Dublin

The Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Grafton Street’s shops
The elegant Parnell Square

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Dublin

Green, lively and fashionable

Set on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin is a splendidly monumental city with a cosmopolitan feel and an internationally renowned nightlife.
A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can be the opportunity to discover Dublin’s elegance and essentially Georgian architecture, hailing from when the Anglo-Irish gentry invested their income in new townhouses.

Dublin’s fashionable Southside is home to the city’s trendy bars, restaurants and shops – especially in the cobbled alleys of Temple Bar leading down to the River Liffey – and most of its historic monuments, centred on Trinity College, Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. But the Northside, with its long-standing working-class neighbourhoods and inner-city communities, is the real heart of the city.

Across the bridges from Temple Bar are the shopping districts around O’Connell Street, where you’ll find a flavour of the old Dublin. Here, you’ll also come across a fair amount of graceful residential streets and squares, with plenty of interest in the museums and cultural hotspots around the elegant Parnell Square.

The Vikings sited their assembly and burial ground near what is now College Green, a three-sided square where Trinity College is the most famous landmark. Founded in 1592, Trinity College played a major role in the development of a Protestant Anglo-Irish tradition: right up to 1966, Catholics had to obtain a special dispensation to study here, though now they make up the majority of the students.

The stern grey and mellow red-brick buildings are ranged around cobbled quadrangles in a larger version of the quads at Oxford and Cambridge. The Old Library owns numerous Irish manuscripts; pride of place goes to the illustrated ninth-century Book of Kells, which contains the four Gospels written in Latin on vellum, the script adorned with patterns and fantastic animals intertwined with the text’s capital letters.

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  • DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

    CITY TOUR

    DBL01

    Enjoy the highlights of Dublin on this panoramic sightseeing tour, whose route will take you past the old Parliament House (now the Bank of Ireland), St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. The tour also provides views of the Four Courts, a majestic structure dating back to 1785 and now the home of the Irish Law Courts. You will then pass by Customs House, which was built between 1781-1791 and epitomises the great era of prosperity and elegance that Dublin experienced in the latter half of the 18th century. The tour continues over the River Liffey via O’Connell Bridge, takes in the splendour of O’Connell Street and then heads for Leinster House, the stately mansion now housing the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. Originally erected for the Duke of Leinster in 1745, the building oddly features two very different façades: the Kildare Street side resembles a large town house, whereas the rear, looking on to Merrion Square, is styled in the manner of a country mansion complete with sweeping lawns. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. All the sites will be visited from outside. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • AdultsR789Price per person

      • ChildrenR562Price per person

    • MALAHIDE CASTLE AND IRISH PUB

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      DBL03

      Near the seaside town of Malahide stands a huge castle set in 250 acres of grounds. The castle’s core dates from the 12th century, but later additions, such as its rounded towers, have given it a classic fairytale appearance. Originally a fortress, the building served as a stately home for the Talbot family until 1973. Your visit will show you superb examples of Irish craftsmanship and period furniture: the candle lantern in the entrance hall, the winding stone stairway, the oak-beamed Great Hall and the carved panelling of the Oak Room. Part of the Portrait Collection, on loan from the National Gallery, can be seen at the castle. It includes portraits of the Talbot family as well as other figures such as Wolfe Tone. You will have time to browse in the castle gift shop, where all items are of Irish origin, before continuing through the town of Malahide on your way to the village of Howth. You will stop here at a typical Irish pub to enjoy an authentic Irish coffee – that wonderful combination of whiskey, double cream, strong black coffee and a heaped tablespoon of sugar. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR1085Price per person

