211 Edinburgh (South Queensferry) Cruise Reviews

I have been to Edinburgh before, and I highly recommend going to the royal mile and seeing the epicenter of the city. There is a shuttle from the port that offers roundtrip tickets for 6 pounds. Since we'd done that before, we went ... Read More
I have been to Edinburgh before, and I highly recommend going to the royal mile and seeing the epicenter of the city. There is a shuttle from the port that offers roundtrip tickets for 6 pounds. Since we'd done that before, we went to the Edinburgh Zoo to see Pandas and Penguins. It is an amazing zoo, and my description can't do it justice. Took us our entire day to truly walk around the whole thing, and it was excellent. (Built on the side of a hill, you will be walking a lot and uphill half the time, so plan accordingly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Love this city and we did our own thing as we had been there before. We did have prearranged tickets to the Royal Brittania and did that first thing in the morning. From there, we took a cab into the old part of the city and walked from ... Read More
Love this city and we did our own thing as we had been there before. We did have prearranged tickets to the Royal Brittania and did that first thing in the morning. From there, we took a cab into the old part of the city and walked from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. We didn't go into either as we had done them both before, but we took our time wandering the streets. The only complaint I would say is that there is no real gift shopping at the docks. We had to be tendered in so maybe that was the reason, but having a little place to do some last minute gift shopping would've been nice. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My third time to Edinburgh and again, due to travel time to/from port, barely had time to see the palace(previous visits queen was in residence). While I was very happy, I was disappointed since I had no time for my favorite dish - ... Read More
My third time to Edinburgh and again, due to travel time to/from port, barely had time to see the palace(previous visits queen was in residence). While I was very happy, I was disappointed since I had no time for my favorite dish - Haggis.(N0 Scottish dishes offered on ship.) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Exceptional place to visit. Very walkable. There is a line up to get tickets at the castle so I recommend buying tickets online, which I did on the spot. I showed the electronic ticket at the information desk and was given paper tickets on ... Read More
Exceptional place to visit. Very walkable. There is a line up to get tickets at the castle so I recommend buying tickets online, which I did on the spot. I showed the electronic ticket at the information desk and was given paper tickets on the spot. I saved at least an hour of waiting in line. Price was the same. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The ship docks at Leith. We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia which is a short walk away from the ship. Lovely exhibition. Well worth the visit. Our Queen is surprisingly frugal! Even the "grand" rooms where she entertained ... Read More
The ship docks at Leith. We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia which is a short walk away from the ship. Lovely exhibition. Well worth the visit. Our Queen is surprisingly frugal! Even the "grand" rooms where she entertained foreign dignitaries were not that grand. We took a short shuttle bus trip to Edinburgh but ran out of time to see very much. Climbed up Carlton Hill and took in the view over the city then back to the ship on the shuttle. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Overnight stay was great! Saw Royal Mile, Graveyard, Parliament and Arthur's Seat with time to spare.
Overnight stay was great! Saw Royal Mile, Graveyard, Parliament and Arthur's Seat with time to spare. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Instead of taking the train to Edinburgh we took the shuttle bus provided by the town of Dunfermline. Helen is a local host who talked to us while we rode in on the bus. She is a delight. She told us about the history of the town, the ... Read More
Instead of taking the train to Edinburgh we took the shuttle bus provided by the town of Dunfermline. Helen is a local host who talked to us while we rode in on the bus. She is a delight. She told us about the history of the town, the capital of Scotland before Edinburgh, the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie (“We have a Carnegie library AND Carnegie Hall”.) We were let off near the town’s high street near the fine Guild Hall and Linen Exchange and a beautiful town hall. There are lots of friendly people here. One woman stopped us on the high street to welcome us to her town. She was so glad we were here and we mustn’t miss a walk through “The Glen.” Then she looked at the skies and said “Well perhaps that’s another day.” There were all sorts of quirky signs. I mean, would you hire the Macbeth law firm to represent you? But the highlight of the town is the Dunfermline Abbey, founded in 1128 on the site of an even earlier monastery. It became a Benedictine Abby dedicated to St. Margaret of Scotland. Over the years it collected Important relics of St. Margaret and remains of Scottish Kings, like Robert the Bruce. From the outside, it looks larger than it does from the inside. From the outside it looks Romanesque, on the inside it looks like early 19th Century British Gothic Revival. A women at the information desk explained. “During the reformation John Knox didn’t much like the Abbey so he ordered it burned, but the brothers put out the fire before it destroyed the whole abbey. They saved the back bit.” That was in 1560. In 1570 the nave, the part the brothers saved, became the parish church of Dunfermline. In the early 1800s the church outgrew the nave and the rest was rebuilt on the foundations of the old, destroyed, abbey. The older nave served as a vestibule for the new church in which, the woman at the desk said, “The poor people could worship while the rich were closer to the altar in the new church.” Which is not my understanding of “What would Jesus do?” Some of the important graves and relics were moved to the new section, including the grave of Robert the Bruce. As the congregation shrunk the old section became part of the Abbey museum while the new section is the parish church. While Robert the Bruce is in the new section, the old section has a 1970s stained glass window commemorating him. A plaque at the back of the church lists all the head ministers since 1570. The current minister Mary Ann R. Rennie is the first woman to hold that position. Both sides of the Abbey are interesting in their own ways. The old part has an odd optical illusion, the pillars are grooved in ways that make them look tapered while they really are the same circumference all the way from bottom to top. The old part is lit in a way to show off the clearstory in a pleasing light even on such a dreary day. After exploring the towh, we hopped onto Helen’s bus. She decided we needed a closer look at the Forth Bridges so stopped at North Queen’s Ferry, the base of the earliest bride, the 1890 steel cantilever bridge, for a closer look, and to hear the trains rumbling above, on the way to Edinburgh. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The main focal point of this itinerary was the Edinburgh Royal Tattoo. We booked on our own and made arrangements for transportation to and from on the first day in Port. This is a tender port and can take 30-40 minutes depending on the ... Read More
The main focal point of this itinerary was the Edinburgh Royal Tattoo. We booked on our own and made arrangements for transportation to and from on the first day in Port. This is a tender port and can take 30-40 minutes depending on the water. There were long waits for the tenders due to a contact problem with a local service, the ships lifeboats were put into service and they were smaller than expected. We loved the tattoo and got rained on as expected but we were prepared. On day two we took the local bus service #16 takes you to Princes St and you can walk up to the Royal Mile from there - we started at the top and worked our way down thru the festival and a few stops along the way - St Giles was the highlight that day. We ended at Holyrood Palace and took the $35 back to Ocean Terminal Mall - from there it was a 10 minute walk back to Newhaven Harbor and our tenders. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The city was chaotic, because of the Fringe Festival. But we managed to enjoy the Royal Mile and the Royal Yacht Britannia, plus a walking tour to the castle.
