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Southampton- We arrived at Southampton Train Station at 2:15 and had planned on taking a cab (approx. 8 GBP) but another couple had arrived on the same train so we joined them and walked to the Princess Berth 106. To walk, take the crosswalk on your left when exiting the Train Station. The "mfi" store will be directly in front of you. Turn right and follow the sidewalk around to Southern Road. Turn left on Southern Road and Gate 10 will be a couple blocks in front of you. Turn right on West Bay road after passing Gate 10. You will see the Princess ship docked off to your left on the other side of some shipping containers. The sidewalk is asphalt and somewhat rough, not recommended with more than a roll-a-board bag and backpack. After you almost pass the ship, turn left and this road will take you to the Terminal. The walk was about 25 minutes. Guernsey- We tendered in and checked for maps at the Tourist Office close to the pier. There is also one computer there with free internet. We joined the queue for the next bus 7 or 7A, both of which circle the Island and leave from the Bus Terminal. You can purchase tickets from the driver. Exact change is not necessary, but appreciated. Note: If you want to get off, you will need to ring the driver. The buses do not automatically stop at the Little Chapel, Sausmarez Manor, etc. I recommend asking the driver to let you know when to get off. All the bus routes terminate at the Bus Station in St. Peter Port, so if you're unsure where to get off, just stay on until you see the town. One other note, Guernsey merchants accept British Pounds on an even exchange but give change in Guernsey pounds. I was told these are not accepted in the rest of the UK. Cobh/Cork- The ship docks in Cobh directly in front of the Train Station. Just circle the Cobh Heritage Center to get to the train. Trains run every 30 minutes and drop you off a 20 minute walk from the Cork town center. There were two HoHo companies parked across from the Cork Station. We opted to take the City bus (#224) from the Parnell Place bus station instead. The price and route was the same as the HoHo's, except the city Bus also stopped for 90 minutes at Blarney Castle, which the HoHo's did not. The bus driver provided narrative of Cork which was probably similar to the HoHo's as we saw the key points in town. However, there was no "Hop on, Hop off" until we arrived at Blarney. The Woolen Mills shopping area was near the entrance to Blarney Castle and they shared a parking lot. To enter the grounds of Blarney Castle, the cost is 10 Euro, whether or not you wait in line to kiss the Blarney Stone. Cobh was also a pleasant town and I recommend reserving some time to look around before returning to the Ship. Dublin- We opted for the Princess $10/RT shuttle and did a walking tour of Dublin. Several Passengers chose to walk from the Pier using the orange walkway which seemed easy enough, but it looked like a long way into the center of town from the Port. Dublin is easily walked. We also took the train to Malahide Castle from the Pearse Train Station, which is close to the Shuttle drop-off point on Kildare St. The Castle entrance was a short walk from the Malahide Train Station. To get there, exit the Train Station lot, turn right and you will shortly see the Castle entrance on the left. Liverpool- In Liverpool we rented a car and drove to Conwy and Conwy Castle. We arrived back in Liverpool with enough time to peruse the downtown shopping area. If you are interested, Merseyside bus service offers a "Beatles Tour Map" which provides bus numbers, stops, and a map of the Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and other Beatles areas. Belfast- The city of Belfast provides a shuttle into town, dropping off in Donegal Square. The Tourist office is around the corner to the left on Donegal Place. We used the Belfast City Sightseeing bus. There are several street vendors offering 10% discounts on the HoHo before you arrive at the bus pick up point. The narrator was very good and the bus hit the usual tourist spots. One cool thing here is the Ship does a 180 degree turn when leaving Belfast harbor. Glasgow- The train from Greenock runs every 20-30 minutes. We opted for the "Day-Tripper" ticket which allows unlimited travel on trains and busses around Glasgow for 16.75 GBP. We took the train along the coast to Ayr, and the bus to Culzean Castle. The train trip itself was nice, stopping at Troon and several other Cities with plenty of Golf Courses and nice scenery along the coast. We then came directly back to Glasgow via Maybole. Everyone in Scotland was extremely friendly and we never lacked for help if we were unsure of our directions. Downtown Glasgow is another easily walk-able City. We definitely would have stayed longer here discovering the countryside around Glasgow if we had more time. Invergordon / Inverness- The car rented from Ken's Garage was delivered to us right at the Gate to the Dock. We drove north to Dunrobin Castle and then backtracked on the A9 to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. There were a number of Distilleries along this route. On the way back we made a stop in Inverness for some shopping, and then finally strolled along the main street of Invergordon before walking back to the ship with 20 minutes to spare. So of course my spouse