Video: Cuisine & Dining aboard Hotel Barge Shannon Princess in Ireland
The classic traditions of Irish cuisine are a true highlight of your cruise. In addition to the bounty of fresh fish, Ireland offers famous hams and traditionally cured bacon, tender cuts of healthy Irish beef, heather-fed lamb chops, smoked salmon (some say the world’s best), Irish farmhouse cheeses, and wonderful breads.
Our chefs are experienced, highly-trained culinary artists, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher by our discerning clients than those they have sampled in top restaurants. To give you a true taste of the region you are cruising through, your chef will create mouth-watering menus using the finest ingredients from local markets and specialist suppliers.
As well as procuring from markets and local suppliers, our chefs may use herbs grown in onboard window-boxes. Sometimes they even bargain with lock-keepers along the way for fruit and vegetables freshly-picked that day. Before every gourmet meal, to whet the appetite your chef will come to the table to describe personally the menu he or she has prepared.
And if you are a real ‘foodie’, the chef will be happy to give you a demonstration and offer some useful tips, perhaps on how to make the silkiest of sauces, or produce the perfect soufflé. Our chefs are also very happy to accommodate requests for vegetarian or other special diets, which should be made at the time of reservation.
During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to sample many different cheeses, each with a rich local heritage. Again, your host will take the time to describe every cheese’s individual qualities – such as Cashel Blue Farmhouse.
Whether you are a gourmet, wine enthusiast, or cheese lover – or maybe all three! – We are passionate about ensuring the gastronomy on board every hotel barge gives a true insight into the very best a region has to offer.
The River Shannon and its loughs 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 renowned legends and fables of Ireland are well understood by the hospitable Irish people, who will be happy to tell you more about Ireland’s eclectic history, folklore and ancient traditions. Marvel at their astounding hospitality as you immerse yourself in haunted ancient castles, 6th century ruins, and of course, a pint or two of the ‘black stuff’ – Guinness.
Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon and its picturesque,
intertwining loughs. Her thoughtfully-designed interior includes a comfortable saloon and dining area with panoramic windows. The five junior twin/double staterooms, also with picture windows, are stylishly furnished and each is air-conditioned and accompanied by a modern en-suite shower room.
The large rooftop sundeck is certainly the place to relax and watch the countryside glide by, as well as the inviting dining area with circular table to savour that gourmet al fresco meal on warmer days. Revel in the Irish way of life in an enthralling voyage aboard the Shannon Princess, through the heart of an astounding country.
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