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Cruise Details:

  • Up to 10 guests
  • 107 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Ruairi, Olivia & Ross Gibbons
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles: To be advised
  • Air Conditioned: No
  • Last Visited 2008

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from the Aberdeen Lodge in Dublin to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Ireland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Shannon Princess

Ireland barge cruise Shannon Princess ownersHELLO FROM IRELAND! We are proud to offer barge cruising with a unique Irish welcome – and hosted by Captain Ruairi Gibbons and Chef Olivia Power, pictured at right. Together, this adorable couple bring a wealth of background in yachting, barging, hospitality, and gourmet cooking. Added to their professionalism is a passion for all things Irish. From the local fruits, vegetables, herbs and cheeses which grace their table to the river tales which add so much interest to the daily sightseeing, Ruairi and Olivia deliver a cruise experience that can be found nowhere else.

New for the 2013 season is the “Authentic Bites and Sights of Ireland” Itinerary. The emphasis is on introducing guests to the people in the villages, shops, farms, and even the pubs along the route! Ireland’s emerging food scene is already well represented by Chef Olivia, a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which has been credited with both saving and updating traditional Irish cuisine. Her menus are fresh, seasonal, and ever-changing. Olivia sources most ingredients locally and can introduce guests to producers of handmade cheeses, wild Irish honey and organic vegetables. A visit to the kitchen gardens at Portumna Castle, pictured at left, is delightful. “I find herbs, salads, the best new potatoes, fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers,” says Olivia, adding that a very good friend of hers is the head gardener.

A tasting at the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, founded in 1757 and claiming to be the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, adds another kind of tasting - as does the selection of Old and New world wines served on board.

Shannon Princess cruises through the ancient and scenic heart of Ireland on the Shannon Waterway, a series of lakes, rivers and tiny connecting canals. Explore in villages and walk down country lanes. Sightseeing includes Clonmacnoise, mystic ruins of a 6th century monastery; Galway, a colorful university town where guests can browse in local craft shops; and Leap Castle, reputed to be the most haunted castle in all of Ireland! This is Captain Rauari’s favorite excursion, as he introduces Sean, owner of the castle, who tells the tales murder, mayhem and above all, ghosts. This is the kind of color local character that Shannon Princess guests love to meet. Also pass some time in pubs along the way – You are with Ruairi and will quickly be welcomed into the festivities!

We plan to cruise on Shannon Princess in 2014 and also scout out unusual excursions and experiences in Dublin. We hope to welcome you to Ireland this year!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2015 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 10: $41,500
Whole Boat charter of 8: $39,300
Whole Boat charter of 6: $37,100
Individuals: $4,400 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,500

2015 Value Season dates
Aprill 12 - 18 April 26 - May 2
April 19 - 25  May 3 - 9

 

2015 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter of 10: $47,000
Whole Boat Charter of 8: $44,200
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $41,400
Individuals: $5,050 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2015 regular Season dates
May 10 - 16 June 21 - 27 August 2 - 8 September 13 - 19
May 17 - 23 June 28 - July 4 August 9 - 15 September 20 - 26
May 24 - 30 July 5 - 11 August 16 - 22 September 27 - October 3
May 31 - June 6 July 12 - 18 August 23 - 29 October 4 - 10
June 7 - 13 July 19 - 25 August 30 - September 5  
June 14 - 20 July 26 - August 1 September 6 - 12  
Barge Cruise

Shannon Princess Accomodations and Amenities

  • 107 Feet Long
  • Five cabins with tiled ensuite shower bath
  • All 101 square feet with picture windows
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Two bathrobes in each cabin
  • In the Public Areas
  • Wireless internet connection throughout
  • Panoramic windows in salon, dining room
  • Deck
  • Hot tub - New for the 2014 season!
  • Spacious deck
  • 4 Raleigh brand bicycles
  • Mountain bikes with pumps and helmets
  • Extra bikes of different types/sizes available on request









Shannon Princess cabin

















Shannon Princess Ireland  Cruise Itinerary

"Authentic Bites & Sights of Ireland"
QUIGLEY'S MARINA TO KILLALOE On the Shannon Waterway

Sunday: Dublin to Quigley's Marina
Warm Irish Welcome Aboard
Guests will be met at 3:00pm at the Brooks Hotel, very centrally located in Dublin and transferred by coach to the Shannon Princess moored in Glasson. Family-owned and -managed, Shannon Princess delivers one of the warmest welcomes in European barging. We welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. There is time to relax on deck or to mingle and chat with fellow guests & local boat owners. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Glasson to Athlone Town
Whiskey Galore

There’s time for an early morning stroll through twisting country lanes, before we set out on our cruise on the River Shannon’s “Inner Lakes”. Soon after arriving in the lively bustling River Town of Athlone, an afternoon visit is made to a local whiskey distillery. Dating from 1757 the Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. On the return journey there is time for a visit to the village of Ballinahown, an Artisan Craft Village. Explore at your leisure, time for shopping, antiquing or a visit to any of the towns impromptu traditional music pubs- don’t forget to return on board for gourmet dinner!
Tuesday: Athlone Town to Shannonbridge
Lands of Saints & Scholars
After breakfast, we sail through “The Callows”, lush grazing meadows that remain unchanged in over a 1000 years and are now a Wildfowl & Fauna Reserve. We moor below Clonmacnoise, pictured above, ruins for a visit to the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara & Connaught. We sail onwards to Shannonbridge and visit a local apiary, and sample some wild Irish honey and other fresh organic produce at “Meadowsweet Farm” hosted by the owner family. After dinner, join the Captain for a “pint” in Killeen’s pub for music and chat and pass some time with the locals


Wednesday: Shannonbridge to Terryglass

The Fighting Irish and Ghosts!
A cruise through ever-changing landscape, crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons & sleepy market villages. Shannon Princess arrives at the quaint little village of Terryglass. We visit Mossfield Organic Farm to sample some of their award winning cheeses and then to neighbouring “Leap Castle”. Reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house, Leap Castle, pictured above, was once home to one of America’s Founding Fathers- John Carroll. You will be hosted by Sean Ryan, a renowned musician and his family who will invites us in to their unusual home.

