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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I took the Castle tour with Time on your Own. Excellent itinerary, and just right amount of time to see the Castle (not enough time to see Crown Jewels, but OK), and to walk around the city on your own.
I took the Castle tour with Time on your Own. Excellent itinerary, and just right amount of time to see the Castle (not enough time to see Crown Jewels, but OK), and to walk around the city on your own. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
For me, the highlight. So much to see so did Hop-on and dropped of to visitthe Castle. Dissapointed as Holyrood was closed because Queeen was coming to stay on following day
For me, the highlight. So much to see so did Hop-on and dropped of to visitthe Castle. Dissapointed as Holyrood was closed because Queeen was coming to stay on following day Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Took a shuttle to city center and did the hop on and off. Had lunch on the Royal Mile. While you are walking you feel like you are walking in a city from a fairy tale.
Took a shuttle to city center and did the hop on and off. Had lunch on the Royal Mile. While you are walking you feel like you are walking in a city from a fairy tale. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
tour guide was excellent but there is no time for shopping on this walking tour. our time was limited in the Palace so we weren't able to see everything. this was my favorite place - just beautiful!!
tour guide was excellent but there is no time for shopping on this walking tour. our time was limited in the Palace so we weren't able to see everything. this was my favorite place - just beautiful!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Least favorite tour because of poor tour guide and big event occurring at the castle. Lunch was included and not good.
Least favorite tour because of poor tour guide and big event occurring at the castle. Lunch was included and not good. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We took the HOHO bus tour which was crowded. There were 3 cruise ships in port so there were thousands of tourists milling about.
We took the HOHO bus tour which was crowded. There were 3 cruise ships in port so there were thousands of tourists milling about. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Charming, scenic city. Took an Uber to the train station to buy Hop on Hop off bus tickets. We made the full round, listening to an audio tour, then started round again, this time getting off by Greyfriars Church (had a tasty lunch at The ... Read More
Charming, scenic city. Took an Uber to the train station to buy Hop on Hop off bus tickets. We made the full round, listening to an audio tour, then started round again, this time getting off by Greyfriars Church (had a tasty lunch at The Elephant House), Calton Hill, and the National Gallery. Took another Uber back to the port for the hours-long lineup in the rain to get a tender back to the ship. Our experience in Edinburgh was definitely colored by NCL inefficiency. (We were two and a half hours on board that morning waiting for our tender number to be called, and we were only in tender group 8!) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We docked at New Haven. Again the tendering was terrible, such a long wait. When I got to the dock I was asking for bus no. 11 to get me to Edinburgh but who knew there was express buses going to St. Andrews Square (GBP 4.00 return and I ... Read More
We docked at New Haven. Again the tendering was terrible, such a long wait. When I got to the dock I was asking for bus no. 11 to get me to Edinburgh but who knew there was express buses going to St. Andrews Square (GBP 4.00 return and I thought a bargain!) I had been to Edinburgh seven years ago. I thought Royal Mile was busy then, think there were 10xs as many people! I didn’t walk there very long, used the National Library of Scotland for WIFI quickly then decided to explore the New Town more before heading back to the ship. Back at New Haven I stopped at the Brewer’s faye pub/restaurant right there the dock for a beer (I tried Tennants beer established in1885) and used their WIFI. My timing was perfect getting back to the ship because after 4:00 I heard it started to get busy with long lines for tendering. Someone said they waited 2 ½ hours. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
had the 50 Dollar for excursion at each port. good thing was, that i didnt need a tender ticket. loved Edinburgh. at the port back i had time to walk to the royal yacht, is a visit worth if you have enough time.
had the 50 Dollar for excursion at each port. good thing was, that i didnt need a tender ticket. loved Edinburgh. at the port back i had time to walk to the royal yacht, is a visit worth if you have enough time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Take the bus into town and just walk to see the sites. Its a small city and eveything is close. We took the Red Hop on hop off bus and we could have done all that by foot.
Take the bus into town and just walk to see the sites. Its a small city and eveything is close. We took the Red Hop on hop off bus and we could have done all that by foot. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I love Edinburgh. I've been about 6 times. This time I used my Lothian bus ticket I'd purchased at the pier for £9 to go to the Ocean Terminal. No 22 or No 11 go down there and run very regularly not far from St Andrews Square ... Read More
I love Edinburgh. I've been about 6 times. This time I used my Lothian bus ticket I'd purchased at the pier for £9 to go to the Ocean Terminal. No 22 or No 11 go down there and run very regularly not far from St Andrews Square drop off point. I went on the Britannia. Entry was £16 and you are given a handset which explains everything. I also had coffee and scone in the café on board which cost £8. They do light lunches as well. Thoroughly enjoyed going through what I'd seen so often on TV when it was in use. On return to the city I walked along Princes Street for a bit of shopping and sights. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
What's not to like? Took the Princess provided bus (yes, they charge for it) to the city center. Spent the day exploring the castle and the city. I wouldn't mind spending the night here, but alas, it was only the day. Plenty ... Read More
What's not to like? Took the Princess provided bus (yes, they charge for it) to the city center. Spent the day exploring the castle and the city. I wouldn't mind spending the night here, but alas, it was only the day. Plenty to see and do. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Took the train into town on our own. Proncess did have a reasonbably priced shuttle there. Went to the Castle which was awesome. Bought our tickets in advance and got there close to opening time. Got more crowded as the day passed. ... Read More
Took the train into town on our own. Proncess did have a reasonbably priced shuttle there. Went to the Castle which was awesome. Bought our tickets in advance and got there close to opening time. Got more crowded as the day passed. Walked down the Royal Mile with interesting architecture and "Closes" but it seems to have mostly devolved into a massive tourist shopping strip with the same stores repeating along the route. We wanted to go on to Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat overlooking the city but we were fighting colds we caught on the ship so we cut our day short. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Newhaven, Scotland: Edinburgh was cancelled due to wind and rough seas. A big disappointment for many as there was no way of doing a 30 minute tender and not have ½ the tender get sick. I was so happy to have visited 3 days pre-cruise but ... Read More
Newhaven, Scotland: Edinburgh was cancelled due to wind and rough seas. A big disappointment for many as there was no way of doing a 30 minute tender and not have ½ the tender get sick. I was so happy to have visited 3 days pre-cruise but had planned to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia close to port. Edinburgh, Scotland: A wonderful 3 days spent in the city and plan to be back. Our first afternoon was spent visiting the monuments at Calton Hill, Waverly Station, and the hotel area. Day 2 was spent at Holyrood Palace for a tour in the morning and a “gilding” craft class in the afternoon. DW found the workshop on their website and insisted that we experience it. It was a highlight of her trip. Day 3 was spent with a Royal Mile walk and visit to Edinburgh Castle. It is highly recommended that you pre-book entrance to both the Palace and Castle or you may risk a long wait and possibly a missed opportunity if it’s a port day visit. Read Less

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