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Sail Date: May 2008
In Dublin's fair city, where the maids are so pretty .... This is the trip highlight for many cruisers. You dock in Dublin Port, along with the car ferries to Wales. You really do need the shuttle into town, its just too far to walk. ... Read More
In Dublin's fair city, where the maids are so pretty .... This is the trip highlight for many cruisers. You dock in Dublin Port, along with the car ferries to Wales. You really do need the shuttle into town, its just too far to walk. Once you're in the city though, just explore on your own. Dublin is quite compact. Trinity College is central, where you can see the ancient illuminated manuscript, "the book of kells". Nasau Street is next to it, with the classy Irish gift shops and you're just a short walk from Grafton Street (Dublin's main retail drag) This is where Molly Malone wheeled her wheelbarrow (see her statue). Less than half a mile in the other direction is the financial and theatre quarter around Temple Bar, with more Irish Pubs than you can throw a leprachaun at. Or you can cross the River Liffey at O Connell bridge and wander up the grand boulevard of O Connell Street to Clerys department store. You get a day in Dublin, but you need a week. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Has another wonderful experience with Over The Top Tours...Olwyn Mannix is the owner and the tour was just beautiful. We went with our own group and that was so much better than going with the cruise ship. Smaller buses could traverse the ... Read More
Has another wonderful experience with Over The Top Tours...Olwyn Mannix is the owner and the tour was just beautiful. We went with our own group and that was so much better than going with the cruise ship. Smaller buses could traverse the smaller roads and go places you cannot go with a big buss... She met us a the port with Irish chocolate! Wow! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Nice city and a lot to buy, see and do. We did lunch at Bewley's, the traditional tea room and loved it (come hungry and with leg muscles-the lift is slow and steps can b long, but it's worth it!) They had some wonderful street ... Read More
Nice city and a lot to buy, see and do. We did lunch at Bewley's, the traditional tea room and loved it (come hungry and with leg muscles-the lift is slow and steps can b long, but it's worth it!) They had some wonderful street musicians and more here, too. We even bought a CD from one group which plays the street as a promo-and last year did Carnegie Hall! By the way, the ship line charged $5 each way to get from the dock to town on their bus. Better than Glasgow, but a rip when it's impossible to walk thru the very busy and big port area. They need to INCLUDE these type short transfers in the price. They did the same thing in LeHavre. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
A nice place to visit with plenty to see and the open top bus tours were enjoyable. 
A nice place to visit with plenty to see and the open top bus tours were enjoyable.  Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
The city of Dublin sends you shuttle busses to take you in to city center. Don't miss the Chester Beatty Library, next to Dublin Castle. The collections of artifacts and texts, scrolls, and letters from every religion on the planet is ... Read More
The city of Dublin sends you shuttle busses to take you in to city center. Don't miss the Chester Beatty Library, next to Dublin Castle. The collections of artifacts and texts, scrolls, and letters from every religion on the planet is absolutely amazing, and free of charge. We took a number 42 bus north to Malahide and toured the castle and gardens. Do take advantage of public transportation which is safe, inexpensive, reliable, and easy to navigate. We met some local people doing this, and had a very pleasant day. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
In Dublin I took two ship's tours.  I didn't want to miss anything!  In the morning I went to Wicklow to see Powerscourt Hall.  Wicklow is a truly beautiful part of Ireland with mountains, valleys, farms, sheep etc.  ... Read More
In Dublin I took two ship's tours.  I didn't want to miss anything!  In the morning I went to Wicklow to see Powerscourt Hall.  Wicklow is a truly beautiful part of Ireland with mountains, valleys, farms, sheep etc.  Powerscourt is basically a trip to see the garden as the building was gutted by fire in the 1970's.  The gardens are amazing.  There is a huge Italian garden with water fountains and statues.  There are also walled gardens and large fields and tree covered areas.In the afternoon I went to Malahide Castle.  This was close to Dublin.  The castle is very old and the rooms are beautifully decorated in period styles.  There was a recorded narration there, which I did not like.  It meant we could not move through the rooms at the speed the group wanted, we had to stick to the narration.  Also, there was no one to ask questions of any item in the room that was not covered by the recording.  We did not have time to visit the garden, which is also an extra cost. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2009
Also visited Cork and Guernsey, which aren't listed above. Wonderful city. Lots to see and not too far from the port.
