Dublin

The Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Grafton Street’s shops
The elegant Parnell Square

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Dublin

Green, lively and fashionable

Set on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin is a splendidly monumental city with a cosmopolitan feel and an internationally renowned nightlife.
A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can be the opportunity to discover Dublin’s elegance and essentially Georgian architecture, hailing from when the Anglo-Irish gentry invested their income in new townhouses.

Dublin’s fashionable Southside is home to the city’s trendy bars, restaurants and shops – especially in the cobbled alleys of Temple Bar leading down to the River Liffey – and most of its historic monuments, centred on Trinity College, Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. But the Northside, with its long-standing working-class neighbourhoods and inner-city communities, is the real heart of the city.

Across the bridges from Temple Bar are the shopping districts around O’Connell Street, where you’ll find a flavour of the old Dublin. Here, you’ll also come across a fair amount of graceful residential streets and squares, with plenty of interest in the museums and cultural hotspots around the elegant Parnell Square.

The Vikings sited their assembly and burial ground near what is now College Green, a three-sided square where Trinity College is the most famous landmark. Founded in 1592, Trinity College played a major role in the development of a Protestant Anglo-Irish tradition: right up to 1966, Catholics had to obtain a special dispensation to study here, though now they make up the majority of the students.

The stern grey and mellow red-brick buildings are ranged around cobbled quadrangles in a larger version of the quads at Oxford and Cambridge. The Old Library owns numerous Irish manuscripts; pride of place goes to the illustrated ninth-century Book of Kells, which contains the four Gospels written in Latin on vellum, the script adorned with patterns and fantastic animals intertwined with the text’s capital letters.

Must see places in Dublin

  • Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle

  • A pint of Guinness

    A pint of Guinness

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    St. Patrick's Cathedral

Discover our excursions

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  • Dublin by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    DBLBKT

    Leaving the terminal, you’ll cycle along the River Liffey through Dublin’s shopping streets, with views of Trinity College, Dublin Castle, parliament building, Custom House and the Spire of Dublin to savour as you go. Next up is St. Stephen’s Green to reach the Guinness Storehouse, followed by a ride through Dublin’s largest green area: Phoenix Park. During the break in the lively Temple Bar quarter you have time to relax in one of many pubs. Along the river Liffey you cycle back to the ship.A paying adult must accompany guests under 18 years of age. Guests must be 16 years or older to participate. An adult must sign a waiver form for all guests under the age of 18.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

    CITY TOUR

    DBL01

    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 tour also provides views of t
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • MALAHIDE CASTLE AND IRISH PUB

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      DBL03

      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 bu
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$55.00Price per person

    • THE BEST OF DUBLIN

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      DBL05

      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
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        7 h

      • Adults$102.00Price per person

      • Children$75.00Price per person

    • GLENDALOUGH AND THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      DBL02

      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
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights,
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner 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.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • Adults$709.00Price per person

        • Children$709.00Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06CH

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights,
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner 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.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • AdultsNot available

        • Children$639.00Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06SIN

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights,
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner 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.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • Adults$829.00Price per person

        • ChildrenNot available

      • THE GUINNESS STORY AND DUBLIN CITY

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL04

        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 250 years ago. Including an inf
        • Drink included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Ireland

      Where the land is greener
      Where the land is greener

      A cruise to Ireland will fulfill all your romantic preconceptions. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this small island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland.


      In the east, the crumpled granite of the Wicklow Hills sits in utter contrast to the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh just a few kilometres away, and in Connemara on the west coast, you can walk from beach to mountain to fen, from seaweed-strewn inlet to lily-covered lough, in a matter of hours.

      Dublin
      is the Republic’s main entry-point, a confident capital whose raw, modern energy is complemented by rich cultural traditions, and which boasts outstanding medieval monuments and the richly varied exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

      South of the city, the desolate Wicklow Mountains offer a breathtaking contrast to city life. On Ireland’s southern coast, Cork’s shoreline is punctuated by secluded estuaries, rolling headlands and historic harbours, while Cork city itself is the region’s hub, with a vibrant cultural scene.
      Stunning early Christian monuments abound, too, including the Rock of Cashel and atmospheric sites at Clonmacnoise, Glendalough and Monasterboice.

       
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