Belfast Cruises

Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered, becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one of its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park.

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.

  • Belfast Panorama

    This leisurely drive will introduce you to the industrial and elegant Titanic city of Belfast with its rich and varied past.

    Belfast Panorama

    Embark on a journey around the main sights of Belfast including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial, Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens, as your friendly guide brings the local area to life.

    As you pass the impressive renaissance style Belfast City Hall, you’ll have the chance to see the marble Titanic Memorial, which was erected in the grounds to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

    Travelling a short distance outside the bustling city, you will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, before reaching Cave Hill Country Park for views of Belfast Castle. The Castle is one of Belfast's most outstanding and historically significant buildings. There are beautiful gardens and an adjoining country park. Don't miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough and sight of the city below you.

    Cave Hill has become ingrained into Belfast's social history and culture, and into the very lives of its people. Indeed the Hill is one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city along with ‘Mac Art’s Fort’, a rock where United Irishmen planned the rebellion of 1795.

    See the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a unique cultural experience. Look out for the former Crumlin Road Court House, Crumlin Jail and the Peace Line.

    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach, with photo stops along the way. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    BFS_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • City Drive & Hillsborough Castle

    See the city sights of Belfast and visit Hillsborough Castle, the Royal Family’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

    City Drive & Hillsborough Castle

    Discover the sights of Belfast as you travel through the main city streets, passing by exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings. View the giant cranes of the Harland and Wolff Shipyards, affectionately known as Samson and Goliath, which dominate the skyline. Here, you’ll be reminded of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, since it was in these shipyards that the ill-fated ship was built. Your drive will continue past the Queens University, and take in the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road.

    Heading to the outskirts of the city, you’ll continue to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, home to Hillsborough Castle. The Georgian mansion was built in 1770 and remodeled in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today it’s a working ‘Royal Palace’ and serves as the British royal family’s official residence when visiting Northern Ireland. It has also been home to the Secretary of State since the 1970s.

    A guided tour of the castle offers a fascinating insight into its background and history and allows you to view the elegant state rooms, including the throne room and drawing room. There will also be an opportunity to take an independent stroll through the lovely gardens, before its time to head back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of guided walking which includes uneven terrain, steps and stairs. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. As a working Royal Palace, Hillsborough Castle is subject to closure without prior notice. The order of sights visited may vary.

    Tour code

    BFS_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Picturesque Coast & Scenic Glens

    Discover Northern Irelands’ finest scenery ranging from the magical beauty of the Glens to its dramatic, rugged coastline.

    Picturesque Coast & Scenic Glens

    Glenariff Forest Park is situated amid the world famous Glens of Antrim, an area to which visitors have been coming for over a century. Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the 9 Antrim Glens.

    The Park, now including the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 2928 acres of which 2224 acres has been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation reasons. Bisecting the Park are 2 small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges.

    As you make your way to the park via the coastal road, you’ll be constantly delighted as dramatic headland and scenic bays come into view. On a clear day, you may even be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre. Upon arrival, you’ll be served refreshments of tea or coffee and delicious homemade scones at the famous Glenariss Tea House, before enjoying some free time to explore the Park independently.

    The return drive will take you along the inland route, offering a contrast of scenery.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Guests are advised to wear suitable footwear as the ground at the Park can get slippery after adverse weather. Walking during the tour is at guests' own discretion. Approximately one hour is given to explore the Glenariff Forest Park. Order of sights may vary.

    Tour code

    BFS_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Belfast Highlights & Titanic Experience

    Combine the main sights of Belfast with a visit to the innovative Titanic Belfast for a fascinating and interactive Titanic Experience.

    Belfast Highlights & Titanic Experience

    A leisurely drive around Belfast’s main sights will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial, Queen’s University, Botanical Gardens and many of its other fine buildings. Your knowledgeable guide will explain all about Belfast’s rich and varied history as you pass the majestic renaissance style Belfast City Hall which houses the Titanic Memorial in its grounds. A photo stop will be made at the political wall murals at the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a poignant reminder of Belfast’s turbulent past.

    The main highlight is a visit to the new state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast, which is housed in an iconic, hull shaped building adjacent to the site where the Titanic was constructed. This fascinating Titanic Experience, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic liner, uses special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

    You’ll have around two hours to explore the nine large galleries on a self-guided audio tour and to discover the story of the Titanic. You’ll hear stories of the passengers, crew and the heroes of the day before reliving the drama of Titanic’s tragic end. Finally, in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre, you’ll be able to see the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic Sea. If time permits, you can also view the slipways where the Titanic was launched, relax in one of the restaurants or browse the extensive gift shop before returning to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to Titanic Belfast is a self-guided audio tour. There are lifts to all of the six floors and guests will have around two hours in total at the attraction.

    Tour code

    BFS_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Belfast & Crumlin Road Gaol

    View the sights of Belfast on a city drive and visit the historic Crumlin Road Gaol.

    Belfast & Crumlin Road Gaol

    Take a drive through Belfast and gain an insight into the city’s long and often turbulent history. From the city’s colourful development and great industrial triumphs to its civil unrest.

    You’ll pass by places such as the Grand Opera House and Albert Memorial and the Queen’s University. A photo stop will be made at the impressive Belfast City Hall that dominates Donegall Square. The most notable feature in the grounds is the marble figure of the goddess Thane, in memorial to the victims of the RMS Titanic.

