Cruises aren’t just reserved for sunny beach resorts and islands around the Caribbean; they can also be enjoyed in many different continents and countries all over the globe, including all around the British Isles. Cruises around the United Kingdom and Ireland are very popular, with Ireland itself having lots of lovely ports to explore like Dublin, Cobh, and Belfast in Northern Ireland. If you’re planning a cruise around Ireland, see below to learn more about a few of the top options available to you.

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- Princess Cruises - 12 Night Western Europe - Crown Princess

For an Ireland cruise that also incorporates other parts of the British Isles and even a little bit of France as well, choose the '12 Night Western Europe' cruise from Princess Cruises. Setting off from the famous port of Southampton, this cruise offers a full and frank exploration of the British Isles, with a key focus on Ireland, as well as a stop off in the Channel Islands and in France to really make it a complete package that can appeal to travelers of all ages.

For this cruise, you'll have the luxury of traveling on board the amazing Crown Princess. A highly rated member of the Princess Cruises fleet, the Crown Princess is the leading ship in the Crown-class and has been ranked as one of the best large ships on the planet by leading cruise experts. Able to cater to over 3,0000 guests, this ship offers wonderful rooms, with hundreds of them having balconies, along with top class dining options, Broadway-level live shows and entertainment, amazing features like a Vegas casino and art gallery, and so much more. You'll find a lot to see, do, taste, and experience on board this ship, ensuring that every moment you spend on board will be a pleasant one.

After leaving Southampton, this cruise stops off at St Peter Port on the island of Guernsey before heading around to Ireland. There, the ship will stop off at both Cobh and Dublin, letting you explore two big locations on the Irish coast. Next, you'll head across to England for a stop off at the hometown of the Beatles, Liverpool, before heading back to Ireland for a stop at Northern Ireland's capital of Belfast. The next leg of your journey will head up to Scotland, stopping at Glasgow, Invergordon, and South Queensferry before heading all the way around the eastern English coast and across the channel for a stop at the French capital of Paris.

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- Cruise and Maritime Voyages - 3 Night Festive Dublin & Cobh - Marco Polo

For a different kind of cruise experience in Ireland, choose the '3 Night Festive Dublin & Cobh' cruise from Cruise and Maritime Voyages. This festive cruise is only available in December is a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit and see Ireland at a very special time of year. Christmas trees and lights can be found all around the cities and villages, with various special events, Christmas markets, and more to be enjoyed on this excellent cruise, which makes two stops over the course of its three night journey and is ideal as a long weekend getaway.

For this cruise, you'll be traveling on board the Marco Polo. This is an adults-only ship focusing on cruises around the British Isles. It's a traditional-style ship with lots of interesting features and an easy-to-navigate layout. Up to 800 guests can be carried on board the Marco Polo and you'll find some excellent amenities on board like the Fusion speciality restaurant, focusing on Asian flavors, or the Waldorf Restaurant, which offers more traditional, European-style gourmet meals throughout the day. You'll also find multiple lounges on board like the Captain's Club and Scotts Bar, as well as a wellness center, fitness equipment, open air promenade, and more.

For this cruise, you'll set off from Bristol, England, and head over to Ireland. There, you'll make your first stop in the Irish capital city of Dublin, able to roam the city's streets and visit various landmarks at a festive time of year when there's a magical chill in the air and lots of pretty Christmas decorations all around. After that, you'll cruise south along the Irish coast until you arrive at Cobh, a little town in the harbor of Cork where you can visit more unique attractions like the Titanic Experience, the Queenstown Story, St Colman's Cathedral, and more.

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- Cruise and Maritime Voyages - 8 Night River Seine Experience - Magellan

If you just look at the name of this cruise, you might wonder what connection the '8 Night River Seine Experience' cruise has with Ireland, but as well as exploring the famed French river, this cruise also stops off at two major Irish ports and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration of the British Isles. This is a Cruise and Maritime Voyages cruise, available at some very good prices and running in the summer months when the temperatures are nice and warm.

You'll be welcomed on board the Magellan for this cruise. Named after the famed explorer of the same name, the Magellan is a nicely laid-out and well-designed ship with luxury interiors, lots of different dining options, and plenty of additional amenities too. You'll find a large library, a pub, a card game area, and more on board this ship, along with plenty of live shows, spacious cabins, several different restaurants like the Raffles Bistro and Kensington Restaurant, as well as several lounges and bars like Hamptons Lounge Bar and the Captain's Club.

This cruise actually leaves from Belfast, giving you a good chance to explore one of the key destinations on the island of Ireland before you depart. Next, the ship sails all along the eastern coast of Ireland, letting you see some beautiful scenery as you go, before heading around south to visit Cobh in Cork. Next, you'll stop off at St Peter Port on Guernsey before heading over to France for a little trip along the Seine in Rouen. The cruise then heads back along the west coast of England and east coast of Ireland up to Glasgow in Scotland, before returning to finish its voyage in Belfast.