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St. Patrick’s Day is a day to wear a green wig and do the Irish jig. It’s a day to throw back a pint of beer and spread some Irish cheer. It’s a day to grab your four leaf clover and wish the wait until your next cruise be over. It’s the day to find your pot of gold at the rainbow’s end and book cruises to Ireland.

If all the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, have you dreaming of a vacation to Ireland this year, then we have you covered in this week’s post where we give you our picks for the 5 Best Cruises to Ireland in 2016. Albeit a less popular cruise destination than other European countries, there are some unique itineraries that visit this magical land. With plenty of history, beautiful castles, and majestic landscapes, you will soon see why Ireland earned the nickname the Emerald Isle.

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Planning Tips

  • Cruises that include ports of call in Ireland are much less common than other European ports of call with only select sailings from April to August.
  • Most itineraries are 11+ days
  • Cruises visiting Ireland depart from various locations including Amsterdam, South Hampton, and Hamburg.
  • You will not find cruises visiting Ireland on popular lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Norwegian Cruise Line (at least this year)
  • British Isles cruises tend to be port intensive so consider costs of excursions at each port of call when budgeting your trip

5 Best Cruises to Ireland

Celebrity Silhouette: August 6, 2016

This 14 Night British Isles Cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette departing August 6, 2016 from Amsterdam starts at a price of $3,119 per person. This cruise is considered a Signature Event Sailing with an overnight stop in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This cruise has stops in Cork, Dublin, and Belfast, Ireland as well as stops in England, Scotland, and Belgium. The Celebrity Silhouette is a stunning Solstice class ship featuring signature favorites like the Lawn Club, Qsine, and the Martini Bar. After sailing on Celebrity Solstice in the past, this cruise is our pick for best ship!

5 Best Cruises to Ireland5 Best Cruises to Ireland – Celebrity Silhouette Itinerary

Caribbean Princess: May 20, 2016

This 12 Night British Isles Cruise on the Caribbean Princess departing May 20, 2016 from Southampton is a steal at a starting price of $1,299 per person. This cruise includes stops in Cork, Dublin, and Belfast, Ireland as well as stops in England, Scotland, and France. This itinerary is also offered other select dates in June, July, and August at slightly higher prices. The Caribbean Princess features the Piazza with unique street performances and Movies Under the Stars to enjoy while onboard and is the best value for a cruise to Ireland.

5 Best Cruises to Ireland5 Best Cruises to Ireland – Caribbean Princess – Itinerary

Pacific Princess: July 29, 2016

See it all during a 14 Night Irish Counties, Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Military Tattoo Cruise on the Pacific Princess departing July 29, 2016 from Dover, England. With a starting price of $2,999 per person, this cruise includes stops in Waterford, Galway, and Dublin, Ireland as well as stops in England and Scotland. This itinerary features 2 overnight stays in Dublin and Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pacific Princess will appeal to those who want a more intimate experience accommodating only 680 guests.

5 best Cruises to Ireland5 Best Cruises to Ireland – Pacific Princess Itinerary

MSC Splendida: August 25, 2016

Enjoy a 10 Night Northern Europe cruise on the MSC Splendida departing August 25, 2016 from Hamburg, Germany starting at a price of $1,409 per person. This cruise includes stops in Dublin and Cork, Ireland as well as stops in England and Scotland. This ship also offers a very similar itinerary for May 2016 departing from either Hamburg or Southampton at similar pricing. The MSC Splendida has no shortage of unique entertainment experiences featuring a formula 1 race car simulator and a 4D cinema to keep you entertained while at sea.

5 best cruises to ireland5 Best Cruises to Ireland – MSC Splendida – Itinerary

Holland America Line Prinsendam: August 23, 2016

Lastly, you could consider a 14 Night Celtic Explorer Cruise on Holland America Line Prinsendam. Leaving from Amsterdam on August 23, 2016, this cruise to Ireland has a starting price of $3,399 per person. This cruise includes stops in Dublin, Belfast, Killybegs, Galway, and Cork Ireland as well as stops in England and Belgium. This itinerary includes an overnight stop in Dublin and gives the most complete coverage of the country. The HAL Prinsendam also offers another intimate experience with its accommodations of only 835 passengers and hosts a variety of unique and impressive works of art. This cruise gets our vote for best itinerary!

5 best cruises to Ireland5 Best Cruises to Ireland – HAL Prinsendam Itinerary


With so many cruises to Ireland, picking just one is no easy task. Regardless of which voyage you choose, you are sure to have a magical time as you explore the beauty of the Isles in true style onboard a cruise ship.


Do you agree with our list of the 5 Best Cruises to Ireland? Is a trip to Ireland on your bucket list? It’s on ours! If you’ve visited the Emerald Isle, then drop us an anchor below to tell us about your experiences including favorite ports of call and best things to do while visiting.

5 Best Cruises to Ireland

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DB & The Princess

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