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-Ireland on Barge Shannon Princess-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 10 guests
  • 107 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Ruairi, Olivia & Ross Gibbons
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • 4 bicycles, more available on request
  • Air Conditioned: Yes
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured pick up from The Brooks Hotel in Dublin and return transfer to central Dublin hotel of your choice or on request the Dublin Airport (do not book flights home before 3 pm), all meals from welcome dinner Sunday evening through breakfast the last morning, wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, and 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

Lori Young, our well-traveled Sales Manager, was delighted to visit Shannon Princess in July, 2014. She came back raving about the warmth of the Irish people and the high quality operation of the Shannon Princess, owned by our old friends Captain Ruairi Gibbons and Chef Olivia Power. We consider Chef Olivia the top chef in the barging industry – and cuisine enjoyed by Lori confirmed this view. Below are sightseeing highlights from her trip.

Ireland barge cruise Shannon Princess ownersMy Ireland journey on the Shannon Princess began with a warm welcome from Captain Ruairi at the pickup hotel in central Dublin, the Brooks Hotel. The Brooks Hotel offers comfortable rooms, efficient front desk service, helpful concierge, and a very good restaurant and bar. The hotel is perfectly situated on a quiet street yet near to everything!

Shannon Princess was moored in Killaloe, the most southerly town on the route, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin. As we approach the parking lot in the marina, two smartly dressed women greet us, it is Cyann and Pavletta, our adorable hostesses. A champagne welcome on board with Ruairi and his wife Chef Olivia followed, along with an introduction to the week ahead.

After, there was time to unpack and get familiar with our floating home. Cabins are smartly appointed and the space is well-thought out. There’s an armoire with hanging space and shelves, night tables with drawers and a small writing desk for all your tech gear. The bathroom has more storage than needed and even a hamper is provided! Cabin amenities include; fluffy towels and robes, slippers, crisp duvets, dryers, curling irons, regional guide book and binoculars, flashlight, and so much more!

Our welcome dinner was a feast for the senses and each meal thereafter, Chef Olivia just kept exceling – we all marveled at her talent, TOP CHEF extraordinaire! See the menu page for a full tour of Olivia’s gastronomic delights.

While most tourists visit Ireland and drive the periphery, this cruise affords the unique opportunity to go inland on a series of “Loughs” or lakes. The lakes are connected by rivers and easy enough for mariners to traverse from one to the next. The landscape is an attractive bend of rolling hillsides, woodlands and farmland. Fun fact: Ireland has 1.5 million more cows than people! Swans abound, creating a picture perfect scene as the Shannon Princess plies the waterways. If birding is a pastime, these waterways will not disappoint, no wonder each cabin is supplied with a pair of binoculars!

I found the sightseeing diverse, with emphasis on introducing guests to the people in the villages, shops, farms, and even the pubs along the route! Our first guided tour was to “Craggaunowen, The Living Past”, a reenactment of a traditional Bronze Age Settlement, portraying everyday life of Pre-historic and early Christian Eras. Nestled within a beautiful pine forest the exhibition was very well-done. I had no idea so many artifacts have been preserved in the many bogs throughout Ireland, and many have only recently been excavated. A brief stop at a local weavers studio on the way back provided an intimate tour of the looms and the studio by owner, Eugene McKernan, who was working on some truly spectacular scarfs.

Tuesday, following a morning cruise to Terryglass, we were treated to lunch ashore at The Derg Inn, a traditional pub. I ordered my first Irish pub version of Fish and Chips – it was fresh, simple and scrumptious! After lunch we headed to Leap Castle, reputed to be the most haunted castle in Ireland – the crew forewarned me to take heaps of photos as some guests have had mysterious orbs appear. Ruairi is sure to let his guests know in advance not to expect a fancy or refined visit of Leap Castle and he was right! The castle is mostly in ruin but its owner, Sean Ryan is very much alive and a colorful character in his own right. Sean captivated us with ghostly tales, the gruesome history of the O’Carroll clan and his Irish Tin Whistle, the visit is such a treat!

