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Making the Most of Dublin, Ireland
Making the Most of Dublin, Ireland
The Disney Magic berths at Dublin's Ocean Pier 33 on July 13, 2017. All Ashore is 7:15 am, All Aboard is 11:00 pm (this may be tide-related). There are no services or public transit near this industrial pier on the north side of River Liffey. Taxis are on hand (metered fares), and a shuttle into the city center may be provided. Bus and tram (Luas) fares are zoned, a one-zone trip is €2.00/€1.00. The nearest stops are at The Point, nearly a mile's walk from the pier. Get unlimited local mass transit with the Leap Visitor Card. https://about.leapcard.ie/leap-visitor-card. There are no car rental agencies nearby.
The cruise line lists 32 shore excursions for Dublin. While most include a "panoramic" look at the city's sights, few stop at more than one or two spots; read the official descriptions carefully. Three tours include a look at the Book of Kells: Dublin City Highlights (DB08, DB24, DB39), Celtic Calligraphy (DB18), and Zoological Museum (DB21). Two tours trade on Lord of the Dance, but with no apparent connection: Irish Dancing Master Class (DB17) is appealing at $75/$55; A Traditional Day in Ireland (DB06) adds lunch and little else, for a much higher price. If you're tempted by "the black stuff," we'd do the lower-priced Dublin City and Guinness Storehouse (DB07, DB23). Dublin's North Coast and Malahide Castle (DB09) is a short ride yet still gets you out of the city. Other rural tours head south, to County Wicklow. A Summer Drive Through Ireland's Countryside (DB01, DB22, DB38) is a lovely way to spend a full day; the Powerscourt Gardens are famous. Though it's a long way to go for a scones-baking demo, the basic Ballyknocken excursion (DB04) is still attractive, but $75 extra for a brief shepherding show (DB40)? On Your Own: The central city's worthy of a full day's exploration, and a hop-on hop off bus tour makes that manageable. Both Dublin Bus Tours https://www.dublinsightseeing.ie and Gray Line's City Sightseeing https://www.city-sightseeing.com offer tours in the €20 range. Neither stops near the cruise pier; hope the cruise line provides shuttles into the city center. Whiskey fans have choices: Irish Whiskey Museum is the most convenient if you're exploring on foot, and does offer tastings http://www.irishwhiskeymuseum.ie. Unlike The Old Jameson Distillery https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com, Teeling is an actual, working distillery https://teelingdistillery.com.
Dublin is a major city, and while crime is not a particular issue, normal urban area cautions apply. Be alert to those around you, especially in crowded tourist areas, and keep valuables secure.
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