Edinburgh is the bustling capital of Scotland and part of the United Kingdom. You may have seen images of the cliff perching castle, which is the symbol of the city. Edinburgh combines a robust layer of modern life mixed with history. The night-life centre of the Scottish north, Edinburgh - is also a feast for the senses, with great restaurants, shops and plenty of city festivals throughout the year. Cruises from Edinburgh offer an exciting way to see more of the United Kingdom from a different point of view.
Pick your ideal line and cruise Edinburgh for a memorable experience at sea.
Azamara - With inclusive fares and amenities, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service - cruising aboard Amazara vessels are a dream on the big blue. Who doesn’t want to relax in their cabin on Egyptian cotton sheets with a welcome fruit basket!
Viking Ocean Cruises - A voyage onboard one of the Viking vessels will undoubtedly leave you refreshed, as well as engaged and educated in an unforgettable, immersive way. Connect with your destinations on a whole new level.
Edinburgh Cruise - The Vessels
Azamara Journey - Luxury is here! In addition to your butler service in each suite, guests have more verandas than most cruise ships so that you can relax on your private balcony. Journey also features two specialty restaurants, concierge amenities, a Spa and Wellness Center, a cafe, a piano bar, live entertainment, daily enrichment programs (like wine and champagne tasting), and so much more.
Edinburgh Cruise Port - Cruises From Leith
Port Leith welcomes around 40 cruise vessels and 20,000 passengers annually and this number will only grow. The cruise ship terminal building features passenger facilities, including waiting area, WIFI and restrooms. More amenities are offered by the ‘Ocean Terminal’ shopping mall, located five minutes walking distance from the Leith cruise port terminal. Its central location means this port is suitable for shore tour trips, allowing guests ample time to explore Edinburgh and beyond.
Cruises from Rosyth terminal aren’t as popular, it’s seldom used as an alternative to Leith or South Queensferry.
Popular Cruises From Edinburgh
There’s plenty of exciting sailing to choose from when it comes to cruises departing from Scotland.
Edinburgh departures include the scenic British Isles and Golf Cruise for 12 nights where you’ll visit Invergordon, Glasgow, Dublin before disembarking in Southampton.
We offer cruises departing from nearby destinations which include Edinburgh as a port of call. Viking Ocean Cruises offer a British Isles cruise which departs from London.
Edinburgh Castle - You’ll see this castle perched on a volcanic rock overlooking the city. The view from the highest point offers an incredible panorama.
Arthur’s Seat - Climb this extinct 350 million-year-old volcano and take in the spectacular views from the top. At certain times of the year, this site is also popular for viewing Northern Lights Edinburgh.
Royal Botanic Garden - It’s dated from 1670 and was initially a medicinal plants garden. Located just north of the city and is impressive, especially in the springtime.
Museum of Scotland - This recently renovated museum offers guests the chance to wander through 16 galleries and displays with more than 8,000 different objects.
Depending on how much time you have in Edinburgh, you could take a ferry to Norway from Scotland. This method does take a long time, but it would be an excellent way to discover more of Europe.
Like the rest of Scotland, Edinburgh has a temperate, climate which is relatively mild despite its northerly latitude. Winters are exceptionally mild, while summer temperatures are generally moderate.
Edinburgh is busy in the summer months, and the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs throughout August. If you’re planning on cruising into the city before or after your cruise during August, then we recommend booking well in advance for accommodation and attractions.
Getting Around Edinburgh
A taxi or shuttle bus from the pier is an excellent way to get from cruise ship to the city.
The majority of Edinburgh’s top attractions can be reached on foot, once you’re in the city, as the medieval centre is quite compact. Buses frequently service the streets, and there is also a tram service with 15 stops across town.
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