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Sailing Around Iconic Ireland

3rd Sep 2019 7 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1920
FROM ONLY £1,049 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,049 per person *

A rich collection of diverse Irish highlights is packed into this seven-night circumnavigation of the ‘Emerald Isle’, with Black Watch calling at five wonderfully welcoming and rewarding destinations to present you with plenty of historical and cultural sites.

You begin your tour of Ireland south of the Irish border, calling first into Cobh. This charming town, with it’s brightly coloured harbour and impressive cathedral is a joy to explore; perhaps see the sights before popping into one of the traditional pubs for an Irish coffee. Cobh is also where many of the Titanic’s passengers embarked on her fateful voyage and the fantastic Titanic Experience is a must-visit to explore the town’s links to the infamous ill-fated ocean liner. Along the dramatic west coast, Galway awaits you next. This charming city boasts centuries of fascinating history; exploring the remnants of the medieval town here will reveal plenty of interesting historical sites, such as the Spanish Arch. Then it’s on to Killybegs, a picturesque town situated within the valleys and rolling hills of the County Donegal’s beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Here a tour to the stunning Bluestack Mountains is highly recommended, though you may opt to relax at Fintragh Bay, one of Ireland’s best beaches. [ReadMore]

Visits to both Irish capitals are sure to be highlights of your holiday. Visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland’s attraction-packed capital offers you the chance to explore the city’s legendary connection to Titanic at the Titanic Belfast exhibition; visit the historic steamship SS Nomadic; and marvel at the Renaissance-style City Hall. Belfast is also your gateway to the incredible geological wonders of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Finally, you’ll head south once again to Dublin. A guided walking tour is a great way to take in the fine architecture and iconic sights of the Republic of Ireland’s capital, including St Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. For an authentic Irish experience, be sure to take time to visit the Temple Bar district and sample the famous ‘craic’; or stop-by the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about the history of Guinness and of course, enjoy a taste of the proper ‘black stuff’.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.