Thursday: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Lunch and shopping in Galway City
Today take a morning excursion to the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle, and onto Galway, pictured at right, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at an authentic Guinness & Oyster Bar with time to browse and explore the colourful shops and streets. Return to “Shannon Princess’ for gourmet dinner as we meander through Lough Derg to Mountshannon – a lovely old estate village perched prettily above the Lough. After dinner enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon or dancing in the local hotel


Friday: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Slainte and Irish Farewell

A cruise through the charming lower stretches of Lough Derg and the River Shannon arriving into the pretty twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina, a prosperous town with art, history and foodie treats. A private tour of the Belfry of St. Flannan’s Anglican Cathedral will be hosted by the Choir Master. Then a visit to “Craganowen” a Celtic Bronze Age Settlement, pictured at left, where your guide will interpret and bring to life the “Living Past”. Later in the afternoon we drop in on a “Traditional Irish Hand Weavers” workshop and studio where guests will experience a step back in time while also learning how these thriving small cottage industries are dealing with technology and the future. Captains “Farewell” Gourmet Dinner showcasing local produce.

Saturday: Killaloe to Dublin

A Sad Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored in Killaloe. You will depart after breakfast at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact Us for reservations and more information about barge cruise vacations on the rivers of Ireland Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.


"Family Adventure Cruises in Ireland "

QUIGLEY'S MARINA TO KILLALOE ON THE SHANNON WATERWAY

FAMILY ADVENTURE CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Fun Activities: Walking, Zorbing, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Water-skiing, Trekking, Fishing, Cycling, Horse Riding, Water Sports, Traditional Music, Pottery & Crafts, Go cart racing etc.
- Bespoke Cruise each day can be changed and arranged to your immediate requirements
- Culinary/ Gourmet dining or dining of your choice
- Wii and PS3 on board (we carry games for all age groups) as well as DVDs and Satellite TV
- Spectacular unspoiled landscape and atmospheric ancient settlements and ruins
- History, antiquity folklore and music

Sunday: Dublin to Quigley's Marina

Our Family Welcomes Your Family
The Barge Host will meet guests at 3:00pm at the designated meeting point. The transfer will be in the Barge’s private coach to the Shannon Princess moored in Glasson. Family-owned and -managed, Shannon Princess delivers one of the warmest welcomes in European Barging. We welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. There is time to relax on deck or to mingle and chat with fellow guests & local boat owners. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first family dinner on board. .

Monday: Glasson to Athlone Town
Cruising and Zorbing

There’s time for an early morning stroll through twisting country lanes, before we set out on our cruise on the River Shannon’s “Inner Lakes”. Soon after arriving in the lively bustling River Town of Athlone. After lunch, drive the short distance to the “UpRiver” activity centre and get strapped in for “ZORBING”. Participants are safely harnessed opposite each other before being launched down the Zorbing run. Revolving head over heels, gaining speed with every revolution. Land and sky merge into one as you feel almost weightless – the thrill is intoxicating and totally unique. Afternoon Cupcake & Brownie Cookery lesson in our Galley. Alternative activities today are Kayaking, Rafting and Zip Lining!

Tuesday: Athlone Town to Shannonbridge
Lands of Saints and Racers
After breakfast, we sail through “The Callows”, lush grazing meadows that remain unchanged in over a 1000 years and are now a Wildfowl & Fauna Reserve. We moor below Clonmacnoise ruins for a visit to the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara & Connaught. We sail onwards to Shannonbridge and after lunch we depart for “Europes Largest GoKarting Track” www.pallaskarting.com. After dinner, join the Captain for a “Pint” in Killeen’s pub for music and chat and pass some time with the locals. Alternative activities today are Cheese Making & Horse Riding.

Wednesday: Shannonbridge to Terryglass

The Fighting Irish and Ghosts!
A cruise through ever-changing landscape, crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons and sleepy market villages.Shannon Princess arrives at the quaint little village of Terryglass. After lunch, our coach takes to “Flower Hill” Equestrian Centre. www.flowerhill.net. This is probably Ireland’s prettiest and most exhilarating Horseback riding venue. It is suitable for all grades of riders and will stay in the memory for a long time to come. Alternative activity today is a visit to Leap Castle, Irelands most haunted house.

Thursday: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Explore in a Kitchen Garden
Today take a morning excursion to the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle, and onto Galway, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at a quirky old fashioned Fish & Chip restaurant with time to shop and experience local street theatre. Return to “Shannon Princess’ for Cocktails & Alfresco Dinner as we meander through Lough Derg to Mountshannon – a lovely old estate village perched prettily above the Lough. After dinner enjoy a moonlit Treasure Hunt around Mountshannon or dancing in the local hotel.


Friday: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Activity Center on Shore - Boating Skills on Deck

A Cruise through the charming lower stretches of Lough Derg and the River Shannon arriving into the pretty twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina, a prosperous town with art, history and foodie treats. On Deck Knot and Boat Skills with the Captain. After lunch a short trip to the nearby “University of Limerick Activity Centre” Here Guests can choose from an endless list of activities including rope walking, sailing & archery. Capatin's Farewell Dinner.

Saturday: Killaloe to Dublin

Slainte - An Irish Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored in Killaloe. You will depart after breakfast at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Walking Itinerary

Discovering the Treasures of a Fabled Waterway

Our Luxury bus driver is in attendance on all walks allowing walkers the freedom to extend walks or return to the barge at their wish.

