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  1. 15 hours ago, geoherb said:

    We were on a transatlantic last September that got diverted due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. We were supposed to go from Rotterdam to Norway then Belfast and then St. John's. We ended up going a more southerly route, to Vigo, Spain, and Ponta Delgada in the Azores.


    When we were in Greenock on our British Isles cruise in 2017, we used the time to take the train into Glasgow. I enjoyed that day a lot. We did the hop-on/hop-off bus to get around the city.

    I hope we will have good weather.  I have done the Dublin hop on hop off bus and loved it.

  2. 7 minutes ago, BarbinMich said:

    I do too so I don't know why I haven't gone to that museum.  One time we were there, there was a display of photos of the Titanic's interior and exterior in the Cobh Heritage Center in the old depot by the dock.  They were taken by photographer Frank Brown who boarded in Southampton and disembarked in Cobh--lucky for him (and us)!  As you probably know, the Titanic dropped anchor two miles offshore at Roches Point, which is at the outer entrance to the harbor from the Atlantic and pax who were boarding at Cobh were ferried out to the ship.

    Eventually I want to go to Titanic Belfast and stay in the hotel.  The Titanic Experience In Cobh was very interesting and worth the visit.

  3. 4 hours ago, tartanexile81 said:

    The thing is that Edinburgh is so much more than the Castle and it is a far more awe-inspiring destination than Stirling. Even standing on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle looking out on the city will take your breath away. Stirling is a nice enough place but in no way can be compared to the overwhelming beauty of Edinburgh.   I cannot believe you will be so close but won't take the opportunity to see a city you've always wanted to visit.Yes I love Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and they would come second in my recommendation of what to see from Glasgow but I  wouldn't choose where to visit in Scotland based on a decision about which Castle is better

    I just do not think I will have the time I want to spend in Edinburgh. If there was a port stop there I would not hesitate to go to Edinburgh Castle and see as much of the city as I can. I do hope to go to Edinburgh and stay for a few days at another time. Thank you for your reply.

  4. 21 hours ago, Denmal said:

    We took a simular TA on the Regal in September2017.  We choose a tour to Edinburgh from Greenock and it was a bad choice, at least for us, and here is why.  1st you are on the bus to get to Edinburgh for at least 2 hours and then we were supposed to go to the castle and the traffic in Edinburgh is horrible so it look an hour in the city to get to the castle, which left very little time to actually tour the castle.  we then had to get back on the bus to go to a hotel for lunch, which was not good and after that we ended up with about 1 hour free time and then back on the bus for another 2 hours back to the ship.  I would do the Sterling Castle tour and see the countryside if it allow you more time at the sites 

    I am afraid of being in traffic and not  being able to spend time in Edinburgh. I appreciate your response.

  5. 21 hours ago, cruisequeen4ever said:

    We did the British Isles Cruise last summer. Edinburgh was full of fascinating sites. I did feel like Edinburgh Castle was a bit of a letdown after touring Inveraray Castle out of Greenock, though; that’s based on me preferring the interiors of castles. We didn’t do Stirling because Inveraray Castle looked more interesting to us, and it is officially my favorite castle now. I’d say you couldn’t lose by choosing one of your options over the other because they’ll both be interesting, but if you choose a Castle, I’d go with Inveraray. 

    There are some tours that go to Inveraray Castle. I will look into that as well. Thank you.  I am excited to get to Scotland.

  6. 21 hours ago, BarbinMich said:

    What did you do when in Cobh the first time?  I always enjoy just walking around, exploring on my own--although a bit strenuous at times, climbing up the cliff <g>.  Very pleasant residential area above the docks.  The last time I walked along or near the beach below downtown (to watch the seabirds), then had a cup of tea (which I rarely drink) in a quaint little place.  On another visit we went on a Cruise Critic group tour to see the countryside, Powerscourt (large estate), and an area rich in Celtic history complete with ancient graveyard (it was a gray and damp day).

