06 July 2016, 01:00
Sail away to the Emerald Isle
St Patrick’s Day in Dublin is always a time of merriment so why not sail in on Saga Pearl II in 2017?
The 449-passenger ship will sail from Dover on March 15 and skirt along the coast of England to Dublin, where an overnight stay will provide the perfect opportunity to join in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Guests will have plenty of time at leisure to enjoy a Guinness in Temple Bar and visit to the Guinness Storehouse, known as home of ‘the black stuff’, as well as a strolling through St Stephen’s Green and window-shopping in Grafton Street.
There will be a choice of optional tours available to passengers including 'The Traditional Irish Craic' which includes a visit to the fishing village of Howth, offering a chance to savour the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland. A stop at the Howth Abbey Tavern sees an exclusive performance by the world famous Abbey Tavern singers and musicians exclusively for Saga guests.
Another of the tours visits Powerscourt House and Gardens, at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. The gardens were established in the mid-1700s by Daniel Robertson and feature a circular lake flanked by two statues of Pegasus, an Edwardian Japanese garden and a terraced Italian garden.
On leaving Dublin, Saga Pearl II will cross the Irish Sea to sail into Liverpool's grand waterfront, dominated by ‘The Three Graces’ – the Royal Liver, the Cunard and the Port of Liverpool buildings.The Beatles’ fans will be able to head to The Cavern Club where the Fab Four found fame or visit The Beatles Story exhibition at Albert Dock. The City Museum, Sudley Gallery and Liverpool’s branch of the Tate Gallery are also within easy reach while tour options will include Chester and Port Sunlight or a sightseeing tour of iconic Liverpool.
Saga Pearl II will sail back to across the Irish Sea to uncover the fascinating heritage of Cobh. There will be tours of the city and Midleton, home to the Jameson Heritage Centre and the cherished whiskey making tradition.
For those who cannot get enough of the water, there will be a speedy RIB boat ride to the historic town of Kinsale, passing the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Camden and Carlisle forts, Roaches Point Lighthouse and the last pick-up point of RMS Titanic.
For details visit saga.co.uk/cruises or call 0800 50 50 30
Seven nights from £1,132 departing from Dover on March 15, 2017. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free wi-fi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
Price based on two people sharing the lowest available Inside cabin. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change. Please call for further details.
All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently'