We traveled on the Crown Princess British Aisles Cruise mainly due to it's itinerary. It was our introduction to the British Aisles and my wife and I traveled with our next door neighbors. Let me preface this review in stating that we are Royal Caribbean regulars and are making most of our comparisons based on that.
We arrived two days earlier at Heathrow and our United flight arrived 1/2 hour early around 9 pm, I was worried that our 'Shared Arrival Transfer London Airport to Hotel' booked via Trip-Advisor wouldn't be there but he was (they keep on-top of arrival info, so make sure your Flight info is updated before you fly). Even though it was a shared transport we were his only fare arriving at 9:30 pm and with little traffic at that time we checked in to the Park Plaza Victoria (which is a great hotel near Buckingham Palace) by 10:30pm.
We planned to try to cram in as many highlights of London in one day as we could but realistically settled on doing the Tower of London at 9 am (it took 2-hours minimum), Westminster Abbey at noon and The Staterooms at Buckingham Palace. We purchased a Oyster card for Tube travel and began at 9 am opening at the Tower (by the time we were leaving lines to see the crown Jewels were over a hour wait so make a bee-line there first) make sure you purchase your tickets from:
We had an interior IB room A536 on deck 12 Aloha, the room was nicely appointed except for the two drawer fronts that came off and a constant musty smell I believe originating from the shower curtains, or possibly waste water smells. Our cabin steward was great always attentive looking to help. We were rarely in our room, only to change & sleep. My wife’s medallion often unlocked our door as we were approaching, mine required that I held it on the logo to open. Using the Medallions seems like a nice idea but I was alarmed when I ordered a drink and they were about to charge another passenger who was near me, made me wonder if I would be charged if standing near someone else placing a drink order.
We took the train from Cohb to Cork and waked to The Crawford Art Gallery, the English Market, St. Parick's Street, caught the train back and toured the Cohb Visitors Center
On day one we did Dublin on our own, walked to the Point Luas stop where we purchase all day tickets for $7.50 eu each. Toured Dublin Castle, walked to the Raven Head Pub for an excellant lunch with pints of Guinness. Took the Luas to the Guinness Storehouse Tour, we took the Luas back to walk the Ha'penney bridge to Temple Bar then shopped Grafton Street and headed back to the ship.
Day two took the Luas to the Jameson Distillery Bow Street Experience, Toured St Michan's tombs, Luas to Ha'penney to Darkey Kelleys for Lunch, Luas to Epic Museum and then the Luas back to the port.
Took a cab to the Titanic Experience, cab to the Ulster Museum, had a good lunch across the street at Connors, walked to Belfast City Hall and toured the exhibits and the Titanic Memorial Gardens, when the sky opened up so we took a cab back to the port.
We prebooked rail fare from Greenock Central (15-minute walk from ship) to Glasgow and walked to George Square and toured the City Center, Walked uphill to the Cathedral, back down to Buchanon Street and took the subway to Partick station and walked to the Riverside Museum, walked to the Clydeside Distillery for a Scotch Whiskey tour and lunch in the cafe, walked back to the Partick station to Buchanan Street and shopped before taking the train back to Greenock.
Wold have preferred two day at this port vs Dublin, on our own we toured Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and walked the Royal Mile