What a Fantastic Trip!! Our trip began in Tallahassee, Florida on May 29th as we drove to Atlanta for our Delta flight to Dublin. On this trip we used ChoiceAir through Celebrity Cruises to acquire our flights. We found several advantages in using ChoiceAir: excellent prices; ability to choose the flights; and, additional cost protection if you experience flight delays. We just told the ChoiceAir agent the Delta flights we wanted and once the purchase process was complete, we just went to the Delta site and selected our seats and provided additional personal information. We will definitely use ChoiceAir in the future.
We chose to park at the Atlanta Airport and used the shuttle to transfer (5 minutes) from the International Park and Ride Garage to the International Terminal. We departed Atlanta at 9:40 p.m. and arrived in Dublin at 10:45 a.m. the following morning. Clearing immigration In Ireland took 30 minutes as there was a queue of approximately 300 people, but the line moved quickly. Expect questions about the purpose of your trip and what you will be doing in Ireland.
Pre-cruise: Four Days in Dublin
After two sea days, we arrived in Cobh/Cork on Wednesday, June 12th (58 degrees and occasional showers) around 10:00 a.m. The Cobh port is a 25 minute train ride from Cork (6.05 euros); the train station is adjacent to the pier. Cobh is a quaint little town that is basically built on a hillside. There is a Heritage Center on the pier which contains shops, coffee shops, and bathrooms. Downtown Cobh is a 10 minute walk from the pier and is home to several very good fish and chip restaurants.
We took the 4-hour Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills ship excursion. The excursion included a tour of the Blarney Castle and a stop at the 18th Century Woolen Mills where you can shop for the famous high-quality woolen goods of Ireland. On the tour we had two hours to explore the Castle and the Woolen Mills; unfortunately, the line to get into the castle/kiss the Blarney Stone was over a 90 minute wait. My advice is to avoid this castle, unless you have unlimited time to stand in line. We enjoyed a brief walk around the Castle grounds and a visit to the Woolen Mills.