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Sail Date: August 2015
Bus ride to the town from the ship was expensive. Town had a lot to offer had my physical condition been up to it.
Bus ride to the town from the ship was expensive. Town had a lot to offer had my physical condition been up to it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
South Queensferry- Tendered and good souvenir shops at the port. We loved the area of Edinburgh so much when walking to the tattoo we took the public shuttle back to the castle and walked the Royal mile. The public shuttle from South ... Read More
South Queensferry- Tendered and good souvenir shops at the port. We loved the area of Edinburgh so much when walking to the tattoo we took the public shuttle back to the castle and walked the Royal mile. The public shuttle from South Queensferry, drops you off near Prince street in Edinburgh,which is the high end shopping district. You can walk to the castle within 15 minutes. This was our favorite town. It had everything, cute shops, pubs, cafes, and the buildings were spectacular. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
Edinburgh is my favorite city! Having been there several times already, we opted for a do-it-yourself day. We started out at Real Mary King's Close, which was excellent. Walked around the Royal Mile for awhile, then got a cab to ... Read More
Edinburgh is my favorite city! Having been there several times already, we opted for a do-it-yourself day. We started out at Real Mary King's Close, which was excellent. Walked around the Royal Mile for awhile, then got a cab to North Queensferry for a boat ride on the Forth Belle out to Inchcoln Island. Had a lovely lunch at a pub in NQ while we waited for the boat to arrive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
The Shuttle service was terrible long lines and long waits for a shuttle waist a lots of time, the use of Tenders took 1.40 minutes to board terrible service from the ship. First day cancel due to weather, second day long lines 3rd day ... Read More
The Shuttle service was terrible long lines and long waits for a shuttle waist a lots of time, the use of Tenders took 1.40 minutes to board terrible service from the ship. First day cancel due to weather, second day long lines 3rd day better took tenders late to avoid lines wasting time in order to do so, then instead of ship shuttle took city buses - fast and easy. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Went to Leith and went round the Royal Yacht Britannia. Very good,then caught bus into Edinburgh and went round castle. Easy to do all this on your own, cost for day about £10 each
Went to Leith and went round the Royal Yacht Britannia. Very good,then caught bus into Edinburgh and went round castle. Easy to do all this on your own, cost for day about £10 each Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Hop-On-Hop-Off bus was the best way to go in this city. Able to see most of what we had planned (not Edinburgh Castle. Too many tourists, it was Sunday), but we had fun, none the less. Did some wool shopping in between lunch and the pubs.... Read More
Hop-On-Hop-Off bus was the best way to go in this city. Able to see most of what we had planned (not Edinburgh Castle. Too many tourists, it was Sunday), but we had fun, none the less. Did some wool shopping in between lunch and the pubs. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Excursion to St Andrews and Edinburgh with Gordon from G & S cabs. The reason I didn't give it an "excellent" is because we didn't spend more time in St Andrews. It was partly my own fault, because I didn't ... Read More
Excursion to St Andrews and Edinburgh with Gordon from G & S cabs. The reason I didn't give it an "excellent" is because we didn't spend more time in St Andrews. It was partly my own fault, because I didn't speak up. In my communication beforehand I told him the focus of the day should be St Andrews. We stayed there for 1 1/2 hours, we could have stayed longer instead of making a wasted stop at a distillery which we didn't ask for. Loved St Andrews! We spent a few hours in Edinburgh. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
Took the train from Delmany Station - 10 minutes walk from the pier, (14:00 x 2 day return) then walked up to the Castle - spent morning in the Castle awesome...watched changing of the guard etc. The along Princess Street (shopping), and ... Read More
Took the train from Delmany Station - 10 minutes walk from the pier, (14:00 x 2 day return) then walked up to the Castle - spent morning in the Castle awesome...watched changing of the guard etc. The along Princess Street (shopping), and onto Rose Street - lunch at Dirty Dick's tavern - excellent. Finished the day off by walking along the sea front at South Queensferry before tendering back to ship Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
The expectations of Edinburgh were busted immediately with once again the tendering process and tendering so far away for the port. But Edinburgh is a beautiful city and should not be missed.
The expectations of Edinburgh were busted immediately with once again the tendering process and tendering so far away for the port. But Edinburgh is a beautiful city and should not be missed. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Another G&S tour - it was wonderful. Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh and met some hairy coos!
