We were excited about the itinerary, since it included Shetland and Orkney. Also, we got to see friends in Newcastle, and Wales. The ship was lovely, despite depressing prior reviews. Painting, carpeting upgrades, new balcony chairs and pool chairs were being added. There were serious lines at the restaurants. It was difficult to pre-book consistent dining without the app. The MaitreD did his level best to cope with the crowds. They thinned as time went on. The food both in the dining room and buffet was excellent and fresh. Our waiters, and the staff at the buffet were excellent.
We took ship's tours in many ports. Guides were great, the buses new, and tours excellent. We were so happy to do afternoon tours...no rush off the ship. We chose the public X99 bus to Edinburgh, then taxi to the Palace at Holyrood. The tickets were well worth it for an excellent self tour using minicomputers and headphones.
The minisuite on deck 10 forward was spacious and comfortable with a great balcony. Our steward, Freddie was superb.
Minisuite on Caribe deck forward. Excellent.
Excellent ship tour to lovely village designed by Lever Brother Exec. Small museum very interesting, as was the hotel tea with scones, clotted cream and jam
Dunrobin Castle ship tour was beautiful, and the gardens extensive. We viewed the raptor exhibit from benches above. The walk down to the gardens a challenge. We viewed them from the Castle windows, and the upper area.
Athelhampton a renovation in progress, but interesting. Could skip the stone giant. Tea a nice touch, and gardens extensive and full of flowers.
The ships tour warned of the tour as being strenuous and it was. The walk up the hill to the fort was rough on this 78 year old and I was the laggard on the 3 mile walk, but made it. I think I would have done better just walking around on my own!
We did the Palace at Holyrood on our own and it was fabulous