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Ireland Cruises

Cruises to Ireland introduce visitors to a land of rolling green hills, towering seaside cliffs, picturesque villages, and warm and welcoming people. Raise a pint in a local pub, or shop for high-quality linens, tweeds, hand-knit woolens and Waterford crystal. You can tour the famed glassworks factory if your ship stops in Waterford on Ireland's southern coast.

In Dublin, sightseeing tours usually feature Dublin Castle, Trinity College (where the ornately illustrated Book of Kells is a prime attraction), the 12th-century St. Patrick's Cathedral and the city's classic Georgian mansions. When ships call at Cork, you can travel to Blarney Castle and take part in a longstanding tradition -- kissing the Blarney Stone -- or tour lovely Muckross House, a Victorian-era home set in a national park.

A number of cruises call at the Northern Ireland city of Belfast, where passengers can embark on a scenic coastal drive along the Giants' Causeway or take a guided tour of the Old Bushmills distillery, which has been producing whiskey for 400 years.

  • Ireland is featured on Northern Europe cruises, which sail from late May through August. Some ships sail itineraries that concentrate entirely on the British Isles.

  • If you need to fly a very long distance to reach your port of departure, we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or two days in advance of your Ireland cruise. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before boarding the ship. Most cruise lines offer pre-cruise hotel packages.