Cork, Ireland (from Cobh) - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Cork  is Irelands second largest city. Here you can visit St Finbarrs Cathedral, Cork City Museum and the 19th Century Cork Jail. Dont miss your opportunity to visit Blarney Castle, a short ride away, to kiss the Blarney Stone!

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Cork Countryside & Kinsale - Small Group Option

    Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

    Cork Countryside & Kinsale - Small Group Option

    Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.

    The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.

    On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.

    This excursion will operate by minibus. Group size is up to 25 guests. There will be approximately one hour of free time in Kinsale. The terrain is mostly flat. The amount of walking is at guests’ own discretion. Please remember to carry local currency (Euros).

    Tour code

    ORK_026

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Blarney Castle & Irish Coffee - Small Group Option

    Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

    Blarney Castle & Irish Coffee - Small Group Option

    The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps.

    After a visit of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford Crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.

    Following your visit to Blarney Castle, you’ll travel to Cork, for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll be able to see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town. On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to Cobh.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot.Group size is up to 25 passengers. There is a narrow, spiral staircase with 108 steep steps to access the Blarney Stone, however the climb is optional. The kissing of the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and queues may be experienced. The terrain around the Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ORK_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • West Cork Panorama

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through the spectacular and unspoilt scenery of West Cork before visiting a quaint town for refreshments.

    West Cork Panorama

    The West Cork shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland is a tranquil pastureland of soft green hills where fat milking cows graze. Enjoy the beautiful and diverse panorama of West Cork before stopping at the lively market town of Clonakilty.

    Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork's Heritage Town by the Irish Tourist Board. The attractive traditional shop fronts have hand-painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town's busy trading and industrial past. Clonakilty is the gateway to West Cork, a region blessed with some of Ireland's most spectacular and unspoiled scenery.

    Refreshments of tea, coffee and scones will be served in a local hotel, after which you will have some free time to browse the shops of this pretty town.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately 30 minutes of free time in Clonakilty. Any walking is at the guests' own discretion.

    Tour code

    ORK_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Panoramic Cork & Whiskey

    Enjoy a drive around Cork before visiting the 'Jameson Experience Midleton' to discover the traditions and taste of Irish whiskey.

    Panoramic Cork & Whiskey

    Travel along the shores of Cork Harbour by coach to the charming university city of Cork. Your guide will provide an interesting commentary and point out the local landmarks as you drive past the French Quarter, English Market, Father Matthew's statue and Bishop Lucey Park. You will hear about the local history as you pass the Old Courthouse, the impressive limestone City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon, before stopping at the magnificent Gothic style St. Fin Barre's Cathedral for photographs.

    Leaving the city, travel to the village of Midleton, where the famous rare Irish whiskey gets its name. A visit to the Jameson Experience will take you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. There will be an hour-long guided tour of this beautifully restored 18th century self-contained industrial complex, unique in Britain and Ireland. There is a fully operational water wheel and a 32,000 gallon copper pot still, which is the largest in the world. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation which will breathe life into the Irish whiskey legend.

    After the tour there will be the opportunity to sample a glass of whiskey whilst you relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately one hour of walking over pebbled walkways at the Distillery. There is a craft shop on site for those who wish to purchase souvenirs. Please remember to take local currency (Euros) or a credit card.

    Tour code

    ORK_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kinsale RIB Adventure

    Experience the thrill of a sea safari RIB ride as you pass stunning scenery en route to the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale.

    Kinsale RIB Adventure

    Board your high speed RIB for an exciting journey to the historic town of Kinsale. Your exhilarating ride will take you past spectacular scenery and there will be regular stops to see the local landmarks and learn about their history. View the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest Yacht Club in the world, and enjoy the views of Camden Fort, Carlisle Fort and Roches Point Lighthouse, all of which date from the 1800's.

    You’ll travel past the last pick-up point of ‘The Titanic’ on her ill-fated voyage before stopping to photograph the grand Charles Fort. On arrival in the colourful fishing village of Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, you’ll have approximately one hours’ free time to browse the shops, explore the quaint streets, stroll around the marina or relax in a café.