A visit to Portumna Castle on Wednesday morning gave insight to an important role in our cruise, as Olivia’s delicious and creative cooking can be attributed to the herbs from the Kitchen Garden here. This property is dated from the early 1600’s and felt modern with a geometrically laid out ‘ladies garden’ in the front and a back lawn that led down to the lake. Lunch today was ashore at an authentic Guinness and Oyster bar in the bustling port city of Galway with time to explore on your own after, this was a pleasant contrast to the sleepy villages we had been mooring near. A hot pot of tea or cocktails were waiting on board for our late afternoon cruise as we took in the changing colors of the landscape on the Shannon River as the sun began to wane - exquisite!

Thursday's excursion brought us to Clonmacnoise, a 6th Century Monastic site that is situated on an esker ridge overlooking the bog, a definite highlight. In earlier times this was the crossroad for communication, religious learning, trade and politics. There are still pilgrimages that take place to this well-preserved site. To access the site from the docks and to maintain its authenticity one still needs to walk through the cow pasture! Wander through the graveyard, marvel at the towers, and be sure to try out the whispering wall (it really works!), a means of communication to avoid consumption. The government has outdone itself here and this tour should not be missed.

Our final cruise on Friday brought us past what seemed like hundreds of tiny uninhabited islands before arriving at our final mooring in Glasson. We devoured Olivia’s bountiful lunch spread and set off to Kilbeggan Distillery for a private tour and whiskey tasting. After all, you can’t come all this way and not sample the whiskey! On the way back, I asked Ruairi if we could stop in Glasson, which he happily accommodated. My peers popped into a pub for Irish coffees with Ruairi, while I visited the local art gallery, teeming with top quality local pottery, soaps, art, and textiles. Tonight was our final dinner which Captain Ruairi has joined us for. This was an extravaganza of the senses – once again Olivia has shone, every element of the meal was sheer perfection. Ruairi is a fine story-teller in his own rights and our hostesses made us all feel so special this final night with their own toast to our well-being!

Saturday was a sad farewell but I know I will return to the Shannon River Valley. It was a memorable week filled with laughter and learning and the hospitality of my hosts can’t be beat, they were extraordinary from start to finish. 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 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

2017 Value Season dates
April 23 - 29
April 30 - May 6

 

2017 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

2017 regular Season dates
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26 October 1 - 7
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2  
June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9  
Barge Cruise

Shannon Princess Accommodations and Amenities

  • 107 Feet Long
  • Five cabins with tiled ensuite shower bath
  • Extensive renovation and upgrades in the cabins
    and bathrooms for the 2016 season
  • All 120 square feet with picture windows
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Two bathrobes in each cabin
  • In the Public Areas
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Panoramic windows in salon, dining room
  • Deck
  • Hot tub
  • 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"
  KILLALOE to Quigley's Marina On the Shannon Waterway

Sunday: Dublin to Killaloe
Board in a Charming Riverside Town
In the afternoon, a Shannon Princess crew member will meet you at the designated collection point, The Brooks Hotel in Dublin. From here, you will be chauffeured to the vessel, moored on the Tipperary side of these picturesque little Ecclesiastical towns. 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: To the Waters and the Wild - County Clare
Celtic Life and Times on Display
We slip our moorings at Killaloe, and start our journey up river. This morning 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. Lunch is served on-board. We moor at the lovely old estate village of Mountshannon, perched prettily about the Lough. The Captain accompanies you on an afternoon excursion to the 'Cragganaunowen Project', which recreates Celtic culture, life, religious practices and warfare. After a gourmet dinner aboard, enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon.

Tuesday: County Tipperary
Haunted Grounds at an Ancient Castle and Lunch on Shore
Today 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 Leap Castle, which is rumored to the Ireland’s most haunted house. You will be hosted by Sean Ryan, a renowned musician, and his family will invite us in to their unique home. 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 on-board.

