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  1. NCL notes the potential for sand fleas on the beach and biting insects along the nature trail on Great Stirrup Cay. Anyone experienced any significant problems that would necessitate bringing insect repellent?
  2. I'm probably the only one who was confused, so thank you very much for clearing everything up for me.
  3. I love Rome2Rio, so it's quite likely that I used it as a reference for some of my answer. Everything I read said that this was Edinburgh's newest cruise port. It was certainly not being used as a cruise ship port the last time I traveled there, which was admittedly close to 10 years ago. I'll take your word for it, although it seems like an option to me. Closer and cheaper to get to than Inverkeithing, and cheaper to take the bus than a train. The Op is from the States, so I quoted cost in US currency. Sorry that bothered you. Useful information concerning diversions. I know we didn't encounter any when we took a bus into town which stopped somewhere "near the castle". More useful information except for the fact that the Op was asking about getting into Edinburgh. I'm not trying to get into a pissing contest with you. I only responded initially because the post had no replies after 24 hours, and I was able to provide some degree of information. I readily acknowledge that as a local, your familiarity with the port is far greater than mine. But, I do think your attack on me was unwarranted when you could have simply provided further information.
  4. It may have easy access to the motorway, but that doesn't help cruisers. Any port where the only way out is to start by taking a taxi is not a good location for us.
  5. I'm assuming that the elevator takes you from the train platform up to the bridge, but you still have to go down the other set of stairs. Is that right?
  6. It made no sense to me either. It's been several years since we were in Edinburgh, so I don't remember how high the bridges were. I just recalled that we had to tender, so I was guessing the reason was that the ship couldn't fit under the bridges. At least your reply explains why they are porting in Rosyth, but it certainly does no favor to the passengers.
  7. Two taxis from the airport are going to be expensive - probably at least $50 each. The problem for me is that I see no reasonable route from the airport that doesn't involve quite a bit of walking with luggage, not to mention public transport connections. Maybe one of the locals can suggest a route. As far as getting to the port, I think you're in luck. There is a stop for bus 27 about three blocks away (Pakhusvej ). This bus will take you right to the Oceankaj terminal. Buses run every 30 minutes.
  8. What a lousy place to create a new port. Can a cruise ship even fit under those two bridges or is it still a tender port? At any rate, there are several buses that travel from Rosyth port into Edinburgh and have a stop near the castle. The buses depart from the Ferrytoll, Park and Ride, which is about 2 miles from the port, and seem to run every 15 minutes. There is also a bus stop only 3 blocks from the port which will take you to the Park and Ride, but it looks like that bus only runs every couple of hours, so I would think a taxi to the Park and Ride would be the only option worth considering. This assumes that you're trying to avoid spending $50 each way to take a taxi into Edinburgh. Buses are about $5 each way.
  9. You're correct. I did miss your point regarding the elevator. When you said it was "not in function", I took it to mean that it was not operating. Thank you for clarifying and for all the useful information.
  10. I'm assuming you mean go up the steps, then which direction? If we were to go through the main hall, can we avoid so many steps. They could be problematic with a lot of luggage.
  11. Enterprise is only a 15 minute walk from the port (you can see the office from the ship). Sixt is also nearby.
  12. I echo the suggestion of renting a car. We've got a large car reserved for $48 and are splitting it 4 ways. Even with gas, we're saving hundreds.
  13. Enterprise is nearby. Rentacar is in the terminal. I always get quotes from Sixt (which is also nearby), but they are always higher than any other rental agency.
  14. Maybe I'm the only one, but I've grown very tired of slot pulls where you can see nothing because of all the people. The only time you know what is going on is your 30 seconds of time at the machine. The last cruise, I organized a group roulette spin instead. $15 buy in gets you five $3 chips. A random five people place a bet on each spin of the wheel, and you can only bet individual numbers - no even/odd, red/black, etc. So, every winning bet pays 35:1. If 30 people participate, that's 30 spins of the wheel and 150 total bets. If the group has 5 winning bets out of the 150, they come out ahead. Best of all, there is enough room around the table that everyone can see what's going on.
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