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Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a wonderful destination to include on your next cruise vacation in Europe. With so many things to do and see, you might consider fitting an extra day or two in the city into your vacation if you're taking a cruise that starts in Edinburgh. Featuring a historic old town, medieval castles, whiskey distilleries, golf courses, cutting edge art and culture, and much more, you will never fall short of wonder at the city of Edinburgh. Discover dramatic volcanic peaks, century-old palaces, fascinating history museums, parks, zoos, famous landmarks, and so much more! If you’re visiting in August, you’ll also have the chance to attend one of their renowned art festivals as well, as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The city center is very walkable, so you won’t have to worry about the hassle of arranging public transportation. Plus, you’ll come across a diverse culinary scene, plenty of hotels, and as many opportunities to explore as you desire.

A great time to visit Edinburgh is between June and August, as that is when its most temperate weather can often be experienced.

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Edinburgh

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Edinburgh. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Edinburgh:

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Premium Cruise Lines

These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.

Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.

These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.

Atlas Ocean Voyages
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 1 (196 Guests)
  • All Inclusive All the Way
  • "Luxe-Adventure" Cruising
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Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Azamara
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 3 (690 Guests)
  • Select Spirits, Beer & Wines Include
  • Gratuities Included
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Azamara Azamara to Edinburgh Pre-Paid Gratuities & Onboard Credit!
Carnival Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 27 (2,052 - 5,374 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
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Cunard Line
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  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 4 (2,061 - 2,996 Guests)
  • State-Of-The-Art Ocean Liners
  • White Star Service
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Explora Journeys
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 1 (900 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Journeys
  • First ship debuting in 2023
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Holland America Line
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  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 11 (1,432 - 2,668 Guests)
  • Inspired Cuisine
  • World-Class Entertainment
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Hurtigruten Expeditions
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (90 - 970 Guests)
  • Unique Expedition-Style Voyages
  • Wide Range of Excursions
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MSC Cruises
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 18 (1,554 - 6,334 Guests)
  • Kids Sail Free
  • True Italian Hospitality
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Award-Winning Entertainment
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Oceania Cruises
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (684 - 1,250 Guests)
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Country Club Casual
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Ponant
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 11 (67 - 264 Guests)
  • Luxurious Private Yachts!
  • Sails to Exotic Destinations!
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Princess Cruises
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (2,000 - 3,660 Guests)
  • Great Dining & Entertainment
  • Unique Itineraries
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 5 (490 - 750 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive, Ultra-Luxury
  • Enrichment Programs
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Royal Caribbean
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 27 (1,992 - 5,610 Guests)
  • State-of-the-art Ships
  • Fantastic Entertainment
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (264 - 600 Guests)
  • Open Bars Throughout the Ship
  • All Dining Venues are Complimentary
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Silversea Cruises
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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Tauck Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 10 (930 Guests)
  • Newest and Largest Small Ship Fleet!
  • All Veranda Staterooms!
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Windstar Cruises
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (148 - 312 Guests)
  • Small Ship Sizes Lead to Exotic Ports
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Things to do near Edinburgh

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh, along with a brief description:

♦ Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most scenic and highly-rated attractions in the city. Among some of the highlights of this iconic landmark include The Great Hall, Royal Palace, Stone of Density, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Half Moon Battery, and National War Museum. You can also see original weaponry, such as the Mons Meg siege gun and the One o’Clock Gun (still fired daily at 1PM except on Sundays and select holidays, subject to change). You can also tour the recreated Prisons of War, where pirates and prisoners were once held during the 17 and 1800s. You can choose to explore Edinburgh Castle on your own or sign up for a guided tour to ensure that you don’t miss any of the best highlights. Additionally, you can enjoy a meal in the on-site café, or experience Afternoon Tea in the castle’s tea rooms (reservations are required).

♦ National Museum of Scotland

Another top-rated attraction Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is where you can get the best dose of Scottish history. You can view over a thousand artifacts and memorabilia in this museum’s many galleries. It’s a great way to learn about numerous aspects of Scottish history without having to jump from one museum to the other! Discover artifacts from the times of the Celtics, Romans, and Vikings, as well as preserved animal skeletons, jewelry that once belonged to the Queen, and even meet Dolly the Sheet, the world’s first cloned mammal. Kids will love the many interactive exhibits, such as the Energy Wheel (also known as a human hamster wheel), an F1 racecar simulator, and chance to dress up in historical clothes. Guided tours of the museum are available, or you can choose to explore the many exhibits yourself.

♦ The Scotch Whisky Experience

If you’re fond of whisky or simply interested in a unique experience, then consider paying a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience! A tour will not only grant you the ability to discover the many different kinds of whisky, but you will also learn much about the drink’s history through its success today. Among some of the highlights include a barrel ride (where you can learn about the whisky-making process), a chance to see the world’s largest Scotch Whisky vault, and curated tastings. If you’re looking for an interactive experience that captivates all of your senses, this is it!

Average Monthly Weather for Edinburgh


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The information above is provided for informational purposes only. Monthly statistics are based on the most recent instance of that month. Weather is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. The data is provided by a third-party and we accept no liability regarding its accuracy.