Gate 1 Russian River Cruise ?
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You share the ship with different tour groups although ours was the largest group.
Don`t pay for a cabin upgrade, the cabins are all the same unless you get one of the suites.
I just got back from Russia last month on the ms Russ. Didn't book with gate 1, but am quite familiar with them and can answer most questions you want to know about the cruise.
Pack clothes you can layer. Bring a hat, raincoat, duck shoes if you have them (rubber shoes), sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a scarf for your head (ladies), toiletries and unless you don;t mind shelling out the cash- water/pop for your personal use.
Khaki pants were common for the fellas and several wore shorts or zip offs. We never had an issue with shorts in the cathedrals. I just now relooked thru my pictures before posting this to double check. We had several guys in walking shorts on each of our cathedral tours. I wore capris- as did many of the ladies. My daughter wore walking shorts a couple of times as well. It was not an issue for our group.
No worries about standing out as a tourist- you will! But most of the people at the places you'll be seeing will be with tour groups. Places like Peterhof and the Hermitage reserve certain times of day for groups to tour. So yes, it's obvious you're a tourist, but you'll not stand out amongst the hundreds of other tourists!
So pack your shorts AND your jacket and tie.