Sunday: The Court of High Kings...the Twin Towns of Killaloe and Ballina
Guests shall be met by the Barge Guide at 3:00pm at the Brooks Hotel, very centrally located in Dublin, and transferred by luxury coach to the Shannon Princess in Killaloe. We are moored on the Tipperary side of these picturesque little Ecclesiastical towns. Killaloe was once home to the court of the last High King of Ireland. "Cead Mile Failte," (a hundred thousand welcomes!) Your Captain and his crew welcome you aboard the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. Time enough to meet new friends; relax on deck or explore this charming riverside town and local sites of interest. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first Gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday: Morning Walk, the Graves of the Leinstermen
We take a hike into the Arra Mountains from our mooring in Killaloe. At the summit of Toutinna is the "Graves of the Leinstermen", today one stone is standing, the rest are covered in undergrowth. The site may have originally been a stone circle or a Meolithic Tomb. Keep a look out for evidence of the area's great slate quarrying tradition. Magnificent views can be had from these parts, and blanket bog and several varieties of heather add to the allure of the landscape. This is an excellent walk and can take between 3 to 5 hours to walk. We are walking on natural terrain with moderate gradients. We slip our moorings at Killaloe, and start our journey up river. This afternoon we literally go with the flow, up through Lough Derg with its many Islands and Medieval strongholds. Here the Shannon Princess follows a dramatic route carved through the hills and valleys of Munster's North Riding. The River sweeps past banks charmingly dotted with wild horses and crumbling castles. We moor at the lovely old estate village of Mountshannon, perched prettily about the Lough. After a gourmet dinner aboard, enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon.

Tuesday: Morning Walk, the East Clare Hills
The East Clare Way walk starts from overnight mooring in Mountshannon. This is a 127km route of marked Highways and Byways. You will be guided through what is considered the most beautiful section. A gentle climb up through riverside villages and into the Slieve Bernagh hills until we overlook some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Munster with Lough Derg and its many islands at our feet creating a landscape rich in beauty, color and variety. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk on natural terrain and trails with moderate gradients.

This afternoon, Shannon Princess meanders effortlessly north through Lough Derg. We moor waterside at the foot of a hill that slopes gently up to Terryglass village. Lunch in the village at the Derg Inn before an afternoon guided visit to the grounds of Birr Castle, family seat of the Earl and Countess of Rosse. Besides enjoying glorious castle gardens and parkland, the Castle is home to Ireland's Historic Centre. At Terryglass take time to explore this rural Hamlet - walk, cycle, swim or make a wish in any of the villages' 'Holy (fairy) Wells'! Gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday: Morning Walk, the Slieve Bloom Way - Cadens Town and Kinnity
We travel by luxury coach to the nearby Slieve Bloom Mountains. Steeped in history and folklore, the Slieve Blooms dominate the landscape as it straddles the boarder of counties Offaly and Laois. It's the highest peak, 529m Arderin, translates from Irish as the height of Ireland. Connections with the past are everywhere as the area is dusted with monuments dating back as far as 4,500 years. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk along riverside paths and bog tracks and through woodland trails. Refreshment at Leap Castle hosted by owner and Traditional Musician Sean Ryan.

Return to Shannon Princess for gourmet dinner as we cruise an evocative stretch of the River Shannon. Onwards we head, in the wake of time, floating by dappled woodlands and ancient highways. The ever-changing landscape slipping by, pausing as Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess pass on by, upwards through Meelick Lock to moor overnight at the village of Shannonbridge.

Thursday: Morning Walk, the Pilgrim's Path
After a short cruise, we moor at Clonmacnoise ruins - an atmospheric and spiritual 6th Century monastic settlement soaked in history and myth. Clonmacnoise was the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara and Connaught and quickly became a popular place of pilgrimage. Here on the Shannon Riverbanks we start our walking trail on THE PILGRIM's PATH. This ancient walking route crossed early historic Ireland from east to west and was known in Gaelic as An tSli Mor, the Great Road. The modern Pilgrim Path covers an intact stretch of that ancient route which winds along the Esker Riada and provides the alker with an elevated view of the bog and river Shannon rich in wildlife and flowers. We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours, over gently undulating and natural terrain.

The Shannon Princess continues its meander up the Shannon River towards Athlone, cruising through lush grazing meadows and floodplains. These meadows are considered Ireland's premier wildfowl and flora reserves, and excellent examples of "Callows" landscape. We moor in the heart of the bustling town of Athlone with time to visit some of the many charming craft, antique shops or a visit to any of the town's impromptu traditional music pub. Dinner on-board.

Friday: Lough Ree and Westmeath, Afternoon Walk
This morning the barge slips through countryside little changed through the centuries. Relax and unwind as we float along the Shannon's beautiful "Inner Lakes", passing stately riverside homes and some of its reputed 365 wooded islands. We moor at Quigley's Marina near Glasson Village. This afternoon we visit TAIN BO CULAINE - the legendary route taken across Ireland by Queen Maedbh of Connacht in her attempts at the theft of her husband's riches and his prized Brown Bull of Cooley. The Tain Trail is steeped in mythology and history as it retraces the journey and battles between Maeve and her armies and the Warrior hero Cuchulainn. We join the Tain Trail along the Shores of Lough Ree where Maeve met a bloody end. We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours. This is a charming lakeshore byway on natural surfaces with only slight gradients. Farewell "Slainte" Gourmet Dinner.

Saturday: Athlone to Dublin
Shannon Princess will be moored at Quigley's Marina, near to Athlone. You will depart at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Please note:
This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact Us for reservations and more information about barge cruise vacations on the rivers of Ireland Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.



Shannon Princess Sample Menus

Chef Olivia's New Irish Cuisine

Breakfast
Fresh Berries Raspberries, Loganberries, Strawberries, Blueberries and Cherries
From the Kitchen Garden Portumna Castle
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Irish Farmhouse Cheeses
Carrigburn, Carrigaline, Cashel Blue
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Eggs Any Style
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Irish Porridge splashed with Bailey's Irish Cream
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Buttermilk Scones, Coconut and Bran Muffins, Honey and Oak Biscuits
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Lemon Curd
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Smoked Fish, Tomato Relish
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Lunch
Cold Poached Wild Salmon on Rocket Leaves with Salsa Verde
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Confit Rabbit Legs
Bean and Sour Tomato Cassoulet
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Muscle and Artichoke Risotto
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Nanny Goats Cheese and Honeyed Onion Tartlettes
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Sweet Chili and Roast Pepper Salad
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Braised Fennel and Cos Salad
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Basil and Aubergine Salad
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Irish Cheese Platter
Summer Puddings
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Dinner
Salted Organic Salmon, Dill, Wasabi and Cucumbers
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Strawberry and Cracked Pepper Sorbet

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Wild Sea Bream, and Tarragon Dumplings
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Leaf Salad
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Farmers Market Cheeses served with Oatcakes, Membrillo and Vintage Port
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Chocolate and Apricot Tart Buttermilk Ice Cream
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Shannon Princess offers an interesting Old and New world wine list!

