The Shannon Princess, with a capacity of ten passengers, is Ireland's only luxury hotel barge. Shannon Princess cruises between Lough Ree and Killaloe on the Shannon River. Dublin serves as the departure port from where passengers board the ship. Customers can enhance their trip experience by adding a hotel stay in Ireland's capital city.
One of European Waterways' most popular tours, the Shannon Princess cruise, is immersed in Irish history and cuisine. Irish coffee and "black velvets" (a mixture of stout and champagne) await you as soon as you board the ship, and you're immediately whisked away to a land of myth and legend. You can take part in various exciting excursions, including a personal tour of a castle by the eccentric owner, a birds-of-prey display, a trip to a whiskey distillery, and a workshop for weaving baskets by hand.
Twin/double, 130 sq. ft., cabin suites with picture windows, stylishly furnished and each is air-conditioned, centrally heated, and accompanied by a modern en-suite shower room.
Shannon Princess Cabins and Staterooms
There are five staterooms on the Shannon Princess, each measuring 12 square feet (131 square feet). Twin or double beds with private bathrooms can be accommodated in the cabins. Her quarters are spacious and comfy, with creative storage space and attractively tiled bathrooms. When travelers arrive, they are greeted with a bottle of water and some chocolates.
The dining area and saloon, both of which have panoramic windows, are tastefully furnished and have air conditioning and heating, adding to the appeal of the space. European Waterways' hotel barges, including Shannon Princess, are all-inclusive, meaning that guests can enjoy everything from wine and soft drinks to beer, liquor, and liqueurs. The rooftop sundeck is a great location to rest, possibly on one of the loungers, while admiring the rolling landscape or taking a dip in the warm spa pool.
You'll find everything from hairdryers to toiletries and bathrobes to a library and even an on-demand bicycle at this hotel. Includes an HDTV, DVD/CD player, internet access, and utilizes 220V electricity.
For breakfast and lunch, a buffet-style setting is provided. A continental breakfast typically includes bread, fruit, cereal, and coffee or tea. Breakfast in the style of a traditional Irish breakfast is available upon request. In the afternoons, you can get a light lunch of salads, bread, cheeses, and pate, or you can get fish. Midday meals are offered in various ways, from a picnic to a three-course meal.
A Derg Inn meal near Terryglass and an oyster and Guinness pub lunch in Galway are included in the itinerary. A magnificent candlelit dinner is served with regional cuisine, including Irish, British, and Continental dishes accompanied with wine, desserts, cheeses, and coffee and liqueurs. Except for the Captain's dinner on the final night, all meals are resort casual.
Shannon Princess Ship Specifications
Ship Type: Barge
Previously known as Shannon Princess II, MV Goldsm
Year Built: 2002
Last Refurbished: 2008
Gross Tonnage: 90
Length: 105 feet
Beam: 5.5 m/ 18 ft
Officers' Country of Origin: Irish
Shannon Princess Cruise Ireland Itinerary
Take a barge cruise along the Shannon River, Ireland's longest and most famous waterway on a European Classic Cruise aboard the Shannon Princess. Lough Derg, one of Ireland's most picturesque lakes, will also be crossed by the Shannon Princess. The Clonmacnoise ruins tour, Leap Castle, and the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery are all high points of this lovely Ireland boat cruise. All fees for shore excursions, which typically range from two to four hours, are included in your cruise fare. The cost of other activities, such as golf, is not included in the package price.
For more than three decades, European Waterways has been cruising the rivers of Europe and the Mediterranean. Cabin sizes range from pleasant and modest to ultra-deluxe suites equivalent to top hotel rooms on their vessels. They have the broadest selection of destinations of any hotel barge operator. Cruising destinations range from the southern French Midi to the Scottish Highlands and from western Ireland to eastern Venice.
European Waterways prices on the Shannon Princess for a 7-day Ireland river cruise start at $4,600 per person, based on double occupancy or a whole barge charter basis.
Shannon Princess Reviews
Passengers say the food on board is superior than any restaurant in Ireland or any other country. Catering to your every whim, the staff introduces you to the best of local cuisine.
Shannon Princess cruises frequently sell out before the season even begins due to the ship's loyal customers! If you want to reserve a spot on this fantastic ship, please contact our Ireland river consultants now.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!