Wednesday: Journey through the Ancient Kingdoms of Connaught and Leinster
Morning in Lively Galway City and Lunch on Shore
Today you visit lakeside Portumna Castle and its Walled Gardens, the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years. Here you may visit the Abbey, the castle, formal gardens and 17th century walled kitchen garden. Then it's on to Galway, pictured below, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural center of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at an authentic Guinness and Oyster Bar in Galway with time to browse in the local craft shops. 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 little Georgian Literary Town of Banagher. Gourmet dinner on-board.

Thursday: The Broad Majestic Shannon and Athlone
Meander through Classic Irish Landscapes
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. Enroute we moor at Clonmacniose, the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara and Connaught. Clonmacnoise is an atmospheric and spiritual 6th century monastic settlement. After a guided tour we continue on our way upstream while enjoying lunch on-board. 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
Visit the World’s Oldest Whiskey Distillery
There’s time for an early morning stroll through the winding lanes and alleys of this old Viking town. Back on-board Shannon Princess sets out to explore a river wrapped in the legends of time, and now more recently a preserved area of ecological importance. 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. Lunch is served on-board. This afternoon, we visit Kilbeggan Distillery, which is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, established in 1757. Return to Shannon Princess for a Farewell "Slainte" gourmet dinner. We moor overnight at Quigley's Marina near Glasson Village.

Saturday: Athlone to Dublin
A Sad Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored at Quigley's Marina, near to Athlone. After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point, The Brooks Hotel in Dublin. Estimated arrival time is 12:00 pm noon. Please make all onward plans on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope to see you again!



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
* * *
Smoked Fish, Tomato Relish
* * * * *

Lunch
Cold Poached Wild Salmon on Rocket Leaves with Salsa Verde
* * *
Confit Rabbit Legs
Bean and Sour Tomato Cassoulet
* * *
Muscle and Artichoke Risotto
* * *
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

"Wow! The cruise aboard the Shannon Princess was amazing. Well beyond what we expected. The barge was so perfect. The owners of the barge treated us like celebrities! Olivia is a master Chef, and the cuisine was that of a gourmet dining tour. Please recommend to anyone looking for lovely accommodations, great scenery, terrific food, and beautiful, charming cities. I hope to take my boys someday soon on this experience. Thanks again. Looking forward to the next adventure."

Rochelle S. and Jeffrey S, cruised July, 2016

"There are no words to express our gratitude on the way we were treated on our cruise with Captain Ruairi, Chef Olivia, and the rest of the Shannon Princess crew. It was over the top, and we are already highly recommending this trip to everyone we see. Thanks again."

Michael and Bobbie B., cruised July, 2016

"This cruise on the Shannon Princess was truly enjoyable. The crew was FABULOUS! Everyone was so friendly couldn't do enough for us. Cuisine was perfect! Olivia is a fantastic Chef. Each meal was better than the next! We really enjoyed the excursions, and enjoyed meeting the other guests, who were lovely. We didn't want to leave! The pre-trip information was perfect, and we followed all the suggestions given. We have already recommended to several people that they contact you for amazing trips. Each cruise we have booked with you has been incredible!"

- Sue Meltzer, cruised June, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"Our time on the Shannon Princess was over the top. Captain Ruiari and Chef Olivia are awesome. Olivia's cuisine was the best of the five cruises we have taken! Our cabin was excellent. Barge Lady services were excellent as usual. Barge cruising -- it just keeps getting better..."

- Al and Lura Granger, cruised May, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"Everything about the cruise aboard the Shannon Princess was top-notch. We had a wonderful time. The efforts of Captain Ruairi and Chef Olivia made for a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Olivia's cuisine was excellent, the cabins were very comfortable, and everything ran like clockwork. Our fellow travelers, who we didn't know in advance, formed a very compatible group. There were two retired four-star generals and their wives, a retired cruise director and his wife, and a hotel owner from Pennsylvania and his wife. Rather than go on at length, suffice it to say that you could feel very confident in recommending this to anyone expressing an interest in visiting Ireland. Thanks for your help in setting this up. We couldn't have done it without you."