The city was chaotic, because of the Fringe Festival. But we managed to enjoy the Royal Mile and the Royal Yacht Britannia, plus a walking tour to the castle. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We did not use the ship excursion, but bought our own tickets on line for the Tattoo. It saved a great deal of money and our seats were as good, if not better, than some of the cruise line seats.
We did not use the ship excursion, but bought our own tickets on line for the Tattoo. It saved a great deal of money and our seats were as good, if not better, than some of the cruise line seats. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Took bus into Edinburgh Prince st. Visited the National Gallery. Museum was excellent. Good cafe.
Took bus into Edinburgh Prince st. Visited the National Gallery. Museum was excellent. Good cafe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Probably did not see the parts of the city that would be interesting. The carnival atmosphere on the streets surround Tattoo was simply too congested and a turn-off. The less than efficient tender operations were simply not well managed.
Probably did not see the parts of the city that would be interesting. The carnival atmosphere on the streets surround Tattoo was simply too congested and a turn-off. The less than efficient tender operations were simply not well managed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We took a cab downtown and did the Castle, Elephant Café, Royal Mile, etc. Ate fish and chips at Worlds End Pub. The City is crazy busy in August. If going, get to the castle when they open otherwise you will wait hours to get in. ... Read More
We took a cab downtown and did the Castle, Elephant Café, Royal Mile, etc. Ate fish and chips at Worlds End Pub. The City is crazy busy in August. If going, get to the castle when they open otherwise you will wait hours to get in. Glad we had been there to the city before as the crowds were a bit overwhelming. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Tender process is horrible! Weather can delay or prevent tender boats from leaving all cruise ships at anchor. Fly or take the train to Edinburgh for a more enjoyable visit!
Tender process is horrible! Weather can delay or prevent tender boats from leaving all cruise ships at anchor. Fly or take the train to Edinburgh for a more enjoyable visit! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Another highlight! Edinburgh is amazing, we need to come back and spend more time here, too! The castle is rather empty but still fascinating, and the high street is a delight to wander. We didn't have time to go into the queen's ... Read More
Another highlight! Edinburgh is amazing, we need to come back and spend more time here, too! The castle is rather empty but still fascinating, and the high street is a delight to wander. We didn't have time to go into the queen's castle (Holyrood) at the end of the street; wish we'd been in port longer here. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had all day in town but had to wait around an hour to get off the ship. The Princess experience taught us that waiting and seeing go hand in hand. They are very poor at disembarking travelers who are independent.
We had all day in town but had to wait around an hour to get off the ship. The Princess experience taught us that waiting and seeing go hand in hand. They are very poor at disembarking travelers who are independent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Tender to port, took too long. Long wait for shuttle to town, cost 10GBP. It was not organize at all. I guess Princess contracted the local bus company to take passengers to town, the ladies were nice, but the man in the front was not ... Read More
Tender to port, took too long. Long wait for shuttle to town, cost 10GBP. It was not organize at all. I guess Princess contracted the local bus company to take passengers to town, the ladies were nice, but the man in the front was not friendly at all. He pretty much accused me of lying how long we waited in line. We waited an hour in line for the shuttle, he claimed we only waited for 35 mins! WRONG!!! I will be a lady and not pick a fight at foreign land. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We hired Tours by Locals. Martin was our guide. We traveled in a very nice vehicle with a audio system. Martin was very thorough in the information he provided us of the sights in Edinburgh. Of course the highlight was the Castle and ... Read More
We hired Tours by Locals. Martin was our guide. We traveled in a very nice vehicle with a audio system. Martin was very thorough in the information he provided us of the sights in Edinburgh. Of course the highlight was the Castle and walking the royal mile. Neat thing was Martin is a member of the historical society so we got to skip the lines to buy tickets at the castle. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017

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