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Cruises to Belfast

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Belfast (Photo:Mcimage/Shutterstock)

About Belfast

There was a time when the name Belfast raised an immediate red flag to visitors, but these days, the town's highly publicized political unrest has greatly subsided. Curiosity-seekers can still find elaborate murals and other relics from turbulent times lingering in certain neighborhoods, but for the most part, Belfast is now safer than many other European capitals, and its new image is one of both progress and hospitality.

If you've been to Dublin, the differences between that city and Belfast may seem striking. Belfast, of course, is part of Northern Ireland, which itself is part of the United Kingdom; the Republic of Ireland is part of... just the Republic of Ireland.

So British influence seems to have coated Belfast with a more polished veneer and a Victorian elegance that's evident in the town's shops, restaurants and even its pubs. The omnipresent Irish charm still exists, but Belfast also projects a cosmopolitan flair that's rarely seen elsewhere on the Emerald Isle. The glittering row of boutiques lining the Golden Mile, Belfast's premier shopping district, is more reminiscent of Paris or Milan, while a new wave of trendy restaurants now offers visitors haute cuisine in addition to local favorites. The city has come a long way since the days of security checkpoints and armored patrols, and Belfast now appears poised to shed its unfortunate past and take its place among Europe's new hot spots.

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

10 Night
Europe - British Isles

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Regal Princess
Regal Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

12 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

1,723 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Regal Princess
Regal Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

12 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

1,723 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn

10 Night
Europe - British Isles

2,912 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
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Repo - Transatlantic

2,351 Reviews
Leaving:New York
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Europe - Other

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12 Night
British Isles Cruise

115 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Sep 2, 2023
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Europe - British Isles

2,912 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
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May 24, 2023
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Europe - British Isles

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Europe - British Isles

2,912 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
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May 14, 2023
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Ireland Intensive Voyage

798 Reviews
Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 29, 2023
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Repo - Transatlantic

3,111 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 29, 2024
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Europe - Western Cruise

1,723 Reviews
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10 Night
Europe - British Isles

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 21, 2023
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Voyage Of The Vikings

1,011 Reviews
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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More about Belfast

Why go to Belfast?

Pros:

Belfast has a cosmopolitan flair that most other places in Ireland lack

Cons:

The city's unsavory past has given it a stigma that it's still overcoming

Bottom Line:

Victorian elegance mixes with Irish charm in this city

Belfast Cruise Port Facilities?

Unfortunately, the amenities at the port itself are scarce, and there's very little of interest within walking distance. Visitors are better off taking one of the free shuttles that run between the harbor and the city center every 15 minutes.

Good to Know?

As you would in any city, keep unnecessary valuables onboard in your cabin's safe.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Belfast is one of those small, intimate cities that caters to pedestrians, so walking here is a pleasure. Many attractions are within a short stroll of each other and there are plenty of pubs for those who need to stop along the way and refortify themselves.

By Bus:> Belfast's Metro bus system is quick, easy and fairly inexpensive. You can purchase one-way trips or all-day passes.

By Taxi: Cabs in Belfast are plentiful but expensive. Look for the classic black London-style taxis, and avoid the non-official varieties that may not have a meter and can sometimes charge outrageous fares.

By Rental Car: Avis, Budget and a host of other rental car companies have offices in Belfast. Trying to drive and park in the downtown area can be quite a chore, though, so it's better to rent a car only if you're planning to explore the surrounding countryside.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Belfast, like the rest of Northern Ireland, uses the British pound. Many large stores will accept euros as well, although a service charge may apply.

Most banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a few are open on Saturday mornings. ATM machines are commonplace, and you'll find one on practically every corner. Currency exchange booths are plentiful, too. You'll find one located inside the Belfast Welcome Centre on Donegall Place.

For up-to-the-minute conversion rates, be sure to check www.xe.com.

Language?

The language spoken is English. Unlike in the Republic of Ireland, you'll rarely find Gaelic signage in the north.

Where You're Docked?

You'll dock at the Port of Belfast, roughly two miles northeast of the city center.


Belfast Cruise Reviews
We loved Belfast. We arranged a Black Cab Political Tour which was very interesting and educational. After the tour we visited The Titanic Museum which we thoroughly enjoyed.Read More
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dixcol
Titanic museum a must visit if your in Belfast besides a city tour to learn the history Read More
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Larrytheg
The shore excursion my party chose didn't include a tour of Belfast, but we did get a quick run through many of the murals throughout the city. The driver/guide also added a lot of historical information on the city Read More
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JT77
We took the all-day Giant Causeway excursion organized by Viator. It was very well planned, and the scenery is spectacular! Highly recommended, though as a result, we did not see much of Belfast itself.Read More
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