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We would love to hear about your visit to Edinburgh. What did you do? Did you get a great picture? Did you see the Forth Bridge? Did you visit Dunfermline? What could we do to help you next time?

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We visited Royal Yacht Britannia first thing walking to Leith dock which took about 15 minuets to get there, after Britannia we caught the No 22 into Edinburgh ,the traffic into town was very slow due to roadworks and general congestion. We had enough time to go on the hop on and hop off bus tour to get around and see the main sights of the city. But all in all it was a great day, the one main time consumer was being tendered into Newhaven harbour as there is is nowhere to berth larger cruise ships that day.

From Alan Garbett

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We want to thank your Welcome Team of Volunteers for great help. Came by MS Berlin on 23/08/2017 with a damaged knee and a consultation of hospital. Your "Mr. Robert" accompanied us to the Queen Margaret Hospital and after treatment back to the terminal.
Much to our regret we could not visit the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh but we will never forget the day in Dunfermline and the friendly help of our friend Robert. With kind regards Fritz Haase und Irmgard Hasselbring

From Fritz Haase, Hannover / Germany

Had a wonderful time visiting Dunfermline. Came by Pacific Princess and really appreciated the free shuttle into Dunfermline. Explored your town and the Carnegie connection; did a bit of shopping and exploring; loved your new big bridge. Will likely return to your beautiful country.

From arcona

We recently came to Newhaven on the Queen Elizabeth and on disembarking the tender we got on the free shuttle bus to Leith to visit the Britainia. We were very impressed with the complete set up of how the ship is displayed and accessed and the efficiency of the complentary bus service
David and Fran Mullard

From David Mullard

Loved the city and the sights of the city during our day there. But, and it is a major but, the need to tender at such a major city and tourist attraction is hardly acceptable. Perhaps we were unlucky with the "chop" on the day of our visit but the time used and getting wet going back to the ship was a negative. Get a dock and we will be back, otherwise other ports are more attractive.

Sorry but honesty has to prevail.

From John Hutchins

May we take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers on the 6th July 2017 who made our visit on the Viking Star into Rosyth so enjoyable.
The ship had only managed to give limited information about travelling into Edinburgh, visiting the local area etc - your presence on board after docking was a big help.
The guide on the shuttle into Dunfermline was brilliant.We had a great day in the town visiting the sites
You are providing a great service which needs promoting as much as possible with the cruise lines

From Tony & Majorie Lewis

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Visited June 3rd on a Princess cruise. Spent the day in Edinburgh and had a wonderful time! Really enjoyed it, can't wait for a return visit. Loved the bridge!!

From Julie K McKee

We cruised into South Queensferry on May 26th 2017 and we loved it. What a beautiful small town with very friendly people. We did leave for a time during the day to go to St Andrews but our driver was from Queensferry and he was a great ambassador. He drove us around your town on our return and recommended several places to go to before we reboarded. A short side trip to the Queensferry Tap was an unexpected treat. I did work hard to stay awake to see the iron bridge light up at 10PM but it stayed fairly light out and I couldn't really appreciate the lights.
Thank you again for a real Scottish treat !

From Lisa Breithaupt

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A great tender port. The castle is a short £12 ride away. I took a full day to do Edinbrough Castle so on day 2 we spent time doing the shops on the Royal Mile and the Grass Market. Pub food and beers for lunch both days was great.

From Alan Albrecht

We travelled into Dunfermline with one of your complimentary buses and want restate our thanks to all the volunteers for doing such a first class job.
From the welcome at the cruise terminal, together with the terrific organisation of getting passengers onto the buses, the whole experience was grand.
Special mention must be made of the lady who acted as our guide on the bus into town. Despite having lived in Kinross some forty years ago and having made many visits to Dunfermline then, we learned more on the journey than we ever knew before and it meant that our visit was greatly enriched.

Thank you one and all for being such fine ambassadors of Fife and Scotland.

