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Sail Date: May 2008
The ancient seat of the Scottish kings is a true gem on any itinerary and there are some unmissable things you have to do. First off you anchor in the Firth of Forth and tender to the small village of Queensferry. There are several ways ... Read More
The ancient seat of the Scottish kings is a true gem on any itinerary and there are some unmissable things you have to do. First off you anchor in the Firth of Forth and tender to the small village of Queensferry. There are several ways into town. The local bus service into the city is infrequent, so pass on that. Celebrity didn't offer a "shuttle". Their cheapest offering was "Edinburgh on your own". This was a $30 item for pretty much a shuttle into town, with few extras. Look for the "crew shuttle". Its a fleet of minibuses that run a 15 minute service for £5 return. Its meant for the crew, but run by a local contractor. They didn't care if you were a sous chef or the Queen of Sheba. Its cash in hand, so your seapass wont get you on, but its the cheapest way into town. Other than that its the local train, but you need to be fit. South Queensferry slipway sits at the foot of the Forth Rail Bridge and you have to climb up to the bridge level to get the train. Jacobs Ladder ? Edinburgh is a lot of walking, so get the hop on, hop off commentary double dekker bus. It calls at all the main sights and you get the history as well. You can even upgrade for one that does the city tour, then takes you out to Leith harbour to see round the former Royal Yacht, Britannia. A superb window into the travel life of our Royal family. The Castle is a must for all history fans, with a chance to see the crown jewels of Scotland, Buy the audio tour and do it at your own pace. Then time for a sport of whiskey shopping as you wander down the Royal Mile. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Edinburgh is, of course, a fabulous city,  I have been there before, so I took a ship's tour to Scone Palace, the place where the old kings of Scotland were crowned.  It is a beautiful old building, and the rooms are wonderfully ... Read More
Edinburgh is, of course, a fabulous city,  I have been there before, so I took a ship's tour to Scone Palace, the place where the old kings of Scotland were crowned.  It is a beautiful old building, and the rooms are wonderfully decorated with old treasures.  We saw the chapel and the spot where the old kings were crowned. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Time available and the fact that we had to tender made our experience less than desirable.
Time available and the fact that we had to tender made our experience less than desirable. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We took the ship's shuttle ($10 pp) and were let off adjacent to the National We dropped anchor by the imposing Firth of Forth iron bridge and tendered into South Queensferry. There is a shuttle bus into Edinburgh but the train is a ... Read More
We took the ship's shuttle ($10 pp) and were let off adjacent to the National We dropped anchor by the imposing Firth of Forth iron bridge and tendered into South Queensferry. There is a shuttle bus into Edinburgh but the train is a much better value at 5 pounds pp (round-trip). But be forewarned that you must climb over 1,000 steps to get to the upper part of town where the train station is. The trains run about every 15 minutes and go to the main station in the center of Edinburgh. We walked up to Edinburgh Castle and shopped on the Royal Mile. There were pipers everywhere which greatly added to the atmosphere. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the lovely green park in the valley between the 'old town' and the 'new town'. A beautiful sunny day. On our stroll back to the tender dock, we enjoyed wild blackberries with a young Scottish family. Princess brought on local entertainment consisting of pipers, dancers, and a fiddler. Drank a wee dram on our balcony before sail-away. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We went to Greenock, not Edinburgh, but that wasn't listed as a port. It was by far my favorite! The people were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcomed. We went on a tour with the local historical ... Read More
We went to Greenock, not Edinburgh, but that wasn't listed as a port. It was by far my favorite! The people were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcomed. We went on a tour with the local historical society and I'm glad we did. I would have wished to see Glasgow or Edinburgh but we'll save that for another trip.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our group of 4 had toured Edinburgh before and we wanted to see more of Scotland on this trip so we hired Duncan McNab: http://www.tours-from-edinburgh.com for the 2 ports of Greenock & South Queensferry. I immediately knew we would ... Read More
Our group of 4 had toured Edinburgh before and we wanted to see more of Scotland on this trip so we hired Duncan McNab: http://www.tours-from-edinburgh.com for the 2 ports of Greenock & South Queensferry. I immediately knew we would like Duncan when he responded to my first email's huge wish list of sights by saying "no problem...if I hire a helicopter!!" See more information under Greenock, above. We highly recommend Duncan!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Beautiful city!!!! It took a little longer to get the tender here. But once we got there, we took the train to Edinburgh and went immediately to Edinburgh Castle. We had lunch @a Thai restaurant right of the Royal Mile, did some shopping ... Read More
Beautiful city!!!! It took a little longer to get the tender here. But once we got there, we took the train to Edinburgh and went immediately to Edinburgh Castle. We had lunch @a Thai restaurant right of the Royal Mile, did some shopping on Prince Street, and then toured Holyrood Palace (which is equally as interesting as Edinburgh Castle). Took the train back to South Queensferry. A wonderful day! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world --- I've been before so would recommend first time visitors do either a guided tour or spend the entire day at Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world --- I've been before so would recommend first time visitors do either a guided tour or spend the entire day at Edinburgh Castle Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Greenock for Glasgow and South Queensferry for Edinburgh. On Wednesday we arrived in Greenock, Scotland, having sailed past many Scottish islands. Here we were welcomed by bagpipes playing. As we walked into the terminal building, we ... Read More
Greenock for Glasgow and South Queensferry for Edinburgh. On Wednesday we arrived in Greenock, Scotland, having sailed past many Scottish islands. Here we were welcomed by bagpipes playing. As we walked into the terminal building, we were met by guides dressed in full traditional outfits with family tartan kilts and jackets. We were told that they offered a choice of free tours of the area, so we jumped at the opportunity. The guides were volunteers and our bus took us round Greenock to see fantastic views of the lochs. Our guides were very informative as to the history and important part Greenock played in the Second World War as it still does to this day with the submarines. We were even shown a photograph taken in exactly the same spot where we stood on the cliff top, with all the ships in the harbour in 1941. This was a very moving experience. Thursday we spent all day at sea. It was like a mill pond it was so calm and the scenery as we passed the islands of Lewis and the Hebrides, then sailed on past the Shetlands round the top of Scotland, was simply stunning. Little did we know that the Queen and her family weren't far away at the time. We thoroughly enjoyed a talk by Lembit Opik the ex Liberal Democrat MP. He was highly entertaining and had gone to a great deal of trouble researching his presentation, enhancing it with film clips and photographs. On Friday we arrived at South Queensferry and anchored just by the Forth rail bridge. We were taken ashore from the ship by tender and walked into the town. There we caught a bus into Edinburgh for more shopping. We liked the quaint little town of South Queensferry very much and enjoyed the views of both the Forth road and rail bridges, taking many photos. We spent all day Saturday at sea again, sailing down the North Sea past the oil rigs and gas platforms towards the Channel. There was plenty to do all day with Lembit Opik's second talk followed by a political quiz in the Golden Lion pub. My partner was pleased to join a line dancing session in the morning which she wasn't expecting, which was great fun and good exercise. The day was marred by having to pack our suitcases. Suddenly the ten days had almost gone and we were about to go home. We enjoyed walking round the ship again, admiring the decor and browsing in the lovely boutiques. Sunday morning sadly we had to disembark at Southampton. Again, this was a very smooth affair that went like clockwork. The sun was shining and we were home after the end of a brilliant voyage on the fabulous Queen Victoria. We will definitely sail on her again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We took the train into Edinburgh from South Queensbury and saw the sights on our own. We have been in Edinburgh before and pretty much know our way around. That evening we took a ship's tour to the International Military Tattoo. It ... Read More
We took the train into Edinburgh from South Queensbury and saw the sights on our own. We have been in Edinburgh before and pretty much know our way around. That evening we took a ship's tour to the International Military Tattoo. It was a fantastic experience, but I warn you to bring rain gear! We got drenched, but I still loved the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Use the hop on/hop off for local transportation. Hint: If you are doing the Royal Mile. Start at Edinburgh Castle. From there it's all down hill. So much to see and do; manage your time. My top rated site: Hollyrood House, see how ... Read More
Use the hop on/hop off for local transportation. Hint: If you are doing the Royal Mile. Start at Edinburgh Castle. From there it's all down hill. So much to see and do; manage your time. My top rated site: Hollyrood House, see how royalty lives. They also have a good lunch room. Right across the street is the new Scottish Parliament building. You'll either love it or hate it, but either way go see it and visit the public galleries. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
This was the best port and lots to see. Keep in mind their is a 1 hour travel from the Port of Grennock. Plan for a good amount of time as lots to see in this pretty town.
This was the best port and lots to see. Keep in mind their is a 1 hour travel from the Port of Grennock. Plan for a good amount of time as lots to see in this pretty town. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Must tender to get there, so allow some time. We took an afternoon tour through Princess to the Castle with a city tour. Excellent tour and great guide. It was a Friday afternoon so Rush hour traffic getting back to the tender area is a ... Read More
Must tender to get there, so allow some time. We took an afternoon tour through Princess to the Castle with a city tour. Excellent tour and great guide. It was a Friday afternoon so Rush hour traffic getting back to the tender area is a concern. Be careful of this if you explore on your own. Luckily, the bus had it's own "bus only" lane, so we scooted right by all the backed up traffic. The Castle is the highlight, and we had about 2 hours to explore it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
My husband's family comes from a little town in Scotland called Killin. We again hired a private driver, Billy, who picked us up at the dock and drove us to Killin. It was a wonderful day. The countryside is so beautiful, and the town ... Read More
My husband's family comes from a little town in Scotland called Killin. We again hired a private driver, Billy, who picked us up at the dock and drove us to Killin. It was a wonderful day. The countryside is so beautiful, and the town of Killin actually has a cemetery named after my husband's family! We got the key to the cemetery from the visitor's center and saw it. After lunch, our driver took us to his sister's home which was nearby. It turned out to be a castle, and was amazing. Truly a highlight of the whole cruise! The same day, my brother stayed and went to see St. Andrews, because he loves golf. He said it was great. Unfortunately, we will have to travel back to Scotland because we all missed seeing Edinburgh! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2011
We took a train from the station in the town we were docked at (Rosyth) into Edinburgh for the day. Only 5 pounds return. Were lucky enough to be there on Armed Services Day, with parades and bands (pipers). A beautiful city and more ... Read More
We took a train from the station in the town we were docked at (Rosyth) into Edinburgh for the day. Only 5 pounds return. Were lucky enough to be there on Armed Services Day, with parades and bands (pipers). A beautiful city and more easily managed than London. We walked everywhere. Prices didn't seem too bad. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
We only took the bus tour from the ship and had a good overview of the city. From the bus the city looked very dirty compared to Amsterdam.