~ White Wines ~
Julio Bouchon,  Sauvingnon Blanc, 2007 Chile
Grave del Friuli DOC bidoli,  Pinot Grigio,  2007 Italy
Alkoomi Riesling,  2006 Austrialia
Weingut Steininger Kabinette,  2007 Austria
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~ Red Wines ~
Coriole Diva,  Sangiovese Shiraz,  2005 Australia
Montepulciano D’abruzzo DOC,  Fattoria la Valentia,  2006 Italy
Toro DO Bodegas Dos Victorias,  Elias Mora Semicrianza,  2006 Spain
Haut Medoc AC,  Chateau Puy Castera Merlot,  2002 France
Paddy Borthwick,  Pinot Noir,  2005 New Zealand
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Picture a Cruise in Ireland on Shannon Princess

A river cruise in Ireland on barge Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess Guest Book

"We had a wonderful time on the Shannon Princess. It was even better than any of us dreamed it could be. Everything runs like clockwork on the barge due to Ruairi and Olivia. They are so amazing and a truly wonderful couple. And the other crew assisting them were the best. They took such good care of us and made us feel so special.

And then the food. I can’t begin to describe the wonderful meals that we had. Olivia is an amazing chef and the food was so delicious. We couldn’t wait for each meal. I ate so much and didn’t gain an ounce which is amazing. I took so many pictures of the food , that my daughter finally asked if I could send her a picture with people in it…

The barge itself is like a floating Irish country house. We were so comfortable even in the cabins...which look small but seem to work very well and my husband is 6’5’. The shower was great and the water hot the minute you got in it. We slept so well in the bed…very comfortable.

There isn’t any complaints that any of us had regarding any part of the trip. The only thing I can say is that I wish more people knew about this gem and I will definitely try to put the word out. I don’t think I have ever been so relaxed…sitting outside on the top deck, sailing along looking at the beautiful scenery and drinking an Irish Coffee. You couldn’t ask for anything better than that. Again thank you for allowing us to experience the Shannon Princess and meet the wonderful people who run it."

- Kathi Sheridan, cruised May, 2014

"Shannon Princess was the vacation of a lifetime! Fantastic cuisine, fabulous host, and an insight into the real Ireland! The crew was were wonderful and catered to every need. The food review: Nothing but accolades! Five stars for every meal!! Olivia was magnificent!!! Visiting ClonMacNoise was an awesome experience. The services of The Barge Lady were very good - you covered everything we needed to know- your tip about attire for the cruise was particularly helpful!! The pre-trip information was quite adequate and presented an accurate overview of what to expect. Thank you for everything!"

- Moira and Kevin Laughlin, cruised May, 2014

"We received excellent service from the entire crew. Captain Ruairi was very accommodating and welcomed anyone to the wheelhouse. He is a master boat-handler and great travel guide. The cuisine was SPECTACULAR! Olivia's cuisine was incredible—best we've ever had on ANY vacation! Amazing, varied menus worthy of photos taken at the table. Fresh, delicious, nutritious, creative, beautifully presented. We wonder how she did it all in such a small galley. For our daily excursions were had a wonderful guide, and we enjoyed every minute. The guide was engaged, informative, fun. The daily excursions were easily the second highlight of our trip (after the cuisine). The cabin was very comfortable for the size, well-maintained, and great housekeeping twice (!) a day. This was our first barge trip, and we have now been exposed to a new and interesting method of travel. It was a great experience. The Barge Lady team handled everything beautifully."

- Chirs and Leo Stern, cruised May, 2014

"Our experience was OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend the Shannon Princess and it’s voyage through the heart of Ireland. Be prepared to be spoiled by the crew, the food, and the experience. We can’t say enough about Ruairi and Olivia and crew. They are the epitome of an excellent team. Olivia created flavorful, beautiful food. Her breakfast pastries were absolutely the freshest and most tasty I’ve had, ever! It was remarkable how she created, seemingly effortlessly, the gourmet meals we enjoyed. We enjoyed the daily excursion, especially the gardens at Birr Castle, including the enormous telescope from 1840. The cabins were nicely laid out with a sizable bathroom and plenty of storage space. Thank you for everything."

- Kathy Ealand, cruised May, 2014

"This was not my first barge trip but would come in first place for crew care and concern and cuisine. The crew was incredibly cheerful and helpful and anticipated our needs. From the first day, they knew what I liked (grapefruit juice and black coffee) and had it waiting for me every morning. I had requested two pillows as personal preferences for my wife and me. As it turns out, the barge normally provides two pillows - we received three! The cabin was actually larger than anticipated. The furnishings pack a lot into a little space, and the bathrooms were well stocked. Overall, my experience on the Shannon Princess far exceeded expectations. On a scale of 10, they get a 15. We'll do it agai.n"

- John Savage, cruised May, 2014

 "We just left Shannon Princess; a sad morning - we will miss our new friends Ruairi and Olivia and the fabulous crew!!!!! The food and service were ‘world class.’ “

- Al and Margaret Giuliani, cruised May, 2014

"The crew were all delightful, attentive and friendly. I loved the variety in the daily excursions, we felt that we saw the "real Ireland". The cuisine was better than excellent...it was superb! Shannon Princess was truly a wonderful experience. Olivia and Rauri were the perfect hosts, attending to every need."

