May 22, 2021 | 8 days / 7 nights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Late morning arrival in Liverpool, UK. Disembark and prepare for your onward journey.
Dates & Prices
|Start/End||Nights||Sailing Schedule||Starting From|
|Liverpool, UK / Liverpool, UK||7||May 22nd, 2021||$1,930|
*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.
Comfortable, stylish rooms and/or suites at your choice
All meals throughout your cruise (breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks, etc.)
Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues
Complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes
In-room sandwiches and snacks
A full programme of evening entertainment
Full use of on board leisure facilities
On board activities and lectures throughout the day
All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars. This is further enhanced by the ship's attentive staff who strive to offer Fred. Olsen's renowned personal service and remember the important things, such as your name, your favourite tipple and how you like your breakfast.