We only took the bus tour from the ship and had a good overview of the city. From the bus the city looked very dirty compared to Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We docked in Rosyth, the port across the Firth of Forth. Holland America provided a free shuttle to the commuter train, which took us into central Edinburgh. We were very easily able to tour the town on our own. We went to Edinburgh Castle ... Read More
We docked in Rosyth, the port across the Firth of Forth. Holland America provided a free shuttle to the commuter train, which took us into central Edinburgh. We were very easily able to tour the town on our own. We went to Edinburgh Castle (excellent). Edinburgh is very hilly with stairs and hills everywhere. Do your research on what you want to see. This is not a city which can be covered in only 1 day. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
I don't know a lot about Edinburgh, but I had heard of the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. That is what I went to see. We tendered into the port of South Queensferry. It was another day with rain coming on and off. There was a ... Read More
I don't know a lot about Edinburgh, but I had heard of the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. That is what I went to see. We tendered into the port of South Queensferry. It was another day with rain coming on and off. There was a bus (sponsored by the ship???) to take us into Edinburgh. A round-trip ticket was $10 (US). There was also a train station, but it was up a VERY steep hill--quite a climb. In Edinburgh I just wandered around. I really didn't want to pay to see another castle, so I just went to the front and from there headed down the street known as the Royal Mile. I took my time and purchased a couple of items. Plenty of shops had booklets about the different clans and many items in the tartan plaids. I picked up a tie for one son and a Celtic knot necklace for another. One of the things I found interesting were the number of Scottie dogs I saw. I'm not surprised that I saw some, but was surprised at how many of the dogs I saw were Scotties. It's definitely the national breed. Once I made it to the bottom of the Royal Mile, I had to turn around and climb back up. I had to ask for directions, and came up part of the way on Princes Street. Whereas the Royal Mile is ancient, Princes Street is very modern. From there you could access the Edinburgh Castle Gardens. I didn't go down to them, because I was hurrying to get back to the bus, but they were pretty. One of the best things about Edinburgh (and all of Scotland) were the lovely accents. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
I need to mention that our next two ports, Alesund Norway and Invergordon Scotland are not on the list. I could go on and on about those two (both 5+). Does Edinburgh really need to be described here? Phenomenal city laden with ... Read More
I need to mention that our next two ports, Alesund Norway and Invergordon Scotland are not on the list. I could go on and on about those two (both 5+). Does Edinburgh really need to be described here? Phenomenal city laden with history. We spent almost the whole day inside the castle (which is like a small town on a rock, built of rock) and had a beautiful lunch there. The views go on for miles and we visited at least 5 museums within the castle complex, and yet there were more. We walked the entire Royal Mile down to Hollyrood Castle so lots of opportunity for walking. Beautiful shops. We bought a sword and the ship took it away on re-boarding security but stored it for us to retrieve at the end of the cruise. Ship security, by the way, was amazing, we knew the kids were safe. We were stopped every time even with encoded cards because I have a different last name from my daughter. They had to check this over every time. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
On this occasion we took the ship's excursion which firstly took us to the Royal Yacht Britannia and then on to the City itself. The cost was 89 euros each and on reflection it would have been much much cheaper to have made our own ... Read More
On this occasion we took the ship's excursion which firstly took us to the Royal Yacht Britannia and then on to the City itself. The cost was 89 euros each and on reflection it would have been much much cheaper to have made our own way even after having to pay entrance fees for the Royal Yacht and the Castle. Rather disappointed with the Royal Yacht, even though extremely interesting. Nowhere near a opulent as my friend had described it...in fact quite utility, even for its time 1956. Edinburgh itself was a first visit for me and I was most impressed with the very grand and imposing buildings which abounded all over the city. The castle was a wonderful step back in time. However, care if you have mobility problems as I had to leave my wife on the bus for almost three hours as she was not able to climb up the 78 steps to the start of the castle and from then on a long long upward climb.   Read Less

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