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Mr PJ Dooley's Port Reviews of , Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh
Queen Victoria cruise in July 2010
Member Name: Mr PJ Dooley
Cruise Date: July 2010
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Member Review: Mr PJ Dooley's Queen Victoria Review
Dublin
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Sunday morning found us docked in Dublin. Again, we took the shuttle bus into the city centre where we boarded an open top double decker bus and toured the city, visiting the famous Guinness Brewery and driving into the beautiful park nearby. We saw far more of Dublin than you could ever hope to see on foot in a day's visit. It is such a busy city, even on a Sunday with many of the shops open. We spent the rest of the day on board watching a film in the Theatre and walking round more of the ship finding rooms and amenities that we hadn't seen before. That evening we tried out 'Lady Luck' again in the casino and she was with us more this time. It was good fun.



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Liverpool
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
On Monday morning we woke up in Liverpool. This was a very special day for the Queen Victoria as it was her first visit to the port. The Duchess of Cornwall came aboard to unveil a plaque. We were proud to watch this ceremony before going ashore. We walked round the Albert dock, visited a newly opened museum and enjoyed a return visit to this great city. We noticed that a large number of people were on the dockside, despite some rain and by the evening this number had swelled to many thousands as we prepared to sail away. There was a great party up on deck 10 and a fantastic firework display from a boat in the river. It was a moving event with retro music playing and everyone singing along as we left and sailed out of the Mersey estuary. The sound of the ship's siren must have kept most of Liverpool awake, but no one seemed to really care and the atmosphere was electric. Liverpool did us proud!



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Belfast
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The following morning was Tuesday and we docked in Belfast. Again we took the free shuttle bus into the city. We found that we preferred to make our own way in the ports, using local buses and taxis rather than going on organised tours. Belfast is a lovely city with very friendly people even though it is a major capital. We did some more window shopping and then went into the town hall. The interior of this building was amazing, with marble everywhere and some beautiful stained glass windows. The mayor had been to greet the ship when we docked and we were pleased to see him again in the town hall.



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Edinburgh
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Greenock for Glasgow and South Queensferry for Edinburgh.

On Wednesday we arrived in Greenock, Scotland, having sailed past many Scottish islands. Here we were welcomed by bagpipes playing. As we walked into the terminal building, we were met by guides dressed in full traditional outfits with family tartan kilts and jackets. We were told that they offered a choice of free tours of the area, so we jumped at the opportunity. The guides were volunteers and our bus took us round Greenock to see fantastic views of the lochs. Our guides were very informative as to the history and important part Greenock played in the Second World War as it still does to this day with the submarines. We were even shown a photograph taken in exactly the same spot where we stood on the cliff top, with all the ships in the harbour in 1941. This was a very moving experience.

Thursday we spent all day at sea. It was like a mill pond it was so calm and the scenery as we passed the islands of Lewis and the Hebrides, then sailed on past the Shetlands round the top of Scotland, was simply stunning. Little did we know that the Queen and her family weren't far away at the time. We thoroughly enjoyed a talk by Lembit Opik the ex Liberal Democrat MP. He was highly entertaining and had gone to a great deal of trouble researching his presentation, enhancing it with film clips and photographs.

On Friday we arrived at South Queensferry and anchored just by the Forth rail bridge. We were taken ashore from the ship by tender and walked into the town. There we caught a bus into Edinburgh for more shopping. We liked the quaint little town of South Queensferry very much and enjoyed the views of both the Forth road and rail bridges, taking many photos.

We spent all day Saturday at sea again, sailing down the North Sea past the oil rigs and gas platforms towards the Channel. There was plenty to do all day with Lembit Opik's second talk followed by a political quiz in the Golden Lion pub. My partner was pleased to join a line dancing session in the morning which she wasn't expecting, which was great fun and good exercise. The day was marred by having to pack our suitcases. Suddenly the ten days had almost gone and we were about to go home. We enjoyed walking round the ship again, admiring the decor and browsing in the lovely boutiques.

Sunday morning sadly we had to disembark at Southampton. Again, this was a very smooth affair that went like clockwork. The sun was shining and we were home after the end of a brilliant voyage on the fabulous Queen Victoria. We will definitely sail on her again soon!



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