Yours aye

Hugh and Kathleen Hackett

From Hugh Hackett

Thanks to lady who came aboard. The Marco Polo in Rosyth we learnt about the Fife coastal path. We had a terrific walk from St David to Aberdour, which was a real gem of a village with such helpful people. They made the visit. The beaches were very pretty and we returned to the ship really exhilarated. So thank you to all concerned.
Best Wishes
Mal and John Lee

From John and Mal Lee

Excellent staff at Leith, so welcoming.
Leith is so convenient for accessing the many joys of Edinburgh but is worth a visit in its own rite. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Leith.

From John Ceely

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We appreciated all the good advice and transportation provided by the volunteer staff during our cruise stop. Tony of Tony's Taxi was also a tremendous help and very responsive to email communication; we would highly recommend him.

From Drew Conneen

We arrived in Leith at Midday on Tuesday 16th August to beautiful blue sunny skies! We spent the afternoon looking round the Royal Yacht Britannia and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, then in the evening we took our seats for the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The music, colours, dancing, fireworks and atmosphere were tremendous and we enjoyed it enormously. We stayed overnight in Leith, but as we were sailing at 1pm didn't have time to visit the city centre, but instead had a circular walk along to Newhaven and along the seafront to the loch and back to the ship, which took us about an hour and a half. Again it was a beautiful sunny day! Unfortunately our stay wasn't long enough and all to soon we set sail back to Southampton with wonderful memories of a wonderful city.

From Maureen Skinner

Arrived on Minerva 12thAugust 2016 . Thank you to the ladies ,Anne and Marjorie( I think) Who came on board and advised passengers ,charming and helpful also the gentleman at the cruise terminal who helped with the taxi and destination advice .
The Tattoo was wonderful .
With thanks Keith and Jessie

From keith

Arrived on the 5th in Rosyth on the Europa2 and went to Dunfermline, accompanied by a volunteer called Dave. He was very helpful, informed and friendly, and we would like to thank your organisation (and Dave in particular) for the great experience.

Addendum: we were most impressed by the Abbey and the adjoining park.

From Eva and Günter

Arrived on the Viking Sea on 17 June 2016...the team that met us on shore was very helpful, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. All in all, a wonderful experience. Bob & Janice

From Bob & Janice

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We arrived in South Queensferry on the 17th of May, a great day after many cloudy days on our ship. We took the shuttle to Edinburgh where we bought tickets for the Hop On bus. One of the best stops on the route was Dynamic Earth, an outstanding presentation of the geologic history of Earth. We ended our tour with a stop at the Mall at the bridge, and then the shuttle back to our ship. All in all, a delightful port stop.

From Bill von Thyssen

We arrived in South Queensferry on the Caribbean Princess. As we were at the end of a port-intensive cruise and had visited Edinburgh castle on a previous holiday, we decided to stay in South Queensferry, rather than go into Edinburgh. What a good decision! Our tenders took us past the Forth bridge, which was a treat in itself. We found South Queensferry to be a charming little place (which is apparently missed by most of the cruise passengers). We strolled around, took coffee by the river, had a lovely lunch, chatted to the locals and discovered some local history. A great day!

From Margaret Batty

We arrived at Rosyth on Boudicca on 16th October 2015. We were delighted to learn that buses would take us into Dunfermline. We enjoyed the commentary en route, and then had an excellent day exploring the town. The old abbey was fascinating,with a knowledgeable guide adding to our understanding.. The park was lovely to wander round;great views from the cafe. We had a quick visit to St. Margaret's grotto, before catching the bus back. Thanks to everyone who made it a very memorable day.

From Dave and Gwen

Was very impressed. Hope to return for a extended period of time

From Anthony

Thank you for the buse service form Rosyth to Dunfermline from the cruise ship Fred Olsen Boudicca in october .This service brought me to a town i would have never visited and was glad i did.I Found the shoppping and coffee shops very good buying my self and family a few nice presents.Keep up the good work and thankyou .

From Dorothy Smith

I was a passenger on the MV Boudicca which visited Rosyth on 16th October. I had not visited Dunfermline before, so was very pleased to have the opportunity via the shuttle bus from the port. I visited the Abbey (although disappointed that some of it was closed ) and the beautiful park dedicated by Andrew Carnegie. Everyone I met was very friendly and helpful and I would certainly like to revisit.