      • ChildrenR789Price per person

    • THE BEST OF DUBLIN

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      DBL05

      Enjoy the highlights of Dublin on this panoramic sightseeing tour, whose route will take you past the old Parliament House (now the Bank of Ireland), St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. The cathedral was founded next to a sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptised converts around A.D. 450. Built on the site of a 13th-century Anglo-Norman fortress, Dublin Castle was seen as a symbol of English rule for no less than seven centuries. The tour also provides views of the Four Courts, a majestic structure dating back to 1785 and is now the home of the Irish Law Courts, as well as Customs House, which was built between 1781-1791 and epitomises the great era of prosperity and elegance that Dublin experienced in the latter half of the 18th century. The tour continues on the Northside of the River Liffey via O’Connell Bridge, takes in the splendour of O’Connell Street’s fine old buildings and then heads for Leinster House, the stately mansion now housing the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. Originally erected for the Duke of Leinster in 1745, the building oddly features two very different façades: the Kildare Street side resembles a large town house, whereas the rear, looking on to Merrion Square, is styled in the manner of a country mansion complete with sweeping lawns. After some free time for lunch or some shopping, depart the City for a scenic drive through the city's northern outskirts to the picturesque seaside village of Malahide or Howth. There will be the opportunity to take some photos and to enjoy some free time in one of these picturesque villages. Rejoin your coach for return to the city where you will embark on your riverboat trip down Dublin’s famous river. Your boat guide will provide insight into the history of Dublin and of the River Liffey as well as tell you the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Custom House. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. All the sites will be visited from outside. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        7 h

      • AdultsR1489Price per person

      • ChildrenR1085Price per person

    • GLENDALOUGH AND THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      DBL02

      After a brief panoramic drive through Ireland’s charming capital of Dublin, you will then continue on to the serenity of the Irish countryside and the picturesque setting of Glendalough’s monastic ruins. The tour then heads south to the Wicklow Mountains where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the deep green glens and tranquil landscapes for which the Irish countryside is so famous. Continuing further into County Wicklow, which is justly dubbed the “Garden of Ireland”, you can enjoy breathtaking views of ever-changing scenery. You will then reach the atmospheric monastic site of Glendalough, which is set amidst the peaceful countryside high in the hills overlooking two small lakes. The place was also one of Ireland’s greatest pilgrimage centres up to the middle of the 19th century. After visiting Glendalough, you will return to Dublin through the Wicklow Hills, with more magnificent scenery to enjoy. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Guests using a wheelchair need to know that the ground at the Monastic ruins is uneven with pebbles. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR1139Price per person

        • ChildrenR859Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights, including the 18th-century Custom House and the 16th-century Trinity College, then the Georgian Merrion Square with its statue of Oscar Wilde and the green Fitzwilliam Square, followed by a photo stop at the 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Leaving Dublin, you can then feast your eyes on the green of Counties Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Tipperary to reach County Clare, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then it’s on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that tower over the Atlantic Ocean. After a walk along the cliff promenade and a visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, you’ll head for your hotel and a 4-course dinner in Limerick. After breakfast the next day, a coach-based look at Limerick landmarks like the 13th-century King John’s Castle, the 17th-century Treaty Stone, the Anglican St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Catholic St. John’s Cathedral will be followed by the drive south to County Cork. Following lunch in the pretty town of Kinsale, you’ll have time to explore on your own before you move on to Cork for a whistle-stop look at key sights such as glimpses of and a photo stop at the Gothic revival St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The journey to your ship in Cobh port, just a short distance from Cork, then brings the tour to a close.Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. The code DBL06 shall be used in case of accommodation in double room (2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child; in this case the child’s price is the same as adult’s). Guests will disembark in Dublin and will embark in Cobh; please bring your passport. The tour can be booked and paid in advance of or during the cruise, but not via the internet. The cliffs area is not secured, so please move with caution, do not get close to the edge and always follow your guide’s instructions.
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • AdultsR10325Price per person

        • ChildrenR10325Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06CH

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights, including the 18th-century Custom House and the 16th-century Trinity College, then the Georgian Merrion Square with its statue of Oscar Wilde and the green Fitzwilliam Square, followed by a photo stop at the 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Leaving Dublin, you can then feast your eyes on the green of Counties Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Tipperary to reach County Clare, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then it’s on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that tower over the Atlantic Ocean. After a walk along the cliff promenade and a visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, you’ll head for your hotel and a 4-course dinner in Limerick. After breakfast the next day, a coach-based look at Limerick landmarks like the 13th-century King John’s Castle, the 17th-century Treaty Stone, the Anglican St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Catholic St. John’s Cathedral will be followed by the drive south to County Cork. Following lunch in the pretty town of Kinsale, you’ll have time to explore on your own before you move on to Cork for a whistle-stop look at key sights such as glimpses of and a photo stop at the Gothic revival St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The journey to your ship in Cobh port, just a short distance from Cork, then brings the tour to a close.Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. This code (DBL06CH) has to be used to book the third bed for the child and must be added on the booking to the DBL06 code. No third bed for adults available. The code DBL06SIN has to be used in case accommodation in single is needed. Guests will disembark in Dublin and will embark in Cobh; please bring your passport. The tour can be booked and paid in advance of or during the cruise, but not via the internet. The cliffs area is not secured, so please move with caution, do not get close to the edge and always follow your guide’s instructions.
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • AdultsNot available