- Bud Tanis, Cruised September, 2012

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 10 guests
  • 107 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Ruairi, Olivia & Ross Gibbons
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles: To be advised
  • Air Conditioned: No
  • Last Visited 2008

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from the Aberdeen Lodge in Dublin to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Ireland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Shannon Princess

Ireland barge cruise Shannon Princess ownersHELLO FROM IRELAND! We are proud to offer barge cruising with a unique Irish welcome – and hosted by Captain Ruairi Gibbons and Chef Olivia Power, pictured at right. Together, this adorable couple bring a wealth of background in yachting, barging, hospitality, and gourmet cooking. Added to their professionalism is a passion for all things Irish. From the local fruits, vegetables, herbs and cheeses which grace their table to the river tales which add so much interest to the daily sightseeing, Ruairi and Olivia deliver a cruise experience that can be found nowhere else.

New for the 2013 season is the “Authentic Bites and Sights of Ireland” Itinerary. The emphasis is on introducing guests to the people in the villages, shops, farms, and even the pubs along the route! Ireland’s emerging food scene is already well represented by Chef Olivia, a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which has been credited with both saving and updating traditional Irish cuisine. Her menus are fresh, seasonal, and ever-changing. Olivia sources most ingredients locally and can introduce guests to producers of handmade cheeses, wild Irish honey and organic vegetables. A visit to the kitchen gardens at Portumna Castle, pictured at left, is delightful. “I find herbs, salads, the best new potatoes, fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers,” says Olivia, adding that a very good friend of hers is the head gardener.

A tasting at the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, founded in 1757 and claiming to be the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, adds another kind of tasting - as does the selection of Old and New world wines served on board.

Shannon Princess cruises through the ancient and scenic heart of Ireland on the Shannon Waterway, a series of lakes, rivers and tiny connecting canals. Explore in villages and walk down country lanes. Sightseeing includes Clonmacnoise, mystic ruins of a 6th century monastery; Galway, a colorful university town where guests can browse in local craft shops; and Leap Castle, reputed to be the most haunted castle in all of Ireland! This is Captain Rauari’s favorite excursion, as he introduces Sean, owner of the castle, who tells the tales murder, mayhem and above all, ghosts. This is the kind of color local character that Shannon Princess guests love to meet. Also pass some time in pubs along the way – You are with Ruairi and will quickly be welcomed into the festivities!

We plan to cruise on Shannon Princess in 2014 and also scout out unusual excursions and experiences in Dublin. We hope to welcome you to Ireland this year!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2015 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 10: $41,500
Whole Boat charter of 8: $39,300
Whole Boat charter of 6: $37,100
Individuals: $4,400 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,500

2015 Value Season dates
Aprill 12 - 18 April 26 - May 2
April 19 - 25  May 3 - 9

 

2015 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter of 10: $47,000
Whole Boat Charter of 8: $44,200
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $41,400
Individuals: $5,050 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2015 regular Season dates
May 10 - 16 June 21 - 27 August 2 - 8 September 13 - 19
May 17 - 23 June 28 - July 4 August 9 - 15 September 20 - 26
May 24 - 30 July 5 - 11 August 16 - 22 September 27 - October 3
May 31 - June 6 July 12 - 18 August 23 - 29 October 4 - 10
June 7 - 13 July 19 - 25 August 30 - September 5  
June 14 - 20 July 26 - August 1 September 6 - 12  

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Shannon Princess Accomodations and Amenities

  • 107 Feet Long
  • Five cabins with tiled ensuite shower bath
  • All 101 square feet with picture windows
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Two bathrobes in each cabin
  • In the Public Areas
  • Wireless internet connection throughout
  • Panoramic windows in salon, dining room
  • Deck
  • Hot tub - New for the 2014 season!
  • Spacious deck
  • 4 Raleigh brand bicycles
  • Mountain bikes with pumps and helmets
  • Extra bikes of different types/sizes available on request









Shannon Princess cabin

















Shannon Princess Ireland  Cruise Itinerary

"Authentic Bites & Sights of Ireland"
QUIGLEY'S MARINA TO KILLALOE On the Shannon Waterway

Sunday: Dublin to Quigley's Marina
Warm Irish Welcome Aboard
Guests will be met at 3:00pm at the Brooks Hotel, very centrally located in Dublin and transferred by coach to the Shannon Princess moored in Glasson. Family-owned and -managed, Shannon Princess delivers one of the warmest welcomes in European barging. We welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. There is time to relax on deck or to mingle and chat with fellow guests & local boat owners. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Glasson to Athlone Town
Whiskey Galore

There’s time for an early morning stroll through twisting country lanes, before we set out on our cruise on the River Shannon’s “Inner Lakes”. Soon after arriving in the lively bustling River Town of Athlone, an afternoon visit is made to a local whiskey distillery. Dating from 1757 the Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. On the return journey there is time for a visit to the village of Ballinahown, an Artisan Craft Village. Explore at your leisure, time for shopping, antiquing or a visit to any of the towns impromptu traditional music pubs- don’t forget to return on board for gourmet dinner!
Tuesday: Athlone Town to Shannonbridge
Lands of Saints & Scholars
After breakfast, we sail through “The Callows”, lush grazing meadows that remain unchanged in over a 1000 years and are now a Wildfowl & Fauna Reserve. We moor below Clonmacnoise, pictured above, ruins for a visit to the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara & Connaught. We sail onwards to Shannonbridge and visit a local apiary, and sample some wild Irish honey and other fresh organic produce at “Meadowsweet Farm” hosted by the owner family. After dinner, join the Captain for a “pint” in Killeen’s pub for music and chat and pass some time with the locals


Wednesday: Shannonbridge to Terryglass

The Fighting Irish and Ghosts!
A cruise through ever-changing landscape, crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons & sleepy market villages. Shannon Princess arrives at the quaint little village of Terryglass. We visit Mossfield Organic Farm to sample some of their award winning cheeses and then to neighbouring “Leap Castle”. Reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house, Leap Castle, pictured above, was once home to one of America’s Founding Fathers- John Carroll. You will be hosted by Sean Ryan, a renowned musician and his family who will invites us in to their unusual home.

