Dublin

Dublin is sure to be a key highlight of your cruise vacation: a place, as James Joyce wrote, to be ‘written in your heart’.

MSC Cruise to Ireland – the ‘Fair City’ of Dublin

Everyone looks forward to coming ashore in Dublin, whether they’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, and for good reason. Ireland’s capital is located on the country’s east coast and boasts a hearty blend of history and cosmopolitan culture.

Your luxury MSC cruise liner will dock in Dublin Port and a short transfer transports you in minutes to the city centre.

The selection of sights and fantastic holiday activities available in Europe’s most popular city is unending. Our MSC Cruises’ excursion packages cover the full array of sights in this city while guaranteeing the best deals on favourite attractions. Just some these include a visit to ‘Georgian Dublin’, Trinity College (which houses the Book of Kells), St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle.

On foot, you will find Dublin to be compact and highly walk-able; many happy hours can be whiled away along the elegant streets, browsing boutiques or, if you’re a book lover, on a literary Dublin tour. Irish hospitality is legendary so don’t forget to stop for refreshments – we recommend the lively Temple Bar district for the best of this city’s vibrant café culture. Alternatively, leave your cruise ship and join us further afield; we organize outings to County Wicklow, ‘the ‘Garden of Ireland’, an area of scenic beauty with a rich array of historical sights and stunning shorelines.

Cruise to Dublin - Ireland - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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 DBL01 - DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  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  Enjoy the highlights of Dublin on this panoramic sightseeing tour, whose route will take you past the old Parliament House (now the Bank of Ireland), St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. Overlooking the River Liffey, the castle provides views of the Four Courts, a majestic structure dating back to 1785 and now the home of the Irish Law Courts, as well as Customs House, which was built between 1781-1791 and epitomises the great era of prosperity and elegance that Dublin experienced in the latter half of the 18th century. The tour continues over the River Liffey via O’Connell Bridge, takes in the splendour of O’Connell Street and then heads for Leinster House, the stately mansion now housing the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. Originally erected for the Duke of Leinster in 1745, the building oddly features two very different façades: the Kildare Street side resembles a large town house, whereas the rear, looking on to Merrion Square, is styled in the manner of a country mansion complete with sweeping lawns. 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. All the sites will be visited from outside.

Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 DBL02 - GLENDALOUGH AND THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  After a brief panoramic drive through Ireland’s charming capital of Dublin, you will then continue on to the serenity of the Irish countryside and the picturesque setting of Glendalough’s monastic ruins. The tour then heads south to the Wicklow Mountains where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the deep green glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is so famous. Continuing further into County Wicklow, which is justly dubbed the “Garden of Ireland”, you can enjoy breathtaking views of ever-changing scenery. When you reach the atmospheric monastic site of Glendalough, which is set amidst the peaceful countryside high in the hills overlooking two small lakes, an introductory video will inform you about its history. The place was also one of Ireland’s greatest pilgrimage centres up to the middle of the 19th century. After visiting Glendalough, you will return to Dublin through the Wicklow Hills, with more magnificent scenery to enjoy. 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. As this tour involves some walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 DBL03 - MALAHIDE CASTLE AND IRISH PUB (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  Cultural  Near the seaside town of Malahide stands a huge castle set in 250 acres of grounds. The castle’s core dates from the 12th century, but later additions, such as its rounded towers, have given it a classic fairytale appearance. Originally a fortress, the building served as a stately home for the Talbot family until 1973. Your visit will show you superb examples of Irish craftsmanship and period furniture: the candle lantern in the entrance hall, the winding stone stairway, the oak-beamed Great Hall and the carved panelling of the Oak Room. Part of the Portrait Collection, on loan from the National Gallery, can be seen at the castle. It includes portraits of the Talbot family as well as other figures such as Wolfe Tone. You will have time to browse in the small castle gift shop, where all items are of Irish origin, before continuing on to the town of Malahide. You will stop here at a typical Irish pub to enjoy an authentic Irish coffee – that wonderful combination of whiskey, double cream, strong black coffee and a heaped tablespoon of sugar. 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. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 DBL04 - THE GUINNESS STORY AND DUBLIN CITY (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink 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.  Cultural  As a drink, Guinness has become synonymous with Ireland and more particularly with Dublin. Set at the heart of Dublin, the St. James Gate Brewery first brewed the world’s creamiest, smoothest and most famous stout more than 230 years ago. Starting with an informative audio-visual presentation, your brewery visit then continues with a guided tour of the premises, including plenty of information on the history of Guinness. In the brewing section, you can see, hear and smell the ingredients as they make their way through a series of vast machines and fascinating processes on their way to becoming Guinness. After the tour, you can relax and enjoy panoramic views of Dublin at the circular bar whilst sampling some of the famous “black stuff”. Just a few hundred yards from where it is brewed, there really is no better place to savour the flavour at its best. You will also have time to browse in the shop where you will find an exciting and wide variety of Guinness-themed gifts. The tour concludes with a short panoramic drive through Dublin. 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. The guide will give explanation only outside the Brewery; guests will visit the site individually.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 DBL05 - THE BEST OF DUBLIN (full day, lunch not included) - 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  Enjoy the highlights of Dublin on this panoramic sightseeing tour, whose route will take you past the old Parliament House (now the Bank of Ireland), St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. The cathedral was founded next to a sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptised converts around A.D. 450. Built on the site of a 13th-century Anglo-Norman fortress, Dublin Castle was seen as a symbol of English rule for no less than seven centuries. Overlooking the River Liffey, the castle provides views of the Four Courts, a majestic structure dating back to 1785 and now the home of the Irish Law Courts, as well as Customs House, which was built between 1781-1791 and epitomises the great era of prosperity and elegance that Dublin experienced in the latter half of the 18th century. The tour continues over the River Liffey via O’Connell Bridge, takes in the splendour of O’Connell Street’s fine old buildings and then heads for Leinster House, the stately mansion now housing the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. Originally erected for the Duke of Leinster in 1745, the building oddly features two very different façades: the Kildare Street side resembles a large town house, whereas the rear, looking on to Merrion Square, is styled in the manner of a country mansion complete with sweeping lawns. After some free time for lunch or some shopping, you will embark on your riverboat trip down Dublin’s famous river. Your boat guide will provide insight into the history of Dublin and of the River Liffey as well as tell you the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Custom House. 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. All the sites will be visited from outside.

Price per person $105.00 Adults $74.00 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.