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British Isles June18th-30th Photos and Thoughts.

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Attempt #2, hopefully the pictures will show up this time.

Here are some thoughts and info from my British Islands cruise June 12th-Jun 30th.

 

- Cruise had great ports, but very tiring. Cruise starts off with 5 straight early port days. In fact the very first stop I booked an ship excursion and the ticket says "meet at Princess Theatre at 6:45am".

- I booked Southampton round-trip and asked to disembark in Le Havre but was denied. Princess said Port of Le Havre denied my request. Since they already have a set capacity for Le Havre roundtrip, they don't want extra burden.

- Unscientific estimate: roughly 70% Americans or Canadians.:confused:

- Food was good, service was good as usual.

- World cup games on MUTS and stateroom TV.

- Entertainment was great. 'Secret Silk' had impressive production.

 

Ports by Port.

Guernsey: Tendered in. I booked excursion to bike around Sark (tour usually sells out). Photo of Little Sark.

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Cork: dock right in the middle of Cobh (lots to see). Can take train to Cork on your own. I prebooked Paddywagon tour to Blarney and Kinsale. Photo of "Deck of Cards" houses close to where ship is docked.

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Dublin: $8 shuttle each way into town. heavy traffic. I took the shuttle and walked everywhere - Trinity College, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch, Jameson Distillery, and Temple Bar area as seen in photo.

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Belfast: Don't remember if there was shuttle. I booked Game of thrones tour with Giants Causeway via Irish Tour ticket.

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Greenock: Not much around port. Can take train to Glasgow. I booked Discover Scotland tour to Invareray Castle.

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Orkney Island: free shuttle to town center; T11 bus only accommodated ~120 people. A lot people were turned away. I was able to get on the T11 bus. FREEZING cold in the open roof upper deck of bus. Photo of Skara Brae which dates to 3100 B.C.

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Invergordon: Ship docked in middle of town (not much to see). Can take train on your own to Inverness or Balmoral castle. I booked ship excursion to Lock Ness/Urquhart Castle

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Edinburgh: Tender into Queensferry. 6 euros for the X99 bus into town center. I took the X99 bus and walked the Royal mile.

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Le Havre: don't remember if there were shuttles. I took ship excursion to Mont St. Michel.

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How did you like Inverary? We are doing a tour there in September. Is there anything we don't want to miss while we're there? Thanks. Karen

p.s. Love your photos!

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How did you like Inverary? We are doing a tour there in September. Is there anything we don't want to miss while we're there? Thanks. Karen

p.s. Love your photos!

 

Can't speak to it much as I didn't even go inside. It's costs 5 lbs to go into Garden and 10 lbs to go inside. I just walked around the garden. Just wanted the photo op.

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Can't see the pictures either. But did click on the Flicker link in your signature and you have an awesome collection of cruise photos there.

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Your pictures are beautiful and now I want to go to Britain. How was the weather during this time? It looks like the flowers were in full bloom!

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Fantastic pictures !!!!! We are doing same cruise, leaving in 3 weeks. Looks like you had pretty decent weather. Very excited about seeing this part of the world.

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Thanks for posting the link to the photos. We need to go back to the places we missed last summer. We'll be in London before a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Sky Garden was already on my list of possible things to do. I think it will be on my list of definite things to do now.

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Thanks for posting the link to the photos. We need to go back to the places we missed last summer. We'll be in London before a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Sky Garden was already on my list of possible things to do. I think it will be on my list of definite things to do now.

 

If you do go to sky garden, remember there is a dress code. I wasn't able to get tickets in advance but was told that they allow walk-in's at 9pm. I got in line around 8:40 and waited just under 1 hour. While in line, a lady walked out and told a bunch of people they can't get in cuz they didn't fit the dress code stated on their website. This was on a Saturday night, so it was a lot busier.

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Your pictures are beautiful and now I want to go to Britain. How was the weather during this time? It looks like the flowers were in full bloom!

 

Yeah, our cruise was lucky as it was 2/3 sunny and 1/3 cloudy with no rain. I got 2 shades darker after the cruise.

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