Also visited Cork and Guernsey, which aren't listed above. Wonderful city. Lots to see and not too far from the port. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
A free shuttle bus and we went for the hop on hop off tour bus (15 euros), but there were other options. A trip to Mulahide Castle and a coastal trip was available for 25 euros and we'd have probably tried that if we'd known ... Read More
A free shuttle bus and we went for the hop on hop off tour bus (15 euros), but there were other options. A trip to Mulahide Castle and a coastal trip was available for 25 euros and we'd have probably tried that if we'd known about it beforehand. The tour bus is almost one and a half hours round trip so you need to bear in mind what stop you are on and how far back to base you are. You can visit the guiness factory, Trinity college, everything from the bus. We opted for the Jameson distillery then crossed the bridge for the cathedral (never got there, the hill was too steep) so had to go back over the bridge to get on where we got off else it would have been another hour on the bus going round again.Plenty of places to eat and drink, our paninis at the Brazen Head Inn were only 6 euros each and came with salad, there were two huge paninis on the plate and I struggled to eat them. Lovely though.Didn't see tourist Info, the best bet is to look it all up on the internet beforehand and plan your day Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2009
Very easy to get around the city, very friendly people, and lots of good tourist sites.
Very easy to get around the city, very friendly people, and lots of good tourist sites. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Princess arranged for shuttle buses to take passengers into Dublin. The cost was 20 Euros per couple for the return journey ( I remember when these journeys were complimentary!!) The open top hop on hop off bus trips round the city ... Read More
Princess arranged for shuttle buses to take passengers into Dublin. The cost was 20 Euros per couple for the return journey ( I remember when these journeys were complimentary!!) The open top hop on hop off bus trips round the city are an excellent way to 'get your bearings'. We got a little damp on this one but not too bad. Lots to see and many said the tour of the Guinness brewery was worth doing- not least because of the sample at the end! Our problems started upon trying to leave Dublin - 2 tugs and the ships engines could not get us out of the dock due to the high winds from the tail end of hurricane Billy. Instead of leaving at 6p.m. the captain said we would try again at 2.30 a.m. but it may be we would still not be able to get away. We Did. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
The hop on and off bus tour is the thing to do in any city. You have time to explore at your leisure and take your time with your own interests. The Guinness factory is a must see! If you check the Internet or coupon books around town, you ... Read More
The hop on and off bus tour is the thing to do in any city. You have time to explore at your leisure and take your time with your own interests. The Guinness factory is a must see! If you check the Internet or coupon books around town, you liable to get discounts. The view from the 8th floor is spectacular!!   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We took the ship's shuttle ($10 pp) and were let off adjacent to the National Library. It was within walking distance of many of Dublin's best-known sights. Our first stop was Trinity College and the Book of Kells. We had missed ... Read More
We took the ship's shuttle ($10 pp) and were let off adjacent to the National Library. It was within walking distance of many of Dublin's best-known sights. Our first stop was Trinity College and the Book of Kells. We had missed this the last time we visited Ireland in the 90's. Speaking of which, we were very much looking forward to an Irish coffee on this brisk day but they were charging 8 Euros per cup in the Temple Bar district. Thanks, but no thanks. Great to be back on the auld sod where everyone looked like my relatives. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Before Dublin, we stopped at Cork, Ireland. This is the home of the Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. We chose not to go to Blarney Castle although are travel companions did and enjoyed it. We did a scienic drive and went to Blarney ... Read More
Before Dublin, we stopped at Cork, Ireland. This is the home of the Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. We chose not to go to Blarney Castle although are travel companions did and enjoyed it. We did a scienic drive and went to Blarney Village, which is within walking distance of the castle and could have gone to the castle. We enjoyed the day but we did have poor weather, rain & cool. The next day in Dublin the weather was very nice and we a walking tour and a visit to a pub. The tour included Trinity College, founded in 1592, Merrion Square which is Dublin's largest Georgian Square. The walk of about two hours concluded at a pub where we a a pint of Guinness. Our traveling companions went on a tour of Guinness and were very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Beautiful city...friendly people...good shopping. We had been there before and liked it as much time time.