From Valerie Roke

What a wonderful experience we had sailing under the Forth Bridge on our ship Boudicca on 16 October. It certainly is a spectactular sight. We have visited Edinburgh several times so decided to take advantage of the free shuttle bus to Dunfermline. How glad we were that we had chosen to do so. What a lovely city with interesting buildings, parks, museums and a good variety of shops.The local people were very friendly and the sun was shining too! We visited the Abbey and saw the wonderful stained glass windows and tomb of Robert the Bruce. We also did some shopping in a lovely gift shop called Little Thistle which sold some really nice items at reasonable prices. We were sorry that we couldn't spend the whole day in Dunfermline, but we had another trip booked for the afternoon. We hope to return!

From Hilary and Len Clark

We are sorry to hear of the delay. I wonder if this coincided with the planned drivers' lunch break. Anyway, we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Dunfermline.

From Cruiseforth

We were passengers on MS Boudicca which visited Rosyth on 16th October. Whilst we enjoyed our visit to Dunfermline we were not pleased to have to wait in the cold for the almost an hour for the courtesy bus to transport us from the berth to the town. Even allowing for some traffic difficulties this was quite unacceptable. Sorry that my comment is rather negative.

From David & Theresa O'Neill

I had a marvelous time in Scotland and found that the volunteers at the port in Edinburgh were fabulous. We had to tender in and had no clue where I was or what to do. They handled that with ease. Frankly, one of the volunteers, on August 20th, 2015, was stunningly kind. We dubbed him St. Peter. Since no bus was coming by...he drove us to the bus station. Fabulous. Also, your country is gorgeous. We ended up taking a bus from Glasgow to the Tattoo and it was something very special. None would have happened without your wonderful port volunteers.

mary durand Phoenix, AZ 85003

From mary durand

Our ship recently docked at the Port of Rosyth over night, and we visited Edinburgh & then Dunfermline. Bill & Anne & the other Volunteers here were so welcoming & full of wonderful information! Thank you so much for enhancing our visit to this area!

From Lisa

My husband and I were on a cruise ship that docked at Rosyth at the end of our trip. He chose to go on a shore excursion and I to Dunfermline.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the volunteers who made my visit exceptional.

I visited with a man dressed in his kilt at the pier. He was friendly and helpful. I was confused about the shuttle service needed to get into Dunfermline by myself and had gave me information which made it easy.

Helen was a delight and provided extension information about the area and history of the region. She made us feel we were personal guests of hers. As I was on the last shuttle to return to the ship I had the added benefit of visiting the bridge!

Thanks again to all who made my visit a treat even at the end of my travel when I was exhausted!

Ann

From Ann Inlay

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First of all congratulations for your fantastic website with all these beautiful pictures!

We arrived at Rosyth on 08/08/2015 on board of the ARTANIA and spent a wonderful day visiting Edinburgh (city tour and castle), had a short stop at Dunfermline and saw - of course - the famous bridges.

Many thanks to all the friendly people we met at Rosyth cruise port, in particular in and around the terminal in the morning when we had been a little bit lost after our arrival, including shuttle bus drivers, a very friendly lady at the entrance, an (unknown) taxi driver who took us back to the terminal when we were on the wrong way, and, and, and........

I hope we will have the opportunity to visit your beautiful region again.

With best wishes.

Ingrid and Reinhard Klose

From Ingrid and Reinhard Klose from Heidelberg/Germany

Many thanks for the warm welcome I received on August 8, 2015. The residents who greeted me were most helpful in answering my questions as well as indicating where I could purchase some needed computer supplies. The shuttle that took me into Dunfermline was appreciated greatly and our guide, Helen, was GREAT. Her commentaries to and from the town were most informative. Having been to Edinburgh a number of times in the past, I found Dunfermline to be a refreshing change. I only hope that the town's culture will not be changed as more tourists find their way there. Again many thanks for a most enjoyable day! Harold Rohrs, Richmond, Virginia USA

From HAROLD ROHRS

Thank you for the free bus from the Ocean Princess into Rosyth and the mini-tour of the area. We had a great day in town, people could not have been nicer, and the weather cooperated.