- Peter Karsten, cruised May, 2016

Shannon Princess Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

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Chef Olivia’s Guinness Stout Cake – A St. Patrick’s Day Treat!
Chef Olivia shares her recipe for an indulgently decadent dessert - Guinness Stout Cake!

 

 

 

Forty Shade of Fun in Ireland - Lori's Shannon Princess Cruise
Let Barge Lady's Lori take you along on a day by day journey of her fabulous cruise aboard Shannon Princess.

 

+ - 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
  • 4 bicycles, more available on request
  • Air Conditioned: Yes
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured pick up from The Brooks Hotel in Dublin and return transfer to central Dublin hotel of your choice or on request the Dublin Airport (do not book flights home before 3 pm), all meals from welcome dinner Sunday evening through breakfast the last morning, wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, and 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

Lori Young, our well-traveled Sales Manager, was delighted to visit Shannon Princess in July, 2014. She came back raving about the warmth of the Irish people and the high quality operation of the Shannon Princess, owned by our old friends Captain Ruairi Gibbons and Chef Olivia Power. We consider Chef Olivia the top chef in the barging industry – and cuisine enjoyed by Lori confirmed this view. Below are sightseeing highlights from her trip.

Ireland barge cruise Shannon Princess ownersMy Ireland journey on the Shannon Princess began with a warm welcome from Captain Ruairi at the pickup hotel in central Dublin, the Brooks Hotel. The Brooks Hotel offers comfortable rooms, efficient front desk service, helpful concierge, and a very good restaurant and bar. The hotel is perfectly situated on a quiet street yet near to everything!

Shannon Princess was moored in Killaloe, the most southerly town on the route, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin. As we approach the parking lot in the marina, two smartly dressed women greet us, it is Cyann and Pavletta, our adorable hostesses. A champagne welcome on board with Ruairi and his wife Chef Olivia followed, along with an introduction to the week ahead.

After, there was time to unpack and get familiar with our floating home. Cabins are smartly appointed and the space is well-thought out. There’s an armoire with hanging space and shelves, night tables with drawers and a small writing desk for all your tech gear. The bathroom has more storage than needed and even a hamper is provided! Cabin amenities include; fluffy towels and robes, slippers, crisp duvets, dryers, curling irons, regional guide book and binoculars, flashlight, and so much more!

Our welcome dinner was a feast for the senses and each meal thereafter, Chef Olivia just kept exceling – we all marveled at her talent, TOP CHEF extraordinaire! See the menu page for a full tour of Olivia’s gastronomic delights.

While most tourists visit Ireland and drive the periphery, this cruise affords the unique opportunity to go inland on a series of “Loughs” or lakes. The lakes are connected by rivers and easy enough for mariners to traverse from one to the next. The landscape is an attractive bend of rolling hillsides, woodlands and farmland. Fun fact: Ireland has 1.5 million more cows than people! Swans abound, creating a picture perfect scene as the Shannon Princess plies the waterways. If birding is a pastime, these waterways will not disappoint, no wonder each cabin is supplied with a pair of binoculars!

I found the sightseeing diverse, with emphasis on introducing guests to the people in the villages, shops, farms, and even the pubs along the route! Our first guided tour was to “Craggaunowen, The Living Past”, a reenactment of a traditional Bronze Age Settlement, portraying everyday life of Pre-historic and early Christian Eras. Nestled within a beautiful pine forest the exhibition was very well-done. I had no idea so many artifacts have been preserved in the many bogs throughout Ireland, and many have only recently been excavated. A brief stop at a local weavers studio on the way back provided an intimate tour of the looms and the studio by owner, Eugene McKernan, who was working on some truly spectacular scarfs.

Tuesday, following a morning cruise to Terryglass, we were treated to lunch ashore at The Derg Inn, a traditional pub. I ordered my first Irish pub version of Fish and Chips – it was fresh, simple and scrumptious! After lunch we headed to Leap Castle, reputed to be the most haunted castle in Ireland – the crew forewarned me to take heaps of photos as some guests have had mysterious orbs appear. Ruairi is sure to let his guests know in advance not to expect a fancy or refined visit of Leap Castle and he was right! The castle is mostly in ruin but its owner, Sean Ryan is very much alive and a colorful character in his own right. Sean captivated us with ghostly tales, the gruesome history of the O’Carroll clan and his Irish Tin Whistle, the visit is such a treat!

