More pictures of
Our Cruise
on Royal Princess
around the
British Isles
July 2003

The beautiful Horizon Lounge 9 decks above the sea is a wonderful place to have cocktails before dinner as the ship cruises by Scotland.

In Inverness we had a car and driver who gave us a teriffic tour. First we drove up Glen Affrich for the Highland scenery.

At the village of Strathpeffer we saw the Eagle Stone, carved by the pre-Christian picts in the 6th century.

Then we visited Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the Duke of Cumberland, ending Stuart hopes for the British throne. Our guide was Alistair McEwen. Email Alistair at gail @avoch12.fsnet.co.uk if you want a great guide to the Highlands.

Climbing over the ridge to Loch Ness was a beautiful view. Of course we searched carefully to see if we could sight the monster.

But we were frustrated at not seeing Nessie, so we just settled for having our picture taken.

We crossed the Firth of Clyde and visited Nigg Old Church to see this beautifully carved Pictish cross from the Christian era.

The next day we saw the Bear Gates at Traquair House. This House is the last residence of the Stuarts in Scotland, and is the place Bonnie Prince Charlie visited before riding out to Culloden. Legend says the Bear Gates will never open again until a Stuart monarch rides through them.

We then stopped in the market village of Peebles for tea and scones with clotted cream.

Rosslyn Chapel was built in 1442 and is full of marvelous carvings, some of which are said to have significance to Freemasons. As a Past Master of my Lodge I was very interested. Our marvelous guide was Jim Scott. Visit his webpage at Caledonian Aspects if you will be near Edinburgh.

Of course the dining room was wonderful! HOW do they time all those passion fruit souffles to come out of the oven just at the right time?

We had great tablemates, Bill and Jo from North Carolina and George and Barb from Florida. We exchanged experiences every night.

Renée loved our waiter Joaquin and wanted to bring him home (instead of me?) I nicknamed him "Yes,sure!" because that was what he replied to every request, like for extra lobster tails.

The executive chef Genarro and the maitre d' Renzo were teriffic. When Renzo found out Renée was Italian, he had six servings of zabiaglione made up specially for our table and sent them to us.

Renée made the acquaintance of all the first cooks and got them to sign her copy of the ship's cookbook.

In France, we visited Mont St-Michel. It looms over the landscape from many miles away. We had booked a tour with Anne-Marie Leblic, a very knowledgable guide. Visit her website at normandie-vision.com for a great guide in France.

Arriving at the base of the Mont, we began to have second thoughts about climbing up that high!

But we made it to the top! Our companions for this tour were a very nice family, Mike and Sue Minor and their delightful daughters Kara, 10 and Kristen, 13.

At the base of the mountain is La Mere Poulard, a three star rated restaurant famous for its whipped omelettes, baked over the wood fires.

We certainly enjoyed the wonderful cuisine. Besides the famous omelette Renée had the salt marsh lamb and I had the camembert fritters. What a meal!

One last sunset over the ocean ended a wonderful trip on Royal Princess.


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