Thursday: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Lunch and shopping in Galway City
Today take a morning excursion to the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle, and onto Galway, pictured at right, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at an authentic Guinness & Oyster Bar with time to browse and explore the colourful shops and streets. Return to “Shannon Princess’ for gourmet dinner as we meander through Lough Derg to Mountshannon – a lovely old estate village perched prettily above the Lough. After dinner enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon or dancing in the local hotel


Friday: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Slainte and Irish Farewell

A cruise through the charming lower stretches of Lough Derg and the River Shannon arriving into the pretty twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina, a prosperous town with art, history and foodie treats. A private tour of the Belfry of St. Flannan’s Anglican Cathedral will be hosted by the Choir Master. Then a visit to “Craganowen” a Celtic Bronze Age Settlement, pictured at left, where your guide will interpret and bring to life the “Living Past”. Later in the afternoon we drop in on a “Traditional Irish Hand Weavers” workshop and studio where guests will experience a step back in time while also learning how these thriving small cottage industries are dealing with technology and the future. Captains “Farewell” Gourmet Dinner showcasing local produce.

Saturday: Killaloe to Dublin

A Sad Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored in Killaloe. You will depart after breakfast at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact Us for reservations and more information about barge cruise vacations on the rivers of Ireland Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.


"Family Adventure Cruises in Ireland "

QUIGLEY'S MARINA TO KILLALOE ON THE SHANNON WATERWAY

FAMILY ADVENTURE CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Fun Activities: Walking, Zorbing, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Water-skiing, Trekking, Fishing, Cycling, Horse Riding, Water Sports, Traditional Music, Pottery & Crafts, Go cart racing etc.
- Bespoke Cruise each day can be changed and arranged to your immediate requirements
- Culinary/ Gourmet dining or dining of your choice
- Wii and PS3 on board (we carry games for all age groups) as well as DVDs and Satellite TV
- Spectacular unspoiled landscape and atmospheric ancient settlements and ruins
- History, antiquity folklore and music

Sunday: Dublin to Quigley's Marina

Our Family Welcomes Your Family
The Barge Host will meet guests at 3:00pm at the designated meeting point. The transfer will be in the Barge’s private coach to the Shannon Princess moored in Glasson. Family-owned and -managed, Shannon Princess delivers one of the warmest welcomes in European Barging. We welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. There is time to relax on deck or to mingle and chat with fellow guests & local boat owners. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first family dinner on board. .

Monday: Glasson to Athlone Town
Cruising and Zorbing

There’s time for an early morning stroll through twisting country lanes, before we set out on our cruise on the River Shannon’s “Inner Lakes”. Soon after arriving in the lively bustling River Town of Athlone. After lunch, drive the short distance to the “UpRiver” activity centre and get strapped in for “ZORBING”. Participants are safely harnessed opposite each other before being launched down the Zorbing run. Revolving head over heels, gaining speed with every revolution. Land and sky merge into one as you feel almost weightless – the thrill is intoxicating and totally unique. Afternoon Cupcake & Brownie Cookery lesson in our Galley. Alternative activities today are Kayaking, Rafting and Zip Lining!

Tuesday: Athlone Town to Shannonbridge
Lands of Saints and Racers
After breakfast, we sail through “The Callows”, lush grazing meadows that remain unchanged in over a 1000 years and are now a Wildfowl & Fauna Reserve. We moor below Clonmacnoise ruins for a visit to the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara & Connaught. We sail onwards to Shannonbridge and after lunch we depart for “Europes Largest GoKarting Track” www.pallaskarting.com. After dinner, join the Captain for a “Pint” in Killeen’s pub for music and chat and pass some time with the locals. Alternative activities today are Cheese Making & Horse Riding.

Wednesday: Shannonbridge to Terryglass

The Fighting Irish and Ghosts!
A cruise through ever-changing landscape, crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons and sleepy market villages.Shannon Princess arrives at the quaint little village of Terryglass. After lunch, our coach takes to “Flower Hill” Equestrian Centre. www.flowerhill.net. This is probably Ireland’s prettiest and most exhilarating Horseback riding venue. It is suitable for all grades of riders and will stay in the memory for a long time to come. Alternative activity today is a visit to Leap Castle, Irelands most haunted house.

Thursday: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Explore in a Kitchen Garden
Today take a morning excursion to the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle, and onto Galway, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at a quirky old fashioned Fish & Chip restaurant with time to shop and experience local street theatre. Return to “Shannon Princess’ for Cocktails & Alfresco Dinner as we meander through Lough Derg to Mountshannon – a lovely old estate village perched prettily above the Lough. After dinner enjoy a moonlit Treasure Hunt around Mountshannon or dancing in the local hotel.


Friday: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Activity Center on Shore - Boating Skills on Deck

A Cruise through the charming lower stretches of Lough Derg and the River Shannon arriving into the pretty twin towns of Killaloe & Ballina, a prosperous town with art, history and foodie treats. On Deck Knot and Boat Skills with the Captain. After lunch a short trip to the nearby “University of Limerick Activity Centre” Here Guests can choose from an endless list of activities including rope walking, sailing & archery. Capatin's Farewell Dinner.

Saturday: Killaloe to Dublin

Slainte - An Irish Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored in Killaloe. You will depart after breakfast at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Walking Itinerary

Discovering the Treasures of a Fabled Waterway

Our Luxury bus driver is in attendance on all walks allowing walkers the freedom to extend walks or return to the barge at their wish.

