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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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Highlights of Visiting Liverpool by Cruise Ship

July 14, 2017

We made our first visit to Liverpool, England via Holland America’s 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise on the ms Prinsendam. The captain dealt with high winds as he sailed the ms Prinsendam up the River Mersey to dock at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, which is a 1,150 ft. floating structure that allows cruise passengers to conveniently depart near Pier Head in Liverpool. Pier Head is […]

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18 Interesting Facts About Liverpool, England

May 13, 2017

Located on the eastern side of the Mersey River in northwest England, the city of Liverpool has a population of 478,580, and is part of a metropolitan area with 2.24 million residents. Most people associate Liverpool as the birthplace of the Beatles. The band that began in Liverpool achieved 17 number one hits during their […]

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