It may be small, but Ireland’s personality packs a big punch.
Ask any local to explain why Ireland is the most beautiful county in the world and you’ll be chatting like old friends in no time. And rightly so; rich heritage dating back to the 5th century includes castles, the book of Kells and craggy coastline, so why not talk about it? Famously quirky cities are everywhere – think Galway on the west, Cobh to the south and Dublin to the east. Add fabulously beautiful landscapes – from the sheer splendour of the Cliffs of Moher to the wildness of Skellig Islands and you’ll understand why an Ireland cruise is a bit of adventure. As the Irish proverb goes, “May the road rise up to meet you”, (good luck on your travels), get ready to enjoy your Ireland luxury cruise where the music, cheer and yes, the Guinness, flows freely. Just don’t forget your umbrella.
Ask any Dubliner what's happening and you may hear echoes of one of W. B. Yeats's most-quoted lines: "All changed, changed utterly." No matter that the decade-long "Celtic Tiger" boom era has been quickly followed by the Great Recession—for visitors Dublin remains one of Western Europe's most popular and delightful urban destinations. Whether or not you're out to enjoy the old or new Dublin, you'll find it a colossally entertaining city, all the more astonishing considering its intimate size.
Cliffs of Moher
Stretching for 8km (5 miles), as the crow flies, the Cliffs of Moher have long enjoyed the status of one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions – and the visitor centre provides the pivotal point to direct lovers of nature, geology and simple beauty in the right direction. The cliffs also form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. They are made up of various types of perpendicular or overhanging rocks including sandstone, siltstone and shale and those views – oh the views – stretch for miles and miles and miles …
Cobh (pronounced Cove), a pretty seaside town with the second largest natural harbour in the world is chocolate box perfection. Dwarfed by a 19th century Catholic cathedral, colourful houses dot the seafront, against a backdrop of sloping streets and rolling hills. Cobh was also the last port of call of the HMS Titanic and its spine tingling history permeates throughout the city, notably in the shape of a fantastic museum. The folks here will offer céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) so if the weather is bad – and it rains 225 days a year – just relax and enjoy the fabled Irish hospitality over a pint.
The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 metres) above sea level. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Small Skellig is equally renowned in matters of ornithology as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets – the second largest colony of such seabirds in the world.
Galway has a decidedly different vibe to any other Irish city or large town. Known as the City of Tribes, culture beats at its heart; art, song and dance skip through the streets as a brisk Atlantic wind does; and food and drink fuel the belly of this city along the Connemara coast. Creativity fills the air, making this a must stop city for thinkers and creatives of all kinds. With one foot in the past and the other very firmly in the future, Galway may be small but you should expect big things.
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So you’ve decided that you want to go on an Ireland cruise but can’t decide where you want to go? Do you want to discover the craggy beauty of the Aaran islands, or walk the paths of the Cliffs of Moher? Or is it the lyrical beauty and the rolling County Cork countryside that appeals? Or the quirky cities filled with personality, passion and poetry? Silversea’s intimate ships take you right to the heart go the action, so wherever you want to go, you can get there with Silversea.
Luxury Oceanview Suites
Silversea’s luxury oceanview suites offer superb accommodation for the traveller who likes things done in style. Early risers will enjoy relaxing on their private veranda, watching as the pretty ports of Cobh and Killybegs wake up. Night owls will enjoy all creature comforts, a pillow menu, a bar stocked to your preferences and the most comfortable bed you have ever slept in. Once again, Silversea proves that it’s the epitome of luxury cruising. Though you may travel, here is home.
Sometimes perfection just isn’t enough! Our butler service operates around the world and around the clock and makes the difference between a good cruise and a great one! Whether you want a glass of champagne or a pint of Guinness, nothing is too big or too small for our team of dedicated men and women. So with every whim taken care of, we let you sit back, relax and enjoy the very best of your Ireland cruise.
We understand that a key factor when choosing our one of our superb Ireland luxury cruises is “what’s included”? So it comes as a welcome relief to know that all Silversea luxury cruises are all-inclusive, from embarkation to disembarkation. That includes: drinks – including premium wines and spirits, speciality restaurants, lectures, shows, gym equipment and classes, crew gratuities … And for our Expedition passengers, all shore excursions are included as well, so spending time does not mean spending money.
Gourmet excellence is our keyword! And with our destination driven menus, you can expect the very best in fine dining throughout your entire Ireland cruise. But that just doesn’t mean potatoes, cabbage and corned beef! Think impossibly fresh, locally sourced seafood, traditional smoked salmon and of course, the best Irish whiskey there is! Moreover, Silversea’s Italian heritage is reflected onboard with the signature restaurant, La Terrazza making waves whatever the port. International diners can find their nirvana in Atlantide, or the Asian-accented Indochine.
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