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Old 06-21-2008, 10:55 PM
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I am interested in booking a cruise to Ireland. Does anyone have any suggestions? Which cruiseline? I want to see and do as much as possible. I am thinking of going 2010.
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You are looking at a longer cruise. Princess has a 12day British Isles cruise that stops in Dublin,Cork, and Belfast. Ireland is a beautiful country with much to see. You will only get a small taste of the country on a cruise. This is one destination I feel a land package is better.
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I agree with Cruise Fanatic. We've booked a 14-night British Isles cruise on HAL's Prinsendam for July 2009. Just three ports of call are in Ireland -- Belfast, Dublin, and Waterford. So, it is a taste, and a small one at that.

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I am looking at a land tour/cruise package to Ireland and cannot find any cruise lines but Princess that offers this (well I checked Celebrity and Holland America). Has anyone gone on the land tour/cruise with Princess to Ireland and was it good?

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I don't know what kind of cruise/tour you're looking for, but I have friends who did a tour that included a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton on Queen Mary 2, and then a week's tour in Ireland. That tour appealed to a more senior traveler.

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Are you referring to the 17 day Cruisetour? I have not done the cruisetour with Princesss. I have traveled to Ireland three times though. I can assure you the area of Ireland covered on the cruisetour is absolutely beautiful. I don't know an area of Ireland that isn't beautiful. The Ring of Kerry is one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland. It is a 110 mile route on a two lane twisty, curvy, road overlooking beautiful cliffs, vistas, and valleys. The Blarney Castle is another beautiful area, and Blarney Mills is nearby for great shopping. Don't expect much with the Blarney Stone itself. But it's fun bending backwards to kiss it to say you did it! The Castle sits back, down a woodsy trail along a river. Also great picture from the top. Shannon is a nice area and Dromoland Castle and Adare Castle are nearby. The quaint town of Adare is one of the best kept secrets as it has wonderful thatched cottages with gift shops, and tea and coffee shops. It has beautiful hanging baskets and flowers all over.

I can't imagine this not being a absolutely wonder cruisetour. Now I want to go back to Ireland!
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Hey guys. Thanks for all your help. I have some great news. My boyfriend called me last night and said he had a surprise. After begging him to let me know what it was he told me that he is planning a land trip to Ireland! We will be going some time next year. When is the best time to go?
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Cruise Fanatic,

Thank you for the information. I love cruising so I wanted to take my husband on the trip he has always wanted - to Ireland and combine some cruising with it. This year we are doing a land/cruise to Alaska, next year my parents are taking the entire family (24) on a weeks vacation of the Caribbean and the following year is left blank. I like to start planning and saving long before the time we leave.

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I would think the summer months would be the best.
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Yes, Summer months are the warmest. Off season in the Fall isn't bad though. Oct/Nov can be mid-high 50's. Cool, but still pleasant. Rain is always hit or miss in Ireland.

Here's a bit of Ireland trivia. Did you know Ireland holds National Surfing competitions?

Did you know Ireland had Palm trees?
 
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