Sunday: The Court of High Kings...the Twin Towns of Killaloe and Ballina
Guests shall be met by the Barge Guide at 3:00pm at the Brooks Hotel, very centrally located in Dublin, and transferred by luxury coach to the Shannon Princess in Killaloe. We are moored on the Tipperary side of these picturesque little Ecclesiastical towns. Killaloe was once home to the court of the last High King of Ireland. "Cead Mile Failte," (a hundred thousand welcomes!) Your Captain and his crew welcome you aboard the elegant Shannon Princess with a Champagne Reception. Time enough to meet new friends; relax on deck or explore this charming riverside town and local sites of interest. Watch the world float by, as you enjoy your first Gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday: Morning Walk, the Graves of the Leinstermen
We take a hike into the Arra Mountains from our mooring in Killaloe. At the summit of Toutinna is the "Graves of the Leinstermen", today one stone is standing, the rest are covered in undergrowth. The site may have originally been a stone circle or a Meolithic Tomb. Keep a look out for evidence of the area's great slate quarrying tradition. Magnificent views can be had from these parts, and blanket bog and several varieties of heather add to the allure of the landscape. This is an excellent walk and can take between 3 to 5 hours to walk. We are walking on natural terrain with moderate gradients. We slip our moorings at Killaloe, and start our journey up river. This afternoon we literally go with the flow, up through Lough Derg with its many Islands and Medieval strongholds. Here the Shannon Princess follows a dramatic route carved through the hills and valleys of Munster's North Riding. The River sweeps past banks charmingly dotted with wild horses and crumbling castles. We moor at the lovely old estate village of Mountshannon, perched prettily about the Lough. After a gourmet dinner aboard, enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon.

Tuesday: Morning Walk, the East Clare Hills
The East Clare Way walk starts from overnight mooring in Mountshannon. This is a 127km route of marked Highways and Byways. You will be guided through what is considered the most beautiful section. A gentle climb up through riverside villages and into the Slieve Bernagh hills until we overlook some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Munster with Lough Derg and its many islands at our feet creating a landscape rich in beauty, color and variety. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk on natural terrain and trails with moderate gradients.

This afternoon, Shannon Princess meanders effortlessly north through Lough Derg. We moor waterside at the foot of a hill that slopes gently up to Terryglass village. Lunch in the village at the Derg Inn before an afternoon guided visit to the grounds of Birr Castle, family seat of the Earl and Countess of Rosse. Besides enjoying glorious castle gardens and parkland, the Castle is home to Ireland's Historic Centre. At Terryglass take time to explore this rural Hamlet - walk, cycle, swim or make a wish in any of the villages' 'Holy (fairy) Wells'! Gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday: Morning Walk, the Slieve Bloom Way - Cadens Town and Kinnity
We travel by luxury coach to the nearby Slieve Bloom Mountains. Steeped in history and folklore, the Slieve Blooms dominate the landscape as it straddles the boarder of counties Offaly and Laois. It's the highest peak, 529m Arderin, translates from Irish as the height of Ireland. Connections with the past are everywhere as the area is dusted with monuments dating back as far as 4,500 years. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk along riverside paths and bog tracks and through woodland trails. Refreshment at Leap Castle hosted by owner and Traditional Musician Sean Ryan.

Return to Shannon Princess for gourmet dinner as we cruise an evocative stretch of the River Shannon. Onwards we head, in the wake of time, floating by dappled woodlands and ancient highways. The ever-changing landscape slipping by, pausing as Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess pass on by, upwards through Meelick Lock to moor overnight at the village of Shannonbridge.

Thursday: Morning Walk, the Pilgrim's Path
After a short cruise, we moor at Clonmacnoise ruins - an atmospheric and spiritual 6th Century monastic settlement soaked in history and myth. Clonmacnoise was the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara and Connaught and quickly became a popular place of pilgrimage. Here on the Shannon Riverbanks we start our walking trail on THE PILGRIM's PATH. This ancient walking route crossed early historic Ireland from east to west and was known in Gaelic as An tSli Mor, the Great Road. The modern Pilgrim Path covers an intact stretch of that ancient route which winds along the Esker Riada and provides the alker with an elevated view of the bog and river Shannon rich in wildlife and flowers. We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours, over gently undulating and natural terrain.

The Shannon Princess continues its meander up the Shannon River towards Athlone, cruising through lush grazing meadows and floodplains. These meadows are considered Ireland's premier wildfowl and flora reserves, and excellent examples of "Callows" landscape. We moor in the heart of the bustling town of Athlone with time to visit some of the many charming craft, antique shops or a visit to any of the town's impromptu traditional music pub. Dinner on-board.

Friday: Lough Ree and Westmeath, Afternoon Walk
This morning the barge slips through countryside little changed through the centuries. Relax and unwind as we float along the Shannon's beautiful "Inner Lakes", passing stately riverside homes and some of its reputed 365 wooded islands. We moor at Quigley's Marina near Glasson Village. This afternoon we visit TAIN BO CULAINE - the legendary route taken across Ireland by Queen Maedbh of Connacht in her attempts at the theft of her husband's riches and his prized Brown Bull of Cooley. The Tain Trail is steeped in mythology and history as it retraces the journey and battles between Maeve and her armies and the Warrior hero Cuchulainn. We join the Tain Trail along the Shores of Lough Ree where Maeve met a bloody end. We follow the trail for 3 to 4 hours. This is a charming lakeshore byway on natural surfaces with only slight gradients. Farewell "Slainte" Gourmet Dinner.

Saturday: Athlone to Dublin
Shannon Princess will be moored at Quigley's Marina, near to Athlone. You will depart at 9:00am and chauffeured back to your transfer point in central Dublin. Estimated arrival in Dublin is 11:00am – 11:30 am. Upon request, you can be taken to Dublin airport. Estimated arrival time to Dublin airport is noon. Please make all onward travel plans the day of departure strictly on the basis of this timetable. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Please note:
This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact Us for reservations and more information about barge cruise vacations on the rivers of Ireland Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.



+ - Menu

Shannon Princess Sample Menus

Chef Olivia's New Irish Cuisine

Breakfast
Fresh Berries Raspberries, Loganberries, Strawberries, Blueberries and Cherries
From the Kitchen Garden Portumna Castle
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Irish Farmhouse Cheeses
Carrigburn, Carrigaline, Cashel Blue
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Eggs Any Style
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Irish Porridge splashed with Bailey's Irish Cream
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Buttermilk Scones, Coconut and Bran Muffins, Honey and Oak Biscuits
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Lemon Curd
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Smoked Fish, Tomato Relish
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Lunch
Cold Poached Wild Salmon on Rocket Leaves with Salsa Verde
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Confit Rabbit Legs
Bean and Sour Tomato Cassoulet
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Muscle and Artichoke Risotto
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Nanny Goats Cheese and Honeyed Onion Tartlettes
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Sweet Chili and Roast Pepper Salad
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Braised Fennel and Cos Salad
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Basil and Aubergine Salad
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Irish Cheese Platter
Summer Puddings
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Dinner
Salted Organic Salmon, Dill, Wasabi and Cucumbers
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Strawberry and Cracked Pepper Sorbet

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Wild Sea Bream, and Tarragon Dumplings
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Leaf Salad
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Farmers Market Cheeses served with Oatcakes, Membrillo and Vintage Port
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Chocolate and Apricot Tart Buttermilk Ice Cream
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Shannon Princess offers an interesting Old and New world wine list!

