The Very Best Dublin Cruises

Dublin, Ireland, is a place renowned for beer, a great time and the classic Irish hospitality, among many other things, of course. Few people talk about cruising opportunities because there is not much known about them. What you should know is there are different cruising options you can take into account, making your stay a lot more enjoyable and adding some travel experiences that you are going to appreciate at the end of the trip. While various options can be mentioned, we stick to 2 great Dublin cruise experiences that you do want to consider.

Guinness Barge Dublin Dinner Cruise

This is a 2 hour tour of Dublin’s Grand Canal. It is also a dinner cruise so you can expect some great meals along the way. Go aboard Guinness Canal Barge MV Cadhla, which is an exact replica of an old boat used in the past to transport stout drink to various parts of the city. The onboard bar gives you many drinks that you can try and there is a 3 course meal included with traditional favorites of Irish cuisine like pan fried fish or traditional roast beef.

After your meal you climb to the upper deck so you can see what the skipper does. This is in itself a highlight but others can be considered.

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  • Sightseeing dinner cruise
  • The onboard bar is well-filled
  • 3 course meal featuring traditional Irish dishes
  • Wonderful views of popular tourist attractions
  • See Dublin from a completely different angle

On the whole, this is a tour that you are going to absolutely love, especially because of the dining experience that is created. However, there are many other things that you are going to love, including the hospitality of the crew.

Dublin Viking Duck Tour

This tour is shorter, only 75 minutes, but it is definitely worth considering. There will be a guide with you and you can see various top Dublin tourist attractions from the canal, like the Dublin Castle or St Patrick’s Cathedral. The commentary is quite entertaining and adrenaline is going to go through your veins while you are on board a vehicle completely restored from World War II. This alternative sightseeing experience is even quite comical as you would be wearing a Viking hat along the way.


  • The tour takes 75 minutes.
  • The local guide on the tour is highly entertaining.
  • The remodeled war amphibian craft.
  • Great for a family trip.
  • Practice Viking roars as you go pass the main Dublin attractions like Christ Church Cathedral and the others already mentioned.

While there are many different ways in which you can experience Dublin, a cruise is definitely an option few consider but that you may want to take a closer look at. There are 2 main tours that we presented but they may not be the ones that are the best for you. Look around as there is definitely no shortage of cruise tours available. Most include some sort of food and entertainment. Read reviews to be sure that you pick one that is perfect for you.

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