We were picked up at Heathrow by Barry of Taranis Travelfirstname.lastname@example.org. He was very efficient and transported us to Southampton via Stonehenge, Salisbury, Avebury, Amesbury. His price was great and we could stay as long as we wished in each place. He also transported us to Bath another day. There is an audio guide to the Baths. Will take you around 2 hours and it could be more if you don’t want to hurry. There are lots of shops, etc. around. Probably 5 hours is what you would need in Bath. We were going to take the train to Bath from Southampton but found that you need to book in advance for the train as the price continues to go up the closer you come to the date you want to go. Just like the airlines. That is why we decided to take private transportation because for the 4 of us, it worked out the same price if not cheaper.
We stayed at the Southampton Park Hotel. It was okay. Very small rooms. No a/c which usually is not a problem but it was warm. The good thing is they had a full made to order breakfast included with our room cost. It was centrally located so walking was not an issue. Staff was friendly. The hotel was inexpensive. Don't know if we would stay here again. We took a cab to the ship which was about 7.8 pounds.
Princess Ship: We signed up for Anytime Dining; however, we could only get reservations at 5:30 or 5:45 and then at 7:30, etc. They would not take reservations for 4 people at 6, 6:30, 7, etc. This has not happened to us before. We always were able to make reservations for 6:30. This time we had to walk in.
Actually the category is B1 now. The room was nice. Typical room. Great location. By the elevators but never any noise.
Guernsey Islands: Tender Port. Took about 10 min. We took the bus, route 91, around the island. It cost 1 pound each. It was okay. No commentary. Two scenic stops. Took 1 hour and 40 min. The tourist center is easy to find—turn left off the dock and keep walking. Tourist Center is on the right. The bus stop is just past the tourist center by the church. Could have walked around in town or gone to the Military Hospital or Underground or Castle Cornet on our own.
Dublin: Used Garvan Rusche or dublintourguide.ie. Very knowledgeable in history. 5 hour walking tour for 6 of us. Would do bigger groups but we like to keep our groups to 6-8 people in all our excursions. We took taxi into Dublin. Was 20 Euros for 6 of us. It is about a 15 minute drive. You can also do Dublin on your own. The Princess shuttle was $8 pp each way which is why we took a taxi. You can walk around Dublin. There is a tourist center right by Trinity College and the taxi rank to go back to the ship is also right in that vicinity. We docked at Ocean Pier #33 in Alexandra Basin.
LeHavre: We had already done Paris and Normandy on previous trips so we just took a taxi (8 Euros) into town. I had printed out a walking tour and we followed that. We walked back to the ship. Easy time. The ship’s shuttle was $8 pp each way. Nice city.