right for changes.

Please note! Cruises for season 2020 are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We'll update cruise dates for 2021 as soon as possible.


Please book one-way tickets from our office
tel. +358 5 5410 100

An advance booking to the cruise is required. The booking should be made latest 1-2 days before the cruise, depending on the cruise day.

Russian visa

Please notice that for one-way cruise you are required to have a passport and a visa to travel to Russia.

Information about a Russian visa from our office or from our site.



Latest news

Our summer office is open!

Our summer office in the check-in terminal in Lappeenranta passenger harbour is open Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00.

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Visa-free cruises 2021 are cancelled

We hope to get to Russia again in summer 2022!

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