chose to use the extra 20 minutes for last minute souvenir shopping at the Tourist shop inside the Port Gate. For the second time in Scotland, we were back on the ship with only minutes to spare before "Last Call" Edinburgh- We figured the Tattoo and Fringe Festival would be clogging the streets of Edinburgh, so it was decided to take the train to St. Andrews instead. To get to the Dalmeny Train Station, turn left at the Hawes Inn and follow the road until you see the path with the Train Station sign. From there, follow the path staying to the left and then up the steps. The Station will be directly in front of you when you exit the path. The train ride from Dalmeny Station to Leuchars was 35 minutes, followed by a 5 minute bus ride to St. Andrews. The total cost for the round trip "Plus Bus" ticket was 13.25 GBP (after 9:00am). We took the 2.50 GBP tour of the Old Course offered in front of the St. Andrews Golf Shop. This tour starts every hour on the hour from 11:00am. The tour was 45 minutes and crosses the course at holes #1 and #18. The tour ended next to the Road bunker. The city of St Andrews was very nice and we spent much more time here than we had planned. We decided to take the train straight back to Edinburgh without getting off at Dalmeny for only 2.70 GBP more. Before the Cruise the decision was made to skip the Tattoo in order to spend more time touring Edinburgh. We arrived back at Dalmeny Station at 9:30pm. The path from the train station is not lit and if you arrive after dark be prepared for an interesting walk along the forest path. We stopped at the Hawes Inn, which is located in front of the tender dock, for a quick drink before taking one of the last Tenders back to the ship. The last Shuttle announced for independent Travelers was listed as 11:00pm; however, we noticed Tenders were available for those attending the Tattoo through 12:30. LeHavre- We used Overlord Tours for an excursion to Normandy. The drive out to St. Mere Eglise was 2 hours and then we worked our way back, stopping at the Mederet/La Fiere Bridge, Utah Beach, Brecourt Manor, St-Marie-DuMont, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. I was surprised at the amount of development on Omaha Beach and there honestly wasn't much to see there, other than the occasional topless bather and a few too many Speedos. When we returned, we heard quite a bit of grousing from those that stayed behind and used the Princess shuttle to "Porte Oceane". It seems the nearby beach was rocky and not impressive. Disembarkation in Southampton was typical Princess smooth.

Wandering the British Isles

Crown Princess Cruise Review by ACA Jester

Trip Details
Southampton- We arrived at Southampton Train Station at 2:15 and had planned on taking a cab (approx. 8 GBP) but another couple had arrived on the same train so we joined them and walked to the Princess Berth 106. To walk, take the crosswalk on your left when exiting the Train Station. The "mfi" store will be directly in front of you. Turn right and follow the sidewalk around to Southern Road. Turn left on Southern Road and Gate 10 will be a couple blocks in front of you. Turn right on West Bay road after passing Gate 10. You will see the Princess ship docked off to your left on the other side of some shipping containers. The sidewalk is asphalt and somewhat rough, not recommended with more than a roll-a-board bag and backpack. After you almost pass the ship, turn left and this road will take you to the Terminal. The walk was about 25 minutes.
Guernsey- We tendered in and checked for maps at the Tourist Office close to the pier. There is also one computer there with free internet. We joined the queue for the next bus 7 or 7A, both of which circle the Island and leave from the Bus Terminal. You can purchase tickets from the driver. Exact change is not necessary, but appreciated. Note: If you want to get off, you will need to ring the driver. The buses do not automatically stop at the Little Chapel, Sausmarez Manor, etc. I recommend asking the driver to let you know when to get off. All the bus routes terminate at the Bus Station in St. Peter Port, so if you're unsure where to get off, just stay on until you see the town. One other note, Guernsey merchants accept British Pounds on an even exchange but give change in Guernsey pounds. I was told these are not accepted in the rest of the UK.
Cobh/Cork- The ship docks in Cobh directly in front of the Train Station. Just circle the Cobh Heritage Center to get to the train. Trains run every 30 minutes and drop you off a 20 minute walk from the Cork town center. There were two HoHo companies parked across from the Cork Station. We opted to take the City bus (#224) from the Parnell Place bus station instead. The price and route was the same as the HoHo's, except the city Bus also stopped for 90 minutes at Blarney Castle, which the HoHo's did not. The bus driver provided narrative of Cork which was probably similar to the HoHo's as we saw the key points in town. However, there was no "Hop on, Hop off" until we arrived at Blarney. The Woolen Mills shopping area was near the entrance to Blarney Castle and they shared a parking lot. To enter the grounds of Blarney Castle, the cost is 10 Euro, whether or not you wait in line to kiss the Blarney Stone. Cobh was also a pleasant town and I recommend reserving some time to look around before returning to the Ship.
Dublin- We opted for the Princess $10/RT shuttle and did a walking tour of Dublin. Several Passengers chose to walk from the Pier using the orange walkway which seemed easy enough, but it looked like a long way into the center of town from the Port. Dublin is easily walked. We also took the train to Malahide Castle from the Pearse Train Station, which is close to the Shuttle drop-off point on Kildare St. The Castle entrance was a short walk from the Malahide Train Station. To get there, exit the Train Station lot, turn right and you will shortly see the Castle entrance on the left.
Liverpool- In Liverpool we rented a car and drove to Conwy and Conwy Castle. We arrived back in Liverpool with enough time to peruse the downtown shopping area. If you are interested, Merseyside bus service offers a "Beatles Tour Map" which provides bus numbers, stops, and a map of the Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and other Beatles areas.
Belfast- The city of Belfast provides a shuttle into town, dropping off in Donegal Square. The Tourist office is around the corner to the left on Donegal Place. We used the Belfast City Sightseeing bus. There are several street vendors offering 10% discounts on the HoHo before you arrive at the bus pick up point. The narrator was very good and the bus hit the usual tourist spots. One cool thing here is the Ship does a 180 degree turn when leaving Belfast harbor.
Glasgow- The train from Greenock runs every 20-30 minutes. We opted for the "Day-Tripper" ticket which allows unlimited travel on trains and busses around Glasgow for 16.75 GBP. We took the train along the coast to Ayr, and the bus to Culzean Castle. The train trip itself was nice, stopping at Troon and several other Cities with plenty of Golf Courses and nice scenery along the coast. We then came directly back to Glasgow via Maybole. Everyone in Scotland was extremely friendly and we never lacked for help if we were unsure of our directions. Downtown Glasgow is another easily walk-able City. We definitely would have stayed longer here discovering the countryside around Glasgow if we had more time.
Invergordon / Inverness- The car rented from Ken's Garage was delivered to us right at the Gate to the Dock. We drove north to Dunrobin Castle and then backtracked on the A9 to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. There were a number of Distilleries along this route. On the way back we made a stop in Inverness for some shopping, and then finally strolled along the main street of Invergordon before walking back to the ship with 20 minutes to spare. So of course my spouse chose to use the extra 20 minutes for last minute souvenir shopping at the Tourist shop inside the Port Gate. For the second time in Scotland, we were back on the ship with only minutes to spare before "Last Call"
Edinburgh- We figured the Tattoo and Fringe Festival would be clogging the streets of Edinburgh, so it was decided to take the train to St. Andrews instead. To get to the Dalmeny Train Station, turn left at the Hawes Inn and follow the road until you see the path with the Train Station sign. From there, follow the path staying to the left and then up the steps. The Station will be directly in front of you when you exit the path. The train ride from Dalmeny Station to Leuchars was 35 minutes, followed by a 5 minute bus ride to St. Andrews. The total cost for the round trip "Plus Bus" ticket was 13.25 GBP (after 9:00am). We took the 2.50 GBP tour of the Old Course offered in front of the St. Andrews Golf Shop. This tour starts every hour on the hour from 11:00am. The tour was 45 minutes and crosses the course at holes #1 and #18. The tour ended next to the Road bunker. The city of St Andrews was very nice and we spent much more time here than we had planned. We decided to take the train straight back to Edinburgh without getting off at Dalmeny for only 2.70 GBP more. Before the Cruise the decision was made to skip the Tattoo in order to spend more time touring Edinburgh. We arrived back at Dalmeny Station at 9:30pm. The path from the train station is not lit and if you arrive after dark be prepared for an interesting walk along the forest path. We stopped at the Hawes Inn, which is located in front of the tender dock, for a quick drink before taking one of the last Tenders back to the ship. The last Shuttle announced for independent Travelers was listed as 11:00pm; however, we noticed Tenders were available for those attending the Tattoo through 12:30.
LeHavre- We used Overlord Tours for an excursion to Normandy. The drive out to St. Mere Eglise was 2 hours and then we worked our way back, stopping at the Mederet/La Fiere Bridge, Utah Beach, Brecourt Manor, St-Marie-DuMont, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. I was surprised at the amount of development on Omaha Beach and there honestly wasn't much to see there, other than the occasional topless bather and a few too many Speedos. When we returned, we heard quite a bit of grousing from those that stayed behind and used the Princess shuttle to "Porte Oceane". It seems the nearby beach was rocky and not impressive.
Disembarkation in Southampton was typical Princess smooth.
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