        • ChildrenR9275Price per person

      • IRISH LANDSCAPES & CLIFFS OF MOHER

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL06SIN

        This extended outing will see you leave the ship for 2 whole days on a journey from Dublin to Eire’s southern coast and the appealing port of Cobh in County Cork, where you’ll then rejoin your ship. The tour begins with a drive around Dublin’s key sights, including the 18th-century Custom House and the 16th-century Trinity College, then the Georgian Merrion Square with its statue of Oscar Wilde and the green Fitzwilliam Square, followed by a photo stop at the 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Leaving Dublin, you can then feast your eyes on the green of Counties Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Tipperary to reach County Clare, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then it’s on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that tower over the Atlantic Ocean. After a walk along the cliff promenade and a visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, you’ll head for your hotel and a 4-course dinner in Limerick. After breakfast the next day, a coach-based look at Limerick landmarks like the 13th-century King John’s Castle, the 17th-century Treaty Stone, the Anglican St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Catholic St. John’s Cathedral will be followed by the drive south to County Cork. Following lunch in the pretty town of Kinsale, you’ll have time to explore on your own before you move on to Cork for a whistle-stop look at key sights such as glimpses of and a photo stop at the Gothic revival St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The journey to your ship in Cobh port, just a short distance from Cork, then brings the tour to a close.Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. The code DBL06SIN has to be used in case accommodation in single is needed. Guests will disembark in Dublin and will embark in Cobh; please bring your passport. The tour can be booked and paid in advance of or during the cruise, but not via the internet. The cliffs area is not secured, so please move with caution, do not get close to the edge and always follow your guide’s instructions.
        • Long route by bus

        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          48 h

        • AdultsR12075Price per person

        • ChildrenNot available

      • THE GUINNESS STORY AND DUBLIN CITY

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DBL04

        As a drink, Guinness has become synonymous with Ireland and more particularly with Dublin. Set at the heart of Dublin, the St. James Gate Brewery first brewed the world’s creamiest, smoothest and most famous stout more than 250 years ago. Including an informative audio-visual presentation, your visit then continues with a self-guided tour of the premises, including plenty of information on the history of Guinness. After the tour, you can relax and enjoy panoramic views of Dublin at the circular bar whilst sampling some of the famous “black stuff”. Just a few hundred yards from where it is brewed, there really is no better place to savour the flavour at its best. You will also have time to browse in the shop where you will find an exciting and wide variety of Guinness-themed gifts. The tour concludes with a short panoramic drive through Dublin. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. The guide will give explanation only outside the Guiness Storehouse; guests will visit the site individually. Entrance to the Brewery itself not permitted. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Drink included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR1139Price per person

        • ChildrenR859Price per person

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Ireland

      Where the land is greener
      Where the land is greener

      A cruise to Ireland will fulfill all your romantic preconceptions. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this small island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland.


      In the east, the crumpled granite of the Wicklow Hills sits in utter contrast to the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh just a few kilometres away, and in Connemara on the west coast, you can walk from beach to mountain to fen, from seaweed-strewn inlet to lily-covered lough, in a matter of hours.

      Dublin
      is the Republic’s main entry-point, a confident capital whose raw, modern energy is complemented by rich cultural traditions, and which boasts outstanding medieval monuments and the richly varied exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

      South of the city, the desolate Wicklow Mountains offer a breathtaking contrast to city life. On Ireland’s southern coast, Cork’s shoreline is punctuated by secluded estuaries, rolling headlands and historic harbours, while Cork city itself is the region’s hub, with a vibrant cultural scene.
      Stunning early Christian monuments abound, too, including the Rock of Cashel and atmospheric sites at Clonmacnoise, Glendalough and Monasterboice.