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Shannon Princess II







Shannon Princess II: Luxury River Cruise In Ireland On The Shannon River Cruise In Ireland On The Shannon River Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge SHANNON PRINCESS II


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 10-passenger Shannon Princess II is the largest luxury hotel barge cruising the Lower Shannon River. Her thoughtfully designed interior includes five equal but individually designed twin or double cabins. All are riverside cabins with large opening picture windows, and bright airy bathrooms. Forward of the guest cabins is a spacious salon area, with its own fore deck sun area. On the top deck is a large panoramic sun deck. Her experienced owners, Ruairi Gibbons and Olivia Power, who serve as Captain and Chef, go out of their way to accommodate your every need. Olivia was trained at the Ballymaloe School and distinguishes herself at every meal with signature dishes such as parcels of wild salmon, roast of spring lamb, variations of shellfish stew with fresh herbs and of course, a grand selection of desserts. We last visited the Shannon Princess in 2013 and found that it still offers a wonderful personalized tour of Ireland and some of the most exceptional cuisine we have ever had!

The River Shannon: Far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern living, lies the mighty river Shannon. It is the most extensive inland waterway in Ireland and Britain, with over 300km of navigable flowing waters. The Shannon is set amidst one of Europe's most environmentally pure and spectacular landscapes. Its tranquil atmosphere and unhurried pace invites you to completely unwind and savour the pleasures of floating through Ireland's inland waterways.

Explore the legends... What better way to explore the very heart of Ireland than to cruise on the lovely SHANNON PRINCESS II. Come along and explore this river wrapped in legends, myths and the gentle mists of time. Slip gently through a countryside that has withstood the test of time, and experience the ancient monasteries, prehistoric cities, fairy forts and Celtic villages. Viking towers cast a watchful eye on the SHANNON PRINCESS II as she floats through Ireland's unspoiled waterways. Set your watch to Shannon time, as wandering waters pass fishermen, wild deer and grazing horses. Kingfishers and wild orchids splash color across the day. Gliding birds of prey swoop and dive for leaping salmon on their way upstream. We pass through locks, bridges, forest park and ancient mountains as we set our course for any of the Shannon's charming villages.

For your excursions, you will visit intriguing historical sites, pretty towns and villages while passing by gentle hills and dappled woods. The sleepy villages along the way, are transformed by the presence of towering castles, prehistoric remains, ruined abbeys & churches, ancient town walls and the lingering tall tales and legends of a lost age.

The Shannon Princess also offers a special golf cruise for those interested in golf but only those interested in golf need pay the supplement. See the sample itinerary below.


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Dining Aboard The Shannon Princess:
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A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Shannon Princess. BREAKFAST
Our Continental & hot breakfast offerings include a full Irish breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding and sauteed mushrooms
along with Continental breakfast food items such as fresh breads and jams, cereals and porridge, fresh and dried fruits and yogurt, in addition to fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea selections.

LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE WINE LIST
A wide selection of French & other European wines, complemented by fine Irish single malt whiskies.

Passenger Comments:


The barge trip was fabulous! We both loved it immensely. The barge itself (including our room), the owners Ruairi and Olivia, their staff, the food Olivia prepared and wine pairings, the excursions--all of it was just terrific. The cabin was super. Very comfortable. Turn-down service, twice-daily towel service, and daily room make-up--all very nice and professional, right down to evening chocolates left on our pillows. Service in the saloon was really fine. After excursions, we could ask for drinks and they were brought quickly. A cocktail hour involved staff making our drinks--a jolly time to get to know our fellow-passengers. And meals were lovely; breakfast was buffet, but other meals were served beautifully. The meals were fabulous, a main reason we like barge tours and this was no disappointment. The buffet breakfast had a lovely and tantalizing variety of things; lunches (on board as opposed to pub lunches on excursions, where all were of high quality) were very nice and varied; and the dinners were all superb, as were the wines. The excursions were great fun. We really liked the first one, to Adare Manor and the falconry exhibition. That was truly magical. Galway was fun; the bog track was terrific, especially for my archaeologist wife; Clonmacnoise was fabulous; the tour of the other manor house was lots of fun and very informative not only about the house but also the period in Ireland.
J.D. IN, USA, May 2016

We were totally happy with our trip. Service outstanding, side trips interesting, and the food exceptional. Overall, the barge and cabin exceeded our expectations. The crew were always pleasant, the beautiful meals and wines were outstanding.
E.C., CA, USA, September 2014

It was a delightful trip and the food and wine was excellent as was the service. It is a well organized group without being formal or standoff-ish...the crew really does try to meet every need.
J.P., FL, USA, May 2012

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Ireland: Shannon River
Glasson to Killaloe 2017

Sunday - Glasson
Guests are met in Dublin and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Shannon Princess. Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board with champagne, Black Velvets or Irish coffees. Time perhaps for a gentle stroll before your first dinner on board.

