Sailing Around the Iconic Ireland

  • May 22, 2021 | 8 days / 7 nights
  • $1,750.00
This seven-night circumnavigation of Ireland serves up a full-flavoured taste of the Emerald Isle, showcasing authentic and iconic highlights throughout. Visiting five wonderfully welcoming and rewarding destinations, you’re in for a real treat, with chances to sample famous tipples, uncover fascinating history, take in must-see attractions and more.

Sailing Around the Iconic Ireland

$1,750.00

This seven-night circumnavigation of Ireland serves up a full-flavoured taste of the Emerald Isle, showcasing authentic and iconic highlights throughout. Visiting five wonderfully welcoming and rewarding destinations, you’re in for a real treat, with chances to sample famous tipples, uncover fascinating history, take in must-see attractions and more.

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Daily Overview

Day Arrive Depart Destination
22/May Late PM Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/May Early AM Late PM Dublin, Ireland
24/May Early AM Late PM Cobh, Ireland
25/May Early AM Late Night At sea
Cruising bays of South-West Region, Ireland
26/May Early AM Late PM Galway, Ireland
27/May Early AM Late PM Killybegs, Ireland
28/May Early AM Late PM Belfast, United Kingdom
29/May Early AM Liverpool, United Kingdom

22/May

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Board the ship in the late afternoon. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. Overnight cruising to Dublin, Ireland.

23/May

Dublin, Ireland

The Republic of Ireland's celebrated capital city, Dublin, wears its past with pride, and is a magnet for visitors seeking unabashed joie de vivre. Literature, theatre, the arts and the famous Irish 'craic' play an important role in Dublin's unique cultural experience. A welcoming city, renowned for its warm atmosphere and special character, Dublin is one of Europe’s must-visit cities. The city’s vibrancy, nightlife and many tourist attractions, ensure a trip to this historic capital is always full of excitement.

24/May

Cobh, Ireland

The charming seaside town of Cobh, situated in Cork harbour, has served as a route in and out of Ireland for centuries. Formerly known as Queenstown before locals reverted back to the old Irish name in 1922, Cobh was the embarkation point for 2.5 million people who emigrated to America from the 'Emerald Isle' between 1848 and 1950, and was famously the Titanic's final port of call on her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

Today, the town sat in world's second largest natural harbour, is known more for its brightly coloured houses and imposing, Gothic revival-style St. Colman's Cathedral, which overlooks the harbour from a dramatically steep hill. At the centre, a number of attractions point to Cobh's fascinating past. The Cobh Heritage Centre examines the gruelling potato famine period, the town’s museum explores Cobh's maritime heritage and the impact of RMS Lusitania's sinking nearby, and the Titanic Experience, where a virtual version of ship's infamous voyage can be experienced.

26/May

Galway, Ireland

Rich in medieval heritage, yet oozing with contemporary style, Galway – Ireland’s fifth largest city – is one of the Emerald Isle’s most engaging destinations. The city’s vibrant centre is hub of culture, visitors and locals – many of which continue to speak age-old Irish dialects – alike flock here to be part of various festivals and events that take place throughout the year; visit the interesting museums and galleries, such as Galway City Museum; and sample the famous ‘craic’ at traditional Irish pubs. Intertwined with the delights of modern Galway are remnants of medieval walls and centuries-old structures such as the Spanish Arch and St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church – the oldest medieval church still in use in Ireland – offering an insight into the city’s fascinating past.

27/May

Killybegs, Ireland

The welcoming, picturesque Irish town of Killybegs is a great place to pass the hours watching fishing boats and net menders, or catching a glimpse of the seals in the harbour. Home to Ireland’s premier fishing port, Killybegs is a town with a deep maritime history and a fine harbour.

28/May

Belfast, United Kingdom

From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. Famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Belfast offers visitors the chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the fascinating Titanic Experience. Only in Belfast can the Titanic story be traced to its source, and the excitement of an era when the city was at the height of its powers relived.

29/May

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Late morning arrival in Liverpool, UK. Disembark and prepare for your onward journey.

Start / End Nights Sailing Schedule Starting From*
Liverpool, UK / Liverpool, UK 7 May 22nd, 2021 $1,750

*Price per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.

Black Watch

Black Watch

Ship name Year of refurbished Length Decks Cabins Passengers Tonnage (GRT)
Black Watch 2016 205.47m 10 423 799 28,613 More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens should ensure that their passports must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in the U.K. This requirement may also apply when travelling to Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom, and vice versa.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visa

    Canadian citizens are allowed entry into the United Kingdom without tourist visas for stays of 6 months or less.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

We operate a strict ‘no smoking’ policy in all inside areas. Smoking will only be permitted on room balconies (excluding Deck 7 Terrace Balconies on Black Watch and Boudicca), and in designated open deck areas.

Electronic cigarettes that don't emit vapour, may be used in rooms or on room balconies but are not permitted in any non-smoking public areas. They can easily be mistaken for real cigarettes, which may result in an unnecessary confrontation that requires staff intervention. Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour - even water vapour - may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

Please ask a member of staff for the designated smoking areas when you board your ship.

<pJust like airports, the facilities between the UK cruise departure ports does differ.

However, the majority of them offer comfortable seating areas, refreshments and Wi-Fi, enabling you to relax and start to enjoy your cruise holiday from the moment you arrive at the cruise terminal.

We kindly request you arrive at your departure port during the time period indicated on your final cruise ticket; this is to ensure we are able to operate a smooth and timely embarkation process.

The currency you need during your cruise will depend on the destinations on your itinerary. The on board currency for cash payments is Sterling.

Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish.

For your convenience, you can also pay gratuities before your cruise. We'll check with you at the time of booking if you’d like to pay prior to your cruise.

Each of our cruise ships has at least one fully equipped Laundry Room, complete with self service washing machines complete with detergent, tumble driers, irons and ironing boards. Just collect a token from Guest Services (there is a small fee for this service) and pop it in the machine.

We also offer a paid laundry service on all of our cruises. A laundry bag will be supplied to you in your cabin welcome pack for your use, if you wish to return home with a case full of clean clothes. Details of prices can be found in your cabin welcome pack.

Please note: travel irons are not permitted on any of our cruise ships.

Shore Tours are bookable online from approximately twelve weeks prior to departure. You will receive an email, if you have registered an email address with us, from the Destination Experience team, advising you when they are available to view and book online through My Cruises.

You will also receive a detailed tours brochure in the post to assist in your choice.

Once you've booked your tours you will receive an e-mail confirmation and your tickets will be printed for you and placed in your cabin for your arrival.

Each of our ships feature a selection of stylish dining venues, all serving a range of indulgent, expertly-prepared dishes. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll always find delicious treats which will tempt your taste buds. And, as all food is included on your cruise, you can indulge as much or as little as you like.

Start the day with eggs made to order; a hearty full English, or a lighter breakfast from the buffet if you prefer. Lunchtime offers a select á la carte menu alongside a tempting buffet for you to indulge in up to three courses.

Experience evening dining just how it should be in the spacious restaurants on board, serving up a sumptuous five-course á la carte menu each evening. You can request a table size at the time you make your booking, although this cannot be guaranteed. Alternatively you can opt to dine in our self-service restaurant on each vessel, for a more relaxed experience.

As each evening winds down, our buffet restaurants open for late-night snacks if you’re still feeling peckish.

For an extra special dining experience, you can pay a small supplement and enjoy made-to-order á la carte dishes including perfectly cooked steak and seafood at The Grill; or book a table at The Poolside, offering themed menus based on your cruise destination.

The language spoken on board is primarily English. In general, there is a multilingual environment and you will have a chance to mix with a variety of nationalities. Excursions and public announcements are always in English.

For your peace of mind, all of our cruise ships have a Medical Centre offering primary and emergency care, with a doctor and/or nurse on call at all times. All our cruise ships also have two qualified nurses on board.

Staying connected with family and friends at home while on a Fred. Olsen cruise has never been easier.

Choosing a pay-as-you-go or day WiFi package will allow you to connect to the internet via your smartphone, tablet, laptop and other devices to send email, keep up-to-date with the latest news and share your holiday experiences on social media as you cruise.

Simply connect to our WiFi once aboard, select your package and you're set up. WiFi is available throughout our ships, so you can connect to the internet in your room or whilst relaxing in any of the public areas.

Any charges will be billed directly to your on board account. Charges for our WiFi service* are as follows:

- 60 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £26
- 120 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £41
- 5 days unlimited - £50
- 7 days unlimited - £63
- 8 days+ unlimited - £6 per day

To make the most of your WiFi package, we recommend writing any emails you wish to send before you log on. This will help you save internet minutes for browsing, checking social media and other tasks.

Please note: this internet service is operated via a maritime satellite connection, and speeds are often slower than you experience at home. The availability of the service is subject to environmental factors outside of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines control.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to the U.K. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel.

Once on board, we kindly request that all guests attend a safety procedure demonstration (also known as a muster drill). This simply requires guests to gather in their allocated meeting point which will be detailed on your guest cabin card. Once at your meeting point, you are required to log your name with the member of staff, and listen to the demonstration and safety instructions.

More information on this from the Canadian government can be obtained at:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-kingdom

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