CRUISE DESTINATIONS, EUROPE
PORT OF CALL SPOTLIGHT: DUBLIN, IRELAND
FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Exciting news for those dreaming of traveling to Ireland! Celebrity Cruises will be offering a mini season out of Dublin, Ireland, in 2018. The Celebrity Eclipse will sail out of Dublin from April through June of 2018 and will be the first major cruise line in the world to homeport out of Dublin. To celebrate this momentous occasion, here is a Port of Call Spotlight highlighting five must-do things in Dublin. Skip to the bottom to learn more about the itineraries happening during this Dublin cruise mini season.
Trinity College’s Old Library and the Book of Kells
Books, books, and more books is what you’ll find at Trinity College’s incredible Old Library – and some impressive architecture. The arched frames and gilded accents make the library seem almost magical, but the reality is that this long, beautiful library is full of historical manuscripts and timeless books.
Adjacent to the library is the exhibit for the Book of Kells, a manuscript which dates back to the 8th century. You’ll walk through an information room that tells you about the history of the book before getting to a smaller room that houses this impressive piece of craftsmanship.
Those who want to learn more about Ireland’s history and the country’s road to independence will want to spend some time at Dublin Castle. In addition to being home to luxurious State Apartments and museums housing Irish artifacts and other remnants of Irish history, Dublin Castle also has the remains of a Viking fort and a symbolic Statue of Lady Justice on its premises. Dublin Castle was also the site where Michael Collins ceremoniously took the keys to Ireland. An excellent way to learn about the history located within this site is to take a guided tour there.
Hint: You can easily tour booth the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle on the aptly named Dublin Castle and Book of Kells shore excursion.
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre park located in the heart of Dublin’s city center. It has gorgeous walking trails winding through large trees and around scenic ponds. Park benches and sculptures of historic figures like James Joyce dot the park and provide a peaceful ambiance for a leisurely stroll or conversation with travel partners away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When you’re done at the park, you can exit to the north where you’ll be right across from Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main shopping streets.
You can’t go to Dublin without seeing Guinness everywhere. The country’s famous stout is crafted to perfection in its Dublin-based St James’ Gate Brewery, and you can find out more about how this beloved beer is made at the nearby Guinness Storehouse.
The Guinness Storehouse isn’t just a tutorial on beer making, though. There are also special beer tasting experiences, culinary options, and live music happening throughout the day. A highlight of most people’s visit, however, is visiting the Gravity Bar on the top level for a pint of Guinness and 360-degree views of Dublin.
This lively area of Dublin is the place to head for nightlife, and is a fun place to spend the evening if you have an overnight in Dublin. However, visiting during the day will also give you an opportunity to see the character of the colorful buildings and the chance to grab a pint in one of its many pubs without battling the masses for a seat.
The pubs of Temple Bar often host live music so check if there are shows happening while you’ll be there. A pint of Guinness and some Irish music is a quintessential and memorable way to spend some time in Ireland!
Feeling overwhelmed by all the sight-seeing options in Dublin? Make it easy on yourself and sign up for the Dublin Walking Tour and Pub shore excursion, during which you’ll get to see the historic and nature sides of Dublin plus enjoy a pint of frothy Guinness.
Dublin Cruise Itineraries
Cruise itineraries out of Dublin will include a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing calling at Belfast, Northern Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland; and Cork, Ireland. There will also be an 8-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary offered during the mini-season.
In Dublin, Celebrity Cruises will be offering a brand new Celebrity City Stay. Guests can opt to start their vacation a little earlier and enjoy three nights in a luxury hotel, enriching fully-guided tours, and a farewell dinner on their last night in the city before embarking on their cruise vacation.
To book your 2018 Dublin homeport cruise or other Celebrity Cruises vacation the makes a port of call in Dublin, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.