Northern Ireland

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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Exploring the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland

October 21, 2015

One of the highlights of our September trip to Belfast was a day trip exploring the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. We booked a full-day trip with Odyssey Coach Tours, whose tours are given in smaller vehicles with fewer people. We liked the fact that this company’s Giant’s Causeway Day Tour travels in the opposite direction […]

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A Visit to the Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast

October 14, 2015

As cruise aficionados, we couldn’t resist a visit to the shipyards where the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic Belfast is a 130,000 sq. ft. monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage that opened in 2012. The attraction is located in Belfast on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard on Queen’s Island, an area of reclaimed land dating to […]

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