July 2017

Visiting Bantry, Ireland by Cruise Ship

July 29, 2017

In preparation for our June 3rd 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise, I had researched the port of Bantry, a coastal town of 3,500 residents in southwest Ireland. It’s located at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep water, wind-sheltered harbor on the Atlantic Ocean with an interesting history, some of which is captured in 15 Interesting Facts About Bantry, Ireland. […]

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Visiting Killybegs and Donegal, Ireland via Cruise Ship

July 25, 2017

This was our first view of Killybegs in County Donegal, Ireland, as we arrived via Holland America’s ms Prinsendam as a port call on the 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise. Since it was our first visit to this town of less than 1,300 residents, we had done a little advance research, captured in this post: 9 Interesting […]

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A Delightful Lunch at Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland

July 22, 2017

During an unplanned port day in Belfast on our 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise, we returned to a favorite seafood restaurant discovered during a prior visit to Northern Ireland. The Mourne Seafood Bar, located on Bank Street in central Belfast, is the destination for fresh, local seafood. The restaurant sources all of its shellfish from its own shellfish beds […]

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Belfast, Northern Ireland: Buses, Hiking, A Castle and Mussels

July 19, 2017

As can happen on any cruise, bad weather forced some missed ports during our 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam. The good news was that two unplanned “bonus” ports were added to our cruise in place of the three that were skipped. One of those “bonus” ports was Belfast, in Northern Ireland, which thrilled us, even though […]

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