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Ireland Cruises

With an Ireland cruise you can discover the ‘Emerald Isle’ in all its rich variety. 

The island is home to rolling green landscapes, dramatic coastline and lots of mythological history. It’s also known for its friendly people, traditional music and lively pub culture, not to mention its strong literary heritage. Iconic writers like James Joyce, WB Yeats and Dylan Thomas, all found their inspiration in their deep Gaelic roots and, once you embark on an Ireland cruise, you’ll certainly get a taste of this for yourself.

From the port cities of Cork and Dublin to the sleepy towns of Foynes and Greencastle where time has seemingly stood still, there’s so much to experience and explore here.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Ireland is the third largest island in Europe.
  • Ireland has won Eurovision a record-breaking seven times.
  • Writers James Joyce, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift were all Irish.
  • Dublin is home to a quarter of Ireland’s whole population.
  • The oldest pub in Ireland has been standing for over 900 years.
 

Highlights

Dublin

In Dublin, you can learn about Ireland’s most famous export at the Guinness Storehouse, or if whiskey is more your thing, head to the Irish Whiskey Museum where you’ll find out about the drink’s history and get to sample a dram or two. You can also walk in the steps of the greats on a literary walking tour in the city or soak up the imposing atmosphere on a tour of Kilmainham Gaol. Further north, the Cliffs of Moher in Galway are a stunning sight, and you might even be lucky enough to see them from your ship. On the south coast, the Waterford Crystal Museum in Waterford will have your eyes sparkling at the cut-glass crystal.

Beautiful ports

The port of Cobh, which has been an important naval port since the 19th century, offers easy access to the city of Cork. Many of Cork’s attractions are laid out along the banks of the River Lee. You can admire the gothic architecture of St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, relax and enjoy views of the river in Fitzgerald Park and brush up on your local history at the Cork Museum. Cork English Market is a great place to get a bite to eat and, for drinking and dancing, Barrack Street is renowned for its great number and variety of bars.

 

Irish culture

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Ireland is a country that holds on to its traditions, whether that’s the Gaelic language, céilí dancing or an old Irish ballad.

 Soaking up a little of this rich culture is a must on any trip here, whether it’s enjoying some traditional live music in a pub, cheering on a Gaelic football match or exploring one of the museums dedicated to the country’s literary heritage.

But Ireland is paving the way with modern cultural events too. Theatres, galleries and contemporary art centres abound and you’re as likely to find a cutting-edge rock group topping a pub’s live music bill as you are a traditional folk band.

Just walking the streets of Ireland you’ll come across beautiful sculptures and street art. If you know where to look, perhaps with the help of a guided tour, you’re sure to find cultural treats around every corner.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Ireland

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