Beautiful city...friendly people...good shopping. We had been there before and liked it as much time time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We did Dublin on our own with a taxi ride straight to the Guinness Factory (very interesting, even for a non-beer drinker), then we walked and walked the city with stops at various points of interest, including Trinity College / the Book ... Read More
We did Dublin on our own with a taxi ride straight to the Guinness Factory (very interesting, even for a non-beer drinker), then we walked and walked the city with stops at various points of interest, including Trinity College / the Book of Kells (do take a tour with one of the students, ours was entertaining and informative) and save some time to experience Dublin pub-style. We took a taxi ride back to the ship for even less...we always asked the price before getting into the cab. (The taxi was less expensive for the 4 of us than it would have been to take the shuttle and we got picked up and dropped off where we wanted.) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
LOVED Dublin. We took the Princess Shuttle into town. They drop you off near Trinity College. From there, we went to the Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Ireland. Both were free and very good. Next, we walked to ... Read More
LOVED Dublin. We took the Princess Shuttle into town. They drop you off near Trinity College. From there, we went to the Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Ireland. Both were free and very good. Next, we walked to Grafton Street and ate lunch at Bewley's. Had an excellent salad (beet, goat cheese, and bacon w/walnut and orange dressing) and berry and apple cobbler for dessert. Then we walked to Christ Church Cathedral and toured it. Very interesting tour. After that, we walked through Temple Bar and sat outside at a pub and had a pint of Guinness. Nice day, warm and partly cloudy. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Interesting port of call, lots of lovely building and intersting side streets, had my first guiness here and felt very irish lmao.. Visited Tinity College and did the walk of Dublins Fair City tour, was a quick walk around but very ... Read More
Interesting port of call, lots of lovely building and intersting side streets, had my first guiness here and felt very irish lmao.. Visited Tinity College and did the walk of Dublins Fair City tour, was a quick walk around but very informative with the option of either going back to the ship or doing your own thing for a bit longer. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2010
Great port to call at and you must visit the Guinness Warehouse. Open top bus goes all around to most attractions and was worth every penny.
Great port to call at and you must visit the Guinness Warehouse. Open top bus goes all around to most attractions and was worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Sunday morning found us docked in Dublin. Again, we took the shuttle bus into the city centre where we boarded an open top double decker bus and toured the city, visiting the famous Guinness Brewery and driving into the beautiful park ... Read More
Sunday morning found us docked in Dublin. Again, we took the shuttle bus into the city centre where we boarded an open top double decker bus and toured the city, visiting the famous Guinness Brewery and driving into the beautiful park nearby. We saw far more of Dublin than you could ever hope to see on foot in a day's visit. It is such a busy city, even on a Sunday with many of the shops open. We spent the rest of the day on board watching a film in the Theatre and walking round more of the ship finding rooms and amenities that we hadn't seen before. That evening we tried out 'Lady Luck' again in the casino and she was with us more this time. It was good fun. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Dublin is a short cab ride from where the ships dock and has a bit of something for everyone. St. Stephans Green on a sunny day is hard to beat for flowers, greenery, and just watching the locals enjoying themselves. If you want to see the ... Read More
Dublin is a short cab ride from where the ships dock and has a bit of something for everyone. St. Stephans Green on a sunny day is hard to beat for flowers, greenery, and just watching the locals enjoying themselves. If you want to see the Book of Kells get their early to avoid the lines. Personally, I think Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library (free)are a better use of time. A lot of history around the Irish uprising is there for the viewing and gives you a good perspective on their more recent history. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Used shuttle into town. Visited Irish Gold in Archaeological Museum. Walked across the Liffey and took the Luas to Jameson Distillery tour, Luas to Guinness Storehouse then Luas back to O'Connell street and back for shuttle. A ... Read More
Used shuttle into town. Visited Irish Gold in Archaeological Museum. Walked across the Liffey and took the Luas to Jameson Distillery tour, Luas to Guinness Storehouse then Luas back to O'Connell street and back for shuttle. A little shopping in the Guinness store. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We bought a shuttle ticket from NCL for Dublin ($10 per person) as there was no free shuttle. They said it could take up to 45 minutes to get to the city center, it was more like 15 minutes. Anyways we did a hop on hop off bus tour - We ... Read More
We bought a shuttle ticket from NCL for Dublin ($10 per person) as there was no free shuttle. They said it could take up to 45 minutes to get to the city center, it was more like 15 minutes. Anyways we did a hop on hop off bus tour - We didn't stop anywhere because there was nothing that overly interested us. We walked around Trinity college and went into some store. One thing we noted was that there was a lot of homeless people around. The weather wasn't great so we went back to the ship pretty early. Read Less

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