Dublin is one of the most desirable destinations in Northern Europe. It's the capital city of Ireland and is filled with everything from upscale neighborhoods (with trendy hotels, restaurants and shops) to a fabulous variety of historic sites, cultural influences, and local pubs where the nightlife is thriving. You also don’t want to miss the mouthwatering local cuisine, paired with an authentic Irish ale! Among some of the foods you might consider trying while spending time in Dublin include the famous Irish soda bread, cheeses, Irish stew, and many potato-based specialties. A great time to visit Dublin is between June and August. Not only is that when you can enjoy pleasant temperatures, but it’s also when many local festivals and events take place.
There is a great variety of cruise lines that currently feature cruises leaving from Dublin. For a destination-immersive cruise, Azamara offers 12- to 14-night Northern Europe cruises from this port on all three of their ships! If you’re looking for a luxury cruise from Dublin, you’re in luck. Regent Seven Seas and Silversea both have all-suite, all-inclusive cruises on a number of their intimate ships, ranging in length from 5- to 34-nights (providing you with plenty of flexibility in choosing a length that fits your needs). Mainstream cruise line Celebrity features a number of Europe cruises from Dublin onboard their feature-filled ships Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Summit. Alternatively, Oceania provides a nice cruising experience from Dublin onboard Nautica. If you’re looking for non-Europe itineraries from Dublin, your best bet is to book with Ponant (who offers Arctic itineraries from this port).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Dublin, along with a brief description:
♦ Guinness Storehouse
If you’re a fan of beer, then you simply cannot visit Dublin without stopping by the Guinness Storehouse! This seven-floor brewery and museum feature exhibits on the brewing process, the life of Arthur Guinness (the brewery’s founder), and even exhibits on the company’s marketing campaigns. On the top level, you will discover a bar where you can sip on a complimentary pint (included in your entrance fee), and enjoy incredible views. There is also another bar where you can order Irish cuisine that’s cooked with the beer. If you’re interested in learning more history, the Guinness Archive features records, photos, film, and artifacts that all document the brand’s history throughout Ireland.
♦ Dublin Castle
Another can’t-miss attraction in Dublin is none other than the Dublin Castle. Located in the historic city center, many of the buildings on this site date back to the 18th century. Having originally served as the residence of the British Monarch, the castle is currently used for government offices. During a tour of this magnificent castle, you can admire a diverse blend of architectural styles, which represent a historic timeline of the castle’s construction. Guided tours include access to the medieval undercroft, State Appointments, and Chapel Royal. You can also tour the Dublin Castle Gardens, which are just as stunning!
♦ Temple Bar
For a taste of arts and culture, Temple Bar is the place to go. This area of Dublin is located along River Liffey. You will discover a number of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, two city squares, live street music, and much more. No matter what time of day you visit, you’ll always find something exciting taking place.
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