We will be taking a cruise of the British Isles this year on the Royal Princess and are wondering if anyone knows whether transportation into town will be reasonably available when we land in Dublin, Falmouth,England; Waterford, Holyhead, Inverness., Le Havre France, etc. We have seen for ourselves, in the past that taking tours is not necessarily the best way to go, but would like to know that transportation whether taxi or other means will be reliable and available to go explore on our own into the city center and make it back to the ship safely and without much hassle. We read one review that said that the shore excursions on this particular itinerary was very expensive and did not follow what was described on their shore excursion outline. Thanks.
I just know about LeHavre, France. We will be there for one day about cruise ship in Sept. I too have been told shore excursions are very expensive here. Transport to Paris is $70-$100 each. There is a train, but it leaves at 7:55Am or not again until 10AM. It is 2 hours by train to Paris, a bus takes 3 hours or more. There is a taxi service that will do a 10 hour tour for around $90 ea., but they do not take reservations, so you can only hope to do this. The only other way is to get a rental car. Avis is in town, but I was told you do not want to drive in Paris. So you leave the car on the outskirts and take a train into town. None of the above is very good. We still haven't decided what we will do.
Let me know what you decide. Hope this helps somewhat.
Thanks for your information. We will definitely rent a car in LeHavre. We will be doing the coast rather than Paris. We were there not too long ago. We have heard that Honfleur is really beautiful, and when we visited the Normany area, we really loved it, and would like to spend our time revisiting things we didn't have a lot of time to see last time. If we were going to do Paris, I would definitely take their tour as they will be responsible for getting you back to the ship. There is a major problem with pick pockets in Paris so if you go be very careful. Have a great time!