A visit to Portumna Castle on Wednesday morning gave insight to an important role in our cruise, as Olivia’s delicious and creative cooking can be attributed to the herbs from the Kitchen Garden here. This property is dated from the early 1600’s and felt modern with a geometrically laid out ‘ladies garden’ in the front and a back lawn that led down to the lake. Lunch today was ashore at an authentic Guinness and Oyster bar in the bustling port city of Galway with time to explore on your own after, this was a pleasant contrast to the sleepy villages we had been mooring near. A hot pot of tea or cocktails were waiting on board for our late afternoon cruise as we took in the changing colors of the landscape on the Shannon River as the sun began to wane - exquisite!

Thursday's excursion brought us to Clonmacnoise, a 6th Century Monastic site that is situated on an esker ridge overlooking the bog, a definite highlight. In earlier times this was the crossroad for communication, religious learning, trade and politics. There are still pilgrimages that take place to this well-preserved site. To access the site from the docks and to maintain its authenticity one still needs to walk through the cow pasture! Wander through the graveyard, marvel at the towers, and be sure to try out the whispering wall (it really works!), a means of communication to avoid consumption. The government has outdone itself here and this tour should not be missed.

Our final cruise on Friday brought us past what seemed like hundreds of tiny uninhabited islands before arriving at our final mooring in Glasson. We devoured Olivia’s bountiful lunch spread and set off to Kilbeggan Distillery for a private tour and whiskey tasting. After all, you can’t come all this way and not sample the whiskey! On the way back, I asked Ruairi if we could stop in Glasson, which he happily accommodated. My peers popped into a pub for Irish coffees with Ruairi, while I visited the local art gallery, teeming with top quality local pottery, soaps, art, and textiles. Tonight was our final dinner which Captain Ruairi has joined us for. This was an extravaganza of the senses – once again Olivia has shone, every element of the meal was sheer perfection. Ruairi is a fine story-teller in his own rights and our hostesses made us all feel so special this final night with their own toast to our well-being!

Saturday was a sad farewell but I know I will return to the Shannon River Valley. It was a memorable week filled with laughter and learning and the hospitality of my hosts can’t be beat, they were extraordinary from start to finish. 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 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

2017 Value Season dates
April 23 - 29
April 30 - May 6

 

2017 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

2017 regular Season dates
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26 October 1 - 7
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2  
June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9  

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Shannon Princess Accommodations and Amenities

  • 107 Feet Long
  • Five cabins with tiled ensuite shower bath
  • Extensive renovation and upgrades in the cabins
    and bathrooms for the 2016 season
  • All 120 square feet with picture windows
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Two bathrobes in each cabin
  • In the Public Areas
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Panoramic windows in salon, dining room
  • Deck
  • Hot tub
  • 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"
  KILLALOE to Quigley's Marina On the Shannon Waterway

Sunday: Dublin to Killaloe
Board in a Charming Riverside Town
In the afternoon, a Shannon Princess crew member will meet you at the designated collection point, The Brooks Hotel in Dublin. From here, you will be chauffeured to the vessel, moored on the Tipperary side of these picturesque little Ecclesiastical towns. 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: To the Waters and the Wild - County Clare
Celtic Life and Times on Display
We slip our moorings at Killaloe, and start our journey up river. This morning 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. Lunch is served on-board. We moor at the lovely old estate village of Mountshannon, perched prettily about the Lough. The Captain accompanies you on an afternoon excursion to the 'Cragganaunowen Project', which recreates Celtic culture, life, religious practices and warfare. After a gourmet dinner aboard, enjoy a moonlit ramble around Mountshannon.

Tuesday: County Tipperary
Haunted Grounds at an Ancient Castle and Lunch on Shore
Today 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 Leap Castle, which is rumored to the Ireland’s most haunted house. You will be hosted by Sean Ryan, a renowned musician, and his family will invite us in to their unique home. 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 on-board.