    We went to the Titanic experience museum. It was very interesting and had a great time.  We love everything about the Titanic

  7. 1 minute ago, BarbinMich said:

    We've done 10 TAs over the last 10 years, occasionally 2 in one year.  Haven't really had much bad weather, partly because there's such a big expanse of ocean, that the captain can chart his way around bad weather.  The bad weather is more likely when doing the "northern" route, i.e. stopping at Norway, Iceland, Greenland.  For example, we've been due to stop at the Shetland Islands 2 times and have yet been able to do so (1st time--weather bad out of Oslo, so we left 12 hours late and had to bypass the Shetlands; the 2nd time we got very close, but too rough to drop anchor and tender even though sunny).  We missed Akureyri, Iceland the first time because too windy in that fjord and capt. was afraid he wouldn't be able to get away from the dock (that port lacks or lacked large enough tugs to help), made it in on our second try some years later.  So in choosing to do a TA, one needs to be prepared for changes in the itinerary.  We've also had kind of a reverse situation, when we had to put in at Cobh, Ireland instead of going straight across the Atlantic as scheduled.  It was an overnight stay so we took the time do take the train to Cork, which we hadn't been to on a prior visit.  That train station is just opposite the Cobh dock so very handy and inexpensive.

    We are going to stop in Norway, Greenock, Dublin, Cobh and Halifax.  We have already been to Dublin and Cobh and will do different things than last time.  I will look into taking the train.  Thanks for the idea.  Hopefully we will have good weather.

  8. 15 hours ago, DrivesLikeMario said:

    Our CC group of 5 used Great Scot Tours and they are very in demand.  Need to book quite a bit in advance.  Probably one of the best private tours I've ever done.  The Portcullis Pub next to Stirling Castle is a good stop for lunch but make sure you make a reservation before you go in to tour the castle or you won't get in.  Great Scot Tours

    Thank you for the tip.  I will look into Great Scot Tours.

  9. 2 hours ago, cynbar said:



    Here is the tour company we used to tour Stirling Castle. We did the 12 day British Isles cruise,so we went to Edinburgh as well. If I had to pick only one, Stirling would be the choice. Less crowded, and gives you more of a feel of the old Scotland.

    Thank you for your reply. We have decided not to go to Edinburgh and do a Stirling Castle tour with the Trossachs and Luss. Just have to decide which tour company.  We are looking forward to visiting Stirling

  10. 5 hours ago, BarbinMich said:

    We stopped at Greenock on a Sept. 2013 transatlantic cruise on the Emerald Princess.  There was an active Cruise Critic group and someone arranged for a private tour for 8 of us.  We did the Stirling Castle etc tour and enjoyed it very much.  While Edinburgh is only 70 miles away, one would spend more than one hour on a bus or van each way.  So less time to see the sights.

    I appreciate your reply. I agree it would be time consuming to go to Edinburgh.  Hopefully another time we can go there.  How was the transatlantic sailing?  I heard there can be some bad weather.  I just hope we do not miss any ports.

  11. 6 hours ago, DrivesLikeMario said:

    I've been to both and absolutely loved Stirling Castle!  You can just feel the history there.  Edinburgh Castle is incredible too, but Stirling has re-enactments and characters dressed up sometimes and intersting guides.  The town is smaller, crowds are less and you're able to see the varying sizes of holes in the walls from the centuries of battles. 

    Thank you for your response.  I am looking forward to seeing Stirling Castle and the surrounding area.

  12. 26 minutes ago, Tina1967 said:

    We used to live 10 miles from Stirling and the castle there is lovely, within the castle there is also an army museum which is also worth having a look round. The Trossachs and the Luss area are lovely you will not be disappointed. Maybe I am biased but I much prefer Stirling Castle to Edinburgh Castle and on the plus side it won’t be as busy there.


    Thank you Tina. I am researching tours now for Stirling castle. I also think I will get my money's worth visiting Stirling, The Trossachs and Luss.  I appreciate your reply.

  13. My husband and I are going on Regal Princess in September and not sure where to go from Greenock Terminal (the only Scotland port).  I always wanted to go to Edinburgh but the excursion from the ship is $110 a person (just transportation it will be on our own).  Our other option is taking a guided tour to Stirling Castle, village of Luss and Trossach National Park.

    I have always wanted to go to Scotland and would like advice as to where we should go.

    Thank you

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