Nicknamed the Emerald Isle for its sprawling green landscapes bordering rugged coastline, Ireland has long been a draw for travelers, and now we make it easier to visit than ever before. Our Ireland cruises are a relaxing and exciting way to explore this northern region of Europe, while providing intimate experiences on land to introduce you to the rich culture and history of Ireland.
Our Ireland cruises sail to ports all around the country. In fact, we have a ship that calls Ireland’s capital city of Dublin home from May to August. Celebrity Reflection offers 10- to 12-night itineraries that take you to some of Ireland’s most spectacular ports of call, along with even more European cruise destinations such as Iceland, the British Isles, the Norwegian Fjords, and Amsterdam.
An Ireland cruise takes you to the country’s city life and natural landscape. Whether you’re looking for live music in a pub, a hike through a national forest, or historic castles and churches, it’s not hard to find something enthralling to do during your cruise to Ireland. Here are some of the country’s top attractions.
This beloved national park in Ireland stretches out from the city of Killarney and includes part of the Ring of Kerry drive. The eastern edge of that drive takes you right through the middle of the park. Other top sights to see are Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, and Ladies View lookout point.
Do an Irish whiskey tasting at Midleton Distillery and Jameson Distillery, have a pint at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse, and sip on Irish Coffee (made with whiskey, coffee, and cream). Then visit a pub with live music or dance to see some fast toe tapping and hear energetic music beats.
Ireland is home to a number of formidable castles, many of which date back to medieval times. A couple that stand out are Kilkenny Castle, a medieval castle right on the edge of the city of Kilkenny, and Blarney Castle, located in the southeast countryside and home to the Blarney Stone awaiting your kiss.
From cosmopolitan city sights to quaint villages and towns, the cruise ports on an Ireland cruise will introduce you all ways of life in Ireland. Passengers will find themselves either taking their cruise from Dublin, or possibly sailing to or ending their cruise in this cultural-rich capital city, as Dublin serves as both a departure port and port of call depending on the cruise itinerary.
Many of the ports of calls are located right by a downtown area that provides plenty to see and do, but more adventures are often waiting a short bus ride away. These ports include Cork and Waterford, charming cities with bustling centers and scenic castles that are located along the rugged southern shores of Ireland. Your itinerary also may sail up to Northern Ireland and visit its capital of Belfast, a vibrant city with a big arts culture that has moved beyond its complicated past.
Want more time to explore? Choose an itinerary that has an overnight in the port of Dublin or Cork.
One of the great aspects of doing a cruise to Ireland is getting to partake in shore excursions. Ireland cruise excursions will effortlessly take you to some of the best things to see and do in Ireland, and include history lessons and cultural experiences in the process.
While in port in Waterford, don’t miss out on seeing its most famous creation: Waterford Crystal. Tour the facility and learn how the crystal dishes, vases, and other objects are created. Combine your Waterford Crystal excursion with other activities like Irish Coffee demos and a Kilkenny city tour.
Muckross House is one of the most elegant houses in Ireland. A tour of it takes you through rooms still decorated like an 18th century Victorian home. Also, the grounds of Muckross House are located within Killarney National Park and you’ll have free time to explore it.
Excursions to the Book of Kells in Dublin take you to the oldest book in the world, located in a historic university, and beside some of Dublin’s other famous sights. During your tour, you’ll learn about the history and culture of Dublin from your entertaining guide who is an expert on the area.
The cruise season for Ireland is typically May through August, which is also when Celebrity Reflection sails itineraries there that embark from Dublin. This is because the winter months have more rain, more cold, and less daylight. In the spring and summer months you’ll be able to enjoy sights while also hopefully basking in some pleasant weather during your Ireland cruise.
It is Ireland, though, known for its drizzly rain. Pack a rain jacket or poncho so you’re ready for whatever the weather throws your way during your day in port. Along with the rain jacket, packing clothing you can easily layer is key to being comfortable during your time exploring the Irish coast and countryside. Even in summer, the weather can get cool during the day, especially by the often-windy coast. A secure daypack to stow away layers when you’re not using them is helpful to have while in port.