Port reviews and tips for 13 Night Arts And Literary Tour Of The British Isles (Southampton Roundtrip) on 2017-07-01.

Southampton (London), England

"Free shuttle into town. It lets you off a block from a big shopping mall with nice stores. Town itself is interesting. One could spend a long, enjoyable time just walking around from where the shuttles stops." - joanne4284
"We were In transit tours offered weren't interesting, spent the day on board. The ship was our own private vessel for a few hours. :) " - Cruiser396
"Used AB parking, very easy and convenient." - PobsyB

Rotterdam, Netherlands

"The tulip festival was stunning." - captsnookus
"My grand daughter & I took the excursion to Amsterdam which included a canal ride and three course luncheon which was fantastic. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food. The weather was interesting as we experience rain, hail and sunshine all in the same day and still enjoyed out day." - maresa44
"The tulip festival was beautiful!" - LenaK


"To be docked at Newhaven Harbour is very inconvenient. It was almost 40 minutes each way on the tender. Due to the Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival, it was impossible to get a taxi into the center. After waiting for an hour for a taxi, and not a single one arrive we took the bus 10 that was inexpensive, and it went right into the center. We bought an all day pass and that proved to be worth every cent. " - gaa0805
"My husband has trouble walking, so we took the leisure tour of Edinburgh. The trip between the port and the city was interesting and it's a beautiful city. I would like to have had more time to walk around a little. We had very little free time, then got back to the ship hours before it left." - bevdewyze
"We did a walking tour on our own. Loved the Royal Mile. Had an excellent cab driver. " - Ecraft66

Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland

"We booked a tour through Go Scotland. Again, much cheaper than Princess and you really get a local feel. Went to the Scottish highlands and of course Loch Ness to find the monster. 😃" - Retiredcruiser
"We booked a WOW Scotland tour. Gordon was an extraordinary guide. I would highly recommend this company. They schedule the tour .... with a great lunch .... to coincide with the cruise schedule." - cheryllitke
"We walked around Invergordon, then took the train into Inverness, walked around, and had lunch. Both nice and clean, though Invergordon has a lot of vacant storefronts. If you're not interested in seeing Loch Ness and don't want a full-day excursion, your options are limited." - LinInDel

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

"Absolutely go to Skara Brae and Skaill House - one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world! Dress warmly if you go; it was July when we were there, and the wind coming off the water was bitterly cold." - Reader27
"We didn't book a tour. We walked over to the church, they were just getting ready for a service (it was Sunday) so we didn't go inside, but the outside is really pretty. Right across the street is the castle and Bishop's house. We paid the admission and went inside. We met a gentleman who was playing lawn bowling with a group and invited us to watch. So we followed him over just behind the castle and watched and visited for about 30 minutes. Very friendly people. We then walked around exploring and taking pictures, then followed our map back to downtown where the stores that opened were opening around noon. Went into a wonderful place run by 3 sisters called Hume Sweet Hume. Bought a gorgeous shawl handknit by the sister who was working that day. They also sell jewelry and clothing. Really nice store and super friendly staff. Also went into a shop selling Orkney tartans and the Princess Diana tartan (in the front window). Also another shop was the Orkney Arts & Crafts Association and they had local art, pottery, glassware etc. Wonderful shop with authentic items. " - HRG
"At the shuttle stop take the Stagecoach bus to see Ska Brae" - redmen66

Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

"We took the train into the city. To get to the train station you can walk through a mall--buy your water bottles in the Dollar stores in the mall. They were the cheapest water bottles we found the entire trip." - ileandover
"We did a hop on hop off tour. You can get the train into Glasgow very easy. We waited until about 930 to go so it was off hours for he train. Round trip tickets for two were 13 pounds. The train takes you to the Central Station which is 2 blocks from Buchanan street. This is the main area closed to vehicle traffic and all pedestrian. Shops, pubs and cafes. " - Retiredcruiser
"Great trip to Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle. The Duke of Argyll, himself, welcomed us to his home which was an added thrill." - MaxMak

Dublin, Ireland

"We got into port early and had booked a car through our hotel, which was much cheaper than the cruiseline price. We stayed 2 days in Dublin and would loved to have stayed longer. We did a tour in the James Joyce House where the author wrote Ulysses. Then started walking around the city. Found a great fish and chip shop called Beshoff which has been there for 104 years. Really great place, ate there both days. Walked almost 11 miles around Dublin finding beautiful churches, graveyards, a beautiful park called St Stephen's Green and great places to shop. My husband bought 2 tweed jackets and a vest at a place called Kevin & Howlin. Wonderful staff who were SO helpful. Loads of tweeds to choose from. They have ready made and also you can design your own. Great prices and they ship to the US. Another great store is Kilkenny. Really beautiful range of items. Finally found the Celtic cross I was looking for here. The next day we had booked an early tour to see the Book of Kells with a tour company called Letzgo City Tours. They book smaller group tours. We had an amazing tour guide Neil who was amazing, Loads of great stories and information. It was a walking tour which also included the Dublin Castle. We had about 10 people the day we went. Learned a lot and had a wonderful time. If we had stayed another day, we would have booked with them to go to St Patrick's Cathedral. Great incentive to go back to Dublin. " - HRG
"So much to see and do. We took the double decker bus all around the city and then visited The Book of Kells, Jamisons, Guiness, Christchurch. We tried to visit the jail but it was all booked. We did not take a Windstar excursion." - karendale
"All day excursion and loved this the best!!" - billsandy72

Liverpool, England

"Booked private Beatles tour online and loved it! Great port area and easy to walk around." - gdagnan
"A fun place in city center. Walk off the ship and you're there. Super friendly folks." - mjgradow
"The museum is within walking distance from the ship." - TheJuddster

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

"These locals were excited to have us there and they were awesome. Just walked around in the town, lots of shops." - barbi1963
"We hired a local taxi driver to take us to the German Occupation museum and the Little Chapel - excellent." - Adrianne
"£1 to catch local bus at pier that goes around this small pretty island with no commentary. None needed." - mjgradow