Ireland is a small island with a big heart, extraordinary landscapes a fascinating history and a unique friendliness: céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes. A cruise to Ireland unearths a country as rich in culture as it is naturally beautiful. [ReadMoreMob]
With rugged coastlines, shimmering lochs, sandy bays, a patchwork of hilly green fields, and a never-ending line of stonewall, Ireland offers a rural idyll for anyone wanting to explore. But for those who love a city to dive into, Cork does not disappoint, as it offers an abundance of cultural expression.
Upmarket shopping, delicious restaurants and the traditional Irish bars generate an exciting atmosphere. Plus, in the evening, a quiet drink can easily turn into an impromptu song and dance session. Of course, no trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to one of its many whisky distilleries, or the chance to sample an obligatory pint of Guinness.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Cobh is one of the gateways to the beautiful city of Cork. One of Cork’s most iconic landmarks is St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, whose spires dominate the city skyline. The cathedral is located close to where St Fin Barre, the patron saint of the city, is believed to have founded a monastic school.
The world-famous Blarney Stone is a block of stone set in the wall of Blarney Castle. The stone is shrouded in legend – some say it was the rock that Moses struck to produce water for the Israelites, while others claim it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Thousands of people come from all over the world to kiss the stone, as doing so is said to give the gift of eloquence.
Having outgrown its original Dublin city home, the new Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton, County Cork, and is one of the area’s top attractions. The original buildings here date back to the 1800s, and were used to mature Cork Distillery Whiskey – which is now known as Paddy Whiskey. Visitors to the Jameson Experience can learn more about the whiskey making process, and discover the techniques and machinery involved, before sampling a taste themselves.
The Guinness Storehouse
Ireland's favourite stout since 1759, Guinness is Dublin’s trade mark. Located in the heart of the St James gate brewery you will find the Guinness Storehouse, the home of the famous 'black stuff'. Stop-by for a tour and to learn of the process involved in crafting Guinness, its ingredients and its origins. Of course, no visit is complete without enjoying a pint or two afterwards.
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Cruises to Ireland
Departs: Dover • Sun 11 Jul 2021
13 nights • Boudicca • D2118
- Discover and explore some of the British Isles most beautiful and remote islands, with smaller-sized Boudicca as your guide.
- You’ll get to wonder at the best of British nature, from the landscapes of the Sound of Mull and intriguing Fingal’s Cave to the iconic ponies of the Shetland Islands.
- Immerse yourself in rich history of the Orkney’s, Isle of Bute and Isle of Lewis; explore Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital; and visit the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Isles of Scilly.
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Departs: Southampton • Tue 03 Aug 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2119
- Circumnavigating the ‘Emerald Isle’, taking in scenic and city highlights along the way, makes for an immersion into Ireland’s incredible beauty and rich culture.
- Scenic cruising on small ship Braemar will be unforgettable; you’ll navigate the spectacular Killary Fjord and Lough Swilly, see the mighty Cliffs of Moher and much more.
- Ashore, Cobh and Belfast display seafaring heritage and links to Titanic; Galway offers seafood and medieval history; and there are iconic highlights aplenty to uncover in Dublin.
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Departs: Liverpool • Thu 29 Apr 2021
5 nights • Black Watch • W2108
- Iconic tipples, historic treasures and many must-see attractions: the Irish delights of the Emerald Isle make for a five-night break packed with highlights and memorable sights.
- Visit the fascinating Titanic Belfast exhibit, historic SS Nomadic and much more during your two days in Belfast; or opt to tour to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway. Meanwhile, there’s unforgettable scenic cruising in Scotland too.
- Marvel at Fingal's Cave and appreciate the beauty of the Sound of Mull as you cruise by.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sat 22 May 2021
7 nights • Black Watch • W2110
- Offering chances to sample famous tipples, explore fascinating history and uncover authentic and iconic highlights aplenty, this seven-night circumnavigation of Ireland serves up a full-flavoured taste of the Emerald Isle.
- Enjoy a visit to Northern Ireland's capital: learn of Belfast’s links to Titanic, or tour to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway; and in Dublin, sample the famous ‘Irish craic’ at Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse.
- South of the Irish border you’ll also stop at Cobh, Galway and Killybegs for rich history, the stunning scenes of Wild Atlantic Bay and some of Ireland’s best beaches; and take in the scenic south-west coast aboard Black Watch.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sat 29 May 2021
5 nights • Black Watch • W2111
- Uncover historical, architectural and natural highlights aplenty on this enlightening Bank Holiday escape to three of the six Celtic nations: Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany.
- In Dun Loghaire, you can visit the James Joyce Tower and Museum, known for its appearance in the novel Ulysses, while Falmouth is your starting point for discovering attractions along the Cornish coast, such as the beautiful Lizard Peninsula.
- A full-day in St Malo allows time to explore the dramatic fortifications of Mont St Michel, or the ruins of the Celtic Aleth Cathedral in nearby Saint-Servan, before Black Watch sails among the spectacular Isles of Scilly.
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