Wednesday: Journey through the Ancient Kingdoms of Connaught and Leinster
Morning in Lively Galway City and Lunch on Shore
Today you visit lakeside Portumna Castle and its Walled Gardens, the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years. Here you may visit the Abbey, the castle, formal gardens and 17th century walled kitchen garden. Then it's on to Galway, pictured below, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural center of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland. Lunch is at an authentic Guinness and Oyster Bar in Galway with time to browse in the local craft shops. 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 little Georgian Literary Town of Banagher. Gourmet dinner on-board.

Thursday: The Broad Majestic Shannon and Athlone
Meander through Classic Irish Landscapes
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. Enroute we moor at Clonmacniose, the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara and Connaught. Clonmacnoise is an atmospheric and spiritual 6th century monastic settlement. After a guided tour we continue on our way upstream while enjoying lunch on-board. 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
Visit the World’s Oldest Whiskey Distillery
There’s time for an early morning stroll through the winding lanes and alleys of this old Viking town. Back on-board Shannon Princess sets out to explore a river wrapped in the legends of time, and now more recently a preserved area of ecological importance. 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. Lunch is served on-board. This afternoon, we visit Kilbeggan Distillery, which is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, established in 1757. Return to Shannon Princess for a Farewell "Slainte" gourmet dinner. We moor overnight at Quigley's Marina near Glasson Village.

Saturday: Athlone to Dublin
A Sad Farewell
Shannon Princess will be moored at Quigley's Marina, near to Athlone. After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point, The Brooks Hotel in Dublin. Estimated arrival time is 12:00 pm noon. Please make all onward plans on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope to see you again!



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.



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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

"Wow! The cruise aboard the Shannon Princess was amazing. Well beyond what we expected. The barge was so perfect. The owners of the barge treated us like celebrities! Olivia is a master Chef, and the cuisine was that of a gourmet dining tour. Please recommend to anyone looking for lovely accommodations, great scenery, terrific food, and beautiful, charming cities. I hope to take my boys someday soon on this experience. Thanks again. Looking forward to the next adventure."

Rochelle S. and Jeffrey S, cruised July, 2016

"There are no words to express our gratitude on the way we were treated on our cruise with Captain Ruairi, Chef Olivia, and the rest of the Shannon Princess crew. It was over the top, and we are already highly recommending this trip to everyone we see. Thanks again."

Michael and Bobbie B., cruised July, 2016

"This cruise on the Shannon Princess was truly enjoyable. The crew was FABULOUS! Everyone was so friendly couldn't do enough for us. Cuisine was perfect! Olivia is a fantastic Chef. Each meal was better than the next! We really enjoyed the excursions, and enjoyed meeting the other guests, who were lovely. We didn't want to leave! The pre-trip information was perfect, and we followed all the suggestions given. We have already recommended to several people that they contact you for amazing trips. Each cruise we have booked with you has been incredible!"

- Sue Meltzer, cruised June, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"Our time on the Shannon Princess was over the top. Captain Ruiari and Chef Olivia are awesome. Olivia's cuisine was the best of the five cruises we have taken! Our cabin was excellent. Barge Lady services were excellent as usual. Barge cruising -- it just keeps getting better..."

- Al and Lura Granger, cruised May, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"Everything about the cruise aboard the Shannon Princess was top-notch. We had a wonderful time. The efforts of Captain Ruairi and Chef Olivia made for a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Olivia's cuisine was excellent, the cabins were very comfortable, and everything ran like clockwork. Our fellow travelers, who we didn't know in advance, formed a very compatible group. There were two retired four-star generals and their wives, a retired cruise director and his wife, and a hotel owner from Pennsylvania and his wife. Rather than go on at length, suffice it to say that you could feel very confident in recommending this to anyone expressing an interest in visiting Ireland. Thanks for your help in setting this up. We couldn't have done it without you."

- Peter Karsten, cruised May, 2016

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