Making her way through the small lakes and rivers of Ireland, the Shannon Princess is owned and operated by the accomplished and accommodating Irish husband and wife team of Chef Olivia Power and Captain Ruairi Gibbons. Their passion, dedication, and commitment to the Shannon Princess is evident from the moment guests board.
Captain Ruiari functions as a trusted guide to the area’s many attractions, while Chef Olivia is among the best Chefs in barging, having taken her culinary training at Ireland’s prestigious Ballymaloe School of Cookery. Together, they successfully mixed contemporary luxury with a welcoming atmosphere, creating Ireland’s most magical of floating homes.
Delightfully decorated in rich browns and soft creams, the vessel’s salon and dining area serves as the social center of the cruise. Ample seating, portrait windows, and décor featuring locally made artwork ensures the perfect spot for guests to gather. The river’s scenery and greenery is best viewed from the expansive deck, or perhaps while lazing in the hot tub with a fresh cup of coffee and Baileys! Cabins are cozy and comfortable, offering clever storage space and beautifully tiled bathrooms.
A surprising highlight for gourmands and gastronomes, Chef Olivia’s exquisite “New Irish” cuisine is uniformly praised for her creative use of traditionally Irish ingredients in her deliciously modern menus, which focus on artisan products and locally-sourced produce. Excursions reveal Ireland’s cultural treasures both ancient and current; the boat’s sightseeing opportunities includes a whiskey tasting, a private musical performance, and lunch ashore at an authentic Guinness & Oyster Bar!
Crew aboard the Shannon Princess are carefully chosen by Ruiari and Olivia; accordingly, guests can expect attentive service, friendly personalities, and warm hospitality. Enjoy our blog post featuring a special dessert recipe from Chef Olivia!