Monday - Glasson to Athlone
This morning we begin our cruise around the beautiful "Inner Lakes" of Lough Ree and then continue north as we explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. We then circle back to the River Shannon and onto our mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch we visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, dating from 1757 and the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. On the return journey there is time for a visit to Ballinahown, an artisan craft village. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Athlone to Shannonbridge

Today we negotiate Athlone Lock and head south through Europe's richest example of "Callow" landscape. We moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th century university and an early monastic settlement. Following a tour, we cruise on to our mooring at Shannonbridge. Then, after lunch we visit Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted house. You will be given a personal tour by the eccentric owner Sean Ryan, whom with traditional Irish musicians, will relate to you the fascinating history of the castle and its part in founding the American Constitution. After dinner on board, join the captain for a pint in Killeen's pub for some Irish music and an evening with the locals.

Wednesday - Shannonbridge to Terryglass

This morning, we cruise a very pretty stretch of the River Shannon through Meelick lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow us passage onto idyllic Lough Derg and then moor at Terryglass Harbour. This afternoon we visit Birr Castle, still resided in by the Earl of Rosse and family, to see the magnificent gardens, the fascinating Science Centre and admire the historic Great Telescope. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Terryglass to Mountshannon
Today, our tour is first to the walled gardens of Portumna Castle, then on to Galway, a lively University City and cultural centre for Irish-speaking regions in Western Ireland. Visit the Galway crystal, craft and linen shops and then lunch at a traditional Guinness & Oyster pub. We return to Shannon Princess and set sail across beautiful Lough Derg, passing Forrest Park and ancient mountains as we enjoy our dinner and sunset cruise to Mountshannon - a lovely lakeside village perched above the Lough.

Friday - Mountshannon to Killaloe
Today we set sail across south Lough Derg, re-joining the River Shannon to moor at Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. After exploring this elegant little town, we lunch on board, then set off to tour a unique project set in the grounds of Craggaunowen Castle, designed to bring Bronze Age & Celtic culture to life, before finally visiting a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop. "Salinte" cocktail reception and Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Killaloe
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Dublin.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The cruise runs in reverse on alternate weeks.




Shannon Princess II
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 23 Glasson-Killaloe Value
Apr 30 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 7 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 14 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
May 21 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 28 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 4 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 11 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 18 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 25 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 2 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 9 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 23 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 30 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 6 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 13 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 20 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 27 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 3 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 10 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 17 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 24 Glasson-Killaloe Regular

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 23 Glasson-Killaloe Value
Apr 30 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 7 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 14 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
May 21 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 28 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 4 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 11 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 18 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 25 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 2 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 9 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 23 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 30 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 6 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 13 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 20 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 27 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 3 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 10 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 17 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 24 Glasson-Killaloe Regular

Shannon Princess II
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 22 Glasson-Killaloe Value
Apr 29 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 6 Glasson-Killaloe Value
May 13 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 20 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 27 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 3 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 10 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 17 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 24 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 1 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 8 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 22 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 29 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 5 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 12 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 19 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 26 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 2 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 9 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 16 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 23 Glasson-Killaloe Regular

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 22 Glasson-Killaloe Value
Apr 29 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 6 Glasson-Killaloe Value
May 13 Killaloe-Glasson Value
May 20 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
May 27 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 3 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 10 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jun 17 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jun 24 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 1 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 8 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Jul 22 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Jul 29 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 5 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 12 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Aug 19 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Aug 26 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 2 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 9 Glasson-Killaloe Regular
Sep 16 Killaloe-Glasson Regular
Sep 23 Glasson-Killaloe Regular

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.




SHANNON PRINCESS II
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 23 thru May 6
REGULAR
May 7 thru Oct 7
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,400
$5,050
Suite Single Supplement
$1,500
$1,700
Charter for 6
$37,100
$41,400
Charter for 8
$39,300
$44,200
Charter for 10
$41,500
$47,000
Golf Cruise Charter for 6
$48,500
$48,500
Golf Cruise Charter for 8
$52,000
$52,000
Golf Cruise Charter for 10
$58,000
$58,000


SHANNON PRINCESS II
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 22 thru May 19
REGULAR
May 20 thru Sep 29
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,400
$5,050
Suite Single Supplement
$1,500
$1,700
Charter for 6
$37,100
$41,400
Charter for 8
$39,300
$44,200
Charter for 10
$41,500
$47,000
Golf Cruise Charter for 6
$48,500
$48,500
Golf Cruise Charter for 8
$52,000
$52,000
Golf Cruise Charter for 10
$58,000
$58,000


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Dublin to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one lunch at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

Golf cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Dublin to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, spa treatments, etc at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles - Transfers to golf courses, green fees and starting times for four rounds of golf

What's Not Included
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain
- Overseas air transportation to Dublin and return

Golf cruise:
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain
- Overseas air transportation to Dublin and return
- Drinks off the barge
- Golf club rental, caddie fees, buggy hire




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