A cruise around the British Isles is one of our brand-new offerings this summer, and just announced last week, we’re bringing back this incredible itinerary in 2017. Dublin, the capital of Ireland and home of Guinness stout, is one of the fantastic destinations Disney cruisers will have the opportunity to explore, so today I want to give you my suggestions for things to see and do in this vibrant, 1,000-year-old city.
A Traditional Day in Ireland – This full-day excursion is a great way to get a feel for Dublin’s Old-World charm and life as a Dubliner. In addition to seeing historic landmarks throughout the city, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and an entertaining performance of traditional Irish song and dance at a local pub. Then, it’s your turn to put your skills to the test after an expert Irish dance teacher shows you the moves of the famous hard-shoe Riverdance.
Dublin’s North Coast and Malahide Castle – This Port Adventure gives you the chance to venture out of the city – with views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains along the way – to visit one of Ireland’s oldest castles. Set on 250 acres of park land, the Malahide Castle dates back to the 14th century. It contains one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture as well as a trove of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery. Your excursion also includes a stop at the 11th-century Abbey Tavern in the quaint fishing port of Howth to enjoy an Irish coffee and savor the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland.
Becoming a Guinness Connoisseur – If you have a taste for Irish dry stout, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate Brewery to see how the beer is brewed and learn about the company’s 250-year history. On this signature tour, adult Disney cruisers also have the chance to become a connoisseur during an exclusive tasting session in Guinness’s luxurious, private connoisseur bar. Whiskey lovers may opt for A Taste of Ireland: Whiskey in the Jar to visit the site of the Old Jameson Distillery and compare Irish whiskeys against scotch and bourbon. Both Port Adventures journey through the heart of Dublin for the opportunity to see the medieval, Georgian and modern architecture of the city.
Next up, I’ll showcase Port Adventures in Liverpool, England. Like Dublin, Liverpool is a port of call on our British Isles cruises and also our transatlantic voyage next month. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!