Aug 062013

After a couple of good days in Edinburgh, we were much more prepared for our final day at sea than our previous, and I was certainly in much better shape than for our unexpected first one. The ship—possibly because of its size—didn’t offer a whole lot of activity variety for the last day, but we made the best of what we had.

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Aug 042013

Edinburgh from Waverly StationOne of the nicer things about this cruise is it gave us a solid two days in Edinburgh. The other cruises that we’ve taken were just a single day in each port (and sometimes an extremely short day at that). This setup gave us time to get our bearings and really appreciate Edinburgh. So, on the morning of day two, we walked off the ship, took a quick shuttle bus ride back to Inverkeithing, and hopped onto the train to Waverly Station and the heart of Edinburgh!

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Aug 012013

After a less-than-spectacular start to things, we were counting on Dublin to kick this trip into gear. The weather showed some signs of clearing as we pulled into the rather industrial-looking dock. After an early breakfast in our cabin, we headed ashore for our scheduled excursion: “Powerscourt Estate & Dublin On Your Own.” Continue reading »