These are very exciting times for cruise in Ireland, in fact has it ever been more exciting? We don't think so...if you've been following you exclusively told you first that premium cruise line Princess Cruises announced that they will 'homeport' a ship in Dublin throughout summer 2019, which means you'll be able to board the ship in Dublin Port and sail away! No flying, no airports, no security nightmares, no fighting over your airplane seat in a desperate attempt to sit together... just park in Dublin Port, climb onboard, unpack and enjoy the sail away party! This news is huge for Ireland and may even be bigger than the recent Celebrity news. Up to now Cruise & Maritime have been cruising out of Dublin but in 2018 they have competition in the form of Celebrity who are of course bringing modern luxury ship Eclipse to Dublin for 5 sailings. Following the success of sales to date Celebrity have since confirmed another 5 sailings out of Dublin in 2019 on the bigger, newer, award winning Reflection which again shows the growing importance of Ireland to the cruise industry. Princess have taken Celebrity's 5 sailings and raised the bar by announcing 11 sailings in Summer 2019! More than double! With Cruise & Maritime also cruising out of Cork in 2018 and Silversea offering a cruise from Dublin in 2018 we finally will have real options for cruising out of Ireland that do not involve an airport....it couldn't be easier! The Ship: The 19 Deck Crown Princess is the ship that will be hitting these shores in 2019 with the ability to carry just over 3000 guests. Features on board include an impressive 3 storey atrium which is the heartbeat of the ship surrounded by cafes, wine bars and restaurants and pop up entertainment throughout the day and night. But there are of course many other entertainment venues including Skywalkers Nightclub and the Princess Theatre featuring original musical productions including some from the Stephen Schwartz, the composer behind hits such as Wicked and Godspell. You can relax at the Lotus Spa, workout in the fitness centre or catch a movie under the stars wrapped up under blankets eating popcorn and sipping hot chocolate. If you fancy yourself as the next big thing in music you can enter the popular TV show 'The Voice' onboard and if you are a foodie then take your choice from Chocolate journeys, some of the finest pizza at sea or order complimentary 24 hour room service... Crown Princess will also have the wearable Ocean Medallion technology by the time she visits Dublin, acting as your own personal concierge. Further Exclusive - We Reveal The Itineraries... We can reveal that Crown Princess will be offering 11 'British Isles' Cruises from May to September 2019. These will be 12 night cruises taking in ports in Ireland, Scotland, England, Channel Islands and France. With Celebrity offering cruises up to and around Iceland and Cruise & Maritime cruising around France & Spain among other destinations, options are really beginning to open up from Dublin.
We think the Norwegian Fjords would be nice but hey the progress from even 2 years ago is huge, there is massive investment coming to both Cobh and Dublin Ports for example and cruising from Ireland is definitely heading in the right direction! So as ever, The Cruise Room Ireland is bringing you this news first! If you want to know more or are interested in taking a cruise out of Ireland then don't hesitate to contact us here: www.thecruiseroomireland.ie/finding-the-cruise-offer-for-you