    On the return journey back to Cobh, your Captain will do his best to track down the dolphins which inhabit the area. A rare opportunity to see these wonderful marine mammals in their own environment.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by rigid inflatable boat and on foot This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under ten years may not participate. A safety briefing will be given and lifejackets are compulsory. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    ORK_017

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Blarney Castle & Irish Coffee

    Visit the historic Blarney Castle with its lovely grounds before indulging in an Irish coffee and browsing the craft centre.

    Blarney Castle & Irish Coffee

    The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps.

    After the tour of the Castle, you will stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you will have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.

    Following your visit to Blarney Castle, you’ll travel to Cork, for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll be able to see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town. On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to Cobh.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a narrow, spiral staircase with 108 steep steps to access the Blarney Stone, however the climb is optional. The kissing of the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and queues may be experienced. The terrain around the Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ORK_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Scenic Countryside

    This panoramic drive takes you on a scenic discovery through the lush, green countryside of the Emerald Isle.

    Scenic Countryside

    As your panoramic drive passes Cork Harbour, you will see the fine residences that dot the banks where it becomes the River Lee. You will then travel eastwards through the fertile farmlands to reach Youghal (pronounced Yawl), a seaport with medieval origins. A stop will be made for photographs at this pretty coastal resort, which was chosen as the setting for the film 'Moby Dick' in the 1950's due to its resemblance of a New England fishing port.

    Continuing northwards through the Blackwater Valley and West Waterford, you’ll arrive in the heritage town of Lismore. There will be the opportunity to photograph the magnificent Lismore Castle, temporary residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which towers over the Blackwater River. There will be free time in Lismore to shop for souvenirs, relax with a drink or simply absorb the atmosphere of this historic little town.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sightseeing will be conducted from the coach. There will be approximately 30 minutes of free time in Lismore, however the amount of walking is at guests' own discretion.

    Tour code

    ORK_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Ballyowen Country Home Visit

    A wonderful opportunity to experience a grand and elegant country house and to meet the home owners, the Maher family.

    Ballyowen Country Home Visit

    As you leave Cobh behind, you’ll drive through the picturesque Irish countryside and head to the neighbouring county of Tipperary.

    Your destination is Ballyowen House, a fine example of neo-classical Georgian architecture, and where over the centuries has accumulated a fascinating history. The house is set on an elevated site and surrounded by acres of fine, mature parkland, including ancient hillside woodland to the rear. Lines of elegant beech trees also add to the natural tranquillity.

    Your visit will be hosted by a family member who will show you around the main rooms of the house. Admire the beauty of each room, along with the history and colourful events of the past. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a tour of the grounds where the centuries-old stable blocks and barns remain in use today.

    The perfect end to your visit is joining your hosts in the dining room to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and a delicious homemade scone with butter and jam.

    Ballyowen House is one of the finest architectural and historic buildings in the region and this tour offers a real insight into country life.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking and standing. There is varying terrain to negotiate including steps and cobblestones. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ORK_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Cork Countryside & Kinsale

    Enjoy a scenic journey through County Cork's charming countryside and visit the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale.

    Cork Countryside & Kinsale

    Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.

    The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.

    On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately one hour of free time in Kinsale. The terrain is mostly flat. The amount of walking is at guests' own discretion. Please remember to carry local currency (Euros).

    Tour code

    ORK_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Cork Walk

    Discover the rich historical past of this most vibrant of European cities on a guided walking tour of Cork.

    Cork Walk

    Arriving by coach at the Imperial Hotel, you’ll commence your walk on South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city. A stop will be made on Parnell Bridge to absorb the panorama of the city, from the elegant, classical City Hall, the fluted columns of the Savings Bank to the modern lines of the College of Commerce and Morrison’s Island.

    Continuing along the quays to the Parliament Bridge, you’ll see the slender spire of Holy Trinity Church rising up across the River. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the three spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral suddenly appear on the skyline. A visit around this early French Gothic structure will reveal highly ornamented mosaic work and rich carvings.

    Afterwards, stroll down Sharman-Crawford to the tranquil and quaint Clarkes Bridge, one of the most atmospheric places in the city, before moving on to the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfares. Here, you’ll see the classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, one of the most enduring sights of the city. As you walk on to North Main Street and through Castle Street, you’ll find yourself in a very cosmopolitan part of the city. At the end of the tour there will be some free time to explore the local shops, relax in a café or just soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot There is a minimum of two hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended.

    Tour code

    ORK_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

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