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We choose this cruise for the ports that were provided, and having sailed on Princess previously. The tour out of Invergordon was especially fun. The tour was with Invergordon Tours and our bus driver was Bob. He not only provided us with local stories and songs, but answered any questions which we had. We had a small group of 8, many of us seniors. Another tour that we enjoyed was out of Greenock, and was Discover Scotland Tours. Going around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs we saw a lot of the Highland countryside. Although we were in a larger bus of 30, the trip was enjoyable. The ruins which we saw from the Kirkwall port were amazing. You were able to get close to ruins that were older than Stonehenge. Although the tour guide was mainly just a taxi driver, the short tour of the area was enlightening. Lastly, for the stop in Le Havre we took a taxi and went to Honfleur. Although it rained the whole time that we walked around the small town, the experience of being in such a wonderful picturesque town make the stop worth it. We enjoyed shopping, an old church, and seeing a few art galleries. We had lunch on almost every tour, eating local foods and beer when possible. We spent a lot of time on the roll call prior to the trip, organizing tours and what we wished to do. The time was well worth it, and the friends which we made on these small tours made the trip extra special. Future cruises are already being discussed. One disappointment was with the ship itself. The beds were not as comfortable, the service not as special, and the food not as memorable. Not sure if it is just this ship, or a change to cruises in general (either through Princess or all cruise lines). The changes experienced remind me of the changes we see today in flying vs. 30 years ago.

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Royal Princess Cruise Review by Jules_51

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We choose this cruise for the ports that were provided, and having sailed on Princess previously.

The tour out of Invergordon was especially fun. The tour was with Invergordon Tours and our bus driver was Bob. He not only provided us with local stories and songs, but answered any questions which we had. We had a small group of 8, many of us seniors.

Another tour that we enjoyed was out of Greenock, and was Discover Scotland Tours. Going around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs we saw a lot of the Highland countryside. Although we were in a larger bus of 30, the trip was enjoyable.

The ruins which we saw from the Kirkwall port were amazing. You were able to get close to ruins that were older than Stonehenge. Although the tour guide was mainly just a taxi driver, the short tour of the area was enlightening.

Lastly, for the stop in Le Havre we took a taxi and went to Honfleur. Although it rained the whole time that we walked around the small town, the experience of being in such a wonderful picturesque town make the stop worth it. We enjoyed shopping, an old church, and seeing a few art galleries.

We had lunch on almost every tour, eating local foods and beer when possible. We spent a lot of time on the roll call prior to the trip, organizing tours and what we wished to do. The time was well worth it, and the friends which we made on these small tours made the trip extra special. Future cruises are already being discussed.

One disappointment was with the ship itself. The beds were not as comfortable, the service not as special, and the food not as memorable. Not sure if it is just this ship, or a change to cruises in general (either through Princess or all cruise lines). The changes experienced remind me of the changes we see today in flying vs. 30 years ago.
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