Cruises to Cork, Ireland

Step ashore and experience an authentic taste of Ireland, and enter a ‘county of contrasts’! With a large deep-water cruise terminal in the Port of Cork, your luxury MSC cruise ship can dock easily, affording travelers a quick passage into the city centre. Find the perfect Cruise to Cork with MSC Cruises.

Cork: Experience the ‘County of Contrasts’

Situated on Ireland’s south-west coast, Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and County Cork the largest county in Ireland. This scenic corner of the Emerald Isle is characterized by a coastline of rocky headlands, secret coves and sweeping bays, with green pastures and many monuments inland.
 
This is Ireland’s true heartland and many travelers can trace their history back here, with huge numbers of emigrants leaving during the 19th century to seek their fortunes elsewhere.

County Cork has many attractions, including Ireland’s ‘culinary capital’, located in the pretty sailing town of Kinsale, home to a great number of gastronomic restaurants and which is also the oldest town in Ireland. Step ashore and experience an authentic taste of Ireland, and enter a ‘county of contrasts’. With a large deep-water cruise terminal in the Port of Cork, your luxury MSC cruise ship can dock easily, affording travelers a quick passage into the city centre.

Leave your MSC cruise ship for the day and maximize your holiday time by joining one of our MSC shore excursion packages. Designed to offer something for everyone, choose from city sights to trips further afield, or the best deals on local attractions.

The Heritage Centre at the seaside town of Cobh (pronounced ‘cove’) is always a popular choice as it charts the history of Irish emigrants, including Annie Moore, the first emigrant to be officially processed in the United States. No visit to Cork is complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone; bend backwards and you’ll be endowed with the ‘gift of the gab’… perfect for recounting your vacation memories once back home!
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 ORK01 - INTRODUCTION TO CORK & BLARNEY CASTLE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Leave the port for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. The busy city is just as much an industrial centre as it is a major shopping destination. The principal streets are lined with fashion houses and department stores stocking top-quality Irish goods. After taking you to see the city’s principal sights including the University, the Opera House and St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, the tour continues with a visit to the lovely village of Blarney and Blarney Castle for a step back in time. Those who wish to be blessed with the “gift of the gab” should not miss this great opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone, which is just one of the castle’s attractions. Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking at Blarney Castle. Please also be aware that the steps leading to the Blarney Stone are narrow and steep. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 ORK02 - WATERFORD (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  Founded in A.D. 914 by the Vikings and later extended by the Anglo-Normans, Waterford is set in a commanding position near the estuary of the River Suir. It became southeast Ireland's main seaport and from the 18th century onwards the city's prosperity was consolidated by local industries, including the former glassworks for which Waterford is famous. This panoramic city tour starts with a visit to the extensive remains of the ancient walls, which clearly define the area originally fortified by the Viking, as well as Reginald's Tower, a visible reminder of Viking power that is said to date back to the 10th century. Your will have time to explore the old pedestrian quarters on your own, after which the tour will continue on to the famous Waterford Crystal visitors’ centre, which is located out of town. A guided factory tour will take you through every stage of the production process during which heat is used to transform ordinary sand, lead and potash into glittering lead crystal. After stopping for lunch, the tour continues on to Lismore, which was founded by St. Carthage in the 7th century and today is classed as a heritage town by the Irish Tourist Board. Before returning to the ship, a photo stop will be made at Lismore Castle, which was once home to Sir Walter Raleigh and today is the Irish residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $94.00 Adults $66.00 Children

   


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 ORK03 - CORK & THE ENGLISH MARKET (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  This panoramic sightseeing tour will take you to Cork, which is situated on the River Lee and is Ireland's second-largest city. Fondly regarded as the “real capital of Ireland” by the locals, Cork has become the modern-day shopping and commercial centre of the south. The tour includes photo stops at St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, the old Courthouse, the City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon in the clock tower of St. Anne’s Church. Continuing on foot to the very heart of the city, you will then reach the beautiful indoor English Market, which dates back to 1788 and is famed for its fabulous selection of traditional Cork specialities as well as fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Don’t miss this opportunity to soak up the historic feel of the market and indulge in a truly unique shopping experience. The tour concludes with some free time to spend in town before you return to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 ORK04 - TIPPERARY COUNTY & THE ROCK OF CASHEL (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  After leaving Cork, the tour takes you north through the towns of Fermoy and Mallow before entering the wonderful county of Tipperary, the largest inland county in Ireland. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery and rich pasturelands, Tipperary boats the best of Irish dairy products. The next stop on the tour is the Rock of Cashel, an impressive pre-Christian settlement which is visible on the skyline long before you reach the town itself. The town of Cashel has long been a place of great significance and was the royal seat of the kings of Munster in the 5th century A.D.. After a stop for lunch, the afternoon will be spent visiting Cahir Castle, which is located on the River Suir and dates back to the 15th century. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the superbly preserved castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. The tour concludes with your return to port and the ship. Please note: as this tour involves a lot of walking on uneven cobblestones, it is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $124.00 Adults $87.00 Children

   


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 ORK05 - OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Your visit to the Old Jameson/Old Midleton Distillery begins with an audio visual presentation on the history and making of Irish whiskey followed by a guided tour of the distillery itself which will show you the various historical buildings that comprise the Heritage Centre. Many of the artefacts of Old Midleton remain, along with wonderful displays, photographs and superbly restored machinery and dramatic recreations. During your visit at the Old Midleton Distillery you will have time to browse in the gift shop and, if so inclined, purchase a bottle of Irish whiskey to take home. Before returning to the ship you will have some little free time to explore Cork. Your tour concludes with your return to port and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 ORK06 - THE TOWN OF KINSALE & CHARLES FORT (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  On leaving Cork, you will first travel through the River Lee Tunnel on your way to Kinsale in the south of County Cork. Kinsale is a place where the quality of the environment itself is a very strong attraction, winning the European prize for Tourism and then Environment. This pretty little town nestles snugly between the hills and the valley and is believed to have been founded by the Anglo-Normans in around A.D. 1177. It was a magnificent naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries. You will have time to explore Kinsale on foot, browse in the shops and soak up the local atmosphere. The tour then continues on to Charles Fort, a classic example of a star-shaped keep that was constructed in the early 1680s in honour of King Charles II. After visiting the fort, you will return to the port. Please note: as this tour involves some walking on uneven ground, it is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 ORK07 - SOUTHERN IRELAND AND LISMORE GARDENS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  The road to Lismore twists and turns across County Cork, passing through rural areas, villages and small towns where time seems to have stood still. The route will also take you through the Blackwater Valley, one of the prettiest parts of Ireland with bucolic scenes of neat patchwork fields and hedgerows. The massive square towers and battlements of Lismore Castle and the cathedral steeple that rise above the surrounding woodland announce the approach of the market town of Lismore. The castle that stands today was rebuilt in the 19thcentury by the 6th Duke of Devonshire and is still occupied by his descendants today. You will have an opportunity to visit the castle’s extensive and historical gardens, which are set within the 17th-century outer defensive walls and afford spectacular views of the castle itself. The gardens are believed to be the oldest in Ireland and retain much of their original Jacobean form. After the visit you will return to the port. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.