Thanks again.

From David & Ruth Edger

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Rosyth is the perfect port to see the edge of the Scottish Highlands since it is North of the river banks and you are not stucked in traffic over the bridge. We did a tour to Blair Castle, Braemar and Balmoral and stayed overnight there around to enjoy local Scottish food (first time encouraged to try Haggies) and to meet friends and enjoyed a night in a typical Scottish Bar-Restaurant-Lounge (never did this before). The best was the scenery and landscape. I was waiting for the minute I had to stop my car because they were all blocked by sheeps. Few there indeed around. Before we went back to our ship OCEAN PRINCESS we step out in St. Andrews which was really worth to see. Rosyth could be in every itinerary - it's worth to come back again and to see more of Scotland.

From Tien-Lun Yao, Germany/Switzerland

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When you arrive at any other cruise port in the world but Rosyth and you ask a taxi driver for a short lift you normally see only unhappy faces since they want to sell you a long tour. But Joe was very different. He is not just a taxi driver but a true ambassador of Scotland. Not that he was taking us to the car rental station to collect our cars for our tour to Blair and Balmoral Castle (Her Majesty did not invite us for a cup of tea!!!) he gave me a lot of tips to find my ways around. So we booked him again for the way back. Since he was stucked with another commitment he arranged a replacement so we were taken care very well. Later when he took us back to the ship he told me how to improve my next stay in Rosyth. As said not just a plain taxi driver - but a real ambassador for Scotland who stands for Scottish hospitality. I wish other taxi drivers in other parts of the world would be like Joe. Thanks for everything you did for us. Greetings from Germany, Switzerland and USA.

From Tien-Lun Yao, Germany/Switzerland

We enjoyed our introduction to this wonderful country by JOE on a ride in his taxi - but it was much more than that! It was simply a pleasure to be taken to places like South Queensferry by such an enthusiastic and friendly local. Thank you very much!

From Christine and Bernhard

I was on the New Britannia--arriving at New haven - and the lovely Lisa recommended a nice place to take my friends for a meal --and other information -and the meet and greet team{ every one of them was special } I also spotted the lovely Rhona and we had a chat they were better than any I have come across in any part of the world--and I have been to a lot !!
Also the free shuttle was great to get to Britannia -------I am a Scot. and proud of it --but it made me very proud when everyone on board spoke of the reception they had here -Even Cpt. Paul Brown !!
Thank you and your lovely team !!

From Flora

it was a perfect day. The shuttle service from the ship was spot on. The Real Mary Kings close was brilliant (as was Polly the tour guide) and Hollyrood House was fabulous. Thank you.

From Sarah Stanley

What you guys do rocks. Dunfermline is a gem. But I especially want to mention what a great guy Don Alexander is & how his construction expertise enriched our understanding of the bridges across the river.

From Rich Bernard

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I was so impressed by the Forth-Bridge I had to make a sketch right after landing from our cruiseship
Best regards
Jobst Broelmann

From Jobst Broelmann

Dear Sirs,

last year we visited your country. The bridge is very imposive and Edinbourg also.
We visited the church of St. John and the city and the beautiful garden.

Best regards
Christine Werner Stuttgart Gemany

From Christine Werner

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Cruising on the Caribbean Princess in June 2013, this port was our first stop in Scotland. We were so excited to be here and were treated to a warm welcome on a brisk morning. At the pier, a gentleman dressed in finery rang a bell in welcome and, at the base of the pier, we found an assembly of musicians playing bagpipes and drums; it was so very special and much appreciated.

By motor coach, we traveled to Dryburgh Abbey and enjoyed a quiet morning visiting that site. We then visited Floors Castle (which was amazing), enjoyed lunch at "a traditional inn", followed by a brief shopping stop in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, we visited Greyfriars Kirkyard, walked past "The Elephant House" where some of the Harry Potter books were penned, enjoyed a pint at the Ensign Ewart Pub, visited a few shops, then returned to the port.

