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Cruise Stop

scottsdale, az
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Cruise Stop

We (4 adults) will be stopping in Sydney on our cruise on 9/7 from 8-4 and are interested in going to Louisbourg. We don't want to book through the cruise line as it is very expensive and we'd prefer not to rent a car. Tartan Tours has a 4 hour tour for $225 but I've seen some negative reviews of this company. Can anyone recommend some other tour companies or other options?

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1. Re: Cruise Stop

Is that 225.00 for the four of you or 1 person? You could cab it out there and pay at the office for admission. Not sure what it would cost to cab it but it is about 20 minutes plus from sydney. Call Enterprise Rent a car and see if they can have a car waiting for you if you want to drive out yourself. It is sooo easy to get there from the dock. From the dock...which is on the Esplanade you take a right from the dock driveway and drive 10 seconds to Dorchester St and drive 10 more seconds to George St and take a right onto George and keep driving straight for about 20+ minutes until you see Louisbourg and the Fortress office is 5 minutes from the start of the town.

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It was $225 for the 4 of us. We were concerned that renting a car would be a hassle and take too much time, etc. but will check it out. Have you heard anything about Tartan Tours? Thanks.

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Here are some of my notes from posts on cruisecritic.com on Sydney as a cruise stop:

Louisbourg and car rental:

boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php…

pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx Louisbourg site

boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php…

"We used City Wide Taxi in Sydney. Met us as we exited the ship with sign. Kent was our driver. He was excellent. His van held 7 people; he took us to Louisbourg waited and then took us back to the ship. He even stopped twice so we could get coffee from Tim Hortons. I highly recommend him. We spoke directly to him before the trip.

We were on a Princess cruise which arrived at 1:00 pm. You can imagine the mad dash to get off. While there are taxis available all were gone by the time we got out. But, Kent was there waiting for us.

The cost for the taxi and admission was less that the ship's tour and we able to stay longer at the fort"

Edited: 01 September 2011, 07:34
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Do NOT use Tartan Tours! We had a negative experience with one of the drivers. He was very disengaged with our group, skipped one of the stops completely, and just seemed to want to get the job over with. We negotiated a $50 refund from the company, but never received it. Very unprofessional and unreliable!

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