Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 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
  • 107 Feet Long
  • Hot tub
  • Spacious deck
  • 4 Raleigh brand bicycles
  • Mountain bikes with pumps and helmets
  • Extra bikes of different types/sizes available on request

Itineraries

Travel from Killaloe to Quigley's Marina on the River Shannon

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Dublin to Killaloe
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, a Shannon Princess crew member will meet you at the designated meeting point and chauffeur you to the vessel, moored at the charming riverside port of Killaloe. A "welcome aboard" reception introduces your all-Irish crew and provides a preview of the week's gourmet treats. There is time to meet new friends, relax on deck, or explore in Killaloe's quaint setting. Enjoy your first gourmet dinner onboard as the sun sets over the Shannon Waterway.

Monday
Fabulous Falconry Fun!monday image
Fabulous Falconry Fun!
Travel: Killaloe to Mountshannon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning we'll slip onto the river and literally go with the flow, up through Lough Derg with its many islands and Medieval strongholds, then mooring at the charming old estate village of Mountshannon. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Adare Manor for an interactive experience with their falcons and other birdlife. "Walk the birds" as they are released to follow you through the grounds! Return to the barge for cocktails and canapes. Expect lively conversation at dinner onboard.

Tuesday
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Explore an Ancient Castle
Travel: Mountshannon to Terryglass
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard; lunch ashore

Today Shannon Princess meanders effortlessly north through Lough Derg, mooring near to Terryglass village. Laze on deck, or Join Captain Ruairi in his wheelhouse. Join the locals for lunch at Derg Inn before a visiting Leap Castle, rumored to the Ireland’s most haunted house! It's a unique experience to be welcomed by owner Sean Ryan and his family. Back at Terryglass, take time to explore this hamlet - walk, cycle, or make a wish in one of the village wells. Then enjoy another gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday
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A Day Galway City
Travel: Terryglass to Banagher
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your first visit is to Portumna Castle. Experience the Abbey and the 17th century kitchen garden, from where your Chef purchases fresh produce! Then it's on to Galway City, a lively university town and cultural center. Lunch is at an authentic Guinness and Oyster Bar in Eyre Square, followed by time to browse in the local craft shops. Return to Shannon Princess to cruise an evocative stretch of the Shannon Waterway to Banagher. Gourmet dinner onboard.

Thursday
Meander through Classic Irish Landscapesthursday image
Meander through Classic Irish Landscapes
Travel: Banagher to Athlone via Clonmacniose
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The Shannon Princess slips along the river on a morning cruise through the Irish countryside. Relax on deck with a cup of coffee, or explore the riverside path with a gentle pedal or lesuirely stroll. En route, moor at Clonmacniose, an ancient and atmospheric Monastic site founded in the 6th century. After a guided tour, the cruise continues to Athlone. Overnight in this bustling town with time to visit charming craft and antique shops, or sing with the locals at a traditional music pub. Dinner is served onboard.

Friday
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Visit the World’s Oldest Whiskey Distillery
Travel: Athlone to Quigley’s Marina
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's final cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub, or explore the riverside path by bicycle or on foot. Relax as you float along the Shannon's beautiful "Inner lakes" on the way to the overnight mooring at Quigley’s Marina. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Kilbeggan Distillery, where the secrets of Irish Whiskey making are revealed. Established in 1757, it is now the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Return to Shannon Princess for a Farewell "Slainte" gourmet dinner.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Quigley's Marina to Dublin
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, your chauffeured transfer takes you to the designated drop off point in Dublin.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from to the Barge
Travel: Dublin to Quigley's Marina
Meals: Dinner onboard

Your family be met by Shannon Princess crew in the afternoon at one location of your choice in Dublin. Then sit back and enjoy your private chauffeured transfer to Shannon Princess, moored at Quigley’s Marina. First up is a champagne – or soda! -- reception, then relax until your first family dinner.

Monday
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Kayaking, Water Trampoline, and More
Travel: Quigley's Marina to Athlone
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with a morning cruise, mooring at Baysports Boat Training and Watersports Centre. Activities such as offering Zorbing, Water Trampoline, Kayaking, Currach Rowing, Dingy Sailing, and Power Boating are all on offer, and participants of all ages are invited to join the fun. In the evening, after a brief cruise, the Shannon Princess moors near all of the action in Athlone. Enjoy a visit to a pub which claims to Ireland’s oldest, and then another family feast is served onboard.

Tuesday
Choose Your Own Adventure!tuesday image
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Athlone to Shannonbridge
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, optional picnic lunch ashore

A morning cruise lets the Shannon Princesss moor right at Clonmacnoise, the ruins of an ancient monastery. Explore this great center of religion and learning. Alternatively, a Tour Guide can lead your group on a bicycling adventure. Chef Olivia will provide a picnic lunch! Rejoin the barge at her overnight mooring in Shannonbridge. For the non-cyclists, there is a choice of ghost hunting at Leap Castle, or a visit to an award-winning organic farm. After a festive dinner onboard, the whole family can enjoy live music at Kileen’s Pub.

Wednesday
Horseback Riding, Irish Style!wednesday image
Horseback Riding, Irish Style!
Travel: Shannonbridge to Terryglass
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise to Terryglass allows for time to explore this charming village. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Oliver Walsh’s spectacular “Flower Hill Country House Equestrian Centre” for some of the best horse riding Ireland has to offer. This is a chance to experience a natural Cross Country Course within the infamous Galway Blazer Fox Hunt Stone Walls. Return to the Shannon Princess, and why not step into Chef Olivia’s kitchen for a fun bread-making lesson? Another family dinner is served onboard.

Thursday
Cliffs of Moher Overlooking the Atlantic Oceanthursday image
Cliffs of Moher Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Travel: Terryglass to Mountshannon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

Start with an early morning cruise followed by a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. This is top of the list of places to see in Ireland and a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. There are plenty of natural wonders to enjoy here. Your Tour Guide returns your family to the barge, providing the perfect opportunity for a splash in the hot tub. Chef Olivia serves another festive dinner onboard.

Friday
Did You Know Boats Could Fly?!friday image
Did You Know Boats Could Fly?!
Travel: Mountshannon to Killaloe
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise sails through lakeside scenery to the delightful village of Killaloe. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts your family to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which captures perfectly the romantic era of the first TransAtlantic passenger flights made by what were known then as “flying boats.” Return to the barge, and relax on deck, take a dip in the hot tub, or explore the area with a bicycle ride. Tonight's dinner is very special as Captain Ruairi joins your family as the guest of honor at the Captain's Dinner.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Killaloe to Dublin
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, your family is chauffeured to the designated drop-off point in Dublin.

Sunday
Warm Irish Welcome Aboard
Travel: Dublin to Killaloe
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, a Shannon Princess crew member will meet you at the designated meeting point and will chauffeur you to the vessel, moored at Killaloe. Your Captain and crew welcome you aboard the elegant Shannon Princess with a champagne reception. The sun sets over the river as you enjoy your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday
Fore! Lahinch Golf Club
Travel: Killaloe to Mountshannon
Meals: Breakfast and dinner onboard; lunch ashore

After a delightful morning cruise, transfer to Lahinch Golf Club, one of the top courses in the world, for lunch in the clubhouse and an 18-hole round. Golf at Lahinch dates back to 1892, making it one of Ireland's oldest clubs. The unpredictable winds coming off the ocean add an interesting twist to your game. Non-golfers will be taken to lunch and then to the Burren Perfumery. Experience how perfume is created from garden to bottle, followed by a delicious High Tea in a local inn. All return together to Shannon Princess for cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday
Golfing at Adare Manor
Travel: Mountshannon to Terryglass via Dromineer
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

After a sunrise cruise to Dromineer, the golfers will play at Adare Manor Golf Resort, an exquisite 18-hole Championship Course which features 230 acres of lush Irish countryside. Adare was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Senior. Lunch will be taken at the course. Non-golfers will shop for antiques and gifts, followed by lunch in the charming village of Adare. All guests will return to Shannon Princess, still moored at Dromineer, for a gourmet dinner and evening sail to our overnight mooring at Terryglass.

Wednesday
Ireland's "Most Haunted" House!
Travel: Cruise to Banagher
Meals: Terryglass to Banagher

After breakfast, your Tour Guide escorts you on a to visit Mossfield Organic Farm for a sample their award winning cheeses, and then its to neighboring Leap Castle. Reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house, Leap Castle 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. Return to the barge laze in the hot tub or explore the riverside path by bicycle or on foot. overnight mooring at the lively town of Banagher. After dinner onboard, find music and banter at local pubs.

Thursday
Golf The K Club
Travel: Banagher to Athlone
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Cruise this morning through the protected Callows, a wild life flora and fauna reserve, mooring at Clonmacnoise, the ruins of an ancient monastery. After a guided tour, depart for 18 holes at the K Club. Host for the 2006 Ryder Cup, this Arnold Palmer designed course is one of the premier parkland golf courses in Europe. Non-golfers can elect to visit a top horse breeding farm, or shop at Kildare village with its many designer outlet stores. Return to barge for another gourmet dinner. Share golf lore and music at a waterside pub.

Friday
Golf at Glasson, Sample Whisky at a local Distillery
Travel: Athlone to Glasson Golf Course
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Cruise this morning through the Shannon’s beautiful Lough Ree and the Inner Lakes passing stately riverside homes to our mooring right at Glasson. Glasson is one of the most scenic courses in Ireland, with panoramic views over Lough Ree from every hole. The non-golfers will enjoy a cooking class in Chef Olivia’s kitchen. Everyone will have lunch on board, followed by an afternoon tasting at the Old Kilbeggan Distillery, a local distillery dating from 1757. Also visit the nearby Ballinahown Artisan Craft Village. A multi-course Captain's Dinner ends your cruise in style!

Saturday
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Dublin
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Dublin.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Cold Poached Wild Salmon on Rocket Leaves with Salsa Verde
  • Nanny Goats Cheese and Honeyed Onion Tartlettes
  • Buttermilk Mini Cupcakes with Elderflower Champagne Icing
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 2 Lunches Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia and Sourdough Breads with Flavored Dipping Oils and Tapenades
  • Hake Crisped in Sage and Chorizo Oil, Roasted Asparagus with Lime Splashed Prawn Tail Ravioli
  • Gold Gouda and Ardsallagh Soft Cheese
  • Iced Nougat and Vanilla Fondue, with Florentines Biscuits and Frosted Berries
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Alkoomi Riesling,  2006 Austrialia
  • Weingut Steininger Kabinette,  2007 Austria
  • Coriole Diva,  Sangiovese Shiraz,  2005 Australia
  • Paddy Borthwick,  Pinot Noir,  2005 New Zealand
  • Toro DO Bodegas Dos Victorias,  Elias Mora Semicrianza,  2006 Spain
  • Cote-du-Rhone 2009,  Rasteau, France

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$37,100$41,400
Private Cruise (up to 8 guests)$39,300$44,200
Private Cruise for 10 guests$41,500$47,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,400$5,050
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,500$1,700

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from Ireland
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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