We look back on our visit with fond memories.

From Courtney Symons Walton

We enjoyed our stay in Rosyth. However we wished we knew about the shuttle bus earlier (The cruise ship didn't give alot of information on the shuttle bus??). We spent a full day in Edinburgh and watched the Tattoo and returned by train - alot of fun. The next day had half day in Dunfermline but wished we spent more time there as it is such an interesting and historic town. The driver (Scott) and his guide were a wealth of knowledge and made you feel very welcome. Looking forward to returning one day (If only to see the new road bridge!)
Thank you for a wonderful stopover
Sue & Lex
PS Sorry no photos our camera died; hoping to have some sent from other passengers

From Sue and Lex

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Siamo stati ad Edimburgo lo scorso 15 agosto e per la seconda volta abbiamo visitato South Quennsferry! E' uno degli approdi più affascinanti che abbiamo visto! Tanti auguri!

From Riccardo e Cristina Puccinelli

Hi Derek

Enjoyed swift visit to Dunfermline today from Ocean Princess berthed at Rosyth. Best wishes to you all.

From wendy and John

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We had a very warm welcome -in terms of the sun and the people recently when the Ruby Princess docked in Forth. We were greeted with information as to where and what to see and possible walks. We walked up onto the Forth Bridge which provided a platform to view the beautiful sights. Local people were very happy to help with directions.
I had heard about the Forth Bridge since being a child, in terms of a task taking a long time to complete, e.g. 'it's like cleaning the Forth Bridge'. However, as a child I always imagined the word to be 'fourth'. Now, on reaching retirement, I have actually walked on it - what an incredible structure it is. We had a very enjoyable day in Forth.
Thank you to all those people who helped it to be so.

From margaret

We had a great time at Mary King's Close!

From Mrs. Lyne Pilon

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We enjoyed the warm welcome at South Queensferry We turned left at the quay and walked along the shoreline track to look at the wildelife. Then returned to explore the lovely village of Queensferry calling at the excellent Ferry Tap for a couple of drinks.

From BERNARD SCHOLES

Got on your bus by mistake at Rosyth cruise port, thought it was the official shuttle bus to the station, but so glad I did. Dunfermline is a lovely town with lots to interest me( including the shops ). The driver and escort gave a running commentary on the way and were able to answer the many questions asked. On the return journey we made a detour to the bridges which was appreciated.
I am only sad that the cruise line did not see fit to mention this to the passengers but then perhaps if they had the small mini bus would not have been able to cope with the rush. Thank you for a great experience.

From pat stott

Over 20 years ago we lived in Edinburgh for 4 happy years. Returning aboard Ruby Princess was a great way to renew memories. It was also a chance to taste haggis, neeps and tatties again.

From Alan & Yvonne Birks

We visited your fantastic Country while cruising on the Carnival Legend in 2013. Your country, your people and the overall atmosphere were and are simply outstanding! Our visit was pleasant and all that we had expected was precisely delivered. Thank you so much for making our first visit a most memorable event!

Most sincerely - Carlyle and Sue Wells
The Woodlands, Texas, USA

From Carlyle and Sue Wells

really loved Edinburgh, really enjoyed visiting the castle & sightseeing tour of the city,,,

From Leona Blondin

I attending Edinburgh University in the 1950s and it was wonderful to be able to show the city to my family. The second day we were in port we visited Dunfermline due to the nice welcome we had on the bus to the port gate. We really enjoyed the town, although my granddaughter was not much impressed when I explained how she was descended from King Robert the Bruce.

From Carl Boyer

I would like to thank all the Volunteers who helped us find a church and ride on Sunday August 25th of this year in Rosyth. Your help went way beyond our expectations and made us feel very much at home.We are sorry this Thank You is late, but we took some time off when we arrived home and didn't have access to a computer.
Thank You
Ron and Eugenia Olson

From eugenia and ronald olson

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Here is a picture of visitors to Rosyth using the courtesy bus to Dunfermline. Everyone had a great time.

From Peter Wilson

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