    Your drive will take you to the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, where the political murals are located. A short stop will be made here for you to view this poignant artwork.

    The main feature of your tour will be a visit to the Victorian Crumlin Road Gaol, now fully renovated, but still retaining the eeriness of its past. Your guide will share the story behind this historical and architecturally significant prison building, which finally closed its doors in 1996 after 150 years. Discover how prison life was at Crumlin and view areas such as the C-Wing, the condemned man’s cell and the execution cell. You’ll also be taken into the infamous underground tunnel that once led to the Courthouse, the same route that the prisoners would have taken.

    At the end of your visit there will be a brief opportunity to visit the small shop and museum, before the return drive to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around one hour of walking which includes steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Guests will be entering the underground tunnel on this tour.

    Tour code

    BFS_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Titanic Trail

    Immerse yourself in the history of the legendary Titanic whilst exploring her birthplace and surrounding areas.

    The Titanic Trail

    Follow in the footsteps of Titanic's builders on this tour of Queen's Island, where Titanic was designed, built and launched.

    During this guided walking tour you’ll visit the Titanic Quarter, home to the former Headquarters of Harland and Wolff. You’ll see the Titanic's Slipways and visit Titanic's Dock and Pump-House. The structures of Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House were integral parts of her creation and are still largely intact. Gain an in-depth understanding of the dock, the people who worked here and discover how such amazing ships were built in a city with no steel. Step back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of the steam-powered pumps and hear the apprentice’s story of his first week at work as you view an interactive audio-visual display. Trace along the full length of the dock to truly capture the size and scale of the Titanic, and where the caisson gate - over 100 years old - still stands today in perfect condition.

    Refreshments will be served in the Pump House Café and Visitor Centre where you can relax amidst the history of Titanic.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour does not include a visit to the Titanic Belfast attraction. Due to the redevelopment of Queen’s Island certain areas may be restricted without notice; this is due to the ongoing re-generation of Titanic quarter. The walking is mainly over even ground.

    Tour code

    BFS_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3¼ hours

  • Strangford Lough & RIB Ride

    Discover the natural beauty of Strangford Lough and enjoy an exhilarating RIB ride.

    Strangford Lough & RIB Ride

    Your adventure begins as you depart the pier and travel to Strangford Lough (lake), the largest lake by area in Northern Ireland. This unique region is also home to the National Trust property of Castle Ward, one of the locations used in the hit television series ‘Game of Thrones’.

    Upon arrival, you’ll receive a safety briefing before stepping aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). As you zip off across the water, catch sight of the imposing Castle Ward. During your RIB ride, absorb the surrounding scenery, keep an eye out for the local seals, and view the ‘Seagen’, the world’s first electricity generating tidal turbine.

    Back on dry land, you’ll rejoin your coach and drive to a local venue to enjoy a tea or coffee and a scone, before returning to the pier.

    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.

    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 coach, RIB and on foot. The journey to Strangford Lough is around 1¼ hours each way. Infants (those aged three and under) and pregnant women may not participate. Guests must have a degree of agility to embark the RIB. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. A rain jacket, warm layered clothing and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. You may get wet on this tour and any valuables must be well protected or left on board the ship. The operation of this excursion is subject to weather conditions.

    Tour code

    BFS_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Belfast City Walking Tour

    Experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Belfast whilst listening to its captivating history.

    Belfast City Walking Tour

    Stroll the charming streets of Belfast and immerse yourself in 300 fascinating years of history. Savour the architectural gems as you explore the city’s humble origins and follow the original 1660’s street layout. Starting at Queen’s Square, the oldest part of the city, you will see the Custom House and Albert Clock, before wandering down to the River Lagan. Here, you can glimpse the cranes of Harland and Wolff shipyard whilst listening to tales of the famous ill-fated Titanic that was constructed here. As you amble along the High Street your guide will explain the city’s historic origins whilst you pass Pottingers Entry, Ann Street, Cornmarket, Castle Lane, Castle Arcade and Donegall Place. Marvel at the City Hall, a symbol of Belfast’s Victorian greatness, where the Titanic Memorial is located in its grounds.

    Belfast’s friendly pubs have been the cornerstones of the city’s social life for centuries. You will stop at one of these pubs where you will be able to soak up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying refreshments of tea, coffee and scones.

    On the return drive, you will pass the renowned Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road. A photo stop will be made at the murals which tell the story of Belfast’s troubled past.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves steps, inclines and 1½ hours’ continuous walking.Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BFS_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • The Giant's Causeway

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark.

    The Giant's Causeway

    Travel inland through Ballymena and Bushmills to the dramatic North Antrim Coast, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.

    The unique rock formations of the Causeway have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Be amazed as you scan the mysterious stones and look for the structures which resemble objects such as the Organ, Giant's Boot, Camel's Hump and Chimney Stacks. Explore the causeway at your own leisure and discover the history via the Visitor Centre audio guide handsets.

    During your tour, enjoy brief photograph stops at the magnificent cliff-top Dunluce Castle, and at a viewpoint that overlooks the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

    If time permits, a short panoramic city drive of Belfast will be made, before returning to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. To make the most of your time at the Causeway, you are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttle bus service which runs from the coach park directly to the Causeway. The journey time is five minutes. Due to the location of the Giant Causeway it can feel windy and slightly cooler so it is advisable to take a jumper or light jacket. The city-drive will only be undertaken if time permits and cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    BFS_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours