With the Port of Cork being previous winners of the ‘Best Destination Experience’ and ‘Best Port Welcome’ it is easy to see where Cork gets its great reputation. Each cruise liner that docks in Cobh (the Gateway to Cork) and its passengers get the warmest welcome and the very best of service, whatever the time of year.
Cobh (we don’t want to make you nervous!) is famous as the last port of call of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912, as the port where many of the victims and survivors from the Lusitania tragedy were brought ashore and as the port of departure for over two million people who emigrated from Ireland in the century after the Irish famine of 1848.
Passengers arriving in Cobh have a wide array of things to see, do and enjoy not just in the town but as the train station is located less than 50 meters from the disembarkation point, the city of Cork is just a 25 minute journey away. Cobh’s history tells a fantastic story which is emulated by the architecture of the brightly coloured buildings and the many monuments to emigrants and maritime tragedies. St. Colman’s Cathedral and the Titanic Museum Cobh are popular visitor attractions whilst visiting Cobh.
A Cork stopover also gives a wide choice of quality shore excursions. Cork has a friendly, relaxed ambience and cruise passengers will enjoy its historic buildings, and fascinating bars and restaurants, full of charm and character.
To get the most out of a brief visit to Cork why not explore two of Ireland’s most popular destinations, Blarney and Kinsale.
Shore excursions Cork are available to these and other locations just outside the port entrance. It is always important to pre-book in advance. The beautiful Blarney Castle where you will receive the gift of eloquence if you kiss the fabled stone is a must-see for any visitor to Cork and the Blarney Woollen Mills are the perfect location to relax with a cup of tea and a chat with the locals. Following a visit to Blarney the afternoon can be spent in Ireland’s Gourmet Capital, Kinsale. This little seaside town is steeped in history and the many winding medieval streets are filled with shops, cafes and restaurants to keep everyone entertained (and full!). You can also visit Desmond Castle & the International Wine Museum or Charles Fort, one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th century star shaped fort in the world.
Returning to your ship enjoy a traditional Irish send-off from Cobh, with traditional Irish dancing and local brass and pipe bands regularly performing on the quayside before the ships departure.