Shannon Princess

An unforgettable taste of the Emerald Isle

Hotel Barge Shannon Princess

The River Shannon and its lakes represent Ireland at its finest and your cruise aboard Shannon Princess features a landscape of rolling green fields, ancient Celtic landmarks and an abundance of wildlife.

The legends and fables of Ireland are found everywhere and are well understood by the hospitable Irish people who will be happy to tell you more about the ancient culture. The history of Ireland has been varied and sometimes difficult, but the locals always find the time to chat and perhaps charm you a tale or two of folklore.

During your cruise, there is a programme of fascinating excursions that will you give you a true immersion into the heritage and traditions of this part of Ireland, such as a personal tour of a castle by its eccentric owner, a birds of prey display, visits to a whiskey distillery and hand-weaving workshop and, of course, the chance to sample a pint or two of the ‘black stuff’ – Guinness.

Shannon Princess, accommodating 10 guests in comfort, is the largest hotel barge to be cruising the River Shannon and its picturesque, intertwining lakes. Her thoughtfully-designed interior includes a comfortable saloon and dining area with panoramic windows. The five junior twin/double cabin suites, also with picture windows, are stylishly furnished and each is air-conditioned, centrally heated, and accompanied by a modern en-suite shower room.

The large rooftop sundeck is certainly the place to relax, perhaps on one of the comfortable loungers, to watch the countryside glide slowly by, or in the heated spa pool. There is also an inviting dining area with circular table to savour that gourmet meal on warmer days.

Shannon Princess’s Captain and his crew will go out of their way to ensure your every need is accommodated, while your Master Chef who was trained at Darina Allen’s world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, will create some wonderful signature dishes to make your enthralling voyage through the ‘Emerald Isle’ complete.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour the legendary 6thC Clonmacnoise ruins
  • Full day excursion to Portumna Castle and Galway
  • Traditional Guinness and oyster lunch
  • Visit the unusual haunted Leap Castle
  • Tour Birr Castle’s Gardens and Science Centre
  • Birds of prey demonstration at Adare Manor
  • Tour of the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery with a private tasting
  • Visit a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop
  • Hear traditional Irish music
  • Excellent walking and fishing opportunities

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Ireland

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This kind of cruise lets the vacationer get up close to the natural wonder that is the Shannon River and to the eons-long antiquities...

Prof Elizabeth Davidson , FOREST CITY NC USA

It was a great holiday with the staff on the boat very attentive. The food as imaginative and interesting and special diets were catered...

Mr Martin Ellis

MV Shannon Princess was well turned out - the restrooms had apparently been renovated recently and were great. Cabin had good windows that...

Mr Jim Stone

Excellent service, both before and during the trip.

Ms Sonia Quast

great purchase totally worth it.

Mr Peter Dobson , Adelaide

The captain , chef and two person crew were terrific. Captain kept us informed of daily events and everything went smoothly. The captain even...

Mr Kirk Wilson , Camlachie

Our trip was again, wonderful- our third barge trip. We are a group of 7 friends, in our late 70's, now living in...

Ms Constance Leber Hotchkiss , USA

The crew was outstanding. The barge Wes beautiful. Food was wonderful.

Mrs Esther Murray , Augusta, ga..

See previous comment. Our dream vacation came true 🙂

Mrs Sheryl Lynn Lee , Oakhurst, CA

Food was outstanding, service was exceptional and professional and the excustions were very good also

Ms Marilyn Rigg



This was my first cruise - EVER - and I have been spoiled for all the others that I might book. The food is...

Eileen , Florida

The hotel barge was very clean and comfortable. So nice to take a shower with immediate hot water! The towels smelled of lavender. Each...

Mrs Patricia Smith , Florida, USA

Deck Plan

Shannon Princess
Deluxe 10 Passengers 5 Crew More Details

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