Belfast

Give yourself a taste of the high life on a stylish cruise through Northern Europe with MSC Cruises to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s beautiful capital city.

Travel to the birthplace of the Titanic on a luxury cruise with MSC Cruises to the beautiful city of Belfast in the UK.

Give yourself a taste of the high life on a stylish cruise through Northern Europe with MSC Cruises to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s beautiful capital city.

Rich in culture and history both in its own right and as part of the UK, Belfast is set amid gently undulating countryside and stands proud at the mouth of the River Lagan on the shores of lovely Lough Belfast, which also provides access to the Irish Sea. The fact that the city grew on the site of a pre-historic settlement is amply illustrated by the nearby Giant’s Ring henge as well as the remains of various Iron Age forts.

As a real jewel-box of interesting sights to see as well as distinctive Victorian and Edwardian architecture, Belfast offers visitors plenty to do. Pubs and clubs, bars and restaurants, cafés and shops all vie for attention in this vibrant place.

Among the city’s must-sees are the arresting, house-sized murals in the Falls Road and Shankhill areas, which provide a chilling yet fascinating reminder of Northern Ireland’s former so-called “Troubles”, as well as the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, best known perhaps at the birthplace of the world’s most unfortunate ship: the RMS Titanic.

Also check out the city centre with Donegall Square and City Hall, then find a cosy pub and simply soak up Irish hospitality in the company of a good pint of Ireland’s famous black brew.

So why not shower yourself in luxury and book a fabulous cruise vacation to Northern Europe and the UK with MSC Cruises? And to make a perfect deal even better, our many exciting Shore Excursions will deliver wonderful holiday memories by the score.

Cruise to Belfast - UK - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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 BEL01 - BELFAST CITY TOUR (3 hours, 15 minutes) - 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.  Focusing on the social history of Belfast, this fascinating panoramic tour lets you get a real feel for how the city boomed during the industrial revolution and became a major shipbuilding centre. The best known product of this era is undoubtedly the unfortunate Titanic and the tour includes a stop at the place the ship was built. But the tour also gives you an idea of how the so-called “Troubles” affected the city for 30 years prior to the ceasefire in 1994. The impressive murals you will visit at Falls Road and Shankhill Road form a starkly fascinating reminder of this dark period of political strife. You will also pass the former security gates that once served to keep warring communities apart before continuing on to the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which rose to dubious fame as the place where the Titanic was constructed. During the last part of this panoramic tour, you will also pass several churches, various important buildings dating back to the industrial revolution and the parliament building in Stormont, the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. Replete with fresh memories, you will then be returned to the pier and your ship at the end of the tour. 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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 BEL02 - CITY DRIVE & TITANIC EXPERIENCE (3 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.  After boarding your coach at the quayside, you will first be taken on a drive around the city centre, focusing on city hall and the Titanic Memorial that stands in its grounds, before heading for the totally immersive “Titanic Belfast Experience”. This brand new, dramatic, innovative and exciting exhibition fills a total of nine viewing galleries and serves to give a blow-by-blow account of how the story of the Titanic really happened. From the moment the grand idea of the ship was conceived in the early 1900s, through her construction, launch and ultimate untimely end, right up to the discovery of the wreck and attempts at salvage, the “TBE” creates a sense of encounter with the past and breathes new life into the story of the iconic ship. The multi-faceted exhibition draws on a whole host of unusual ways to illustrate and explore the Titanic theme in new and insightful ways. This informative and entertaining tour ends with your return to 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 $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 BEL03 - GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (7 hours, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Give yourself a chance to see one of the most incredible phenomena of the natural world: the so-called Giant’s Causeway situated along the craggy northern coastline of County Antrim. After boarding a modern coach at the quayside, your journey first takes you through the lovely Antrim countryside before reaching your spectacular destination. On the way, a photo stop will be made at Carrick-a-rede, where a death-defying rope bridge serves to link a small salmon fishery situated on a tiny stone stack out at sea with the mainland – and all that at a height of some 80 feet above the sea. The last few miles up to the Causeway will give you just enough time to get your camera ready to capture what certainly numbers among the world’s natural wonders. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, the area encompasses around 40,000 mainly hexagonal interlocking basalt columns – the result of violent volcanic activity many millions of years ago – on an outcrop of land in the Atlantic Ocean. In geological terms, the Giant’s Causeway is the counterpart to Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited Scottish island of Staffa, which also consists of tightly packed hexagonal basalt columns of volcanic origin. From the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre, a short walk or bus ride will then take you down to the causeway itself, with time to explore the area. The tour ends with your scenic return drive to Belfast 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. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $111.00 Adults $78.00 Children

   


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 BEL04 - ARDS PENINSULA & MOUNT STEWART HOUSE (4,5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Situated a leisurely drive to the south from the port of Belfast, the Ards Peninsula in County Down is one of the most beautiful areas of Northern Ireland, with the Irish Sea to the east and Strangford Lough to the west. The route out through the city’s southern suburbs will first take you past Stormont, the grand seat of the devolved government and legislative of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and then the mid-19th-century Scrabo Tower, which makes a dramatic statement in the countryside surrounding the town of Newtownards. As you travel along the shores of Strangford Lough, you can enjoy more superb views en route to Mount Stewart House, a place that is truly steeped in history and the former home of a fascinating circle of political leaders. After viewing the wonderful house, complete with its fine furnishings and celebrated paintings, there will also be time to explore the magnificent gardens, which were originally planted in the 1920s and in which many rare plants continue to thrive in the mild climate of the Ards Peninsula. On the leisurely return journey to the port of Belfast via the pretty towns of Ballywater and Donaghadee, a photo stop will be made at the impressive ruins of a former Cistercian monastery, the 12th-century Grey Abbey. 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 using a wheelchair.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 BEL05 - THE QUEEN OF THE GLENS IN COUNTY ANTRIM ( approx. 4,5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  After boarding a coach at the pier, you will first head north of Belfast along the lovely coastline of Northern Ireland’s County Antrim. As you make your way to the Glenariff Forest Park – located in the beautiful “Queen of the Glens” – the winding road dips and turns, affording arresting views of the Irish Sea, the upper moorland and then of small villages at sea level. After rounding Garron Point, the route takes you inland to the Forest Park itself, which is mainly given over to woodland, but also includes several small lakes, recreation areas and open spaces. Thanks to the lovely Rivers Inver and Glenariff that run through the park, you can also expect to see tumbling waterfalls, tranquil pools and white-water rapids gushing through rocky gorges. A chance to enjoy further splendid views of the Glen then follows as you have tea or coffee with scones, cream and jam at the Glenariff Tea House, after which a route through rolling countryside via Ballymena will return you to the 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. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 BEL06 - THE TIME-WARP TOUR: RETURN TO VICTORIAN NORTHERN IRELAND (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Even though time machines have yet to be invented, this tour will still take you back in time to Northern Ireland’s Victorian era when you visit the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, which is situated just a short coach ride from the ship in Belfast. Set in generous parklands, the outdoor portion of the museum complex showcases numerous 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that were lifted from their original rural surroundings and rebuilt at the museum as a living illustration of a bygone age. As you make your way around the old cottages, farms, shops and schools, you can stop to watch costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts such as weaving, basket making, baking and printing. Add to the nostalgic vibe even further by buying some old-fashioned sweets at the Victorian corner shop or by checking out the museum’s farm animals before you re-board your coach for the return trip to Belfast. 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 $56.00 Adults $39.00 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.