There is no need to head miles from home to enjoy a first class cruise, with a trip around the shores of Ireland providing ample opportunity to explore the delights of the Emerald Isle.
Now one of the most popular cities in Western Europe, Dublin is the primary destination for those on a cruise around Ireland and is packed with historical and cultural sites.
Amongst the 'must-see' attractions in the city are the impressive Dublin Castle and Trinity College, which is home to the Book of Kells. Dating back thousands of years and containing the gospels of the New Testament, the book is now on permanent display in the college library and can be viewed in its entirety online.
Irish culture can be explored at the National Museum, while fans of one of Ireland’s most famous exports will jump at the chance to visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn more about the iconic drink – and to sample a pint.
A walk around the city provides the chance to sample the varied shopping opportunities or to taste Irish cuisine in one of the many restaurants, while Dublin is a city that comes alive on a night; with areas like Temple Bar being particularly popular.
On the south coast, the city of Cork provides travellers with a true taste of Ireland; with St Fin Barres Cathedral, the Church of St Anne and the Fota Wildlife Park amongst the attractions to be enjoyed.
Those who elect to head out of the city can pay a visit to nearby Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which is one of the many attractions to be found within the Irish countryside.
With its stunning scenery and rugged coastline, there’s no doubt that an Ireland cruise is the ideal way in which to explore this beautiful country.