Another G&S tour - it was wonderful. Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh and met some hairy coos! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Edinburgh is amazing. We did a number of things. First, again, the port is about an hour from the city. This time Princess does charge a transport fee to get you to the train station ($8 pp each way). You must pay this, there is NOTHING to ... Read More
Edinburgh is amazing. We did a number of things. First, again, the port is about an hour from the city. This time Princess does charge a transport fee to get you to the train station ($8 pp each way). You must pay this, there is NOTHING to do near the port. The shuttle takes you to the train station, and it is $5.50 ROUND TRIP to get into the city. We got back to the train station very late at night, but there were many taxis waiting to take us back to the port, for the same $8 fee (for the whole taxi), and we got the experience of the hilarious Irish driver who we could only understand every other word! She was very proud of her city! We went to Hollyrood House which was very interesting. Still a working castle and residence, but a lot of history, and beautiful woodwork. From there we walked the Royal Mile to Edinburgh castle, grabbing lunch on the way. In the evening we went to the Military Tattoo, which was the purpose of many of the passengers on this cruise. This is AMAZING, a once in a life time experience. They set up a stadium on the grounds of Edinburgh castle, and literally, the whole world is in this stadium. The announcer had everyone screaming before the performance, and people were there from New Zeland, to Canada, to Africa to Asia and everywhere in between. I get goose bumps just thinking about it! The performers are amazing and you can see the pride they all have in their heritage. The show was incredible and very emotional. I am so lucky to have been able to see it. An FYI: Princess does provide excursions to this, but I found tickets for about 1/6 the cost online, and our seats were much much better than the excursion seats (though I do not believe there would have been a bad seat in the house). It did take a little logistical planning to figure out how to get the train back to the station and then back to the port, but it all went very smoothly and much more economically. Day two we went back into the city and went to the Royal Yacht Britannia. This was very interesting, both in the workings of a ship, and what it takes to run the Queen's household and keep the queen happy. It was neat to see the furnishings and how the few and famous live. We enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
This port MADE the trip worthwhile. Public transportation a breeze and city wonderful. Art, castle, shopping, history, views, churches...a wonderful taste of a wonderful isle. We will go back.
This port MADE the trip worthwhile. Public transportation a breeze and city wonderful. Art, castle, shopping, history, views, churches...a wonderful taste of a wonderful isle. We will go back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2013
Tendering is never efficient, but te crew did their best. Although a return rail ticket for two was 9.60 rather than the hundred dollars the ship wanted.
Tendering is never efficient, but te crew did their best. Although a return rail ticket for two was 9.60 rather than the hundred dollars the ship wanted. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
The port is an easy bus ride to the Center of edinburgh. There is a huge amount of stuff do do in this wonderful city
The port is an easy bus ride to the Center of edinburgh. There is a huge amount of stuff do do in this wonderful city Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2013
Edinburgh is a lovely little city. We took a bus into the city, which was just outside the cruise ship, and was very reasonable. We visited the Edinburgh Castle, which was very interesting, but a long walk uphill, so keep that in mind. ... Read More
Edinburgh is a lovely little city. We took a bus into the city, which was just outside the cruise ship, and was very reasonable. We visited the Edinburgh Castle, which was very interesting, but a long walk uphill, so keep that in mind. We stopped at a little restaurant called Howies and the food was very good. First taste of Haggis, and it was very tasty. Give it a try, forget the bad reviews about Haggis. No need to pay for an expensive excursion, do it on your own. The next port was Invergordon, Inverness/Loch Ness, which is not listed as a port here. Again a lovely little area. We did go on a ship excursion to Loch Ness, where we visited a castle which was very interesting, although it is slowly eroding. The Loch was beautiful, scenery awesome, but sadly no Nessie. Again probably no need to spend money on the excursion, but we did, not sorry. We followed with a visit to the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall, and were pleased with our visit. It is a very small place, and surprisingly the little shopping area somewhat hard to find. However, take the free buses outside the cruise ship and take a ride into the city. The driver will show you how to find the shopping area. We visited the lovely Chapel and just wandered around the city. We did take an excursion in the afternoon, to the Highland Park Distillery and the Italian Church, but no need again to pay for this, you can do much better on your own. Sorry Princess. Our final port in Scotland was Glasgow. We shared a cab with our table mates into the city, then got on a Hop On-Hop Off bus. This is a great way to see the city. Glasgow was interesting, but a big city, which did not have the charm of the smaller ones we had just visited. We saw lots of interesting stuff, but sadly trying to get lunch was a bit of a mess. Saw a lovely Botanical Garden. We took the Scot Train back to the ship, and decided we really should have taken it both ways. It is close to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Wonderful city. The cruise ship shuttle bus drops you in town from there walk to the old city across the bridge onto the Royal Mile. If you plan to visit the castle get there early or else you will have a long line and eat up some of your ... Read More
Wonderful city. The cruise ship shuttle bus drops you in town from there walk to the old city across the bridge onto the Royal Mile. If you plan to visit the castle get there early or else you will have a long line and eat up some of your day. If the line is to long stroll down the Royal Mile to the Queen's Palace of Holyroodhouse which is also interesting. Day 2 we took the hop-on hop-off bus just to fill in the historical gaps and a view (limited) of the new town. This is a must do walk about. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
For Greenock we purchased in Edinburgh on your own ticket from the cruise line and spent the day in the city. Although there is a hop-on, hop off, most of the sights were within walking distance of the Royal Mile. From our bus we took a ... Read More
For Greenock we purchased in Edinburgh on your own ticket from the cruise line and spent the day in the city. Although there is a hop-on, hop off, most of the sights were within walking distance of the Royal Mile. From our bus we took a cab to the top of the Royal Mile and walked down, exploring the side streets and sights as we did so. We wanted to tour Holyrod House, the Queens summer palace but it was closed for an official function. After lunch we walked back to our tour bus. This is one of our favorite ports and you can spend the whole day on your own just meandering from place to place. However, from Greenock, it takes about two hours to get there and two hours to get back. Read Less

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