~ White Wines ~
Julio Bouchon,  Sauvingnon Blanc, 2007 Chile
Grave del Friuli DOC bidoli,  Pinot Grigio,  2007 Italy
Alkoomi Riesling,  2006 Austrialia
Weingut Steininger Kabinette,  2007 Austria
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~ Red Wines ~
Coriole Diva,  Sangiovese Shiraz,  2005 Australia
Montepulciano D’abruzzo DOC,  Fattoria la Valentia,  2006 Italy
Toro DO Bodegas Dos Victorias,  Elias Mora Semicrianza,  2006 Spain
Haut Medoc AC,  Chateau Puy Castera Merlot,  2002 France
Paddy Borthwick,  Pinot Noir,  2005 New Zealand
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Picture a Cruise in Ireland on Shannon Princess

A river cruise in Ireland on barge Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess Guest Book

"We had a wonderful time on the Shannon Princess. It was even better than any of us dreamed it could be. Everything runs like clockwork on the barge due to Ruairi and Olivia. They are so amazing and a truly wonderful couple. And the other crew assisting them were the best. They took such good care of us and made us feel so special.

And then the food. I can’t begin to describe the wonderful meals that we had. Olivia is an amazing chef and the food was so delicious. We couldn’t wait for each meal. I ate so much and didn’t gain an ounce which is amazing. I took so many pictures of the food , that my daughter finally asked if I could send her a picture with people in it…

The barge itself is like a floating Irish country house. We were so comfortable even in the cabins...which look small but seem to work very well and my husband is 6’5’. The shower was great and the water hot the minute you got in it. We slept so well in the bed…very comfortable.

There isn’t any complaints that any of us had regarding any part of the trip. The only thing I can say is that I wish more people knew about this gem and I will definitely try to put the word out. I don’t think I have ever been so relaxed…sitting outside on the top deck, sailing along looking at the beautiful scenery and drinking an Irish Coffee. You couldn’t ask for anything better than that. Again thank you for allowing us to experience the Shannon Princess and meet the wonderful people who run it."

- Kathi Sheridan, cruised May, 2014

"Shannon Princess was the vacation of a lifetime! Fantastic cuisine, fabulous host, and an insight into the real Ireland! The crew was were wonderful and catered to every need. The food review: Nothing but accolades! Five stars for every meal!! Olivia was magnificent!!! Visiting ClonMacNoise was an awesome experience. The services of The Barge Lady were very good - you covered everything we needed to know- your tip about attire for the cruise was particularly helpful!! The pre-trip information was quite adequate and presented an accurate overview of what to expect. Thank you for everything!"

- Moira and Kevin Laughlin, cruised May, 2014

"We received excellent service from the entire crew. Captain Ruairi was very accommodating and welcomed anyone to the wheelhouse. He is a master boat-handler and great travel guide. The cuisine was SPECTACULAR! Olivia's cuisine was incredible—best we've ever had on ANY vacation! Amazing, varied menus worthy of photos taken at the table. Fresh, delicious, nutritious, creative, beautifully presented. We wonder how she did it all in such a small galley. For our daily excursions were had a wonderful guide, and we enjoyed every minute. The guide was engaged, informative, fun. The daily excursions were easily the second highlight of our trip (after the cuisine). The cabin was very comfortable for the size, well-maintained, and great housekeeping twice (!) a day. This was our first barge trip, and we have now been exposed to a new and interesting method of travel. It was a great experience. The Barge Lady team handled everything beautifully."

- Chirs and Leo Stern, cruised May, 2014

"Our experience was OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend the Shannon Princess and it’s voyage through the heart of Ireland. Be prepared to be spoiled by the crew, the food, and the experience. We can’t say enough about Ruairi and Olivia and crew. They are the epitome of an excellent team. Olivia created flavorful, beautiful food. Her breakfast pastries were absolutely the freshest and most tasty I’ve had, ever! It was remarkable how she created, seemingly effortlessly, the gourmet meals we enjoyed. We enjoyed the daily excursion, especially the gardens at Birr Castle, including the enormous telescope from 1840. The cabins were nicely laid out with a sizable bathroom and plenty of storage space. Thank you for everything."

- Kathy Ealand, cruised May, 2014

"This was not my first barge trip but would come in first place for crew care and concern and cuisine. The crew was incredibly cheerful and helpful and anticipated our needs. From the first day, they knew what I liked (grapefruit juice and black coffee) and had it waiting for me every morning. I had requested two pillows as personal preferences for my wife and me. As it turns out, the barge normally provides two pillows - we received three! The cabin was actually larger than anticipated. The furnishings pack a lot into a little space, and the bathrooms were well stocked. Overall, my experience on the Shannon Princess far exceeded expectations. On a scale of 10, they get a 15. We'll do it agai.n"

- John Savage, cruised May, 2014

 "We just left Shannon Princess; a sad morning - we will miss our new friends Ruairi and Olivia and the fabulous crew!!!!! The food and service were ‘world class.’ “

- Al and Margaret Giuliani, cruised May, 2014

"The crew were all delightful, attentive and friendly. I loved the variety in the daily excursions, we felt that we saw the "real Ireland". The cuisine was better than excellent...it was superb! Shannon Princess was truly a wonderful experience. Olivia and Rauri were the perfect hosts, attending to every need."

- Bud Tanis, Cruised September, 2012


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